Luqaimat

Omani Luqaimat

Omani Luqaimat

Yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine about IQ level and she told me that hers has dropped to average ever since she become a home maker…hmmmm it get me thinking… I am confident that mine has drop to below average. Why? Because most of the time now I need my kids to remind me how spell certain words… I think it is a sign hehehe. Well… I am taking the initiative to move my IQ level up to average at least hehehe because my friend told me that reading and writing can improve your IQ… we’ll see.

I know that it has been awhile since my last posting and yesterday when I opened my blog I was actually surprised that my last posting was in April… it has been close to half a year since I last wrote… no wonder my IQ has dropped hehehe. Orait orait orait… lets see my new recipe for today… Luqaimat. Luqaimat – لقيمات- is a well-known dessert between Arabs and it is a must dessert in arab home for iftar. It varies between country to country and I am ashame to let you know that I have never tasted this desert until last Ramadhan. Have seen it when I was in Kuwait but never had the guts to try because people said that it is soooo sweet. Luqaimat is also known as Crunchy Sweet Dumpling. The dumpling itself is not sweet but the syrup that is poured on top of it is the one that make is sweet.

During the first week of last Ramadhan, we were invited by my other half’s customer to his house for iftar. This was my first time being invited by the local to their house. Kuwaities never invite a non family members to their house unless they really like you. So, we were quite nervous as my other half already told me that this customer is one of the richest family in Oman… so please make sure the kids behave. Their house is so huge and I would say it should be called a castle. They have a huge indoor pool and also a private beach… masyaallah, the house is so beautiful. Anyway… the dinner was great…buffet style even though only 11 of us and when it came to dessert time I was made to taste all the of them… nak tak nak kena lah try this luqaimat. It is rude to say no to their favourite dessert,right? I am surprised that it tasted not bad at all but since the syrup that was used has a hint of cardamon, I cant say I love it hehehe. So that was my first encounter with luqaimat.

The second time I ate luqaimat was at another omani house that we went for iftar and I have to say that this family changed my opinion about this dessert. Their luqaimat was not covered with syrup and cardamon but it was covered with condense milk… it was great and delicious. I managed to ask for a recipe and I am proud to tell you that I had made this dessert couple of times during the last Ramadhan. Below is the recipe and I dare you to try and make it. Happy baking!

Crunchy Sweet Dumpling

Crunchy Sweet Dumpling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp corn flour
  • 1 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 3/4 – 1 cup of water
  • Condense milk
  • Oil for fry

Method

  • Mix all purpose flour, corn flour, yeast and sugar in a bowl.
  • Gradually add the water and keep on mixing until  you get a smooth batter. It should be in dropping consistency not too watery or too thick.
  • Cover the batter for 1 or 2 hours until the batter doubled. The batter now should have bubbles and somewhat bouncy.
  • Heat oil in a wok. Scoop a small amount of batter with your fingers and drop them into the hot oil (macam nak buat cekodok).
  • Fry till they turn golden brown. Remove from oil, and place them on kitchen paper.
  • Pour condense milk or your favorite syrup on top.
Right from the stove

Right from the stove

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