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Posted On: 12 August 2019 12:00 pm
Updated On: 21 August 2019 01:25 pm

Top five local desserts to eat this Eid Al Adha

Sumaica Asad
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Eid Mubarak!

Hope your animals have been slaughtered, meat distributed and preparations made for Biryani, Machboos and Steaks. I am accepting any and all invitations for dinner. Let's be real. All occasions in life are a reason to eat amazing food without thinking about the calories. It's a day of celebration after all. And I have been asked to bring Biryani to work when I am back, as my moral duty to my colleagues. They may or may not get it.

Anyway, Doha is home to some amazing desserts. And instead of just giving recommendations about places where you can eat all these desserts, I have added links to recipes as well. So do try one of these recipes at home. It's the perfect activity to do with kids especially in this hot weather, when everyone is cooped up inside.

Here are the five desserts that you should eat this Eid:

1. Luqaimat

Top five local desserts to eat this Eid al Adha

These fluffy from inside, crunchy from the outside, balls of dough deep fried and drenched in Date syrup might look familiar but are very different to anything you might have tasted before. Luqaimat literally means, 'bite size' in Arabic and it is the best loved street food in Qatar. Now there are various flavours of Luqaimat available like Nutella, Biscoff etc.

Recipe: Luqaimat
Where to eat: Gharafa Automatic Bakery, Souq Waqif, Chai Halib
Price: QR 15 to 30

2. Kunafa

Top five local desserts to eat this Eid al Adha

A common story is that Kunafa was created to satisfy the hunger of caliphs during Ramadan. As it is rich in Butter, Nuts, Cheese, Cream etc; very little quantity is needed to fill you up. The origins of this dessert can also be found in Turkish, Greek and Balkan cuisine. The world’s largest plate of Kunafa was made in Turkey in 2017 weighing in at 1550 kg. Kunafah also comes with a variety of flavours; Dr Kanafa serves it with ice cream.

Recipe: Kunafah
Where to eat: Al Aker, Dr Kanafa
Price: QR 20 to 60

3. Esh Asarayah/ Ash Al Saraya

top five local desserts to eat this Eid al Adha
Image credit: Andrew Young

I stumbled upon this dessert while searching for this article. If like me, you had no idea what this was, now you know. Esh Asarayah is Qatar’s way of giving Cheesecake competition. Bread is baked, soaked in sugar syrup, topped with fresh Whipped Cream, Nuts and Rose Water to make this dessert. It's rich but oh so delicious, making it a perfect treat for special occasions.

Recipe: Ash Al Saraya
Where to eat: Yasmine Palace
Price: QR 40

4. Umm Ali

Top five local desserts to try this Eid al Adha

This Egyptian bread pudding is a Doha favourite. Sheraton is notorious for having the best Umm Ali in town. It is made with baked puff pastry which is soaked in a mixture of milk and nuts. It is best served hot.

Umm Ali had a dark twisted history. According to a folklore, Shajarat ul Durr (a prominent figure in Egypt's history) killed her husband. His other wife Umm Ali in turn had Shajarat ul Durr murdered and then ordered her cooks to create a new, delicious dessert in celebration of her death. You can read the rest of the story here.

Umm Ali
Where to eat:
Atrium Lounge Sheraton, Jabri Restaurant
Price: QR 15 to 60

5. Baklava

Top five local desserts to eat this Eid al Adha

Baklavah are these tiny pieces of sugar drenched heaven that melt in your mouth. Layers of filo pastry are brushed with butter and nuts, baked till golden brown and then covered with sugar syrup. The joy that comes from eating desserts is one of a kind. It is a very rich dessert and a tiny piece is enough as a dessert.

Where to eat:
Al Aker, Al Nashama Sweets, Sukar Pasha
Price: QR 15 to 100

Have you been to tried any of these desserts? Do you have a favourite? Do let us know your thoughts in our Comments section. Like and share the article - it keeps us going!