Qatar is home to some amazing desserts, and when it's Eid time, you'll find many of the more traditional Qatari ones in people's homes to celebrate this special and festive occasion. Do you know which ones they are?
Let's give you a run-through of the top five local desserts to eat this Eid, but instead of just giving you recommendations about places where you can get these desserts from, we've have added links to their recipes as well, so you can try them at home. It's the perfect activity to do with kids especially in this hot weather, when everyone is cooped up inside most of the day.
So, here are the top five desserts that you just have to try this Eid:
These fluffy from the inside, crunchy from the outside, balls of dough deep-fried and drenched in sugary, honey or 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's the best-loved street food in Qatar. Besides the original syrup-drenched Luqaimat, there are now a number of different dips and flavours of Luqaimat available like Nutella, Biscoff, etc. to give the traditional Qatari sweet an innovative twist
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. Kunafa also comes with a variety of flavours; Dr Kanafa serves it with ice cream.
Where to eat: Al Aker, Dr Kanafa
Price: QR 20 - QR 60
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 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.
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.
Baklava are these 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 Baklava is definitely one of a kind.
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