Luqaimat (Sweet Dumplings)

Known as the gateway to the world of Emirati desserts, these sweet treats are irrestistable

Crunchy on the outside, soft and airy in the middle, these luqaimat dipped in date syrup are sure to be a hit. Translating to "bite-sized" in English (from Arabic), these traditional desserts are especially popular during the Holy Month of Ramadan.

This recipe is courtesy of DubaiMoms.com.

4
Servings
637
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 125 Grams all purpose flour
  • 2.5 Grams dry yeast
  • 6.25 Grams sugar
  • 1.25 Grams salt
  • 12.5 Grams corn flour
  • 1.25 Grams cardamom powder
  • .5 Gram saffron
  • 8.75 Milliliters warm water
  • 12.5 Grams white sesame seeds
  • 25 Milliliters date syrup (or honey)
  • 250 Milliliters oil (for deep frying)

Directions

Add saffron and cardamom to 100 ml of warm water. Set aside.

Sift flour with salt and set aside.

Add sugar and yeast to 180ml of warm water and set aside for 5 minutes.

Mix flour and corn flour, saffron and cardamom mixture and stir. Gradually add the yeast mixture and keep on stirring, until the batter looks like cake batter.

Leave the batter to double in size, may take 30 to 40 minutes. The batter now should have bubbles, and be somewhat bouncy.

Heat oil.

Take around a teaspoon from the batter, and carefully drop it in the oil. If it floats quickly, the oil is too hot.

Scoop the batter with your fingers (take around 1/2 tablespoon from batter), use your thumb to push the batter off your fingers and in the oil, or take 1/2 tablespoon from batter using a spoon and push the batter off it using another spoon.

After 1 minute of frying, move the luqaimat around using a wooden spoon or spatula, this will make them cook evenly.

When the luqaimat are light brown, remove them from oil, and place them on kitchen paper.

Pour the date syrup and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
65g
93%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Carbohydrate, by difference
13g
10%
Protein
2g
4%
Vitamin A, RAE
6µg
1%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
1mg
1%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
45µg
50%
Calcium, Ca
38mg
4%
Choline, total
3mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
23µg
6%
Iron, Fe
1mg
6%
Magnesium, Mg
27mg
8%
Niacin
1mg
7%
Phosphorus, P
58mg
8%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
6mg
0%
Water
30g
1%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Dumpling Shopping Tip

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Dumpling Cooking Tip

Sriracha has good heat but also has flavor - its mild sweetness comes from sun-ripened chili peppers as well as sugar and garlic.