Qatar

OFFICIAL NAME

(State of Qatar)

 

HEAD OF STATE AND GOVERNMENT

Emir: Sheikh Tamim ibn Hamad Al Thani, assisted by Prime Minister: Sheikh Khalid ibn Khalifah ibn Abdulaziz Al Thani

CAPITAL

Doha 

OFFICIAL LANGUAGE

Arabic

OFFICIAL RELIGION

Islam

MONETARY UNIT

Qatari riyal (QR)

CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATE

1 USD equals 3.640 Qatari riyal

POPULATION

(2019 est.) 2,788,000

Luqaimat Recipe, Arabic Sweet Dumpling, Qatari Delicacy

 

Luqaimat recipe or a kind of arabic sweet dumpling is a very famous dish that the Qataris enjoy during Ramadan or other times. Pretty easy to make, this dessert takes minimal ingredients, yet tastes absolute awesome.

 

INGREDIENTS

  

  • 1 cup all purpose flour

  • ½ tsp instant yeast

  • ½ cup milk powder

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • ½ tsp cardamom powder

  • pinch of saffron

  • lukewarm water as needed approximately 1/3 cup

  • oil for deep frying

  • 1/2 cup date syrup or more for dressing

  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds for spinkling

 

INSTRUCTIONS

 

  • Add all purpose flour, yeast, milk powder, sugar, cardamom powder and saffron in a bowl and mix well.

  • Slowly add water while gently mixing with your hand to get a sticky batter. The batter will be more like a dough than batter. More like a thick medu vada batter.

  • Cover with a muslin cloth and allow to rest for a couple of hours in a warm place till it has doubled in size

  • Heat oil and drop the batter by spoonful. (Dipping the spoon in water in between prevents the batter from sticking to the spoon and makes it easier to drop. Alternatively you can drop the batter in a zip lock bag. Cut out the corner of the bag and push to get a small ball of the batter in your hand. Drop this ball immediately in oil. You can dip your hand in water to avoid sticking.)

  • Roll the dropped balls with a slotted spoon in oil for even cooking. Fry till they are dark golden brown in color. Remove from oil and place on a kitchen towel.

  • Place them in a serving bowl and pour the date syrup on top, sprinkle with sesame seeds.

  • Relish while still warm.

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