Luqaimat | Arabian Sweet Dumplings  recipe

Luqaimat | Arabian Sweet Dumplings

by Rafia Junaid (@chef_rafia)
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Luqaimat is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made of deep-fried dough balls soaked in a sweet syrup.


6 Servings
(1 serving = portion)

For the Dough

  • 1 1/2cups
  • 1tbsp
  • 1tbsp
  • 2cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 2tbsp
  • 2tbsp
    milk powder
  • pinch
  • 1tbsp
  • 2tbsp
    vegetable oil

For the Syrup

  • 2cups
  • 2cups
  • dash
  • 1g
    citric acid
  • 1/4cup

How to make Luqaimat | Arabian Sweet Dumplings

Preparing the Dough

  1. In a mixing bowl, add water, yeast, and sugar. Mix well and let the yeast activate for 5 minutes.

  2. Add all-purpose flour, cornstarch, milk powder, salt, and vanilla to the mixing bowl. Mix well until the dough forms.

  3. Add vegetable oil to the mixing bowl and knead the dough for 10 minutes.

  4. Let the dough ferment for 1 hour.

Preparing the Syrup

  1. In a small pot over medium heat, add sugar, water, and cardamom. Let it simmer for 12 minutes.

  2. Add citric acid or lemon juice and honey to the pot. Stir well and remove from heat. Let it cool down.

Frying the Luqaimat

  1. After 1 hour, remove the air from the dough and shape it into small balls.

  2. Heat vegetable oil over medium heat in a deep pot.

  3. Using a pancake dispenser, frosting gun, or frosting bag, pour the dough balls straight into the hot oil. Roll them so that they cook evenly from all sides.

  4. Fry the luqaimat for about six minutes until they turn golden brown.

  5. Soak the fried luqaimat in the syrup immediately.

    Step 3.1: Soak the fried luqaimat in the syrup immediately

Tips & Tricks

  1. Ensure the oil is hot enough before frying to get a crispy texture.

  2. You can add saffron to the syrup for an extra layer of flavor.

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