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Stuffed Luqaimat – Eid Special

Stuffed Luqaimat is my this year’s Eid ul Fitr special recipe.

To begin with, Luqaimat are deep fried dough balls similar to doughnuts that are served with a sweet syrup. These deep fried goodies are popularly prepared at home during Ramadan in many Middle Eastern countries and are commonly sold on streets throughout the year.

Although it is a famous dish of the Emirati cuisine variations in Lebanon and Syria can also be found.

The dish is very common and an everyday affair for the place it originates. I have given it a twist and added certain ingredients that make the dish suitable for a celebration gathering like Eid.

Stuffed Luqimat recipe calls for Rose flavoured dates coated with the Luqaimat batter and deep fried then topped with an aromatic rose syrup.

Dates add a Ramadan touch to the dish whereas with rose flavour & fragrance the entire feel and taste of Luqaimat is elevated.

You will be surprised how easy it is to make this recipe and especially on an occasion like Eid one can definitely consider it given the innumerable dishes one has to prepare.

Stuffed Luqaimat Recipe

For the batter
1 cup refined wheat flour (maida)
½ cup milk powder
1 teaspoon instant yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons milk masala *
1/2 cup lukewarm water
Oil for frying

For stuffing
12 to 15 medium sized Dates
Handful of dried rose petals

For sugar syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup rose water

For serving
Rose syrup
White sesame seeds (til)

Step 1 – In a dry bowl add all batter ingredients except water. Mix well.

Step 2 – Add water gradually to make a thick batter.

Step 3 – Cover bowl and keep aside for an hour.
Step 4 – Meanwhile, put sugar syrup ingredients in a thick bottomed vessel and boil till sugar melts. This syrup doesn’t have to be thick and can be the same consistency as water. Keep aside to cool.

Step 5 – Deseed dates and stuff each date with 4 to 5 rose petals and keep aside.

Step 6 – Heat oil in a wide kadhai and check the Luqaimat batter.

Step 7 – Once ready, drop one date at a time in batter and gently coat. Immediately fry in oil. Repeat for all dates.

Step 8 – Luqaimats will rise slowly on top and you have to keep turning them for even cooking and browning.

Step 9 – Remove from oil and put them in sugar syrup for about 5 minutes. Remove and serve.

Step 10 – Serve topped with rose syrup and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

TIP – The batter is sticky and can get difficult to work with. The best way is to dip the spoon or your hand in water before scooping the batter to fry.

* Milk masala is commonly available in grocery stores incase you cannot find it then use a mixture of powdered nuts, powdered cardamon and saffron.

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