Qatari Sweet Dumplings: Luqaimat
When researching Qatari desserts, I kept stumbling upon these sweet dumplings on different pages called Luqaimat. The word “luqaimat” is translated as “bite-size” in Arabic. These are one of Qatar’s most favourite sweet treats and are often made during Ramadan or just for tea time. These are first deep-fried and then soaked in syrup or honey. You should eat them fresh – so they would remain perfectly crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Although the luqaimat seem super sweet from all the pictures, the dough itself actually doesn’t contain any sugar. Instead, all the sweetness comes from the honey or syrup that they are soaked in, so it gives a bit of room to adjust the sweetness. It seems there isn’t one and only “traditional” syrup that is used and everyone makes it a bit differently. I chose a recipe where the sugar syrup got some additional flavour from some lemon juice and saffron. The lemon juice made these less sweet, which is perfect – I’m not too much of a sweet tooth.
How did it go?
Overall, this dessert doesn’t need too much effort at all. Mixing the dough together takes only a few minutes (especially if you have a stand mixer) and the sugar syrup can be made at the same time the dough is rising. Perhaps the most complicated part is trying to get the luqaimat all nice and round and making sure they get an even colour from all sides when frying – the little devils sometimes really didn’t want to turn to the other side!
Instead of messing around with spoons to get nice round dough balls, you can try using a piping bag and then “cut” the dough with scissors as small pieces directly into the oil. For me, though, many of them still ended up being more like… small sausages. Got to practice more, I guess!
Overall verdict? Luqaimat were delicious and I will definitely be making more of them! Have you ever tried to make them? Let me know down in the comments!
P.S. If you’re interested, check out my post about Qatar, as well as other recipes I tried:
Note: in the “Around the World” challenges, I try to find the most authentic recipes available. I will not make adjustments myself, other than converting the measurements and possibly giving some additional tips in the steps. This way, you’ll get the same traditional experience when trying yourself! 🙂