4 Classic Middle Eastern Dessert Recipes to Make for Ramadan

Author Fustany Team
Time 3/25/24, 12:00 PM
Classic Middle Eastern Dessert Recipes to Make for Ramadan

Haven't we always thought that Ramadan desserts were complicated and impossible to do? Turns out, they're actually not that hard. You just have to try it out and practice. Today we're showing you 4 classic Middle Eastern dessert recipes that must make an appearance in everybody's home at least 3 or 4 times during Ramadan. But who said we could only have them Ramadan? Learn to make these middle eastern desserts so you can have them anytime of year!


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1. Kunafa 





- 1 cup milk


- 1/3 cup sugar


- 1/2 cup cold milk

- 2 Tbsp cornstarch 


- 4 Tbsp melted butter


- 250g Kunafa


Simple Syrup Ingredients:


- 2 cups sugar


- 1 cup water


- Juice of half a lemon




1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).


2. In a large mixing bowl, mix the Kunafa dough with melted butter until evenly coated.


3. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of milk, 1/3 cup of sugar, and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly.


4. Divide the Kunafa dough into two equal portions. Press one portion firmly into the bottom of a greased baking dish to form the bottom layer. Spread the prepared filling evenly over the dough.


5. Place the remaining portion of Kunafa dough on top of the filling, pressing it gently to form the top layer.


6. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the Kunafa turns golden brown and crispy.


7. In a saucepan, combine 2 cups of sugar, 1 cup of water, and the juice of half a lemon. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool.


10. Once the Kunafa is done baking, remove it from the oven and immediately pour the prepared simple syrup over the hot Kunafa, allowing it to soak in.


11. Allow the Kunafa to cool slightly before slicing into pieces and serving. Enjoy your delicious homemade Kunafa!


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2. Om Ali


Om Ali



- 7 Phyllo sheets


- 3 Tbsp melted butter


- 1 cup hot milk


- 1/4 cup sugar


- Walnuts


- Hazelnuts


- Rasins


- Cinnamon


 - 1/4 cup clotted cream




1. Brush each Phyllo sheet with melted butter and stack them on top of each other.


2. Tear the Phyllo sheets into small pieces and place them in a baking dish.


3. Sprinkle a generous amount of walnuts, hazelnuts, and raisins over the torn Phyllo sheets.


4. In a separate bowl, mix together hot milk and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. Pour this mixture evenly over the Phyllo, nuts, and raisins.


5.  Spoon small dollops of clotted cream over the top of the mixture.


6.  Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon over the top of the mixture.


 7. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and crispy.


8. Remove the Om Ali from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your delicious homemade Om Ali!


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3. Qatayef





- 1/4 cup sugar


- 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts


- 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


- 1/4 cup ground pistachios


- 1 tsp cinnamon 




1- Prepare the filling: In a mixing bowl, combine the sugar, chopped hazelnuts, chopped walnuts, ground pistachios, and cinnamon. Mix well until all ingredients are evenly distributed. This will be the filling for the Qatayef.


2- Prepare the Qatayef dough: If using pre-made Qatayef dough, skip this step. Otherwise, prepare the dough according to your preferred recipe.


3- Form the Qatayef: Take a small portion of the dough and flatten it into a small disc. Place a spoonful of the prepared filling in the center of the dough disc.


4- Seal the Qatayef: Fold the dough disc in half, enclosing the filling, and pinch the edges to seal it shut. You can also crimp the edges with a fork for a decorative touch.


5- Cook the Qatayef: Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Place the sealed Qatayef on the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.


Serve: Remove the cooked Qatayef from the skillet and let them cool slightly before serving. Enjoy your delicious homemade Qatayef as a sweet treat or dessert!


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4. Luqaimat





- 1 1/2 cup flour


- 1/2 Tbsp sugar


- Pinch of salt


- 1/2 Tbsp Yeast


- 2/3 cup lukewarm water




 1- In a small bowl, combine the yeast with lukewarm water and let it sit for about 5 minutes, or until it becomes frothy. This indicates that the yeast is activated.


 2- In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Add the activated yeast mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well until a smooth batter forms. The batter should be thick yet pourable.


3- Cover the bowl with a clean kitchen towel or plastic wrap and let the batter rest in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size. This allows the yeast to ferment and develop flavor.


4- In a deep fryer or large pot, heat vegetable oil to 350°F (180°C) over medium heat. Make sure there is enough oil to fully submerge the Luqaimat.


 5- Once the batter has risen, use a spoon or a small ice cream scoop to scoop out small portions of the batter. Drop the batter into the hot oil, one spoonful at a time, making sure not to overcrowd the pot.


 6- Fry the batter until golden brown and crispy, about 2-3 minutes per side. Use a slotted spoon to remove the fried Luqaimat from the oil and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.


 Serve the Luqaimat warm, either plain or drizzled with your favorite syrup, honey, or powdered sugar for added sweetness. Enjoy these delicious bite-sized treats as a dessert or snack!


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