When it comes to Ramazan recipes desserts really take the cake. Right from crisp pastries, fragrant creamy custards and a rich nutty falooda – take a look at the delicious sweet treats that will brighten up your iftaari meals.
Umm Ali – the mother of all desserts
This decadent pudding literally translates to mother of Ali and is probably one of the most famous Egyptian desserts and definitely the mother of them all. Puff pastry, condensed milk, cream, a generous mix of crunchy nuts and scented pinch of cinnamon are all baked together to give you instant gratification in the form of a rich pudding. You can also prepare this classic with stale bread or croissants instead of puff pastry.
This silky smooth custard is made with simple everyday ingredients. Just boil milk, cornstarch and sugar – making sugar the mixture is thick and lump free, add in a generous drizzle of fragrant rose water and set. Serve the sahlab chilled but only after topping it up with desiccated coconut, mixed nuts and honey! You can also try out a muhallebi which is a similar dessert made with rice flour.
Layers of crispy puff pastry and crunchy nuts soaked in delicious sticky sweet sugar syrup, baked and cut into squares – baklavas are what have put Middle Eastern desserts on the global map. All the effort that goes into making a baklava is well worth it and you will know only once you have had your first bite…. or maybe till you get to the last one of the batch you prepare.
Like several other Middle Eastern desserts this one to was created during the time of the Ottoman Empire. Kunafe, knafe, kanafah, kunafeh whatever you wish to call it, it still remains one of the most decadent dairy based desserts from the Mediterranean. Soft cheese and crisp sweet pastry make a brilliant combination of flavours and textures – it is no wonder they are such a hit.
Sweet milk, silky vermicelli, cooling sabza seeds, crunchy dry fruits and a chunks of delicious creamy kulfi - this dessert is one of the best parts about iftaar. Can never get enough of a kulfi falooda.
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