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luqaimat recipe

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Are you looking to find an easy homemade Awamat, Luqaimat, or Gemat recipe? Then look no further, because I have here the best Luqaimat recipe ever. This recipe is for a perfectly sweet dessert for any occasion especially during the month of Ramadan. This fried dough is golden brown coated with Middle Eastern Simple Syrup (Attar Syrup). Luqaimat has a crispy texture on the outside yet soft on the inside.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle East,
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 8 People
Author: Jeehan


  • ¾ cup lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp. yeast
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup flour
  • pistachios and rosebuds (for garnish) optional
  • oil for frying

Simple syrup:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 5 whole cardamom pods


Luqaimat Dough

  • In a saucepan, add water, yeast, and sugar.
  • Mix the ingredients well and set it aside for 10 minutes until yeast activates.
  • Add oil, corn starch, flour, and a pinch of salt.
  • Mix until everything is incorporated.
  • Cover the dough in the saucepan, and let it rest for 30 minutes in a warm place.

Simple Syrup

  • In a saucepan, add water, sugar, lemon juice, and cardamom pods.
  • Cook over high heat for 4-5 minutes.
  • Lower the heat to medium and cook for six more minutes.
  • Turn the heat off and set it aside to cool.

Frying Luqaimat

  • In a deep skillet, add a large amount of oil on medium heat.
  • Punch the dough, and then use a teaspoon that is dipped in oil previously.
  • Take a small piece of the dough; form a ball and then put it in the hot oil.
  • Fry the Luqaimat balls for a couple of minutes until they hold their shapes.
  • Fry the Luqaimat balls once more until they are golden brown, crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside.

Dip the Fried Luqaimat in the Simple Syrup

  • Add fried Luqaimat balls directly into cold Attar syrup.
  • Transfer them in a colander if necessary.
  • You can sprinkle crushed pistachios before serving.