Balaleet is
a popular Emirati dish but all Gulf countries have a similar version yet with
various names. The mixture of sweets accompanied by eggs may seem strange to
those who have never had it but this quite normal throughout Gulf countries and
has been popular even with early Bedouins. The taste is very nice and one that
will surely win you over.

250 grams
dried vermicelli
3-6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
2-1/2 teaspoons
ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon
ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon
ground cinnamon
1/4 cup
orange blossom water or rose water
Pinch saffron
3 eggs,
Pistachios for

1. In a
saucepan on high heat add 1 tablespoon of butter. Add vermicelli and boil,
strain when almost cooked.
2. In another
saucepan on medium head add 2 tablespoons of butter, sugar, orange blossom or
rose water and vermicelli, mix. Add cardamom and ginger, mix well. Reduce heat
to low. Cover and steam until water is absorbed.
3. Meanwhile,
in a small skillet on medium heat add 1/2 tablespoon of butter when melted add
eggs. Cook until golden then flip and cook remaining side.
4. Place the
vermicelli mixture onto a serving platter, add sliced omelet and sprinkle with
*You can
also omit the eggs and add 1/4 cup sultanas before steaming.
Yields: 3

9 Responses to Balaleet

  • ••❤MingMing❤•• says:

    This is something very new to me. doesn’t look like a desert :D Every country has something special. Thanx for sharing this recipe!

  • Noor says:

    Thanks ladies yea it was new to me and the Gulf has a lot of recipes like this they love salty/sweet combos as well as eggs with sweets :) Its nice I promise..

  • UmmBinat says:

    Salam alaikum wa ramatulah sister Noor I just made your version to test before I thought I would make it for DH. I like the Iranian saffron I used in it, yum. Is it supposed to be sweet though? Mine came out quite unsweet.

  • Noor says:

    Wa Alaykum Salam I am so sorry I have updated it. I have no idea what I was thinking when I typed :p I have not had any Iranian saffron although I would like to try it I just get whatever they have here they only sell it in the coffee/spice stores.

  • Rach says:

    I had this in Abu Dhabi and loved it, it was like dessert for breakfast, I’m excited to try and make it for myself!

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