Khabees is a traditional sweet found throughout the Gulf that is made from flour and oil. It is usually made from brown flour, semolina or chickpea flour like in this version. It can be sweetened with sugar or date syrup and things such as rose water, cardamom, saffron and nuts are usually added. The mixture is then served on a plate decorated in a pile, in a ring or balls.
2 cups chickpea flour (Al Nikhi)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 tablespoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup rose water
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup toasted sesame seeds
1. In a saucepan on medium heat, add chickpea flour. Leave on heat mixing every once in awhile until a nutty aroma is obtained about 15 minutes.
2. In another small saucepan, add sugar and water. Bring to a full boil, then turn heat off. Add melted butter, cardamom, and rose water to flour mixture, mix well. Add enough sugar water until a soft dough has formed. Fold in dates. Turn oven to 150F and place covered pan on a baking sheet and steam for 15 minutes in oven.
3. Roll dough into balls the size of marbles, then roll in sesame seeds. Place on the baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes in a 350F oven.
Yields: 3 dozen