Luqaimat is a traditional Saudi dessert. You can find this sweet doughnut served during the month of Ramadan, on Eid or to special guest. It tastes especially nice with tea or coffee. If you do not live in the Middle East where sugar syrup is readily available for you to purchase then it is quite easy to make at home or you can even opt to use honey or even date syrup.

1 teaspoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2-1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon saffron
1 egg
2 tablespoons oil
3-1/2 cups all purpose flour
oil for deep frying

1. In a small bowl dissolve yeast and sugar in a 1/2 cup warm water, leave for 5 minutes until foamy.

2. Infuse saffron in 1/2 cup water, sit aside. In a large mixing bowl add egg and remaining water. Mix well with a hand mixer. Add yeast mixture and saffron, mix well.

 3. Add flour gradually, and knead after each addition . Cover in a warm place and allow to rise for one hour.

4. Heat oil in a large pan on medium heat. Alongside the bowl of batter, have a small bowl of oil. Take some batter (the size of a pistachio) with the tip of a small spoon. Using another oiled small spoon, carefully slip batter from spoon into hot oil. (it will puff into a larger ball).

 5. Deep fry until golden brown, turning to brown evenly. Drain on paper towel and serve with sugar syrup.

7 Responses to Lugaimat

  • Unbelievable Noor. Can you believe some people? I would never treat others that way. And of all places, Mcdonalds!! As if there aren’t a zillion kids there anyway! Sorry you went through that. I have a bad taste in my mouth from Mcdonalds too!

  • He was probably looking at stock reports and watching his money go down the drain. What a weirdo! Why would you expect a quiet lunch in a McDonald’s unless he was fooled by that whole McCafe’ marketing ploy.

  • Yep! If he was such a snottie-nosed you-know-what, why did not go to a Starbucks instead. One is bound to find lots of children at McDonalds. He was most probably unbearable as a child and maybe that is what his parents did to him. Like they say, children are like sponges, they pick up everything and unfortunately, this dude cannot seem to let go of bad habits!
    Now onto a more beautiful dish, your lugaimat, sure sounds and looks delicious!

  • Wow, some people are very strange… I can’t imagine what they are thinking or where they get their nerve… You certainly can’t control a baby from making noise, and why should you in McDonald’s of all places… boy o’ boy! The Lugaimat looks delicious, sounds like something I would love!

  • I can’t believe people sometimes. How rude of that man :(

  • Wow…people can be so rude! This recipe looks great…I’m going to try it soon and let you know how it comes out. Great blog!

  • Woo, you all got that right. You know I am scared to ever go there I have heard THREE horror stories about it all in one week.

    I have to admit though I love their coffee, woo thank goodness for drive-thru’s..

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