Sesame seeds are a popular ingredient used throughout the Middle East and in a wide variety of foods from main dishes to desserts. Shaboora (sesame sticks) is a Saudi favorite that is usually served alongside tea or coffee. The store bought ones are always long and skinny but I prefer to always make mine small and fat, the size of a sausage link. You can make up the batter and fry these in about 10 minutes time so they are perfect for last minute needs. They also store really well and you can leave them in the refrigerator for at least six months and the freezer even longer if needed.

You may need to add more or less water to the batch it all depends. You will want to get the dough in the end that you can roll with your hands. Also I have found that it’s best to use a candy thermometer (I use digital) to make sure the oil is the correct temperature.

1 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons water (or more)
Sunflower oil for frying

1. In a small sauté pan on medium heat add sesame seeds. Allow to cook for about 2 minutes until golden.

2. In a saucepan on medium heat add about 1-1/2 inches of oil. Allow the candy thermometer to read 345F before frying.

3. In a medium sized mixing bowl add flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and coriander. Add eggs and mix, then add sesame seeds and a water a bit at a time until a dough has formed.

4. Roll into sticks and carefully place into the hot oil. They fry very fast so stay near the pan rotating to get an even color. Allow to drain on a paper towel, cool then serve.

Yields: 16

8 Responses to Shaboora

  • These look like tasty little snacks ma shaa Allah will have to give them a go sometime in shaa Allah

  • Oh these look so gooooooood! I can’t wait to try them! We’re in process of moving right now, my sesame seeds are at the new place, but I will make these as soon as I can! I am a sesame seed addict :p

  • I love Shaboora and yours look mouth watering good!
    The perfect companion for a cup of tea and a good book

    • Thank you so much and yes they go well together. I prefer them with hot mint tea.

  • Ooh, Noor this is a new one for me. I generally love Saudi food but don’t make it at home nearly enough. This is a great place to start!

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