Luqaimat-fried dumplings from the UAE

Doughnuts, beignets come in different shapes and sizes. We went to a short trip to The UAE and came across these dumplings at one of the hotels we satyed at. I had to try to make them as soon as I got back home. Luqaimat, fried duplings with syrup and chopped pistachios

These pictures from The Hilton in Fujairah, depicts a local lady in niqab making the duplings. The local womens college had a little project at the hotel and it was to show the tourist the local culture.

It looked so easy, but as you can see from my little duplings it was not. She got nice even shapes to hers.

I got a recipe but instead of making my own syrup I used store bought maplesyrup.

For batter:

3 cups flour

1 tablespoon yeast

2-2 1/4 cups warm milk

3 tablespoons yoghurt

3 tablespoons cornflour

1 teaspoon salt

For syrup:

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

chopped pistachios or roasted sesameseeds

For batter:

Sift dry ingredients into bowl.

Add in yoghurt and milk, mix until mixture is not watery and not too thick.

 Just somewhat thicker than a pancake batter consistency. Rest this batter, allowing it to rise in a warm place for 1/2 an hour.

Heat oil and when it is  hot, drop a teaspoonful of the batter and cook until it is golden brown.

Well, mine did not turn out as nice and round as the lady’s in Fujairah:(but it was my first attempt making these.

Drain the oil and place immediately into the sugar syrup and toss it well, allowing it to coat the dumpling.

When coated completely remove and place on a serving dish. Best eaten warm. Garnish with pistachios.

For Syrup:

Boil water and sugar together on low heat without stirring (so that it’ll stay clear) until it reaches the point where it cools on the spoon, and forms a thick, sticky consistency.

or use ready made syrup like I did:)