Luqaimat | Crunchy Sweet Dumplings


Luqaimat is a Traditional Arabic Sweet famous in GCC. The Emiratis usually enjoy the snack during Ramadan and other festive occasions. They are soft and airy on the inside and has a good crunch on the outside. These Crunchy Sweet Dumplings are mostly served with a dash of dates syrup and sprinkled with sesame seeds. Luqaimat is very easy to prepare, takes minimal ingredients, yet tastes absolute awesome. If you ever happen to visit an Arabic traditional souq, you are sure to find the Arabs making Luqaimat on a large scale in big skillets. The swiftness and spontaneity at which these skilled Arabi’s pluck out the dough and fry them in hot boiling oil, is a treat to visualize. These Arabs cook with ease and by practice it gets easier. It’s a grace to watch them prepare the traditional delicacy. The dumplings are small in size and you can take it whole in your mouth.

These Crunchy Sweet Dumplings serve the purpose of both a snack as well as a dessert. Traditionally these dumplings are served warm and you can also add honey instead of dates syrup. In Dubai these dumplings are mostly served with dates syrup. A vital point you have to keep in mind, serve Luqaimat fresh. These dumplings tend to lose its crunch fast in the next few hours. The smaller the size, the better it tastes. A two inch high and two inch wide Luqaimats are perfect. If your Crunchy Sweet Dumplings do not get the round shape, do not get discouraged. In course of time you can perfect the sweet delicacy. You can explore a well detailed step by step recipe of Luqaimat here that can be easily prepared at home. Enjoy the mouth melting snacks at home with a dash of your favorite sweet syrup.

Luqaimat | Crunchy Sweet Dumplings

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Others
Servings 4 People


  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Corn Flour
  • 1 tbsp Instant yeast
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • pinch Salt
  • 1.5 cup Warm water
  • For deep frying Oil
  • Dates syrup for garnishing


  • Add all purpose flour, yeast, salt, sugar and corn flour in a bowl and mix well.
  • Slowly add warm water while gently mixing with your hand to get a sticky batter. Cover and allow to rest for a couple of hours in a warm place till it has doubled in size.
  • Heat oil and drop the batter by spoonful. Dipping the spoon in water in between prevents the batter from sticking to the spoon and makes it easier to drop. Alternatively you can drop the batter in a zip lock bag. Cut out the corner of the bag and push to get a small ball of the batter in your hand. Drop this ball immediately in oil. You can dip your hand in water to avoid sticking. Roll the dropped balls with a slotted spoon in oil for even cooking. Fry till they are dark golden brown in color. Remove from oil and place on a kitchen towel.
  • Place them in a serving bowl and pour the dates syrup on top, Relish while still warm.


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