Liqeemat little balls of batter deep fried in oil and are a staple during Ramadan. This recipe makes a huge batch which is good for two days or as one batch to have for your house and more to share with your neighbors.

During Ramadan, this along with Harees, Madhrooba, and Oatmeal Soup is made in abundance and shared with family and neighbors.


1 teaspoon yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water
pinch of flour

4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon cardamon powder
1 generous pinch of saffron
4 tablespoons sugar
2 to 2 1/2 cups warm water
2 tablespoons rose water
date syrup (locally called “dibs”)

In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar, and the pinch of flour. Mix well with a small whisk and leave in a warm place to rise.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, cardamon powder, saffron, and sugar. After about 30 minutes, add the yeast mixture, 2 cups of water, and the rose water. Using a large-head spoon mix the batter until there are no more lumps. If you need to add an additional 1/2 cup of water you can but do it a little at a time. Your batter will need to be very thick, almost elasticky (it will definitely be thicker than pancake batter).

Now you need to set this batter aside in a warm draft-free place (inside the oven or microwave is ideal) and let rise for at least 2 hours or until it has doubled.

Now for the fun part…

You will need a medium-large wok because you will fill it up half way with oil. Heat up the oil and then reduce the heat to low.

For me, because I hate the feeling of the batter, I use two dinner spoons to make the dumplings. Dip the spoons into a bowl of water (the water keeps the batter from sticking to the spoon and the batter will then easily slide into the oil).

Next, with one spoon scoop up some batter. With the other spoon, you will scrape off the batter into the oil. With this first dumpling, you will be checking the heat of the oil. If the oil is too hot, it will brown very quickly and the inside will not be cooked, so you will need to decrease your fire and then start adding more dumplings.

Put about 11 dumplings into the oil. You will need to constantly turn the dumplings with a big round spatula so that they will all be evenly browned.

Once the dumplings are evenly browned, remove from the oil and let drain on a large baking dish covered with paper towels.

Once all of your dumplings are cooked you can place about 18-24 pieces on a medium-sized bowl plate and drizzle with the date syrup.

There you have it…an absolute favorite for Ramadan.


10 responses to “Liqeemat

  1. the prince's girl

    this looks good, but i have to ask, is it atleast a little like doughnuts? you know, but instead of a sweet sugar coating it is a sweet date coating?

  2. always in the kitchen

    Wow! these recipes are awesome!
    How do you make date syrup?

  3. Hi and thank you for you comments. Liqeemat aren’t really like doughnuts because doughnuts have a cake-like texture and are soft. Liqeemat are slightly crunchy if cooked just right.

    I buy the date syrup already made. It is sort of like molasses. Maybe in the States it can be bought from a middle eastern store. A really substitute is honey or a homemade syrup with lemon or rose water added.


  4. this is my favorite, but i like to add in it baraka seeds.

  5. Hi, thanks for stopping by. I never thought of adding black seed in before. I just might try it, InshaAllah.

  6. Yum, I do love leqemat! Maybe I’ll try to make them some time this year – it’s on my ever growing list of things to try.

  7. I love liqeemat as well, LOL, can’t stop at just one though 🙂

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  8. I really did not know the name of this dessert.. but I love it so much..where ever I go I end up at the Emarati stall for iqeemat. I did not even know the name.. finally I found out and now your recipe… I will try this myself in my kitchen to enjoy with my kids… thanks for the recipe..

  9. Kadija, I hope that you enjoy the recipe. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment 🙂

  10. Thanks maryann for the recipe, always i love this item, dont know the name. Your tips and procedure is easy and self experimented. Sure i will try and post updates

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