Khabees

Q for Qatar. Qatar is an Arab nation which is the world's richest nation per capita. 

Since Qatar has a long coastline with the Persian Gulf, majority of their food is sea food. But the desserts from the typical Arabian cuisine are so delectable and addictive. Khabees is one such very popular dessert (If I am not wrong, they consume this for the early morning meal during Ramadan) with the Qataris and is consumed during the holy month of Ramadan. 

An interesting tidbit about khabees is that there is a mention of this dessert in the story series of The Arabian Nights. My husband who is an avid story teller found this very amusing!! Our kids look forward to the dinner time stories narrated by my husband and he relies on the so many story books and series we have read in our childhood (and still read)!!

I have found various versions of Khabees using flour, sugar and nuts but there is a mention of the ingredients for the Qatari version here and found a video in Arabic as well. 

I thought I should have shaped them like laddu but it was gone before I could do that!! So check out this addictive dessert.

Ingredients - 

Semolina / Sooji 1/2 cup
Honey 3 Tbsp
Assorted nuts, coarsely crushed 3 Tbsp
Dates, Finely chopped 1 Tbsp
Cardamom Powder 1/2 tsp
Clarified Butter/Ghee 2 tsp


Khabees

Method Of Preparation -


In a pan, heat ghee, fry the coarsely chopped nuts and dates.

Add in the semolina and fry until it turns light brown.

Sprinkle cardamom powder and mix well. Remove from heat and pour in the honey. Mix well until the mixture is not powdery.

Shape them as preferred, garnish with chopped nuts and serve warm.

Keep in mind that the mixture would harden upon cooling and so it is a better idea to shape them while it is still warm.


Preparation Time 10 min
Makes 1/2 cup

15 comments

  1. Srivalli Says:
  2. I was a great fan of Arabian nights during growing up..how nice that your hubby still reads that for your kids..:)..that's one lovely dish..very different texture from what's been posted today..

     
  3. Usha Rao Says:
  4. I read Arabian nights when I was little but do not remember any stories now. Nice sweet

     
  5. Very interesting almost dry texture. Flavors from your ingredient list sound nice. Nice find.

     
  6. Priya Suresh Says:
  7. Very delicious khabees, i can finish that bowl, omg am a fan of Arabian nights, makes me nostalgic.

     
  8. beautiful looking khabeesa...nice pictures

     
  9. I too loved telling stories but some how haven't read anything in a long time and now memory fails:( ..but as yet I enjoy listening...and Harini I am loving these clicks..the last pic has been clicked so beautifully..very capturing just like the dish.

     
  10. I loved reading Arabian nights even :) That khabees looks so tempting and delicious dessert and loved reading you intro !!

     
  11. Suma Gandlur Says:
  12. Then your kids must be looking forward for their dinner time with loads of enthusiasm. :)
    That's one simple and yummy dessert. I think there are other versions, with substitutions for semolina, right?

     
  13. In my house sweets are not enjoyed but in Office I am sure they will love this.
    My kids are big now but even now when I start telling a story they perk up.

     
  14. Pavani N Says:
  15. Flavorful and delicious Qatari dessert.

     
  16. Khabees looks so delicious. Must be a rich dessert with all the nuts and dates..

     
  17. looks so yummy with that combo of ingredients

     
  18. Sreevalli E Says:
  19. Delicious & flavorful khabees..

     
  20. Padmajha PJ Says:
  21. I remember reading this book in school.The dessert looks nice and flavorful...

     
  22. Sapana Behl Says:
  23. Very flavorful dessert.Nicely made with perfect texture

     
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