LEG­EIMAT

Good (UAE) - - GOOD FOOD -

SERVES 6–8

These one-bite mini dough­nuts get their sweet­ness from a driz­zle of date syrup. If you have a chance, visit Sheikha Al Kaabi’s ‘Mey­las’ Food Truck or her ‘Mey­las’ Restau­rant in Abu dhabi for the best ‘home­made’ leg­eimat in town!

1kg plain white flour

1 tbs yeast (non-in­stant)

2 tbs su­gar

2 tsp salt

1 pinch car­damom pow­der

1 pinch saf­fron threads

1 tbs yo­ghurt

3 cups veg­etable oil, for fry­ing Se­same seeds and date syrup, to serve

1) Us­ing your hands mix flour, yeast, su­gar, salt and spices to­gether in a large bowl un­til there are no lumps. Add yo­ghurt and 310ml warm water and knead with hands by stir­ring and al­ter­na­tively beat­ing the dough against the bowl un­til it is smooth and has be­come slightly liq­uid in con­sis­tency. This method of beat­ing against the bowl is to make sure there are no lumps. Al­low the dough to rest for 1 hour in a warm place, or un­til dou­bled in size.

2) Heat oil in a deep pan over medium heat. Us­ing your thumb, in­dex and mid­dle fingers, scoop dough into small balls and drop into hot oil. Cook for 2-3 min­utes, turn­ing with a metal spoon, un­til golden and cooked through. 3) Re­peat with re­main­ing bat­ter, dip­ping your fingers in water in be­tween each leg­eimat. 4) once leg­eimat are ready, trans­fer to a bowl and sprin­kle with se­same seeds and driz­zle with date syrup. Eat while they are still warm.

Sheikha Al Kaabi shared her recipe for leg­eimat

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