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