Famed for its dates, honey and almonds, Arabic cuisine has no shortage of desserts to be explored - the important thing is to know where to look. If you’re planning a celebration, we’ve created a list of names of Arabic sweets that you need to know about. The best part? There’s no need to master making them yourself, just order in your favorites via Uber Eats.
Arabic Sweet Names You Need to Know
Perhaps one of the most well-known Arabic pastries, Baklava is a flaky, filo-pastry dessert with layers of honey or syrup. It’s widely considered to have originated in Turkey, although many similar desserts can be found in countries throughout the Middle East. The rich flavor comes from the traditional chopped nuts, which are often almonds and pistachios or sometimes walnuts, depending on the region that the recipe derives from.
Ma’amoul are typically associated with festivals such as Eid, but they’re just too good to not enjoy for the rest of the year. The name comes from the Arabic word for “to do”, and we assume that the thing you’re meant “to do” is eat as many as you can! Sometimes made as cookies while at other times served as a pastry, this sweet contains figs, walnuts, and dates.
Often known as semolina cake, Basbousa is a Middle-Eastern delicacy that’s covered in syrup. It’s often made with orange or rose water for extra flavor and is traditionally served at feasts and religious celebrations. Order from Ayoush Sweets and you can try a number of varieties, such as a coconut, almond and pistachio.
Barazik is an Egyptian delicacy that’s recognized by the sesame seeds that coat the outside of the cookie. Typically, it’s made with honey, pistachios and plenty of sugar, and served with a cup of tea or coffee. Thin, crunchy and rich, these cookies make a great gift to take to a dinner party or family gathering, as well as a tasty snack.
Can’t choose between cheese or dessert? Don’t worry about it - that’s what Kanafeh is for. This traditional dessert is made by soaking a soft-cheese pastry in syrup to find just the right level of sweetness. It originates in Palestine, although there are now various versions made in countries all around the Middle East – some using noodles and others using semolina. It is often soaked in rose or orange water to give extra taste. Why not give it a try with an order from KrisKros Lebanon?
Another popular treat is Ghraybeh - a shortbread cookie that originated in Lebanon and is made to melt in the mouth. This tasty dessert typically comprises of butter (or ghee), powdered sugar and pistachios, which gives ghraybeh the light yet creamy taste that makes one turn into two or three, or even four. Some recipes also include staple ingredients semolina and orange blossom water.
7. Om Ali
Om Ali literally translates to Ali’s mother - which we can only assume implies that it’s as good as mom used to make. This Egyptian dessert is a type of bread pudding that includes pistachios, coconut, raisins and sugar. Typically, it’s finished with a sprinkling of cinnamon. Try it now from Bait al Dana.
Comparable to India’s gulab jamun, Awamat are donut balls that are soaked in syrup to make them ultra-sweet. These Lebanese balls are deep fried and often flavored with orange blossom. The result is a great sharing dessert that’s crisp and crunchy on the outside, whilst soft and doughy on the inside.
Another Arabic semolina cake, Namoura is known for its orange blossom or rose water flavoring and its dense texture. It’s usually served to accompany a hot cup of tea. Sweet, chewy and rich, this mouth-watering Lebanese treat is a perfect way to finish an Eid feast or an Iftar dinner.
More commonly known around the world as Turkey’s baked rice pudding, Sutlac is made with milk or water (depending on how creamy you want it to be) and sprinkled with cinnamon and raisins. You can try the traditional recipe courtesy of Bosporus - who also serve a selection of iced teas and mocktails to go with it - or even Turkey’s famous Uludag Gazoz.
Get a Taste of These Arabic Sweet Names
You now know your Sutlac from your Awamat and your Kanafeh from your Baklava, so, check out the local menus on the Uber Eats app and get ready for something sweet. Read our article on Arabic food names for more inspiration when ordering a Middle Eastern feast.