Today is the birthday #43 of the country that I grew up in my whole life. I am one among the 80’s generation who has seen the leaps and bounds in which this beautiful country has grown. At one time, the landmark to Dubai from Sharjah was the Al Mulla Plaza and there was only Trade Center on the way to Abu Dhabi. There were just small buildings, a small population – still more of expats than locals – and small growth. Life was simple then. After 2000, the growth has been phenomenal. The only time we remember seeing huge skyscrapers was in Abu Dhabi. But then the scenario spread all across the country. We have watched with awe the pace at which this country has grown. I guess I can keep going on and on, but then all I pray is that may Allah bless this nation and its leaders with the best and raise them to the best!!!
I am ashamed to say that despite blogging for almost 2 years now, I have not even shared a single Emirati recipe. I guess I should be hiding my head in shame!!! I would happily gorge on the lqeimats and the harees whenever there is a cultural function in Dubai or Sharjah, but have never attempted them at home. I have been procrastinating to say the least. In my cut-outs, I have some Emirati recipes but somehow, I don’t know why I never tried them. One day morning, over the weekend, I was hell bent at wanting to try something simple to start with for this National Day and got searching for recipes. It is sad that there are not many sites that share authentic recipes. This was one recipe I bookmarked to try and I made it for breakfast. Loved it with my cup of karak chai and going to make this frequently… This tastes so close to our rava kheer, but I loved all the intermittent bites of the coconut, nuts and the mild flavoring of saffron. Recipe adapted from here
I really hope that this is a start for me to share some recipes of a country which is my second home!!! Fingers crossed…
Khabeesa - Emirati Semolina Pudding
- 1/4 cup semolina
- 500 ml low fat milk
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
- 2 tbsp grated coconut
- 2 tbsp crushed cashew nuts
- 4-6 strands of saffron
- 1 tsp ghee
- Dry roast the semolina in a saucepan on low flame till slightly browned. Ensure not to burn.
- Add in the milk and whisk continuously till well combined and no lumps.
- Add in all the remaining ingredients and cook till the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally.
- Switch off and serve warm! You may garnish with toasted coconut, toasted cashewnuts or praline...