Delicious Egyptian Desserts- part 2 Egypt has been known since ancient times for its delicious, creamy sweets mixed with culture and civilization. Asabe Zeinab This popular dessert has two historical narratives behind it. The dessert is translated as Zainab's Fingers. The sweets are named after a heroine. The first narrative takes place when Zainab bint Al-Hussein bin Ali was four years old. When her father's body was returned from the Karbala martyrdom, Zainab ran to embrace him and held on to him tight. No man could pry her from his body. They had no choice except to sever her grip by striking her fingers with a sword. Zainab's fingers have been associated with cruelty and harshness ever since that day. The desert bears her name in recognition of her bravery and selflessness. The 2nd story begins with the Muslims, led by Al-Zahir Baybars. They defeated the Mongols in the Battle of Ain Jalut in 1260 AD and returned to Egypt. Prince Baybars ordered the preparation of sweets, which were distributed to guests as a victory celebration. Zainab's fingers were one of the candies available. Baybars was drawn to them due to their unique look and exquisite flavour. Baybars liked the candies and inquired about their names. He inquired of the head chef. The chef felt ashamed and believed that either the shape or the taste of the candies were unappealing to Baybars. "These are Zainab's fingers," the regretful cook said. The chef was referring to the person who created the treats. So he attempts to explain the mystery surrounding Zainab's finger shape. Baybars requested a meeting with Zainab after assuming the candies were known as "Zainab's fingers." When Zainab and Baybars first met, they fell in love. So after their marriage, she became Princess Zainab. Ever since, Zainab's name has become linked to the candies she produced. Roz bi laban Rice pudding is actually one of the oldest desserts on earth. Every nation has its own unique interpretation of easy rice pudding. And Egypt is no exception. It was made in the era of ancient Cairo. Roz belaban is a healthy dish made of rice that has been boiled with milk and sugar, chilled, and then served. Adding rosewater is common. Many Egyptians like their Roz Belaban served with a scoop of ice cream or a sprinkle of nuts. Rose water has been used in many Egyptian food recipes for thousands of years. Remoosh El-Set Calling it by this name, there's a humorous tale. The events stem from the time of Tripoli's famed ruler, Barbar Agha. He was known for hosting lavish dinners and parties. At those lavish parties, only the town's elites convened nightly. At one of their gatherings, the cook served that dish. He served it in the shape of "eyelash" to a group of guys and attractive upper-class women. "Let's name it Romoosh El-Set," one of the guys yelled to Barbar Agha. And the name stuck and has been used ever since. Qatayef The word qatayef derives its etymology from the Arabic word qataf, which meaning "pick up." Is an essential Egyptian sweet in the holy month of Ramadan. During the holy month of Ramadan, it is frequently one of the most well-known Egyptian sweets. It is filled with cream or nuts, browned, and finally covered with boiling sugar water and decorated. The largest known qatayef was created in Bethlehem and now stands as the record at 104 kg in weight and 3 meters in diameter. Its shape will strike you as being similar to a crescent moon. The moon (hilal) shaped bite is a staple at Egyptian tables today. According to Nizar Al-Aswad's book Colloquial Shami Proverbs, El-Qatayef originated in the late Umayyad period. Specifically, in the Hijri year 132. Because it was served on a prepared platter, it was also mentioned throughout the Fatimid era. The verb employed in that context means "to enjoy a thing's appearance," and it comes from the same root as Qatayef. The Umayyad Caliph Sulaiman ibn Abdul Malik consumed El-Qatayef for the first time in history during the Hijri year 98 of Ramadan. One thing on which everyone agrees: El-Qatayef are delicious. Thus, take pride in their Arabic name and place of origin. Feteer Meshaltet It is one of the Egyptian foods that was offered as an offering to the gods in the temples. It was known as "feteer maltoot". An inscription of the Meshaltet pie was found in the tomb of Rekhmire. It translates to "cushion pie" or "cushion-like pie", often simply called fetir, but it is more than just a pie. It is made of so many layers of thin buttery dough. Feteera is very nutritious because it contains the vitamins of flour, ghee, and corn. The filling can be sweet or savoury. The best one is created by farmers' wives in rural areas. It is a happy dessert for everyone. Zalabia or Lugaimat Egyptian Zalabya recipe is one of the classic desserts that you can't get enough of. Zalabia is appreciated by various cultures and is quite popular throughout the Middle East. Is a sweet doughnut ball dessert or dumpling that is popular in Middle Eastern countries. It is translated as 'Bites of the Judge'. These bite-sized donut holes are perfect for sharing with loved ones. They have a crispy exterior, a soft and tender inside. Egyptian Zalabya is one of the earliest recipes that date back to the 10th century. It first featured in Kitab al-tabikh, the oldest Arabic cookbook. The recipe gained popularity among Muslims at first. Over time, other people began to enjoy this delicacy as well. Today, it is part of most culinary art in Egypt and beyond. Ghorayeba Because of its flaky, melt-in-your-mouth feel, these are also known as "sand cookies." Although it was cooked without almonds, this dish was initially documented as khushkanānaj gharib, which translates to "exotic cookie" in Arabic. It was recorded in the Kitab al-Ṭabīḫ, an Arabic cookbook from the tenth century that is now known to exist. Subsequently, during the 15th century, a recipe strikingly identical to this one was documented in Ottoman culinary texts as kurabiye. Ghraybeh cookies require only three ingredients: ghee, powdered sugar and all purpose flour. The secrets to get a silky, finely textured Ghraybeh, it is beating for 15 minutes. They are especially wonderful with a cup of coffee or tea. The cookies are frequently consumed on Eid-ul-Fitr, the celebration that culminates the end of Ramadan. If you are in the land of the pyramids for the first time, you cannot miss the traditional sweets served with the traditional drinks. Sweets are essential for any occasion or celebration. Connect with us: BackpackGo is a product of Privacy policy Remove stored cookies Our story: aka about us Your story: who this app is for