It is a general known fact that weddings are fun and glamorous. Everything that relates to a wedding is so extravagant and glitzy that it is impossible not to enjoy it. While most people think about what to wear when they get invited to a wedding, being the foodie that I am, I think about the variety of cuisines that I will be trying at the wedding!
Needless to say, food accounts for one of the most memorable items in the entire wedding function. So it has to be top notch, right?
A community that is known to love food as much as their culture is the Arab community. Yes! People in Arab countries are lovers of food…quite literally. Their culture is rich with heritage and tradition, and food is a very important component of it. Be it Eid, Ramadan Iftars or Weddings, their love for food is evident.
The diversity of Arabic sweets across Arab countries is huge, and no celebration is complete without at least a couple of Arabic sweets on the menu.
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That’s what brings us to share with you the opulent variety of desserts that Arabic weddings serve in their menu. After all, everyone has a sweet tooth, right?
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An advent of the Turkish community, Kanafah, also spelled Kunafeh or Kunafah, is a Middle Eastern cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup and pistachios sprinkled on top.
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Baklava is a rich, sweet dessert pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened and held together with syrup or honey. It is believed to be originated from Istanbul as The Sultan presented trays of baklava to the elite infantry units every 15th of the month of Ramadan in a ceremonial procession called the Baklava Alayı. This savory is gaining popularity in Indian and western regions as well.
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Faludeh, or Paloodeh, as some may call it, is a cold, refreshing dessert made with fresh delicate noodles and served with semi-frozen syrup and rose water. Originated from Iran, it is a dessert that’s similar to a sorbet.
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Bastani Sonnati, or simply Bastani, is an Iranian ice cream made from milk, eggs, sugar, rose water, saffron, vanilla and pistachios. Alternatively, it is also called Persian ice cream in some regions.
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A popular and favorite dessert with Emiratis is Lgeimat. Simply put, these are saffron soaked fritters. Some also prefer to flavor it with cardamom and cinnamon and drizzle sesame seeds on it. Crisp and crunchy on the outside and soft and airy on the inside, this is one dessert you can’t resist eating more than once.
So now that we have shared some amazing delicacies from Arab weddings, do tell us your experience of having any of them at the next wedding you attend.
Submitted by: Nandita Sharma