Qamar Al Deen is a staple ingredient during Ramadan, and many enjoy it as a juice for iftar, and many also like making it into this sweetened irresistible pudding.
These mouth-watering Middle Eastern desserts are a perfect combination of Puck cooking cream, milk, and the delicious apricot.
What is Qamar el Deen?
Qamar al deen pudding, also known as kamar al deen or qamar aldeen mohalabeya, is an irresistible apricot pudding, creamy, fragrant, and sweetened to your perfection.
One of the most famous Ramadan food recipes.
Qamar el Deen (or Amar el Din) is available in two forms. One is the juice concentrate and the other is a ‘leather’ or sheet form made of apricot puree and sweeteners. Anyways, let’s get down to the recipe.
Qamar Al Deen Recipe
As mentioned earlier, while Qamar Al Deen is usually served as a very sweet drink made out of dry apricot, some make it in a pudding form. One must have a strong sweet tooth to have this because it’s extremely sugary.
This pudding is based on making the juice out of the paste then make the pudding, but if this is too much for you, then you can make it out of any good quality apricot juice.
The pudding can have something sprinkled on tops like coconut flakes or nuts and it’s most traditionally served during the holy month of Ramadan along with the drink.
Let me show you all about this simple recipe. Pour most ofthe qamar adeen drink into a deep pot over medium heat and bring to a gentle boil.
Stir cornstarch in the remaining juice. Pour over the hot juice in the pot and quickly stir until it thickens. Remove from heat and pour into serving bowls.
Decorate with nuts and coconut flakes or serve plain, sometimes it is also decorated with raisins. Most pudding-style dishes in the middle east are thickened using cornstarch or flour we do not use any eggs in the pudding we make.
Tangy and sweet, so delicious pudding. So refreshing especially when served cold.
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Be sure to recreate this incredible dessert. Enjoy your Qamar Al Deen!
QAMAR AL-DEEN PUDDING
For the Base
- 1 Liter Milk
- 4 Tablespoons Sugar
- ¼ Teaspoon Powder Mastic or 3 Mastic Pods
- 1 Cup Cold Milk
- 5 Tablespoons Starch
For the Topping
- 1 Liter Qamar Al Deen Juice Reserve 1 Cup
- 4 TBSP Starch
- 1 TBSP Orange Blossom
- Sugar to taste since it’s store-bought and already sweetened
For the base
- Add one liter of milk to a sauce pan.
- Sweeten with 4 tablespoons of sugar. You can add more to taste.
- Add 1/4 tsp of mastic powder or 3 mastic pods.
- Mix until sugar and mastic is dissolved.
- Bring to boil.
- Meanwhile mix 1 cup of cold milk with 5 TBSP of starch.
- When the milk comes to its first boil add the milk/starch mixture.
- Continue stirring until it thickens.
- Serve in desired dish or cups. I used individual cups from IKEA (see video)
For the topping
- Since it's Ramadan I used store-bought Qamar Deen juice and its naturally sweet
- For this recipe you need 1 liter of Qamar Deen juice, reserve one cup, and add the rest to a sauce pan.
- Sweeten the Qamar Deen juice to your liking. I only added 2 TBSP since the juice was already sweetened.
- Mix the cup of reserved juice with 4 TBSPs of starch.
- Once the juice bubbles, add in the reserved juice with starch.
- Continue mixing and add in 1 TBSP of orange blossom for extra flavor.
- Turn off heat and pour thickened juice to now cooled down milk.
- Allow to sit on your counter till it comes down to room temperature.
- Store in refrigerator covered with cling film until serving time.