Khabees Al Nikhi ~ K for Kuwait

>>  Friday, September 12, 2014

On the eleventh day it's going to be K and I targeted Kuwait. While all Arabian cuisines are almost similar in their cuisines, the spices differ a bit and the way it is served. I settled on a sweet and was trying hard to check out something else. I did come across a Zaatar Pita sandwich, however that was so elaborate and I didn't have time. So I had to go back making this in the last moment.

While my entire week 2 was done, K was the only left alluring me. So it was finally do now or never situation, when I got my kids to bed and then ventured into making this. Some part of the recipe wasn't clear to me, though I just went ahead doing it. It's almost like Besan Laddu, done differently. Khabees is a traditional sweet dish and is commonly made in UAE and Kuwait. It can be made with brown flour, semolina or chickpea. The recipe I referred was made with Chickpea and hence called as Khabees Al Nikhi. I understand Al Nikhi means Chickpea flour. 

When I actually set out to make, the recipe was hardly 10 mins worth of time. Of course if you are making huge quantity, it's time consuming. I made with just a cup of flour, later had to add in more flour as the sugar syrup was excess. The final touch is rolling these balls in sesame seeds and it's sort of nutty after you bake it.

I packed it for my daughter's friends as well, as they have said they also wanted to taste all the dishes. So whichever can stay for the next day, gets packed. I even took for my friends and they all enjoyed it. One was confused if it was cooked fully, while one said it was little burnt. I had roasted it little more than required, I felt it added more nutty flovour.

Anyway here comes a simple and easy sweet from Kuwait!

Khabees Al Nikhi 

Country : K for Kuwait
Category : Sweets
Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Baking Time : 5 mins

Ingredients Needed:

Chickpea flour / Besan - 1 cup
Sugar - 3 -4 tsp (increase as per taste)
Water - Just enough to cover the sugar
Butter, melted - 2 tsp
Cardamom powder a pinch
Rose water 1 tsp 
Chopped dates - 5 - 6 whole 
Sesame seeds as required

How to make Khabees Al Nikhi

For the syrup

In a non stick pan, add sugar and water, bring to boil. Add butter, cardamon and rose water. 

For the flour

In a non stick pan, roast the chickpea flour. Make sure the flour is roasted and is not raw.

Add the sugar water to the dough and mix everything well. Fold in chopped dates. Make small balls and then roll over sesame seeds.

Pre heat oven at 170 C, then once done, bake at 170 C for 5 - 7 mins

Store this in air tight container.

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Usha September 12, 2014 at 12:10 AM  

These do look like our besan laddu with light difference in preparation. Rolling the laddu in sesame seeds and then baking it is a nice twist. Nice recipe for the country.

Varadas Kitchen September 12, 2014 at 1:38 AM  

I was not expecting it to be baked at the end. That must have added a nice crunch. Visually very appealing

Suma Gandlur September 12, 2014 at 2:52 AM  

Literally I went thru every Arabic dish from her site today while looking for Kuwaiti dishes and this dish is one of the shortlisted ones. This is the best site i have come across so far for Arabic dishes.
Those balls sound yummy.

Kurinji September 12, 2014 at 11:49 AM  

easy and yummy one...bookmarked...

Sapana Behl September 12, 2014 at 2:21 PM  

It looks like our besan ladoo but with dates , sesame seeds and finally the baking it must be more scrumptious.Nice choice..

Archana Potdar September 12, 2014 at 4:51 PM  

Wow baking it must have given ita delicious crunch. Love it.

Priya Suresh September 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM  

Omg, those cuties looks stunning, if i make i wont keep myself munching them, looks scrumptious.

Pavani N September 13, 2014 at 7:54 AM  

That is a very interesting besan laddoo. Rolling in sesame seeds adds to the eye appeal and also to the taste :-)

vaishali sabnani September 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM  

Besan ladoos with sesame and then baked...sounds delicious ...should nt we be roasting it a little less since it is going to be baked...well never had these so can't really say...but they look good for sure.

Manjula Bharath September 14, 2014 at 5:42 AM  

wow thats a crunchy and tempting sweet balls :) very flavorful sweet dish and looks so cute :) I wud like to try them with date syrup , wonderful recipe choice dear :)

Harini-Jaya R September 15, 2014 at 6:44 AM  

This is a very interesting dessert option, Valli. Bookmarked.

The Pumpkin Farm September 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM  

the goodness of besan and til ke laddo rolled into one...looks good

Kalyani September 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM  

cute treats ! and kids must have loved these too :)

Chef Mireille September 23, 2014 at 5:01 AM  

what a quick and easy recipe

Gayathri Kumar October 8, 2014 at 6:07 AM  

I love the concept of baking them. They look so cute with the sesame seeds on top..

Foodiliciousnan October 13, 2014 at 10:53 AM  

This one is such a healthy version of besan laddu without all the fat. the sesame on top and the chopped dates must give it a nice texture

Priya Srinivasan October 26, 2014 at 1:15 PM  

A very unique combination of besan and dates and seriously never expected that is also baked in the end. The sesame seeds coating must give a nice crunch to the sweet!!! Must try!!!

Padmajha PJ October 29, 2014 at 3:44 PM  

Except for the sesame seeds I would have never guessed the ingredients that went into this dish! Good one Srivalli..

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