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
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