Qatar Algeemaat | Qatari Sticky Custard Balls ~ Q for Qatar

>>  Friday, September 19, 2014

I wasn't ready with my dish for Qatar, which is the letter for today, until couple of days ago. With exams going on for kids, it becomes so hard to even manage regular cooking. Since I had thought making Kid friendly dishes, more on snacks and sweets will be easy on the schedule, I was in for deep trouble.

Though the dishes I finalized were simple, even getting that little time seem to be a huge task. While I was going through Qatar, I had thought I would make some of the rice dishes they seem to make. Again making a main course was risky if Hubby dear didn't like it. Then the choice were for desserts. Qatar desserts seem all so heavy, with creams and loads of butter going in.

Infact the final dishes that I had were much like the Danish Apple Cake or few other things. I finally settled for Algeemat.  Infact this is much similar to Awamat, with different ingredients going in. Even then I simply wanted to make this. I woke up early on the day I decided to make it and wanted to pack for Konda's snack. Preparation hardly takes time, though if you rest it for over an hour the yeast would really work up and make your batter very fluffy.

Konda and Peddu loved digging into this juicy sweet. Even Hubby dear enjoyed a piece. Rest were all packed for Konda. If you are a sweet lover, this is surely for you. The milk powder, custard powder makes this batter quick sticky. We will have to use spoons to avoid the mess it would cause. The final dish is more like the Mysore Bondas, infact Amma thought it was something like that and was in for a surprise when the sugar syrup hit her senses.

Algeemaat | Qatari Sticky Custard Balls 

country Q for Qatar 
Category - Sweets, Desserts
Preparation Time - 5 mins
Resting Time - 1 hour
Cooking Time - 3 - 4 mins per batch

Ingredients Needed:

All purpose flour - 1 cup
Powdered milk - 1 tbsp
Sugar - 2 tbsp
Instant yeast - 1/2 tsp
Custard powder - 1 tbsp
Saffron a pinch
Cinnamon a pinch
Milk 1 cup
Warm water 1/2 cup
Pinch of salt
Oil for deep frying
Sweet syrup to taste (for serving)

How to make Algeemaat

In a mixing bowl take all the ingredients for the balls. Mix into a smooth batter, making sure it's more on liquid form. 

Set it aside to rise, this takes about an hour or so. Heat oil, using spoons, scoop out batter and gently drop into the oil.

Cook on low flame, so that it gets cooked inside. Deep fry in batches and drain on a kitchen towel.

Just before serving, pour hot sugar syrup over the fried balls. 


The sugar syrup is a thick syrup and you need not bother about getting a string consistency. This sweet tastes great as hot.

Since these were so delicious and loved by kids, I thought of including this to my Kid's Delight Anniversary party. Come join the fun!

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Priya Suresh September 19, 2014 at 12:48 AM  

Am sure these qatari algeemaat will definitely satisfy my tastebuds especially my sweet tooth.. Too delicious.

Varadas Kitchen September 19, 2014 at 1:31 AM  

They do look like a sweet version of bondas. Must have made a nice snack for school.

Suma Gandlur September 19, 2014 at 4:43 AM  

These sweet fritters must be addictive.

Usha September 19, 2014 at 7:43 AM  

These do look like bonda. Must have tasted yummy.

Pavani N September 19, 2014 at 7:55 AM  

Looks like another version of the a Greek loukoumades. Addition of custard powder sounds interesting -- they just have tasted delicious.

vaishali sabnani September 19, 2014 at 1:09 PM  

The sugar syrupy drizzled balls look quite interesting...not a sweet person, but the ingredients are interesting and I am sure these balls would taste amazing.

Saraswathi Tharagaram September 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM  

Many international recipes are very similar to our cuisine..These sweet fitters sounds delicious..

The Pumpkin Farm September 19, 2014 at 8:12 PM  

this is a find Valli, considering it is so similar to gulab jamun and yet different, i will try making this for fresh snacks on diwali

Kalyani September 21, 2014 at 5:44 PM  

almost like undrallu right Valli :-)) very interesting choice for Q

Harini-Jaya R September 22, 2014 at 8:29 AM  

I am sure these are addictive..Anything with syrup is addictive :)

Manjula Bharath September 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM  

wow these fried custard balls looks so tempting , Love the wonderful golden brown you have attained :)looks yummy !!

Gayathri Kumar October 8, 2014 at 11:21 AM  

They look absolutely perfect for tea time. After trying a version of this even I liked it so much..

Chef Mireille October 12, 2014 at 10:29 PM  

they look great and can imaagine the soft and spongy texture

Archana Potdar October 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM  

Valli I must salute you you have so many things going I cannot keep up with you.
These bondas look so yum.

Padmajha PJ October 29, 2014 at 4:04 PM  

Finalizing a dish for Q was the toughest for me! And I wonder how you are able to cook , click and pack it off to school!You are indeed a super woman Srivalli. And this is a kids delight for sure...

Priya Srinivasan November 22, 2014 at 9:40 PM  

Looks yum valli and the fact it is possible to make them in less than an hour makes it more attractive! :)

Sapana Behl December 22, 2014 at 12:44 AM  

These custard balls looks so addictive !

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