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Qatayef Posted by on Jul 29, 2012 in Culture

Qatayef (قطايف) is an lovely dessert that is usually served during the month of Ramadan. It is one of my favourite desserts in Ramadan.


Qatayef is small round pastries that look like small pancakes. They are bought from the shop and without any fillings, and they are filled and fried at home. They are delicious, and there are different ways of preparing them.


In the West, I cannot buy Qatayef from the shop, so I prepare it at home from scratch!


  1. 1 spoons of sugrar
  2. 1/2 cup of milk
  3. 1 spoons of yeast
  4. 2 spoons of baking powder
  5. 1 cup of water
  6. 1 1/4 cup of flour



  1. Mix sugar, milk and yeast and leave it to for a short while.
  2. Sieve flour and add baking powder to it
  3. Add all contents including water, and mix well together
  4. Leave it for about two hours to raise.
  5. In a very hot pan, pour enough to make a small qatayef. When it becomes cool, you can start filling it.


The most common way of preparing qatayef is to fill it with nuts, raisins and sugar. Then the are closed and the edges are pressed to hold the filling inside. Qatayef are then fried in oil, and either dipped in sugar syrup or sprinkled with sugar.


Another way of preparing it is to make them in the shape of a cone and then fry them. After they cool down, you can fill them up with dairy cream and fruits or nuts and sprinkle them with sugar.


Qatayef can also be filled by cheese or vegetables if you like, but in Ramadan they are usually served as dessert.

Here is another useful video! Enjoy!


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