Luqaimat - Traditional Emirati Dumplings

لقيمات/ Luqaimat 

These traditional Emirati crunchy dumplings is one dish that every Arab will have on their table spread for Iftar. Luqaimat is deep fried, yeast based dumpling that is usually drizzled with date syrup/ honey or even sugar syrup. Luqaimat literally means “little bites” and these are indeed little bites that you can’t get enough of! 

They are crunchy on the outside and mostly hollow on the insides, making it a really delicious “little bite” along with the drizzle of date syrup and a sprinkle of sesame seeds. These are very easy to prepare, you just to prepare the batter an hour in advance.

If your proportions of the yeast batter goes wrong, chances are that the dumplings can get oily, soggy or even flat. So you need to get your batter right.. for that, follow the instructions below: 


  • 1 1/2 cups Lukewarm Water
  • 1 tbsp instant Yeast
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 cups All purpose Flour 
  • 2 tbsp Corn Flour 
  • 2 tbsp Milk powder (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Oil 
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Sesame seeds for garnishing 


  1. In a bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. 
  2. To this, add in all the ingredients except for oil and mix and combine well using a whisk. 
  3. Now add in the oil and mix. Now, cover and set aside for an hour allow to rise.

  4. After one hour, wet your fingers with water and take a tiny bit of the batter with all your fingers and drop into hot oil. (The water helps the batter to slide off your fingers easily)

  5. Fry the dumplings until golden brown. 
  6. Top off with date syrup, honey or date syrup and garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy! 

Ps: Make sure the oil is super hot before dropping the dumplings to the oil, or else chances are the dumplings can get oily.
You may also use a piping bag and scissors to drop the batter into the oil. 

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