This traditional Emirati recipe has been personalised with the addition of mozzarella cheese by Zahra Al Nahdi. This pastry is a delicious and traditional sweet similar to doughnuts and is often served during Ramadan and special occasions
Culinary magic of the Emirates
Culinary magic of the Emirates
November 23, 2018
Level Intermediate
Serves 6-8


1 cup spinneysFOOD All-Purpose Flour
½ cup powdered milk
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1 tbsp instant yeast
½ cup spinneysFOOD Fine Grain White Sugar
1 tsp saffron threads, soaked in ¼ cup hot water
2 tbsp oil
1-1¼ cup water, depending on the type of flour used
¼ cup sesame seeds
½ cup date syrup
4 cups oil for frying


  • 1

    Mix the dry ingredients and cheese in a large bowl.

  • 2

    Add the saffron and as much water as required to obtain a dough the consistency of soft cookie dough.

  • 3

    Knead for at least 10 minutes. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes.

  • 4

    Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a 2cm thickness.

  • 5

    Using a 6cm round cookie cutter, cut as many discs as possible.

  • 6

    Heat the oil in a deep pan over medium heat and drop 3-5 legeimat into it.

  • 7

    Using a large metal spoon, turn the legeimat over to get an even golden colour. Place them on a platter.

  • 8

    Drizzle with date syrup and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Best eaten warm.