Um Ali-Om Ali-Traditional Egyptian Dessert-Ramadan Special

Um Ali or Om Ali is a traditional Egyptian dessert made with Phyllo pastry..bread or Croissants.  It’s a rich and royal sweet flavored with lots of dry fruits of your choice. The coconut lends an aromatic flavor and it’s sweetened with milk and simple sugar syrup.

What is Um Ali

Before I share the recipe with you all I would love to explain what Um Ali-OmAli is ..in case you have never heard it before…just like me!!
After doing some research on google I came to know the facts about this dessert. Legend has it that Om Ali was the first wife of Sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. When the sultan died..his second wife had a dispute with Om Ali..resulting in the second wife’s death. To celebrate. Om Ali made this dessert and distributed it among the people of the land. Since then her name stuck to this dessert.

Well, we are here to celebrate life. This post is dedicated to all my readers and friends who fast religiously during Ramadan and this dessert can be one of the best ways to break the fast.
“A fast is not a hunger strike. Fasting submits to God’s commands. A hunger strike makes God submit to our demands.” –Edwin Louis Cole

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Um Ali, the dessert became known as the dessert of celebrations in Egypt, the dessert served at big events and in congrats to newlyweds, newborns, and in celebration of Ramadan too. It moved on to become a well-loved and celebrated dessert all over the Middle East, however not many know exactly what this dessert celebrates! The death of Shajar al-Durr! This dessert comes with a somewhat dark history!

Empty your stomach to feed your soul!!

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Recipe of Um Ali-Om Ali-Traditional Egyptian Dessert-Ramadan Special

Ingredients:

Makes 2 serving bowls
4 slices- White bread (Can use brown bread as well)
Mix nuts of your choice.
I have used the following nuts-
Pecan nuts
Coconut nibs
pistachios
cranberries
raisins
figs
(You can see in the picture above)
1 tbsp- desiccated coconut powder
2 cups- cold milk
2 cups- Simple sugar syrup
1/2 tsp- cardamom powder

Method:

For making simple sugar syrup-
1. Take 2 cups of sugar in a pan and add 2 1/2 cups of water in it.

2. Boil it till bubbles are seen. Switch off the gas and let the syrup cool at room temperature.

Preparations-
1. Roast the slices on bread on a nonstick tawa using ghee till the bread becomes crisp and brown. Keep it aside.

2. Chop all the nuts coarsely and keep it aside in a bowl.

3. Pre-heat the oven at 160 C for 10 minutes and meanwhile arrange all the ingredients for Umm Ali in a bowl.

How to assemble-
1. Take 2 ovenproof bowls (you can bake it in a single big dish as well) and grease it with ghee.

2. Arrange 2 slices of bread in each bowl. Now start adding a handful of dry fruits in it.

3. Next, add some generous amount of desiccated coconut and pour the simple sugar syrup equally in both the bowl.

4. Finally, add the milk in both the bowls and bake it in the oven till 12-15 minutes till its bubbly and looks like a decadent pudding.

5. You can either have it warm or let is cool down at room temperature and chill it in the fridge for 2 hours. I prefer to have it cold.

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Recipe of Um Ali-Om Ali-Traditional Egyptian Dessert-Ramadan Special

Hetal Kamdar
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Ingredients
  

  • 4 slices- White bread Can use brown bread as well
  • Mix nuts of your choice.
  • I have used the following nuts-
  • Pecan nuts
  • Coconut nibs
  • pistachios
  • cranberries
  • raisins
  • figs
  • You can see in the picture above
  • 1 tbsp- desiccated coconut powder
  • 2 cups- cold milk
  • 2 cups- Simple sugar syrup
  • 1/2 tsp- cardamom powder

Instructions
 

  • Take 2 cups of sugar in a pan and add 2 1/2 cups of water in it.
  • Boil it till bubbles are seen. Switch off the gas and let the syrup cool at room temperature.

Preparations:

  • Roast the slices on bread on a nonstick Tawa using ghee till the bread becomes crisp and brown. Keep it aside.
  • Chop all the nuts coarsely and keep it aside in a bowl.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 160 C for 10 minutes and meanwhile arrange all the ingredients for Umm Ali in a bowl.

How to assemble:

  • Take 2 ovenproof bowls (you can bake it in a single big dish as well) and grease it with ghee.
  • Arrange 2 slices of bread in each bowl. Now start adding a handful of dry fruits in it.
  • Next, add some generous amount of desiccated coconut and pour the simple sugar syrup equally in both the bowl.
  • Finally, add the milk in both the bowls and bake it in the oven till 12-15 minutes till its bubbly and looks like a decadent pudding.
  • You can either have it warm or let is cool down at room temperature and chill it in the fridge for 2 hours. I prefer to have it cold.
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