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EXOTIC TREATS Treat yourself to Arabian sweets
EXOTIC TREATS Treat yourself to Arabian sweets

Celebrate with international sweetmeats this year

Zakey of Damascus Sweets is a busy man this month. He has many orders for sweetmeats from Syria. "Made with pistachios, almonds and cashew nuts these are ideal as corporate gifts and for greeting friends," he says. Similarly Deli 9 has many takers for chocolate desserts and Danish pastries. "The Danish pastries are found on international buffets and are not too sugar heavy. We have many people placing orders for these," says Meghna Kamath, communications and marketing manager, Fusion Foods. Meanwhile Ofen has lined up baklava, basbusa and umali as part of the festive desserts line up made by chefs trained in Dubai in the Arab and Mediterranean cuisine.Adding to the traditional ladoos and sheer korma are international sweetmeats that are doing rounds in the city this year. Baklava, a rich, sweet pastry that features on cuisines of the Middle East, South Asia and the Balkans is the hot favourite so is the cream of wheat, butter, yoghurt and almond heavy Arabic delicacy basbusa. Mamoul, the Syrian delicacy made with pistachios, walnuts and dates, is popular with people. "You don't find these on regular basis and my children seem to like these imported sweets," says Sunita, a lecturer who has booked orders for the sweets. "We have imported the raw material and technology from Syria and Turkey to make popular sweets from those regions. We are manufacturing them here so that there is more shelf life. For example baklava can be preserved for one month and mamoul for 15 days respectively," he adds. High on calories, what with chopped nutslayered with honey, these desserts are nevertheless ones to die for. Time to indulge now. There is the treadmill to hit later. SYEDA FARIDA

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