Qamar Al-deen is a Middle Eastern drink that is dried apricot based. It is thick, sweet and delicious.
Qamar Al-deen drink is very popular in the Middle East especially during the holy month of Ramadan. It is a forgotten drink all year long until Ramadan comes in. It is one of Ramadan food recipes that is rarely in our fridge the rest of the year.
I've shared with you before how to make dried apricot leather or Qamar Al-deen paste. And now , with Ramadan almost one month away (May 27th), it is time to show you how to use it. One way is making this drink, another way is to make a pudding which I will share later with you. These two recipes are the most famous in Egypt. Of course there are other ways to use dried apricots in the Middle East, the Moroccan cuisine is filled with such recipes and I will also share more with you in the near future.
When I was little, I did not like the drink nor the pudding. It is funny how we dramatically change during the years, may be maturing or may be appreciating more the authenticity of certain recipes :). But this drink in particular, has so many good Ramadan memories.
When we break our long fasting day, we are all mostly thirsty than hungry. So as soon as we hear the Athan( call for prayer), which indicates that it is time to break the fasting. We all rush for drinks, nothing is more satisfying than a sweet thick drink that elevates your energy level as soon as it hits your stomach:).
Now let me show you how easy it is to make it. First we'll cut the dried apricot leather into pieces. Then pour water over to cover and soak overnight. If you are in a hurry you can pour hot water and let it soak for a 2-3 hours. Some people like to put the pieces with water and sugar on the stovetop until fully dissolved.
In your blender add the soaked apricot leather with its water and sugar. Some people also like adding some rosewater or orange blossom water.
Blend until everything is smooth and well blended.
Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate until ready to serve. Sometimes, people strain before chilling. This is usually done if you have lots of pulps and lumps but usually I do not do this.
I like my drink as is, thick and sweet, but I only add a couple of ice cubes and I let it melt while I drink it. Many of my friends like adding cold water let's say 75 juice to 25 cold water and stir in the cup. Few of them like using this drink to just flavor their water. So the bottom line is, you will not know until you try and see what will you like most.
You can make this drink and pour it into beverage dispenser topped with ice cubes for your next party. The color is very appealing especially in spring and summer time.
I hope you'll like this delicious authentic apricot drink.... Until next recipe... enjoy your weekend.
- 1 package (400gm) of Qamar Addeen or home made apricot leather.
- 3 cups tap water.*
- 1/3 cup sugar.**
- Cut the apricot leather into small pieces something like 2 inch squares.
- Put in a deep bowl and cover with water.
- Refrigerate overnight.
- In your blender blend the apricot with water and sugar until no lumps are visible.
- Strain if you like, I do not strain mine.
- Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate until serving time.
- Serve cold.***