Thursday, 8 February 2018

Khaleeji Cookies: Ghraiba

Now, I'd like to share one of my all time favourite yummies - arabic/khaleeji cookies called 'ghraiba.' The cookies are also popular in North Africa and well, all over the Arab world. Ghraiba is a round cookie which have a perfect sandy texture mmm...😋 and made with 3 kinds of flour, icing sugar & oil/butter. Sometimes powdered almonds may be added as well. 
Actually, you may find several versions of this recipe only very slightly different from each other. As for me, I prefer the version presented in the 'Lime & Cardamom' cookbook by Sarah Al Hammad. Well, easy to make and you'll have some yummy stuff enough for a series of teatimes - why wait?, let's make it!

  • 200g wholemeal flour
  • 100g plain flour
  • 100g chickpea flour
  • 150g icing sugar (optionally: +extra for dusting)
  • 180-200ml vegetable oil (or melted unsalted butter, but in this case, you will need it a bit more )
  1. Preheat the oven to 170℃ (gas mark 3)
  2. Sift the flours into a large bowl then mix in the sugar and vegetable oil. With your hands, knead the flour until moist and crumbly yet firm enough for a cookie to hold its shape.
  3. Take the dough by small portions, press between both palms and shape into rounds. The dough should be cracking on the sides. Press down your thumb or index finger lightly on the top of a cookie to make slight indentation.
  4. Lay out on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until lightly golden.
  5. You might like to dust the cookies with icing sugar, but that's of your choice.

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