A typical selection of Arabic, or more specifically Khaleeji, sweets must include the famous Ghuraiba. Traditionally served plain or with nuts as a garnish to its rich crust, the Ghuraiba I'll be posting about today will be a modern approach to the original recipe in the ghuraiba is coated in chocolate.
You’ve probably heard of Oreo balls or Cake balls, now its time for “Ghuraiba balls.” This dish is extremely easy to make, and the surprise it brings its devourer is truly delightful. It'll melt in your mouth!
(Makes two trays of Ghuraiba)
3 cups of all-purpose flour
1 ½ cups icing sugar
1 1/3 cup of ghee
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cardamon
2 packs 12oz semi sweet chocolate chips
Ground pistachio for garnishing
Preheat the oven to 175 C.
Sift all the dry ingredients into a big bowl.
Add the ghee to the flour mixture and start combining the ingredients together until you achieve a held together ball of dough.
Start shaping the dough into small balls and placing them on a baking tray.
Place into the oven and bake until slightly golden, 20-25 minutes.
Remove from the oven and allow cooling. Once cool place in the refrigerator or else it will collapse when dipped into warm chocolate.
Begin by melting the chocolate, place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave until well melted but not burned. Stir to remove solids.
Remove the biscuits from the refrigerator and begin by dipping them into the chocolate then placing them into a tray lined with baking paper.
Garnish with ground pistachios and return to the fridge to set.
Once set, remove and enjoy these tasty little treats!
– Text and photography Shaikha Al Ali