Saffron, cardamom and ginger khabees

Saffron, cardamom and ginger khabees

5 mins Prep · 20 mins Cook

One of the oldest traditional desserts in the UAE, khabees is a toasted flour or semolina crumble similar to Indian halwa that can be enjoyed as a sweet option even at breakfast with a strong cup of coffee. Cardamom, saffron and rose water give it a fragrant aroma.

Created by Spinneys
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time 20 minutes
Serves 4
Cuisine Arabic
Diet Family Friendly
Preparation Easy
Nutrition (per serving)
Calories 767
Fat 14g
Saturates 4g
Protein 19g
Carbs 145g
Sugars 58g
Given the cook-at-home nature of Spinneys and natural variations in ingredients, nutritional information is approximated. See details

Cooking Instructions

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To make the khabees, place a medium-sized non-stick pan over a medium-high heat. Add the semolina and toast, for approx. 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Stir constantly to ensure even browning.


In a small pan, combine the water, sugar, butter, oil, saffron, cardamom and ginger. Stir until the butter has melted and begins to brown, approx. 5 minutes.


Add the butter mixture to the semolina and cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is dry and crumbly.


Divide the yoghurt between four bowls or glasses and top with the khabees, passion fruit pulp, rose petals and roughly chopped pistachios.