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3 traditional pastries from the Arab world eaten during Eid Al-Fitr

Eid Al Fitr, celebrated on the last day of the month of Ramadan, marks the end of the fasting period for Muslims. In order to celebrate the end of the holy month of the Muslims, many pastries are consumed, from the Maghreb to the Levant. If some people rush to the bakeries in search of these pastries, others prefer to spend several days making them at home. But then, what are the best cookies for the occasion?

1. Ghriba



These shortbread will certainly not be missed at the party. Originating from the Maghreb countries, Egypt and the Middle East, Ghriba are traditionally handmade with flour, sugar and oil and/or butter and flavored with lemon or orange peel. This pastry, usually served with coffee or mint tea, is one of the most popular cookies on holidays. Its recipe can sometimes contain additional flavors, such as cinnamon, almond or coconut, depending on individual taste.


2. Chebakia



This Moroccan pastry is nicknamed the “Moroccan donut”, and you will quickly understand why! Fried in vegetable oil before being dipped in honey, the chebakia can nevertheless vary according to traditions and regions. If you want to start making it, you will need flour, eggs, orange blossom , and olive oil of course! Its particular shape distinguishes it from other oriental pastries, and is very easy to make.

3. Maamoul



Direction the Middle East with this delicious pastry, also sanded, which can be found in Syria and Lebanon. Maamoul are usually prepared a few days before Eid, and are eaten with a hot drink.