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The holy month of Ramadan has its own heritage in types of foods and sweets during the year. Besides the spiritual atmosphere of Ramadan inherited from one generation to another. Traditionally, some food, such as Sambousa, Soup, Beans and Luqaimat, can be seen in Ramadan’s Iftar table as a part of the inherited customs. Luqaimat is adapted from the word "luqma" as a single one. It has started from Hijaz as a famous dish prepared by the people of Makkah, as soon as the prayer call of Maghrib approaches, some of the neighbourhoods in Makkah and Jeddah start preparing luqaimat in order to sell them. It moved to other countries like Oman with a slight difference in the ingredients, specifically in houses where people prepare it for their families. The ingredients are mostly water, yeast, flour, and oil, with a taste of coffee, cream, starch and other flavours. The method of frying luqaimat require some skills and must be in a spherical shape of one size. However, not all people have the right skills to prepare it in one size and shape. There are multiple readymade mixtures of luqaimat in the markets that can be used by adding water only, but many who prefer to prepare it at home by themselves. Luqaimat is usually covered with "Shira", which is a sugar that is dissolved with the water. It adds "sweet taste". Families used to present it with coffee as a startup dish before starting the main dishes for the guests. Luqaimat is one of many types of food that are strongly related to the holy month of Ramadan. Alongside the customs inherited from grandparents, and the practice of worship to the preparation of meals and sweets that accompany the Arab table during the holy month as we mentioned above.


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