Umm Ali | How to make Umm Ali

By Kalyani S  |  17th Aug 2016  |  
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About Umm Ali Recipe

A baked low fat, low cal version of the popular dessert from Egypt :)

Umm Ali is a popular aromatic and delicious dish. You can try making this amazing Umm Ali in your kitchen. This recipe requires 15 minutes for preparation and 20 minutes to cook. The Umm Ali by Kalyani S has detailed steps with pictures so you can easily learn how to cook Umm Ali at home without any difficulty. Umm Ali is enjoyed by everyone and can be served on special occasions. The flavours of the Umm Ali would satiate your taste buds. You must try making Umm Ali this weekend. Share your Umm Ali cooking experience on the BetterButter platform. You can also use the "What's cooking" feature on the app to get in touch with other home chefs like Kalyani S for inputs. In case you have any queries for Umm Ali you can comment on the recipe page to connect with the Kalyani S. You can also rate the Umm Ali and give feedback.

Umm Ali

Ingredients to make Umm Ali

  • Large Croissants - 3
  • Full fat or low fat Milk - about 500 ml
  • Chopped nuts (I used walnuts and raisins and almonds) - about 1 large cup
  • pistachios - for topping (I skipped this)
  • Demerara sugar (Wet brown sugar) - 5 tbsp (adjust accordingly)
  • saffron strands - few (optional)
  • cream - 1/4 cup (I didn't use)
  • cinnamon powder - 1 tsp
  • Brown sugar to sprinkle on top

How to make Umm Ali

  1. Mix the nuts, half of the sugar in a big bowl. Crumble the croissants into smaller pieces and add to the bowl with the nuts. Transfer to an ovenproof dish (I used one large dish and two ramekins).
  2. Bring milk to a boil with the saffron and 1 tbsp of sugar. Pour half the quantity over the croissants - nut mixture and let the stuff soak up the milk.
  3. If using cream mix it with the remaining sugar and pour on top to form the top layer. Else repeat the same with milk
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon powder and brown sugar on top.
  5. Baked in a preheated oven at 165 degree centigrade for 20 minutes or till the top browns.
  6. Top with chopped pistachios.
  7. Serve warm or cold.

My Tip:

Traditionally, this is made with puff pastry / puff pastry sheets. But readymade croissants also make a great base. If you want to cut down the calories even further, use thick slightly old brown bread cubes as the base (of course the taste will vary greatly).

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