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Amardeen Drink | Apricot Fruit leather Drink

Amardeen or Qamardeen or Qamar Al-Din in Arabic is a popular drink served during the month of Ramada across the Levant region. Made with apricot fruit leather which is easily available in stores during the Holy month. Some families prefer to make their own fruit leather during the Apricot season.
Amardeen Drink  | Apricot Fruit leather Drink
 
We are well into a week of Ramadan and before we realize, it will be over! I hope we continue to have the same vigour all through the year. This year we are alone, away from the big family get together Iftars. Today I am sharing my experience with Amardeen aka Amar al-deen or Qamar al-deen or Kamardeen.

Amardeen  | Apricot Fruit leather Drink

What is Amardeen?

Amardeen is fruit leather made with apricot that is sold across all the Middle Eastern countries chiefly coming from Syria and Lebanon. The apricot season is known to start and end without any sign and hence the need to stock up the fruit as jams, syrups and fruit leather. Amardeen or qamardeen or kamardeen is referred to the drink made with apricot's fruit leather which is served mostly during Ramadan. 

I got my hands on this a few weeks back and came home and researched about it. The most common thing made with it was this Amardeen drink. The first time I  prepared with sugar syrup flavoured with orange blossom water and rose water and topped with soaked and skinned pine nuts, pistachios and almonds. It was delicious but I was left with extra syrup as it is hard to make less quantity of it for just two people. I used the leftover syrup to make stuffed pancakes, but that is just adding to our calorie intake. This method is good when you are making a big batch for a crowd. 

The second time, I made with just sugar and flavoured water all into the blender. It was still good and then I also tried with honey. All the three ways were well received by Mr F and so I am sticking with honey as that makes me feel less guilty! Nowadays you have natural sweetener like Stevia which would be a good choice if you are on a calorie check.

How to make the apricot drink using fruit leather?

To make amardeen, there is no recipe as such. One pack of the sheet is 500 grams and I have used it 5 times as we are just two of us. Serving with the soaked and peeled nuts make it even richer and filling. The idea behind soaking and peeling off the skin of the nuts is to make them float on top. Try not to skip pine nuts as that pairs superbly well with the apricot.  You will have to soak the fruit leather overnight in the fridge to have it ready to use the next day.

Amardeen  | Apricot Fruit leather Drink

INGREDIENTS

Apricot fruit leather
Sugar syrup OR Sugar OR Honey
Orange blossom water
Rosewater
Mixed nuts - soaked and peeled

METHOD

Soak as much as amardeen you need in water just enough to cover the sheets. Mine was 500 grams sheet and had three folds, so I used 1/2 of one fold and that was enough for two glass of undiluted amardeen. Keep refrigerated overnight or at least for 4 to 5 hours.

Soak a handful of mixed nuts - pistachios, almonds and pine nuts. Peel the skin off.

Option A - Prepare enough sugar syrup infused with flavours of orange blossom water and rose water. Let it cool and then use as much as needed and blend with the soaked amardeen and the water.

Option B - Blend the soaked amardeen with sugar (about 2 to 3 teaspoon), a dash of orange blossom water and a teaspoon of rose water

Option C - Blend the soaked amardeen with honey (about 2 to 3 teaspoon), a dash of orange blossom water and a teaspoon of rose water

Just before serving, add the peeled nuts. Serve cold.
Now, a bonus if you have read so far :-P - there is a post of Amardeen Pudding too.

Amardeen  | Apricot Fruit leather Drink

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