Why Nablus is known as Palestine's capital of sweet treats

Halawa said: “Every household consumes these sweets during Ramadan. Nablus is known for its sweets, and their prices are reasonable”

The 2,000-year-old city of Nablus, which is located in the northern West Bank and is a lush, green agricultural region that produces some of the best food in the region, is regarded as the region’s capital. Especially during the Ottoman era, Nablus’ location on the old trade route between Jaffa or Jerusalem and Damascus gave rise to a thriving gastronomic culture. Nablus is the place to go if you’re seeking for a range of traditional, regionally grown Palestinian meals and vegetables.


Kunafeh is maybe the most well-known and adored meal to come out of Nablus, or even all of Palestine. What’s not to love about this dish made with an unsalted, mild form of nabulsi cheese, sandwiched between two layers of crispy pastry fried in butter and covered in sugar syrup? The al-Aqsa bakery in the Old City is a kunafeh institution that is well-known across Palestine. They prepare their kunafeh pastry in their traditional open factory in front of onlookers in large circular trays.

What is Kunafa?

Kunafa is a widely consumed dessert in a variety of Arab nations. During Ramadan, this sugar-coated pastry is extremely well-liked. The preparation varies and the name “Kunafa” has a distinct spelling for each location. The delicacy is typically piled or filled with cream or cheeses, ranging from soft local cheeses to goat cheese. The pastry is then drenched in a syrup made of sugar. The syrup is flavored with orange blossom water or rose water. 

kunafa ingredients include:

Kataifi dough (Purchased from the supermarket)

Ricotta cheese

Rosewater (Vanilla extract can be used instead)

These components come together to create a sweet and delightful treat. You may also make the sugar syrup without the rosewater.

History of Kunafa

Nablus, a city in Palestine, is where one of the most well-known methods for preparing kunafa was created. One of the most well-known desserts in the nation is kanafeh nabulsiyeh.
A white-brine cheese called Nabulsi is used to make this delicacy. Additionally, there are tales that place the origin of kunafa elsewhere. Due of this dessert’s widespread appeal throughout several nations, it is impossible to pinpoint its exact roots.

Pistachio Mabroma

Sweetened prime pistachios rolled within thin strings of roasted knafeh and cut into quarter discs. Indulgent and rich, this special sweet is made from age old recipes. Mabrouma or Burma, a dessert from the Middle Eastern cuisine, especially the Levantine cuisine, prepared in different ways, and follows the breads. Its ingredients are similar to the ingredients of Kunafa, where nuts are used as a filling, Arabic ghee, and syrup as the main sweetener.


Qatayef, or Middle Eastern semolina pancakes, are a classic Arabic confection that are particularly well-liked. They are filled with a variety of ingredients, with nuts or sweet cheese being the most popular. After being deep-fried, they are then covered with Atar Rose Water Syrup. Some are made into horn shapes by merely sealing one end, filling with cream or kashta, and then topping with pistachios.

Arabic crepes called qatayef come in a wide variety of flavors and toppings. The traditional qatayef is filled, cooked, and then doused in simple sugar. This time, I’m going to demonstrate a new kind of qatayef. filled with creamy ashta, covered in pulverized almonds, and drizzled with honey or nectar. Qatayef Asafiri. So delectable and savory.

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