Qamar al-Din, roughly translated as "moon of religion" is a juice made from apricot fruit leathers. A substantial yet vitamin-filled beverage, it is a hugely popular way to break the fast during Ramadan. The main ingredient in Qamar al Din is sun-dried apricots that have been cooked down into sticky fruit leathers. The fruit leathers are stacked and packaged into a yellow cellophane-covered brick which can be bought at Middle Eastern grocery stores.
There are plenty of other juices popular at Ramadan, like Tamar Hindi, a sweetly tart tamarind drink, Erk Sous, made from roots of liquorice, and Jallab, a murky-looking concoction of rosewater, dates and raisins.
- 300 g or 3 sheets of dried apricot paste
- 2 1/2 cups hot water
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons orange blossom water
- Cut the qamar ed-deen into small pieces.
- Put the pieces in a bowl and add the hot water. Leave for 2 hr or more, stirring from time to time for the pieces to dissolve.
- Strain the mixture through a fine sieve then add sugar and orange blossom water.
- Let it cool in the refrigerator and serve in glasses.