Egypt’s summer dessert delight: the Mango-Kunafa twist

Traditionally, Kunafa makers in Egypt prefer it to be toasted and crunchy on the top and bottom. (Photo courtesy:

As the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end, it won’t be easy for many in Egypt to get over a new liking for the traditional Kunafa desert, but with a mango twist!

The Kunafa dessert, made from spun shredded wheat, has been recreated with a topping of seasonal mango fruit and fresh whipped cream.

Traditionally, Kunafa makers in Egypt prefer it to be toasted and crunchy on the top and bottom. They later pour sugary syrup on top to sweeten it. The filling may be cream, mixed nuts, raisins, custard or cheese.

Now, mangoes have been added as an alternative filling. The combination of the Ramadan dessert and the summer fruit has proven to be irresistible for many.

“Egyptians are mango lovers,” said Mariam Ghazi, an Egyptian resident living in UAE. She told Al Arabiya News that the Mango Kunafa trend should not be so shocking, as Egypt has been always considered a top mango producer.

“We are used to eating mango kunafa at home but I was surprised it wasn't well known here [Dubai],” she said.

Because the Mango Kunafa remains a bit unique to Egypt, Ghazi was surprised that it is not widely offered in Dubai.

“Many Arabs are used to the traditional kunafa filled with cream, nuts or cheese. I felt it was time for my friends to try it, so I baked one myself.”

Ghazi, who said her mango kunafa “turned out to be a good hit” has decided to share with us her experience.

“My friends said it was delicious, naturally sweet and not too heavy,” she added.

She highly recommended people who haven’t tried it yet to give it a shot.

All you need to make the sweet treat is here:

250g kunafa
2 tbsp clarified butter (ghee) or normal butter, softened
1 tbsp sugar
1 small pack fresh heavy cream or crème fraiche
1 large ripe mango, peeled and cubed
1 cup sugar syrup



Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43