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Hyderabadi Khubani Ka Meetha / Indian apricot pudding or fool (e)

Today we are going to present a very special dessert from the city of Nizam’s – Hyderabadi khubani / qubani ka meetha aka Indian apricot fool (e) or pudding and one of Hyderabad’s special dessert, for which the city is known for.

Summers are for peaches, berries and apricots. Apricots mature early than the others, fresh one has a hint of tang in them but I love their apricot y color and musky flavor.  The fruit is native to Armenia and the region is known for producing and using apricots since antiquity. Fields after fields filled with dried apricots in Turkey presents such a pleasurable sight.

Around 400 years ago these Turkish apricots traveled all the way passing through the mighty Himalayan mountains and reached “Hindustan“, it’s transporters were on the verge of establishing a new dynasty in a foreign land. Rest is history with the rise and fall of Mughals, but apricots stayed here.

qubani ka meetha

Apparently apricots seems to love this new humid and tropical country, but since its cultivar can not survive under the scorching sun, they shifted northwards, under the shade of mighty Himalayas.

Apricots finds its destiny as “Qubani ka meetha” under the tutelage of Nizams (Governor of realm) of Hyderabad and thus evolved into one of the most elusive dessert and find its rightful place in the “shahi dastarkhwan” – a meticulously laid out ceremonial dining spread.

With time everything fades out in the oblivion, so as “qubani ka meetha”. A more popular dessert nowadays rules Hyderabad called “double ka meetha“, or bread pudding that off course represent common man’s pudding!  Nizams are gone,  so does the apricot pudding but  food connoisseur still strive hard to preserve the tradition.

hyderabadi khubani ka meetha

During my few years of stay in Hyderabad, I have come across many versions of khubani ka meetha, but honestly speaking I never liked it. An unappetizing brown color sugary mass with an oversize dollop of vanilla ice cream, can not be Nizam’s “khubani ka meetha” .

But I was lucky enough to savor it again, only this time it was served in a Muslim wedding of one of my colleague. Whether your are close to your colleague or not, does not matter, an invitation to wedding must be honored in all respect, at least for the sake of grandiose and luxurious feasts weddings are known for in India. That event has changed my perception,  khubani ka meetha was delicious with chopped kernels in it, not syrupy sweet and was served with a thick cream.

Recipe is simple. Just four ingredients.  Apricot, sugar, cardamom and cream.

Hyderabadi qubani ka meetha / Indian apricot pudding or fool (e)

Hyderabadi qubani ka meetha or Apricot fool is a traditional dessert and is usually served with clotted cream.
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Sweet Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: hyderabadi khubani ka meetha
Servings: 3
Author: Sukanya Ghosh


  • 30 Dried Apricots , pitted
  • Sugar : as per requirement
  • Sliced almonds : a handful
  • ½ cup Heavy Cream
  • Cardamoms or cinnamon or nutmeg to flavor


  • Soak the apricots in enough water (just to cover the apricots) overnight. They will become re hydrated and plumpy.
  • If the apricots are not pitted then remove the seeds. My apricots are already pitted so I skip this step.
  • Heat the apricots and water together, add a stick of cinnamon or few pods of cardamom or even a star anise if you wish to. This is just to infuse the flavour in the dessert.
  • Few drops of lemon or orange extract, if you have. I added few drops of orange extract and it heightened the flavor to another extent.
  • Now add the sugar and keep stirring.
  • I love the way how sugar slowly caramelizes.
  • Keep stirring and cook on low heat till it reaches a mushy consistency.
  • At this stage you can puree it for a smooth texture and this is more traditional way of doing it or you can leave it half crushed.
  • Qubani ka meetha is ready and you can serve it warm or cold with saffron cream, garnished with slivered almonds or apricot kernels.
  • Give some wings to your imagination and present it in a different style like this - apricot pudding trifle.
  • For this take a dessert glass and put the base layer of finely chopped almonds, pistachios, walnuts etc.
  • Pour the apricot pudding over it. Top it with saffron cream. If requires repeat the steps and serve chilled.



There are ways to replace the sugar in the recipe, some suggests use dates instead and some honey. I have added honey to it.

Qubani ka meetha resemble closely to English desserts like apricot fool (e), originated much the same time but food historians vouches that the original dessert was more liquid in nature and was translucent. If that was the case then today’s khubani ka meetha resembles no way close to Nizam’s recipe. Until someone dig the past and willing enough to share the centuries old recipe, lets enjoy its modern version.

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Until next





  • Reply
    August 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Having lived in Hyderabad and enjoyed this many times at my neighbors home, I had a love hate relationship with it. Loved to eat it, hated the calories :)) Great post.

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      August 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Honestly speaking, I was never a fan of khubani ka meetha as most of the commercial ones makes it with tons of dates in it, and so thick syrupy. The home versions are always better. 🙂

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    August 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

    nice dessert.. looks so yum

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    August 5, 2013 at 4:37 am

    Khubani Ka Meetha is one dish that I have so heard about but never thought of making it my kitchen. Reading your post, i am tempted to try it out. 🙂

    • Reply
      August 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      It is simple and delightful. Do give it a try.

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    Kumar's Kitchen
    August 5, 2013 at 7:38 am

    oh this awesome, fruity dessert is always a hit….the stewed apricots blend so well with cream…always ready for second helpings, yum 🙂

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      August 6, 2013 at 6:20 pm

      Fruits makes great delightful summer desserts. Loved them.

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    Ash- foodfashionparty
    August 5, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    Oh, I love this dessert. I could finish up the whole batch all by myself.

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    January 7, 2019 at 10:08 am

    I also never liked this sweet as the restaurant s must have spoiled the taste , never understood the royal connection with this simple sweet but hyped dessert.

    That’s where your post stiked a cord , your presenratiop looks beautiful , i would definitely give it a try ,…

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