Om Ali

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Om Ali

Om Ali, Omali, Umm Ali, or Oumm Ali (Egyptian Arabic: ام على‎), meaning "Ali's mother" is an Egyptian dessert. There are numerous variations with different composition.[1][2] The name “Om Ali” is literally translated into the mother of Ali and it is traced back to the Ayyubid era. It is named after the wife of the ruler of the Ayyubid Empire in Egypt who used to make it for her husband.[3]


Typically, pastry (bread, pastry or puff pastry) is divided into pieces and blended with pistachios, coconut flakes, raisins and plenty of sugar. Milk, sometimes with cream, is poured over the mixture, which is then sprinkled with cinnamon. Finally, the mixture is baked in the oven until the surface is golden brown.[2]

It may be eaten hot or cold.[4]

An Iraqi variant is known as khumaiaa.

The dish may be compared to bread and butter pudding, albeit that the latter also includes eggs.


  1. ^ Girgis, Nancy. "Om Ali". All Recipes.
  2. ^ a b "Best Ever Om Ali (Egyptian Bread Pudding)". July 4, 2015. Retrieved 24 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Om Ali – a dessert with history!". Letters from Egypt. 2015-11-22. Retrieved 2019-06-22.
  4. ^ Hankir, Zahra (September 25, 2018). "The Legend of Om Ali | Egypt's Resilient National Dessert". Amuse. Vice Media. Archived from the original on February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2020.