Friday, May 25, 2007

Karkaday (Kuwait and Guatemala)

As I have mentioned before. I have observed many parallels between Arab foods and Latin American foods. Here is yet another example...

Guatemalan version of the recipe, known as "Rosa de Jamaica":

1/4 cup of dried hibiscus petals
6 cups of water
1/2 cup of raw sugar

Boil the water, add the washed hibiscus petals. Allow hibiscus petals and waters to boil together for a while and then remove from heat. Sweeten to taste. Pass through a colander. Serve chilled.

Kuwaiti version, known as "Karkaday":

1/2 cup dried hibiscus petals
6 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar

Soak the hibiscus petals in a pot with 2 cups of cold water for one hour. Bring to a boil, remove immediately and strain the liquid through a wire sieve. Return the petals to the pot and cover with 2 cups of cold water. Repeat process twice; the petals will begin to lose their reddish hue. Discard the petals and sweeten the juice with sugar. To serve warm, return to the pot and heat, but do not boil. To serve cold, pour over ice.

Guatemalan version of recipe by Clemencia de Chaluleu
Kuwaiti version from


Anonymous said...

I just returned from Egypt with a bag of dried hibiscus for Karkaday. My daughter-in-law similtaneously returned from Guatemala with the same! We had both just made the drink and were telling each other about it(although she is Guatemalan, and knows about it). Then I saw your blog and glad to have the recipes, since we wer both just winging it! Thanks

Shauny said...

Food really shows how we cultures are related. My family makes this drink all the time they are from Guyana in South America. Many Caribbean countries serve this drink along with Mauby drink - made from the dried bark of a tree.

Vanda said...

try substituting Kharkaday in an Elderflower Champagne recipe.
I can't believe no one else has thought of this!

Giselle said...

¡¡¡Voy a probar esta receta!!!
De casualidad me entere de esta bebida Egipcia, conocia varias recetas de Medio Oriente, sobre todo las que trajeron los inmigrantes a la Argentina...pero esta es un hallazgo para mi.
En Buenos Aires donde vivo hay muchisimos hibiscus, las llamamos "rosa china", en mi jardin tengo una amarilla lol.
Le voy a pedir a mi vecina me regale unas flores de su hibiscus rojo, para preparar karkaday. Luego les cuento los resultados.
Estoy preparando un blog con mis curiosidades..¿puedo agregar esta receta? Gracias y Saludos desde Argentina.

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