Qatayef is considered the queen of desserts for the fasting Palestinians in the holy month of Ramadan. It has a high nutritional value and is widely demanded in Ramadan whether it coincides with summer or winter. Qatayef sellers are many and everywhere in this month especially in the popular markets.
Despite the abundance of desserts in Ramadan, Qatayef has its own advantage because of being easily made and prepared and not being limited to a particular class of the society.
Qatayef is an ancient traditional dessert known in Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. According to some sources, making Qatayef dates back to the Abbasid, Umayyad and Fatimid eras where some dessert makers used to compete in making and offering Qatayef to the Caliph.
Those passing by the Palestinian markets, bakeries and dessert shops, whether they are popular or high-end, during the month of Ramadan, cannot help but enjoy the mesmerizing smell of Qatayef or stop to watch the way it is made.