Originally an Egyptian dessert Om Ali or Umm Ali, which translates to “Ali’s Mother”, has a bizarre history behind its origin. It is said that the dish, which resembles bread pudding, was created in the 16th century by Om Ali, the first wife of the Sultan Ezz El Din Aybek, to celebrate the death of her husband's second wife Shajarat Al-Durr. The legend says that al-Durr forced Om Ali's husband to divorce her.
The dish under went many changes in terms of taste and mix and developed variants on the way. Often Om Ali is topped with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. It is one of the sweetest pastries of Arabia.
Here’s to Om Ali.