Dibyaza is the food every Makkawi and Jeddawi waits for on the 1st day of Eid. It’s a sort of marmalade, a strictly Hijazi custom, which I spent 3 hours at the kitchen helping my uncle prepare.
First, the different nuts are roasted, then “gamar al deen” which is dried peach paste is mixed with water and sugar and is added to the roasted nuts in a large pot. It is then brought to boiling point and fresh figs, peaches and special sugary dates are added. It is left to simmer while continuously stirring it for a couple of hours until the desired consistency is achieved.
The amount and types of nuts used depends on the family and their financial status, since nuts don't always come cheap, and the dates used here are called "gilada", meaning a necklace.
And here are photos!
Our lovely Chef, Engineer Abdulhameed Al Awadi. a.k.a. my uncle:
"Gamar Al Deen" after soaking:
Here are the figs!
Those are the dates, they are called "gilada" because they are placed on a thread like beads in a necklace:
And the hazelnuts:
Cashews! my favorite part of debyaza!
And the walnuts!
And the raisins:
then, the cardamom:
and the cloves:
Still simmering, the end product is slightly thicker in consistency and more orange in colour, the nuts become softer and it'd be more marmalade-like. will post a photo of the end product as soon as my uncle declares it prepared!
and THIS is the end product! dibyaza!