Almond noghl
Alternative namesNuql, sugar-coated almonds
Place of originIran (Persia) and Afghanistan
Main ingredientsAlmonds or other nuts, sugar, water, rose water

Mlabbas (Syrian Arabic) (Arabic: ملبس), and Noghl (Iranian Persian), or Nuql (Afghan Persian) (Persian: نقل‎), or sugar-coated almonds, is a traditional Syrian, Iranian and Afghan confection. It is made by boiling sugar with water and rose water and then coating roasted almonds in the mixture. It can also be made with other nuts such as walnuts or other items. Noghl is often eaten along with tea.

Noghl is often included in Syrian, Iranian and Afghan weddings, which are based on ancient Arabic / Persian / Afghan ceremonies. As part of the wedding celebration, an often lavish spread of food is prepared at the home of the bride. Included among the food is an assortment of pastries and sweets, including noghl, which is typically paid for by the groom.[1] In many places in both Iran and Afghanistan, Noghl (Nuql) is showered on the bride and groom, much like confetti in Western countries would be.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Batmanglij, Najmieh. New Food for Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking and Ceremonies. Washington: Mage, 2008. (p. 393-395.) ISBN 0-934211-34-5
  2. ^ Saberi, Helen. Afghan Food & Cookery. New York: Hippocrene, 2000. (p. 9) ISBN 0-7818-0807-3