Qamar El-Deen: Orange Juice and Dried Apricot Smoothie

Orange Juice and Dried Apricot Smoothie

Christine Benlafquih

  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Soaking Time: 2 hrs
  • Yield: 2 cups (1 serving)

Apricots are a popular dried fruit in Morocco. Here, they're blended with orange juice to yield a Moroccan version of the Middle Eastern juice known as qamar el-deen. This thick, flavorful juice is a favorite offering after a day of fasting in Ramadan.

Although not traditional, you can include the optional yogurt for creamier flavor.

Note that you will need to soak the dried fruit for two hours or longer before mixing the juice.


  • 2 cups/500 ml. orange juice
  • 150 g. dried fruit (apricots, 1 large handful)
  • Optional: 1 cup/250 g. yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
  • Optional: 7 ice cubes

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Ahead of time, place the apricots in a bowl and cover with water. Leave the fruit to soak for two hours or longer, then drain. Alternatively, you can boil the apricots until soft (about 10 minutes) and then drain and chill them.

  3. Place the softened dried apricots in a blender with half of the orange juice. Process on high speed until the apricots are well-pureed. Add the remaining ingredients, if using, and process again until smooth.

  4. Pour into glasses and serve.