Loukoumades where served to the winners of the Ancient Greek olympics. Luqmat al-Qadi, was first made in the early medieval period and the 13th-century Abbasid Caliphate. It is mentioned in several of the existent cook books of the time. It is also mentioned in the One Thousand and One Nights, in the story The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad.
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