There is no traditional middle eastern dessert that can be made without that yummy sugar syrup. This recipe below is the pure Egyptian way of making it. However, if you visit the neighboring countries like Syria, Palestine and many others, the flavor is different. Sometimes they add what is known as rose water. The Egyptians usually never add it, the syrup is basically sugar, water, vanilla and hint of lime. It is super easy to make. Enjoy.
2 cups of sugar for thick syrup, 1 1/2 cup for less thickness
1 cup of water
1 tsp lime juice
On a medium heat, add the sugar and the water.
Bring to boil.
Add the vanilla.
Add the lime juice and let it simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.