Happy Valentines Day!
When I was thinking of dedicating this recipe to valentine’s day, a thought flashed across my mind. Who wants to cook and serve on valentine’s day?
After lot of thinking I was really intrigued by this thought. Why Ma ke Haath Ka Khana is still special and delicious for us? With all the healthy food chains, good availability of all kinds of foods possible, restaurants doing good businesses, still home cooked food is in demand. Yes! I realized, its not food. Its the love, time, concern and feeling with the food that makes it more delicious and easy on your stomach.
Eating out is a weekly thing now (may be twice in a week for some..) like buying grocery or doing any other chores on weekend, still on any good occasion we prefer to go out and eat. So, what’s so special about eating out now? Gosh! Am I sounding old fashioned? Believe me, I love latest fashion and I am Fashionable!. But in this case just fanthoming a thought! For once I think I belong to an old school, where anything with love, time, concern and feeling is more precious than any materialistic gift. To be true, not to everybody and definitely not all the time but for that special one, you wanted to dedicate this day and sharing your feelings with out saying a word.
(Wow, so proud of myself for delivering a dialogue from Yash Chopra’s romantic film.)
Now coming to the recipe of the day, this is called Kataifi. Kataifi is a greek dessert made of special shredded pastry dough called Kataifi. To me its an exotic sweet related to very popular baklava in taste. This sweet is also popular in Turkey and other middle eastern countries. You can buy Kataifi from any middle eastern food specialty shops or some supermarkets with a name Kataifi Pastry. This dessert has exotic golden color, very crispy with a moist pistachios filling in the middle. Yum! delicious! are another suitable name for it.
- 1 Box Kataifi, Shredded Fillo Dough
- 2 Stick Butter, melted
- 1 cup Pistachios, coarsely ground
- ¾ cup Almond, coarsely ground
- 1½ cups Sugar
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice
- 1 tsp. Orange Blossom water
- ¼ tsp. Rose Water
- Boil sugar and water in a pan.
- Add lemon juice and continue boiling syrup for more 10 mins on low flame.
- Add rose water and orange blossom water and keep it aside to cool down.
- Mix pistachios and almond together for the filling.
- Tease out the Kataifi dough gently by hands.
- Add butter and pull apart the dough gently if there are any clumps.
- When the dough becomes fluffy, cover with damp cloth.
- Grease a ovenproof dish and preheat oven to 350 degree F.
- Take a section of dough, spread it in a shape of rectangle, drizzle butter all around.
- Place tsp of filling towards one end and fold it over into a cylindrical shape.
- Place them in a prepared dish, close together leaving no gaps in between.
- Drizzle the left over butter equally on each rolls.
- Bake it for 45 mins to 1 hour until golden brown in color.
- Pour sugar syrup all over the rolls and keep it aside until it absorbed.
- Garnish with pistachios and serve!