വീട്ടിൽ എളുപ്പത്തിൽ ഉണ്ടാക്കാം: കുനാഫ रेसिपി (Veetil Elippathi Undakkam: Kunafa Recipe)

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Kunafa, a melt-in-your-mouth cheese pastry drenched in fragrant syrup, is a beloved dessert throughout the Middle East. Layers of buttery knafeh dough (similar to shredded phyllo dough) encase a creamy cheese filling, baked to golden perfection and then soaked in a sweet, citrusy syrup. This recipe will guide you through creating this delightful dessert at home, no matter your experience level in the kitchen.

Ingredients:

കുനാഫ ഇനി ആർക്കും ഉണ്ടാക്കാം  Homemade Kunafa recipe Malayalam Hamlu’s  kitchen kunafa
കുനാഫ ഇനി ആർക്കും ഉണ്ടാക്കാം Homemade Kunafa recipe Malayalam Hamlu’s kitchen kunafa

For the Knafeh Dough:

  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) ice water
  • Pinch of salt
  • For the Cheese Filling:
  • 1 pound (450g) shredded Nabulsi cheese (or substitute with mozzarella cheese)
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted pistachios, finely chopped (optional)
  • For the Syrup:
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater (optional)
  • For Garnishing:
  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • Directions:

    1. Make the Knafeh Dough:
    In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry cutter or your fingertips, work the cold butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs. Slowly add the ice water, a tablespoon at a time, until the dough just comes together. Be careful not to overmix. Form the dough into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

    2. Prepare the Cheese Filling:
    In a bowl, crumble the Nabulsi cheese (or mozzarella). If using pistachios, add them to the cheese and mix well. Set aside.

    3. Make the Syrup:
    In a saucepan, combine sugar, water, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the syrup thickens slightly. Remove from heat and stir in rosewater (if using). Set aside to cool slightly.

    4. Preheat the Oven:
    Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Lightly grease a baking dish.

    5. Assemble the Kunafa:
    Divide the chilled knafeh dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, grate one half of the dough using the coarse side of a box grater. Spread the grated dough evenly over the bottom of the prepared baking dish.

    6. Fill and Top:
    Sprinkle the cheese filling evenly over the grated dough. Top with the remaining grated dough, making sure to cover the cheese completely.

    7. Bake:
    Bake the kunafa for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy on top.

    8. Soak in Syrup:
    Immediately after removing from the oven, pour the cooled syrup evenly over the hot kunafa. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes to allow the syrup to soak in.

    9. Garnish and Serve:
    Garnish with chopped pistachios and serve warm.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    This recipe yields approximately 8 servings. Please note that this is just an estimate, and the actual nutritional content may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.

    Calories: 450

  • Fat: 25g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Cholesterol: 50mg
  • Sodium: 250mg
  • Carbohydrates: 40g
  • Sugar: 30g
  • Protein: 15g
  • Conclusion

    Kunafa is a truly special dessert that is sure to impress your family and friends. The combination of crispy dough, creamy cheese, and sweet syrup creates an unforgettable flavor experience. With this easy-to-follow recipe, you can create this restaurant-quality dessert at home in no time.

    FAQs:

    1. Can I substitute the Nabulsi cheese?

    Yes, if you can’t find Nabulsi cheese, you can substitute it with mozzarella cheese. However, mozzarella has a higher moisture content than Nabulsi cheese, so you may need to drain some of the excess moisture before using it.

    2. Do I have to use rosewater?