My Pumkin-Walnuts Dessert

An easy recipe for a delicious and  humble dessert.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pumpkin
  • ½ cup walnuts, crushed
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter

 

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How to make it???

Preheat your oven to 176 C.

Rinse off the pumpkin. Cut off pumpkin lid. Use a knife to stab outer shell a few times, to allow for ventilation. Then place the pumpkin in a glass baking dish and transfer the dish into the oven to roast for about 45-60 minutes. The duration for roasting depending on the size of the pumpkin.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, add crushed walnuts, sugar and cinnamon and fry for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Once the pumpkin is roasted, Let to cool down, Use a spoon and scrape out the seeds. Cut pumpkin into slices but do not need to separate the slices ( as you see in the photos).

Fill centre of pumpkin with fried walnuts and sprinkle some icing sugar top of it.

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My Pumpkin-Walnuts Dessert

Ingredients

1 pumpkin

½ cup walnuts, crushed

2 tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1tbsp unsalted butter

How to make it???

Preheat your oven to 176C.

Rinse off the pumpkin. Cut off pumpkin lid. Use a knife to stab outer shell a few times, to allow for ventilation. Then place the pumpkin in a glass baking dish and transfer the dish into the oven to roast for about 45-60 minutes. The duration for roasting depending on the size of the pumpkin. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan, add crushed walnuts, sugar and cinnamon and fry for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Once the pumpkin is roasted, Let to cool down, Use a spoon and scrape out the seeds. Cut pumpkin into slices but do not need to separate the slices ( as you see in the photos).

Fill centre of pumpkin with fried walnuts and sprinkle some icing sugar top of it.

 

My Yogurt Balls

Hi my dear page visitors. I am just in love with these yogurt balls. Aren’t they gorgeous? They look like jewels. Very healthy, light and tasty snacks. It is fantastic when you see how easy yogurt transform into these tasty balls.

Once you made your yogurt balls , you may keep plain yogurt balls in a jar with some olive oil or topping and serve them.

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For making these tasty yogurt balls you would need to get rid of yogurt liquid and I made it with traditional method, as you would see in the following recipe. Also you have myriad choices for topping from dried herbs to seeds and nuts.

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Ingredients

  • 500g Greek yogurt
  • 2 tsp salt

For topping

  • Dried herbs such as: dill, mint, oregano, chives,
  • Smoked paprika
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Chilli flakes
  • Dried rose petals
  • Chopped walnuts

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Instructions

Stir salt into the yogurt . Pour the yogurt into a double layer of cheesecloth or kitchen cloth. Tied up the corners.. Hang it over a bowl and leave to drain for 24 hours, until all liquid left in the bowl and strain away.

That’s all you have to do . Resulting is a thick and creamy yogurt.

Shape it into little balls and roll in a topping your choice.

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Shirazi Rice Pilaf

Shiraz is an ancient city in SW of Iran. Shiraz is known as the city of literature, flowers, wine, gardens, nightingales and poets.

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This beautiful city is a one of the important tourism centres in Iran. With a short driving distance from Shiraz there are ruins of some of most spectacular ancient sites such as: ancient city of Persepolis, Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Pasargadae, ancient necropolis of Naqsh-e Rustam with rock cut tombs of Persian kings, Naghsh-e Rajab with rock cut reliefs,….

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My today recipe is called Qanbara polow, one of traditional classic rice dish from Shiraz that is served in especial occasions, parties and as Iftar in month of Ramadan.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups rice
  • 350 g minced meat
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 100 g chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp gram flour
  • 50 g raisins
  • 3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • 1 ½ tsp grape molasses
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions

In a bowl with minced meat, add gram flour, turmeric and season with salt and pepper. Mix all together well. Then, give small ball shape to the meat. Heat the oil in a pan and fry them.

Heat the oil in another pan and sauté chopped onion until soft, then add raisins and chopped walnuts. Fry for 2 minutes and set aside.

In a bowl with pomegranates molasses, add grape molasses and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Mix together.

Semi cook the rice. Add meat balls and fried onion mixture with walnuts and raisins. Pour molasses mixture top of rice and allow to cook perfectly.

Once rice is done, gently stir the rice and serve it.

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Deemaaj

Qazvin in NW of Tehran, is one of ancient cities of Iran. Qazvin was capital of the Persian Empire under Safavids for 57 years.

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Nowadays, this city is one of important cultural and tourism centre in Iran due to archaeological sites, fortifications, monuments, ……. and beautiful sights and for its carpet patterns, poets, pistachio gardens and Sweets such as Baklava.

Name of my recipe is Demaaj or Dumaaj that is a traditional cold food in Qazvin and Tabriz. Dumaaj is a light, traditional and different food. When weather gets warmer, this food would be one of amazing cold food recipes for summer time.

Deemaaj is combination of Persian naan Lavash with aromatic fresh herbs, plain yogurt, cream and walnuts.

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Recipe for this food is slightly different area by area. Deemaj is one of healthy foods for Iftar in month of Ramadan. One of essential ingredients for deemaaj is Persian naan Lavash. If you do not have access to this bread, tortillas bread would be good substitute.

Other ingredient is Iranain Paneer ( cheese) , and good substitute for cheese also would Greek cheese.

Preparing this food is very cheap and easy. You can store it for several days in the fridge. I recommend you to try this refreshing and light meal for a warm summer afternoon.

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Ingredients

  • 1 large Persian Lavash naan bread ( 2 tortillas bread)
  • 2 medium cucumber, finely chopped
  • 4-5 spring onions, finely chopped
  • Small bunch of each herbs includes: dill, chives, mint, coriander, parsley, tarragon
  • 100 g chopped walnuts
  • 100 g Feta cheese, crumbled
  • 100 g butter or clotted cream
  • 4 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • ¾ of a cup water
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Break the bread into small pieces and toast it in a pan until crunchy.

Add water to the yogurt and season with salt- pepper and paprika. Whisk it well until you have a thick liquid.

Now, mix yogurt mixture with cream or butter and crumbled cheese. Next, in a large bowl with chopped herbs, cucumber, bread and chopped walnuts, add yogurt mixture and gently combine all ingredients together.

Allow to set in the fridge for 2 hours until firm, then give mini ball shapes and serve it. You can store this lovely bites fresh for few days in the fridge.

 

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Easy Nut Energy Bar

Hi lovely people. If you are very busy that have no time to eat your food, a delicious and good solution is nut energy bar that is a good sources of protein and carbohydrate.

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup almond
  • ½ cup sesame seed
  • ½ cup pistachio
  • ½ cup cashew
  • ½ cup pumpkin seed

For syrup

  • 1 cup white or brown sugar
  • ½ cup honey
  • Half a lime or lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

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Instructions

Roast all of nuts in a pan for 5 minutes. Keep stirring and once they roasted remove from the heat.

In a pot add all ingredients for syrup. Stir together and then simmer the syrup on low heat for 5 minutes. Pour the syrup on nuts, combine together and let to cook for 2 minutes.

 

Line your cake mould with parchment paper or grease it. Pour nuts mixture in it and refrigerate it for 2-3 hours. Remove from the mould and cut it into small pieces.

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Spinach and Garlic-Yogurt Rolls

This is such a delicioussssssssssss and good finger food, party nibbles or snack. Star of this recipe is spinach. You can use either fresh or frozen spinach leaves. One of other ingredients for this beautiful dish is barberry which is called ‘ Zereshk  ‘ in Persian language. Zereshk is dried fruit of Barberries.

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Iran is the largest producer of zereshk in the world. Most of the zereshk gardens are located in NE of Iran in Khorasan province.

This red colour fruit is used a lot in Iranian cooking. As adding to the rice ( pilaf/polow), or dish with chicken or adding to Persian frittata ( Kookoo). Also for making zereshk jam and zereshk juice that is very refreshing and delicious with good source of vitamin C.

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Ingredients

  • 150 g spinach leaves
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • 5 eggs
  • 3 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp barberry zereshk ( substitute for zereshk might be currant)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Add spinach leaves with 3 tbsp water to a pot . Cook it for 3-4 minutes. Remove from the heat and squeeze to get ride of extra water.

Pour cooked spinach, onion, spices, oil and eggs in a food processor or a blender. Mix well for 2 minutes or until you have a smooth mixture. Add Chopped walnuts and barberry to the mixture. Combine it.

 

Cover the baking tray with parchment paper. Pour the spinach mixture in it and with a spoon or a spatula spread the liquid mixture equally in the tray. Cook it in the oven for 15 minutes. We nearly done it.

While spinach get to be ready, add grated garlic and pinch of salt to the Greek yogurt and mix together, set aside.

Once spinach cooked remove from the oven. Allow to cool down. Now, flip over spinach and remove the paper. With a knife cut the spinach into long strips ( as you see in the photos).

Spread garlic-yogurt on each strip and roll it gently. Once all strips rolled out, refrigerate them for an hour and then serve it.

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Gata ( walnut rolled sweet)

This lovely sweets are so good and delicious. Armenian population in Iran make it and it is very popular between all nation. We can get it easily form confectioneries or bakeries.

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Ingredients
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups plain flour
1 cup icing sugar
½ tsp nutmeg powder
½ tsp cardamom powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg yolk
1 cup crashed walnuts
Puff pastry dough

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Preparation
Heat the pan on a medium heat and melt the butter in it. Add flour and stir in for 5 minutes. Then add sugar and stir in for 2 minutes. Add cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and walnuts to the mixture and stir for 2-3 minutes more. Set aside to cool.


Preheat the oven on 175C .
Sprinkle 1-2 tbsp. flour on working table. Place puff pastry dough on it. Brush with egg yolk. Spread filing mixture on dough and then roll the dough from one of the long sides. Give soft punch to the dough with rolling pin.

Brush with egg yolk surface of prepared dough . Then use a cutter or a knife and cut it into small pieces.

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Set them in a baking tray and bake in oven for 30 minutes or until golden.
Serve it with your favourite tea.
Bon appetit.

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Kataifi dessert

This is one of the most delicious desserts. It’s made with Kataifi dough that is filled with different ingredients such as pistachio, walnuts, mascarpone cheese or cream and soaked in honey-sugar syrup.It’s surprisingly easy to make. Just fill it, roll it up and bake it 🙂

 

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Ingredients

400g kataifi philo

250g melted butter

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Ingredients for filling

2 ½ cups chopped pistachio or walnuts

2tbsp sugar

¼ tsp cardamom

¼ tsp clove powder

½ tsp cinnamon powder

 

Ingredients for syrup

1 cup water

¾ cup sugar

1/3 cup honey-sugar

1tbsp lemon juice

1 ½ tbsp orange blossom or rose water

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Method

Preheat the oven to 180C degree.

Mix all ingredients for filling together and set aside.

For Syrup, bring to a boil the water, add all ingredients except orange blossom. Reduce the heat and let to simmer for 10 minutes. Then add orange blossom or rose water and cook for 2 minutes more.

Remove from the heat and set aside.

Defrost kataifi dough by leaving it in the room temperature.

Take some of philo and spread out. Place of filling on the philo and roll it up. Place it in the baking tray.

Or butter inside the cup cakes. T ake some of kataifi philo and place inside the cup cake mould. Fill it with nuts, and cover the nuts with some more philo ( as you see in the photos).

Pour melted butter on top of rolled kataifi and place the baking tray in the oven, bake for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven and pour cold syrup over hot kataifi. Spread some nuts top of the kataifi.

Allow to set for an hour and serve it.

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Baslogh

Baslogh is a Persian walnut pastry, a soft starch made with corn starch, zafaran (Saffron), rose water and topped with walnuts. In my childhood we used to get long baslogh with kite string in layers about 30-60 cm and we children wore it like a necklace, bite and eat it 🙂 it was very fun to have a necklace that you can eat 🙂

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Ingredients

1 cup corn starch

2 cups sugar

3 cups water

½ cup rose water or Golaab

1 tbsp unsalted butter

Walnuts

Shredded coconut or plain flour

 

Method

In a bowl mix corn starch with water. Stir until corn starch dissolved. Then add sugar and mix until sugar also dissolved.

 

Pour the mixture in a pot on medium to low heat and stirring non stop for about 15-25 minutes until the mixture becomes thick.

Remove from the heat, add butter and rose water. Continue stirring until butter melted and the mixture shape like soft dough.

Let it slightly cool.

For the centre of baslogh you might use walnuts or plain colourful baslogh pastry by adding drops of food colouring or saffron water to the pastry ( as you see in the photos)

 

There are different ways to give shape to baslogh: might be used of mould or just give shape by hand.

So, on a piece of cling film, sprinkle shredded coconut powder or plain flour, put some of pastry, line with walnuts and put a piece of string in the middle and top with other layer of pastry. Wrap the cling film and Gently squeeze it with your hand.

 

 

Other way for preparing baslogh is: take 1tbsp of pastry and drop it into a plate with shredded coconut powder or plain flour . Put small piece of coloured pastry. Shape the mixture into balls. Coat all sides with flour or coconut powder.

Place it in the refrigerate for an hour. Then remove the cling film and cut baslogh into small pieces.

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Persian Dried Rose Petals Jam (Morabay-e Gol-e Sorkh)

National flowers of Iran are: Rose- Tulip- Mediterranean Cypress and Louts. Among them, rose flowers are most popular and loving between Iranian and have such an especial place.
Rose water which is called ‘ Golab’ In Farsi ( Persian) language, is a flavour water made by steeping beautiful rose petals in water and during a long process, rose water produce.
In Iran, rose water and rose petals is used to flavour food, sweeties, and is also used in cosmetic industry (as a source of perfume or cream and lotions), and in medical issues.
Rose water has ceremonial functions as well.

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With rose petals can make wonderful jam or tea which is luxurious.
Using Rose water and drinking of delicious herbal rose petal tea has variety of physical health. It can help immune system boost, benefit for skin and hair, improve digestion, can help calm stress.
The flavour of roses is distinct and immediately recognizable, and it looks as wonderful as it tastes.
Rose petals jam is one of traditional jams between Azerbaijani people. This jam might be made with fresh rose petals or dried ones. In Azerbaijani language rose flower calls ‘ Gezil gul’ . Rose petals jam usually is made in mountains areas of Azerbaijan.
This recipe for making a delicious jam is with dried rose petals.

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Ingredients

  • 2.1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup dried rose petals
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2Tbsp lemon/lime juice
  • 2Tbsp chopped walnuts

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Preparation
In a dry pan, roast dried rose petals for 2 minutes, stir constantly until get crunch. Set aside. Place the water in a sauce pan. Bring the water to a boil. Pour 1 cup of boiled water over the roasted rose petals.

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Cover it with a lid and let to rest and become soft for 1 hour.

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Stir sugar in the remaining of boiled water and bring it to a boil again. In this step, add freshly squeezed lemon juice, simmer until syrup become thick and reduce to half.

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Then, add rose petals to the syrup and continue to simmer for 5 minutes.

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Turn the heat off. Place a kitchen towel over the lid of the pot and let steam on it’s own and cool off. The towel will catch the moisture.Add chopped walnuts to the cool rose jam. You can add pinch of cardamom as well (it’s optional).

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This tasty jam with silky texture and chopped walnuts in, has a unique flavour. Might be used for garnishing ice cream, cake, Persian rice flour pudding (Fereni) or spread on bread with butter or clotted cream and a cuppa tea. Soooooooo good.

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