In abowl, add egg yolk, milk, vegetable oil and baking powder.
Stir together until fully combined.
Gradually, add flour to the mixture and keep whisking until you have a soft batter.
Then knead the batter for 3-4 minuets until, you have a nice non- stick dough.
Place it in a plastic bag and refrigerate it for 2 hours.
Meanwhile, prepare the filling: you can use walnuts or almonds and i used walnuts. first of all , I toasted walnuts in the oven at 175C degree for 2-3 minutes. to be honest, Toasted walnuts are more delicious in this recipe. Then grind toasted walnuts in a blender .
Add spices such as cinnamon, powdered sugar and 1tbsp rose water to the ground walnuts
and mix them until you have a sticky filling and Set it aside.
Mix all ingredients for coating too and set aside.
Place the dough on the working surface.
Cut the dough into walnut size, that will be (11-12g each piece of dough).
Make it flat.
and add the walnuts filling onto the centre
and form the dough into a small ball, and seal it properly. Other method to prepare the dough is: roll out the dough very thin. Using round shaped cookie cutter and cut out the dough into small circle and thin dough and fill them
Make3-4 dough balls at a time.
Heat the vegetable oil on a low heat and let it heat slowly. If you heat the oil on high heat, it will burn our dough balls. You can bake the qottab in the oven too, but traditionally qottab, is deep fried.
Deep fry the pastries on a medium to low heat. If you deep fry them on high heat, only outside of dough will bake and still inside will be not baked properly.
So, be patient and let to deep fry until golden brown,while you stir them. To make sure it is ready, tap each dough ball against the side of the pot. You know it is ready when you hear a hollow sound.
Place them on a napkin to drain the oil
and before they get cold, gently, dip them into the cardamom flavoured, and sugar mixture until completely coated (otherwise the sugar will not stick on) and then garnish with ground pistachios.
Place them on plate and allow to cool properly before serving.