Sunday, July 20, 2008

Esh al bulbul (Konafa with nut)

Recipe by:meedo

This is Arabic Bites entry for event "It's all about memories" hosted by Jeena.

The recipe "Esh al bulbul " one of the recipes it's reminds us of "Ramadan" the ninth month of Islamic calendar or as we call it Fasting month.

Ramadan is family time here in saudi arabia, so we enjoy that time every year with our wonderful family and friends,& the end of the month we celebrate Eid for 3 days.

In fact Ramadan is not just about food & celebration,It's a month full of Spiritual ,Prayer & reading of the Qur'an.

The true meaning for Ramadan sympathy for those who are hungry, hurting, and alone,& try to help them.


For "Esh al bulbul " you will need:

1 package (about 500 g) konafa =kataifi shredded pastry .

Almonds, Pistachios, hazel nut.

For shira (syrup):
1 1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon orange blossom water or rose water
1 tablespoon lemon juice

To make shira (syrup):
Combine all ingredient in a medium pan, stir over heat, until sugar is dissolved simmer, uncovered without stirring about 15 minutes or until mixture is thickened.

To make konafa :

1)Take a small amount of shredded pastry ,roll it around your finger then Place on baking sheet.


2)Bake in 350F oven, for 20 to 30 minutes or until it lightly browned ,then fill each one with 2 or 3 pieces of your favorite nut,(dip the nut in the syrup then place it in the center of konafa).

3)Lower the oven heat to 300 F , and bake for 10 to 15 or until they gold and crunchy.



Cynthia said...

Ramadan is celebrated in Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago here in the Caribbean but I've never seen this dish before. I'll be sure to share it with my friends.

Robin Sue said...

These look like pretty little nests. Wonderful! I am enjoying the pastries you are making and hope to make real soon. I just need to find a market that sells most of the ingredients I need to make your great recipes.

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks fantastic. I haven't worked with kataifi dough before, but I'm sure I'll get the hang of it - especially with such powerful motivation!

meeso said...

Wow, this looks excellent... I would LOVE a bite!

Jeena said...

Fabulous entry thank you so much. I love how beautiful they look and can well imagine them being brought out on a platter to enjoy. I always love all of your recipes. :-)

Aditi..............:) said...

Wow!!! It looks so delicious!! ;)

Arabic Bites said...

I'm sure your friends will love it,Thanks for stopping by :)

robin sue,
Glad to hear from you and to have found your blog. Looking forward to reading through your posts.
& you're right In fact the translate of "Esh al bulbul" is bird nest.

Fearless Kitchen,
Thanks :)

You have all the plate for you,I'm sure your daughter will love them ;)

Thank you for hosting this event,& thanks for the comment.

Thanks for stopping by :D


lilmizlynn said...

They look so yummy!!!! I love eating pastries (desserts in general). I wonder if I can get those kataifi shredded pastry here or in Singapore??

btw I enjoy reading your blog.. Im gonna add you in my favorites... :)

Lucy said...

Looks amazing!! if I can only find the kataifi I would love to try this recipe.. ;-)

Katie said...

Those look really good! Your blog is so interesting. I love all of your cool recipes and creative pictures.

Arabic Bites said...

lilmizlynn,Lucy & Katie Thanks...keep visiting :D
for konafa =kataifi shredded pastry try to find it in arabic specialty shops.

zainab :)

arundati said...

this reminds me of pheni...looks like really thin vermicelli, which we have with milk and powdered sugar...this looks fabulous!!

Rajani said...

hello there! lovely nests.. is this some sort of vermicilli? where can i get it in dubai? any idea? pls. drop by blog and pick up an award by me! :)

Corinne said...

This looks really good, I will have to find a Middle Eastern Market I can go to to find this shredded pastry...

SteamyKitchen said...

Those are absolutely gorgeous!

aliraqia said...

wow u guys know how to cook really good

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you.

Thank you for passing the award on to us.
vermicilli & konafa =kataifi shredded pastry are so different.
The first one it's hard to work with & you have to cook it.
but konafa =kataifi shredded pastry is so easy to work with & it's what we used in this recipe & where to find to in Dubai I really don't know all the brands we use are Saudi & we bring konafa with us from saudi when we come to Dubai .
try on month of Ramadan in local UAE supermarket I hope you can find it ,I'll try to search for you & will email you when I find it.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Steamy Kitchen,
Thanks :)

Thank you for your nice comment ;)


Nadia said...

i cant find the baklawa recipe in your blog can you please kindly post it...i have tried baklwawa quite a few times but it doesnt stay cripsy....i donno the reason...i have tried cold syprup hot baklawa...and have done other way around but didnt help...i would really appreciate if u can help me out in this matter.

UmmBinat said...

Salam alaikum sisters,

I made a version of these for Ramadan modifying your recipe. First of all the syrup makes way more than called for. Is that correct? I did add extra over the konafa along with the nuts for which I chose to use small almonds and pistachios in there separate nests. The konafa pastry (Cedar brand) I used broke somewhat while wrapping around my finger and I had to discard some of it. I did cover it with a damp tea towel to help keep them from drying out but the pastry was somewhat dry to begin with! That was one reason I added some melted butter mixed with canola to help hold them together dipping them in it as I went along and to give more flavour insha Allah. My addition of more syrup with the nuts may not have been such a good idea as it got a bit sticky and maybe hard upon eating. (I didn't try them as we are gluten free, it was a gift) If I can find really fresh kataifi then I would like to try this recipe as written. Maybe with a drizzle more syrup afterwards.

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