Monday, August 27, 2007

Klejah (cardamom biscuits)

Recipe by:meedo
Klejah originally came from Iraq ,and we eat it alot in arabic gulf area specially in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Serve with arabic gulf area coffee or cardamom tea.

3 cups whole wheat flour.
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon corn oil or sunflower oil.
3/4 cup sugar.
1/4 cup low fat milk.
1 egg, beaten.
1 tablespoon baking powder.
1/4 teaspoon salt.
2 teaspoons ground cardamom.
Pinch of saffron.
Egg + 2 tablespoon milk .

1)Combine sugar and milk in small pan ,stir over heat without boiling ,until sugar dissolves, set a side, let it cool.

2)Sift flour into a mixing bowl , add the oil into the flour & combine with a fork or your hand until crumbly , then add other dry ingredients, egg, sugar and milk, mix well (Form dough into a ball )let set for 10 to 15 minutes.

3)Roll dough, cut it with biscuits cuter, then make a cross lines using back of knife.

4)Place it on baking sheet, brush it with egg wash, bake in 350 F oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown.


Marta said...

The look wonderfull!!


Anonymous said...

The basket is exquisite! In Southern Algeria they keep dates in such baskets. I really do love them!

Anonymous said...

Oh these look fabulous! They look like they'd go great after a big plate of Lubnee and rice!



TCM said...

yummy...yummy !!!
look fabulous!

Blue Zebra said...

All of your lovely baked good! You and your sister are so talented! I heart your blog and feel like I am getting the most wonderful education about your culture through your kitchens! :D

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those biscuits look gorgeous! They must have an interesting taste...

Baroness Tapuzina said...

Those biscuits will be a perfect addition to my break the fast in a couple of weeks. Before the begin of our 25 hour fast we tell each other to have an easy fast. I hope that your month long fast is an easy one.

Ramadan Mubarak,

Baroness Tapuzina

zlamushka said...

I love the container, it is so cute. and the way you decorate the biscuits iwth the back of your knife, that is very intersting. Will be trying these :0)

Marisa said...

These look amazing =) I'll try to make them tomorrow. I bought a bag of cardamom pods and I don't know many recipes that use it..i guess your blog will be very helpful to me! Thanks!

Nadia said...

assalam-o-Alaikum sisters!
you both have no idea how happy you girls have made ethnicity is pakistani but i was born and raised in saudi...and naturally i am still in love with that place... their food...ramadan in saudi...i juz miss every single thing...i found three of my very favorite recipes...zaatar, mutabbaq and klejah biscuit...! i will browse more and look for shawarma recipe :D
May Allah bless you for sharing these wonderful recipes

Nadia said...

my dough didn't turn out all smooth...especially when i was rolling the dough it was getting flaky and breaking apart...? any clue why its happening?

Arabic Bites said...

Thank you all for the comments.

Enjoy the recipe :)

If your dough didn't turn out all smooth.
1)Make sure you dissolves the sugar in milk first.
2)Also it's depends on the type of flour you used,so if the dough get flaky and breaking apart add more milk untill the dough get smooth.
hope this help.

Touria said...

Your klejah looks delicious, Thanks for sharing this iraquian recipe.
I'm going to make it & mention your blog in mine:
Have a nice day

Ragav said...

Can I substitue oil with butter? If so, how much? Great recipe!

Firdous said...

I have made these twice and both times they turned out lovely. I used 1/3 cup of milk instead of 1/4 because I found it was insufficient to bind the dough. Thanks for the recipe

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