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Kataif Asaferi



  • For kataif: makes around 15 of them
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup semolina
  • 1/4 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoons orange blossom water optional
  • 11/2 cups of warm water you may need 1/4 to 1/2 cup more

For simple syrup

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon rose water or orange blossom water optional
  • Thick cream
  • Ground pistachios



  • In a bowl whisk together all the dry ingredients and the oil. Once its all incorporated well, start pouring in the orange blossom water and warm water and whisk well until you get a homogenous mixture. Let it rest for 10 mins.
  • Heat a non-stick fry pan and pour in 2-3 tbsp of the batter. The kataif should start to bubble from the edges and then spread to the entire surface. Once its not shiny on the surface and it is fully covered with bubbles, you know its done. It will take about a min or so. Do not flip it.
  • Take the kataif off the heat, place them on a clean kitchen towel and fold the towel over to cover them.
  • To assemble, once the kataif cools down, fold them into a half circle and seal it only half way.
  • Fill the pocket with the cream
  • Dip it in ground pistachios or sprinkle the pistachios over the cream.

To make the simple syrup

  • Place the sugar, water and lemon juice in a pot and bring to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer for 5 minutes
  • Turn off the heat and add the rosewater.
  • Arrange the kataifs on a plate and serve with the simple syrup.


✔If your kataifs are not covered with bubbles then that means your batter is too thick and you need to add more water. Do so in 1/4 cup additions, whisk and try again.
✔Placing the kataifs in kitchen towels right after taking it off from heat is very important as it will soften the kataifs making them easier to seal. It will also prevent them from drying. If your kataif become dry you will not be able to seal them.
✔Once the kataif cools down fill them immediately, otherwise it will dry out making it difficult to seal.
✔ For the thick cream i used kdd cream you can also use Nestle thick cream or any thick cream which you can get hold of. But do not use whipping cream or cooking cream.