Warka – Home made pastry leaves (Moroccan Phyllo Dough)

First of all, Ramadan Kareem to all my lovely readers. Blessed month is already here after a long wait. Today is second day of Ramadan here in Tashkent and alhamdulillah yesterday it went really well. For those who doesn’t know what is this month all about –  Ramadan is the 9th month of Islamic calendar and muslims all around the glob observe fasting (abstain from eating,drinking, and all other bodily pleasure) from dawn to sunset. And observing fasting in this blessed month is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

warka (homemade pastry leaves (phyllo dough)

Ramadan experience is completely different here. Back in UAE, we will feel the difference in all the ways. Being it in office/school, shopping malls or wherever you go, every where we can get that spiritual feeling. Same in Kerala as well. But here everything going as usual days outside. Even then I am so excited and hope we all can utilise this blessed month at its fullest without wasting time.

After a long day of fasting, Iftar time (breaking fast after sunset) is really special and its Sunnah to break the fast soon after the sunset. Age old tradition of Iftar is with water/buttermilk and dates. But we makes sweet and savory dishes with some fresh fruits and juices as well.

As part of Ramadan preparation, I made this paper-thin pastry sheet at home itself. If you lived in middle easter countries or ever visited there, you might have seen different sweet and savory dishes made with this paper-thin pastry sheet. Or if you are ever been to Dubai shopping festival, while you were roaming around in global village, you might have seen some arabic ladies sitting on the floor in a small hut, by wearing abaya and golden color face veil and making this paper thin crepe like sheet and they used to put some cheese on it and drizzle with some honey. Oh my god! its super tasty. But their style of making is bit different, even though I tried making on their style, I failed that attempt. I guess it need lots and lots of practices.

But don’t worry, you can make this by yourself with very little ingredients and bit more extra time in a super easy way. Not extra time actually. I made this while chatting with friends and calling back home. Then you won’t even feel like you made something.This thin sheets are made by searing the batter using a pastry brush on a non stick pan.

I will post easy and delicious recipes made using this pastry sheet on coming days Insha Allah.

My warka is already in the fridge……..here you go the recipe for you to make!

Ramadan Health Tips :-

  • Drink and replenish your body with as much water and fluids as possible after Iftar
  • Make sure to include food with rich in proteins such as egg,dairy products,meats,legumes etc. during non fasting hours.
  • Include complex carbohydrates such as rice, whole wheats in your daily diet. Those are absorbed by the body slowly and helps to remain glucose level stable.

warka (homemade pastry leaves (phyllo dough)

Ingredients :- 

  1. All purpose flour –  1 3/4 Cup
  2. Semolina(Rava)  – 1/4 Cup
  3. Salt – 1 tea-spoon
  4. Vinegar – 1 table-spoon
  5. Olive Oil – 1 table-spoon
  6. Water – 1 3/4 Cup
  7. Vegetable Oil – Enough to brush on the sheet

Direction :-

  1. Take flour, semolina and salt in a food processor or a blender and combine well.
  2. Then add in 1 cup of water and process it.
  3. While machine running, add in olive oil and vinegar .
  4. Then add remaining 3/4 cup of water and process it well without leaving any lumps.
  5. Now pour the batter in a bowl and cover it with aluminium foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate it for 8 to 10 hours or over night.
  6. The next day, take water in a deep vessel and bring to boil. Then keep non stick pan on top of it.
  7. When your pan get enough heat, dip a pastry brush or bristle brush in the batter and quickly brush it over the hot pan in round shape.
  8. When the batter get dry completely and edges begin to curl (it takes about 2 minutes), peel off and keep it in an oil applied plate.
  9. Now brush enough oil on the prepared sheet and cover it with a kitchen towel to prevent it from drying.
  10. Now prepare the rest of the batter in the same  manner.
  11. You can make several dishes with this at the same time or keep all the prepared sheet in a plastic cover and refrigerate it for 3 to 4 days or freeze it for a month.

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