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Kunafa Othmaliye

This is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert, where Kunafa dough is deep fried till golden then filled with rich creamy kishta, and drizzled with sugar syrup for sweetness. It’s very tasty, and easy to make, but you need to be extra careful while frying the Kunafa dough.
This is how I prepar it. Try and enjoy.


  • 500gm kunafa dough (ready-made, bought from middle eastern shops)

  • 4 cups oil

  • pistachio finely chopped for garnishing

  • cream filling (cooked kishta): 2 cups milk, ½ cup flour, 2 tbsp sugar, 2 (170gm) tins thick cream(kishta), ¼ tsp ground mestika, orange blossom water (maa’ zaher) (optional)

  • sugar syrup: 2 cups sugar+ 1 cup boiling water+ 1 tsp lemon juice+ 1 cinnamon stick.


  • 1.

    First, prepare the filling (cooked kishta), by mixing milk, flour, sugar. Stir well to combine then bring to boil over high heat, stirring continuously. Reduce heat and keep on stirring until mixture is very thick. Add mestika and orange blossom water. Pour in a plate and cover with plastic wrap directly on cream surface. Let cool then keep in fridge until cold. Take out, stir, and add thick cream and mix. The texture won’t be smooth, that’s how it should be, don’t worry.

  • 2.

    Prepare sugar syrup by combing ingredients together. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 12minutes. Let cool.

  • 3.

    Divide Kunafa into two parts. Cover one half so it won’t get dry. Separate the threads of the other half of Kunafa dough, DO NOT cut. Arrange it a 9x3inch round deep baking tray.

  • 4.

    Heat the oil till warm then pour over the Kunafa in the tray and deep fry over medium heat, rotating the tray carefully& pressing it with a ladle, untill it’ll start change in colour to golden. While frying make sure oil is covering the Kunafa so it’ll become golden on top as well. If it becomes golden on bottom and top still not, run it under broiler for few minutes.

  • 5.

    Carefully, holding the Kunafa disc with large ladle, drain the oil. Take out the Kunafa by overturning it on a tray or large cutting board. Keep aside.

  • 6.

    Wipe the tray with a tissue to remove all small Kunafa residues. Arrange the second half of Kunafa in the tray then pour the drained oil over it. (Add extra oil if it’s not fully covering the Kunafa in the tray). Deep fry the Kunafa in same manner as above. Drain and set aside.

  • 7.

    To assemble: in serving round dish, place one Kunafa disc, spread cream filling (reserve some for top decoration). Place the other Kunafa disc, press lightly. Pour 3/4 the sugar syrup quantity over the Kunafa. Decorate with some filling. Sprinkle pistachio on top. Drizzle little more sugar syrup over toppings.

  • 8.

    Serve with reserved sugar syrup if anyone likes to add more sweetness.


Some people fry the Kunafa by placing it in the oven instead; I think it might take longer time then. You may try that way and see how it works. Still you have to be careful while removing the Kunafa out of the oil, so you won't break it, or get burnt with the hot oil.
You can prepare fried kunafa, cooked cream and sugar syrup all in advance, and only assemble when needed to serve.

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Posted by YasmenReport
hi huda this is more than good to have konafah here but i want know from where can i buy it and make it at home we are in peterborough
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
Dear Yasmen,
Donno really where you can buy the konafah dough! it's one of the things that are difficult to make at home, always bought ready and we use it!! I'll try to find a video that shows how they make it..
let me know dear if i can help in any way..
take care ;-)
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
Hi Mashzah .. Yea, I buy them ready made, but one time it was not available, cz they said they bring it here in Bahrain only in Ramadan, So after searching, i found out you can use preserved red Cherries, slice them, and use them instead.. it'll do the trick ;-)
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
"tin" is "can" , thick cream ( in Arabic called: Kishta) comes usually in 170 gm cans.. u can find many brands, like : Puck, or Nestle .. hope it's clear.. if not , let me know.. anyways,'check this link to see picture for it, mayb then u'll know it:
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
sorry dear for the late reply .. i jkust got the chance to check all recipes for comments and questions!
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
"tin" is "can" , thick cream ( in Arabic called: Kishta) comes usually in 170 gm cans.. u can find many brands, like : Puck, or Nestle .. hope it's clear.. if not , let me know..
anyways,'check this link to see picture for it, mayb then u'll know it:
Posted by Abeer2Report
i must say, u r the QUEEN of homemade osmaliyeh
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
huhuhuhhhhh.. thanks dear :-D
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
that's great .. then also u can try then the baked kunafa (Bain Narain), it has totally a different taste .. i've just submitted it .. and it's so esay , especially if u used the ready maked thick cream if ur in a hurry..
Posted by jackicamReport
I live near an Arabic influenced area in Sydney - so I'm sure I'll be able to locate some Kunafa dough somewhere
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