Kunafah – Middle Eastern cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup.

Kanafah also spelled kunafeh or kunafah is a Middle Eastern cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup. It is a specialty of the Levant and Turkey.

My way of making the Kunafah with the ingredients available here :


1 Packet of Long brown sevai ( I found this in Nuts and Spices)

1 packet of Amul Mozzarella cheese

1 Cup of Milk

1tbsp cornflour

1 ½ cup sugar and 1 cup water for the sugar syrup

¼ lemon juice

Few drops of rose water

2 tbsp butter

Chopped pista or almond

Few strands of Saffron


Soak the sevai in hot water for 2-3mins. Drain water and keep to cool. When cool massage with butter and leave aside.

Take sugar and water in a pan and cook till you get 2 string of sugar syrup. Add lemon juice, rose water and saffron.

Make milk custard by adding corn flour to milk and stirring continuously to avoid forming lumps. When thickened add rose water and leave to cool.

Baking method:

Take a baking tray and grease the base with butter. Divide the sevai to two portion. Take one portion and place it on the greased pan, press it lightly so it sticks well to the pan.

Pour the milk custard on top of the sevai evenly. Sprinkle all the cheese on top of the milk custard, place the other portion of the sevai on the cheese and press lightly. Garnish with chopped almonds.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees for 30-40mins.

When baked evenly and brown from top, remove and leave to cool. When cool with a spoon evenly spread the sugar syrup on the baked kunafah.

This dessert is not very sweet and can be enjoyed by all.

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