DISH:  KUNEFE (a dessert dish)

CONTRIBUTED BY:  Yazmin Ozdemir, Turkish citizen in South Africa



150g kadayıf

125g unsalted, shredded mozzarella cheese or any other white, stringy, unsalted cheese

100g butter


For Syrup

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 slice lemon


Pistachios for garnishing



  1. In a medium pot, combine sugar, water and slice of lemon, boil for 15 mins.
  2. Remove from heat, remove the lemon slice and let it cool.
  3. Melt the butter.
  4. Into a separate 15cm pan, shred half of the kadaifi.
  5. Pour half of the melted butter over and press down hard to ensure the kadaifi stick together very well.
  6. Place the mozzarella cheese on top, shred the remaining kadaifi over the cheese, then the remaining butter. Press down hard again.
  7. Cook on a low heat until the bottom turns golden, turning the pan constantly. Turn the kadaifi over and repeat.
  8. Remove from heat and pour syrup immediately. Garnish with pistachios.