Ghotaab - Iran

Serves 4



2 medium eggs
100g yoghurt
100g cooking oil
150g flour
one t baking powder
250g almonds
150g fine Huletts Castor sugar
1 T cardamom powder



  1. Separate egg-yolks and mix well with baking powder, cooking oil and yogurt.
  2. Add flour gradually while stirring the mix. Pour the dough in a plastic bag and leave for 1-2 hours.
  3. Peel and ground almonds. Mix well with sugar and cardamom powder.
  4. Spread some flour on a table-top. Make orange-sized balls from the dough. Flatten the ball on the table-top to a thickness of 0.5cm using a roller.
  5. Cut circles into the dough with a pastry cutter.
  6. Place some of the almond-sugar mix at the centre of each circle. Bring the edges of the circle together and press to close completely.
  7. Fry in pre-heated oil until colour changes. Drain the excess oil, then roll in fine sugar.