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