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Have you ever had the chance to try kunafa? This traditional Middle Eastern dessert, with its surprising mix of flavours for Western palates, is the star of Ramadan month. But it can be enjoyed at any time (it would be wrong to miss out on it!). In fact, on top of being delicious, it's such a simple dessert recipe to make.

Composed of shredded phyllo dough filled with unrefined cheese (here, mozzarella made from Canadian milk, but you could use a Canadian akawi cheese for a more traditional version) and topped with syrup and pistachios, this simple dessert recipe is a perfect option for those who prefer savoury foods. The warm kunafa's melting mozzarella will win them over!

By Ayesha ., Content Creator @foodaholic_ayesha Ayesha
  • Prep: 30 minutes
  • Cooking: 30 minutes
Yields 6-8


  • 500 ml (2 cups) shredded phyllo dough (kataifi)
  • 125 ml (½ cup) melted Canadian butter
  • 500 ml (2 cups) mozzarella cheese made with 100% Canadian milk (fresh is better)
  • 125 ml (½ cup) sugar
  • 125 ml (½ cup) water
  • Handful of chopped pistachios for garnish
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Finely chop the kataifi (phyllo dough)

Butter your pan and add in the shredded dough. Using a measuring cup, press the dough into the pan as much as possible.

Shred mozzarella cheese or cut into small pieces & add that in.

Cover the pan and cook the kunafa on medium-low heat for 20 mins.

While Kunafa is cooking, prepare your simple syrup by heating up ½ cup water and sugar in a pot for 5-6 mins. Set it aside.

After 20 mins use a flipping pan to flip over the kunafa into a plate.

Drizzle simple syrup and garnish with chopped pistachios.


For more inspiration by Ayesha, visit her Instagram page @foodaholic_ayesha

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