• Malvika Sinha

Knafeh also known as Kunafa is a delicious Middle Eastern dessert made and presented in varied types.

Traditionally Knafeh is made out of Knafeh dough which is also known as kadaifi/kataifi/knefe/Kunafa/ Khunafae dough, depending on where you are in the world. It’s a soft, shredded, ultra-thin, vermicelli-like pastry, which is easily available in Turkish/Arabian or sometimes on Asian shops. Both fresh and frozen Knafeh can be used for this dessert. The dough gets filled with Nabulsi cheese and glazed with infused sugar syrup, garnished with pistachio or dry rose petals.


I am presenting the easiest version using the finest vermicelli and ricotta - mozzarella cheese which are very easily available in any local supermarkets. This layered dessert is very delicious and easy to make and serve.


Let's get started with the quickest version of Knafeh.


Ingredients:

  • Fine Vermicelli - 500 gms

  • Unsalted butter - 100 gms

  • Yellow food color - ½ tsp (Optional)

Fillings:

  • Ricotta cheese - 250 gms

  • Grated Mozzarella cheese - 100 gms

Sugar Syrup:

  • Sugar - 1 Cup

  • Water- 1 Cup

  • Cardamom powder - 1 tsp

  • Lemon juice - 1 tbsp

Garnish:

  • Finely Chopped Pistachio

  • Finely Chopped Almonds (optional)

Instructions:

1. Prepare the oven by preheating it at 180 C for 5 -10 mins.

2. Mix butter with the finest version of vermicelli. Yellow food color can be added at this point to enhance the color. Divide it in equal halves. Make a thin layer of Vermicelli of one half and press it into the bottom of the cake tin or any Oven safe glass dish.

Fine layer of vermicelli base is ready

3. Add the layer of Ricotta cheese and spread it well with spatula.

Layer of Ricotta cheese

4. Add another layer of Mozzarella cheese spread it well.

Layer of Mozzarella cheese

5. Add the final layer of remaining half of vermicelli.

Cover mozzarella with remaining half of vermicelli

6. Bake it in a preheated oven until the vermicelli turns brown for about 10-15 mins depend on the temperature of your oven.


7. While the Knafeh is baking, we will prepare the sugar syrup:

  • Combine the water and sugar and give it a good boil.

  • Reduce the heat to medium and stir in the lemon juice. Simmer, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. (Do not let the mixture turn golden and caramelize.)

  • Few drops of lemon juice and Cardamom powder can be added at this point to the sugar syrup.

  • Remove from the heat and keep it aside

8. By then your Knafeh is ready to be out of the oven. Pour the sugar syrup over the Knafeh.

Knafeh out of the oven

9. Garnish it with finely chopped Pistachio. Cut into pieces to serve while hot.

Garnish with finely chopped Pistachio

Now enjoy delicious Knafeh.

Do share your experience, I would love to see how you get along.

Feel free to share with us using #dorydiary or in the comments section below.


Stay tuned for the upcoming recipes!!

Thanks for reading !! Have a wonderful day!!

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  • Malvika Sinha

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

There are few craft supplies which can help you to achieve any crafty product. I have

listed the very basic option for essentials that I generally use for activities. These are

basic ones and enough to create most of the beautiful craft and home decor.


Possibilities of crafting are endless, it all plays along with imagination. you can create

a craft station for kids with the mentioned stuff and let the kids explore and utilize the

stuff to the max.


Here is the list:

1) Paper: A4 and A5 are the standard size which can be used for an ample of

activities and any one among the below mentioned are good to start

● Colorful Craft Paper

● Origami Paper

● Glitter Paper

● Handmade Paper


2) Colors:

● Water color

● Acrylic Paint

● Oil Paint

● Crayons


3) Adhesives:

● Glue Gun

● Glue Stick

● Mod Podge

● White Glue

● E6000


4) Tools:

● A pair of Scissors

● Stapler

● Punching tool

● Paper Cutter


5) Decorative:

● Glitters

● Pom pom

● Washi tape


6) Others:

● Popsicles

● Pebbles

● Wool Pads

● yarn/Twine

● Cotton Balls

● Canvas


If you are interested in DIYs then do save the below items whenever you come

across :) :)

These articles can be used for lots of DIYs

1) Empty Cardboards

2) Tissue Paper Rolls

3) Cereal Boxes

4) Glass bottles

5) Wooden Blocks



Hope you find the above article helpful to you. Do share your suggestions or inputs

in the comment section . I would love to add anything extra to the list.


Happy Crafting
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  • Malvika Sinha

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”

– Thomas Aquinas


 Friendship Day Art Frame
Friendship Day Art Frame

Friendship day is meant to celebrate the beauty of friendship. Friendships are born with selfless feelings of love, respect and support in a million different ways. Friends are like family whom we chose and add to our journey of life. So, they deserve a phenomenal appreciation and celebration to live by it.

This day was initiated by the owner of Hallmark and from then it's been continued to celebrate the day of friendship as International Friendship day. Different countries celebrate on different dates like 30th July, 2nd August, 1st Sunday of August every year.


As pandemic has affected globally and friendship day is around the corner, it's difficult to shop but nothing can stop celebrating. Why not try some handmade gifts to show more love.


Let's try a DIY Art frame with the minimal stuff at home to celebrate the special day and be thankful to our friends for being part of our life and stand by us in every situation.


Supplies Required:

  • Stones : 2

  • Photo Frame

  • Googly eyes

  • Tree template

  • Glue gun

  • Acrylic paint

  • Sponge brush

  • Permanent Marker

Supplies

Let's get Started:

  1. Clean the stone with soapy water and dry it well.

  2. Paint the stones with Acrylic paint using a sponge brush.

  3. Repeat the process to color the stones well.

  4. Add the googly eyes to both the stones.

  5. Draw a small triangle to mark the beak using Markers.

  6. Print the tree template from Printable attached and cut it as per the size of frame.

  7. The framed used is 15*20 cm in this project.

  8. Glue the Stones on a photo frame to align the stones on branches.

  9. Let it dry completely.

  10. Add a personalized note and do the gift wrap.

  11. Your cute DIY art frame is ready to be gifted.


Do share your gift idea with us using #dorydiary or in the comments section below.

Stay tuned for the upcoming DIY projects!!

Thanks for reading !!

Have a wonderful day!!

Happy Gifting :)
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