Arabic Kitchen - Dessert Recipes


Kunafe is a popular Middle Eastern dessert that is enjoyed throughout the region and beyond. It is also known as Knafeh or Kunafa. It's a sweet, cheese-filled pastry made of shredded phyllo dough and a soft, white cheese like Akkawi or Nabulsi. The pastry is then soaked in a sweet syrup made of sugar, water, and rose or orange blossom water, which imparts a sweet and floral flavor to it.
4.25 from 4 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Arabic Kitchen, Dessert Recipes
Servings 1 servings
Calories 300 kcal


For Sugar Syrup:

  • Water 1 cup
  • Sugar 1/2 cup
  • Green cardamom 3
  • Kewra water 1 Tsp

For Kunafa:

  • Fried vermicelli (pheni) 200 grams / 1 packet
  • Butter melted 1/2 cup
  • Orange food color (optional) 1/2 Tsp
  • Ricotta Cheese/cream cheese 200 grams
  • Mozzarella Cheese 1/2 cup


  • In a pot add water, cardamom, sugar, mix well and cook for 20/25 minutes or until gets a bit thick consistency.
  • Now add kewra water and set aside.
  • In vermicelli add butter, food color, crush and mix well.
  • Take a baking pan and grease it with butter.
  • Layer with half of the vermicelli and press gently.
  • Spread Ricotta cheese evenly, don’t spread it on the edges.
  • Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  • Layer with remaining vermicelli and press gently.
  • Now, bake it for 30 minutes at 200 C.
  • Rest kunafa for 10 minutes and then flip onto a serving plate, drizzle sugar syrup and garnish with pistachios and dried rose petals.

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