Super easy, baked Sutarfeni

Complex recipe for Sutarfeni, now made super easy and yes…… baked! And with an air fryer recipe too!

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Super easy, baked Sutarfeni

The much loved Sutarfeni is a dessert that garners much admiration in India. It is made of super thin noodles that are fried, sweetened with a sugar syrup and sprinkled with nuts. The sugar syrup is scented with cardamom and saffron or rose essence. I love both!

As you know, I have been experimenting with a lot of my favorite traditional recipes. I am thrilled when I find an easy short cut to an otherwise laborious recipe. I am ecstatic when my trials succeed in making the food healthier!

Such is the case with the baked Sutarfeni. Years ago when I saw kataifi at the middle eastern store, I knew I could make Sutarfeni without having to make the super thin noodles myself. In previous years, I had deep fried the shredded dough to make the Sutarfeni.

Today, my experiment was to bake the dough instead of frying it and I am super excited to share the delicious results with you! So let’s get started!

Step 1 -Defrost the kataifi according to package directions. I removed only as much kataifi dough as I needed and put away the rest. Make the sugar syrup and let it cool.

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Kataifi dough
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Sugar syrup

Step 2- In a zip lock bag, in which I removed only as much of the kataifi dough as I needed, and gently coated the kataifi with one teaspoon of ghee.

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Kataifi strands coated with ghee

Step 3- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Greasing the tray with some ghee, I arranged the kataifi in circles, on the tray and baked it for 10 minutes. The shredded dough should be cooked without changing color.

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Arrange the shredded dough in circles
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Cooked after baking for 10 minutes

Step 4- I arranged the cooked sutarfeni on a wire rack in a tray, and drizzled the syrup all over it. Make sure you drizzle all over to cover the sutarfeni surface on top. Sprinkle with chopped nuts right away as they will stick to the syrup on the sutarfeni.

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Drizzle all over with the sugar syrup and sprinkle with nuts

This is what it looks like in an airfryer. I arranged it in 4 circles-

Air fryer Sutarfeni
Arrange circles of dough in the airfryer
Sutarfeni ready in 3 minutes in an airfryer!
Sutarfeni ready in 3 minutes in an airfryer!

Scrumptious Sutarfeni is ready! So here is the recipe-

Super easy, baked Sutarfeni

  • Servings: 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Super Easy, Baked Sutarfeni

Ingredients –

3 heaped cups kataifi dough, defrosted according to package directions.

For the sugar syrup-

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom seed powder
  • A pinch of saffron threads
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ghee plus some to grease the baking tray lightly
  • Slivered almonds and pistachios for topping

To make the Baked Sutarfeni-

  1. Combine all the ingredients listed under sugar syrup on medium heat. Stir just until the sugar is dissolved and remove from heat. Let the syrup cool.
  2. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.In a ziplock bag or a bowl, gently combine the 3 cups of kataifi with the one teaspoon ghee to coat the strands of dough with ghee. The dough needs to be covered if you are not using it right away or it will dry.
  3. Arrange the dough in circles and bake for 10 minutes or until the dough is cooked. Baking at this low temperature assures that it will retain its color.
  4. Remove the baked circles on to a wire rack placed over a tray. Drizzle the cooled sugar syrup all over the baked sutarfeni making sure you cover it all over and immediately top with the slivered nuts.
  5. Store the Sutarfeni in between sheets of parchment paper, in a covered container, so it stays soft and luscious!

To make the sutarfeni in an airfryer-

In Step 3 of recipe above, arrange the dough circles in an airfryer at 300 degrees for 2 minutes. Flip the dough and air fry for 1 minute more.(photo above)

Proceed immediately with step 4 in the recipe above.

Timings are based on my oven and airfryer. The dough should be cooked but retain its white color.

Love,

Sandhya

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  1. I know I will be making this soon, as soon as I find the ready-made dough, probably next time I travel to the city. Thanks again for a great recipe.

    1. Thank you Hilda! The dough is available in middle eastern stores. I got mine in an Armenian store a couple of towns away….totally worth the drive. I store the Sutarfeni in between sheets of parchment in a container so they stay soft and lusciuos…..too good to resist though….I had some at 7 in the morning with my tea:)

    1. Thank you Sonal! You will appreciate the happiness I feel when a dish comes out just like the original without the deep frying!
      This sutarfeni is one such dish. I am thrilled with the baking results.

      1. I know that Sonal. We both strive to make the baked versions taste awesome too:) It is not helping my feeble attempts at weight loss that I eat double the quantity:)

    1. Suzanne, I am really happy about the baking results. Honestly they taste just as good as the fried ones after they are soaked with the syrup.
      I like them even better the next day. I keep them covered in between sheets of parchment and they are soft and luscious…..had them with my morning tea:)

    1. Ruchi, I went to a near by town to get it…totally worth the drive:)
      Some supermarkets do carry it in their frozen section. Middle eastern stores will have it for sure.
      Hope you find it.Let me know when you make it.

    1. You guessed it, Lynn! Yes it is kataifi that I used as a shortcut to mak ethe Sutarfeni.
      Happy and safe travels to you!

    1. Antonia, I love Greek pastries too! The kataifi is an amazing shortcut to this recipe….can you imagine making all those noodles to make Sutarfeni?:)

    2. Thank you Antonia! My husband and I love Greek food and pastries too! For Sutarfeni, the kataifi is such an amazing shortcut! Can you imagine making all those noodles by hand? 🙂

  2. Your recipe for sutarfeni sounds intriguing. The ingredients are delicious and Sandhya, your photos are great. The first presentation is beautiful, including roses. 🙂

    1. Thank you Robin! It has been sunny and warm here in New England this past week. I like the natural light that comes through that window.
      Have a great weekend!

      1. What part of New England do you live? My grandfather’s family came from Sweden and settled in Rockport, Massachusetts. I have not been back since around 2003, I think. I love crab, clsms, fried and baked fish. The savory choice on your last post would taste good with fish.
        Gloucester is where my great grandfather built stone walls, houses and a castle. 🙂 He was a stone mason while my grandpa went to college for engineering in NYC. I won’t come to your doorstep, Sandhya. Don’t worry. Ha ha!

      2. Robin,
        I would absolutely love for you to visit! We live in Lexington, MA and we drive to Gloucester quite often for the clams, oysters and baked fish! I am a huge seafood lover and will drive anywhere for it:)Which castle did your granpa build there. we went to 2 stone castles in the summer, both stunning! Rockport is just so gorgeous. we like to drive there in the summer too. So far the weather is unseasonably warm here this year.

      3. Sandhya, I am uncertain which castle since my elderly dear Aunt Marie has passed on a few years ago, as also my cousin Ed. It would possibly have his name in the history of its being erected.
        I love sweets and the almonds and pistachios sound like they would add a little protein and crunch to this dessert. 🙂

  3. Wow-weeeeee Sandhya, you’ve really been producing a ton of Indian sweets for Diwali huh? When is Diwali? Gosh, I really wish I could sample some of those, like I said before, I wish I was your neighbor :). I don’t think I’ve heard or tried this delicate dessert before, but there’s all those ingredients that I know and love, so would definitely gobble these down. I love your first presentation with your red rosettes, just gorgeous! Happy Diwali 🙂 and happy weekend!

    1. Thank you so much Loretta. diwali is on the 11th but the parties have begun. I made a ton of the chivda for a huge party at a friends, but with my easy microwave recipe, it took no time at all.
      I especially loved the fact that the baked sutarfeni came out just perfect with the kataifi and without the deep frying too.
      My husband, the in house critic, said that it tastes just like the famous store bought ones in Mumbai:)
      I wish you were my neighbor too!!!!!

    1. Thank you Ronit. You are so kind. I am really thrilled that the shortcut with kataifi worked so well and that the baked version did not lack any of the authentic taste. I like kataifi desserts too:)

  4. I just happen to have some of this dough in my freezer – bought it to make something Chef Julianna posted awhile back. Now I really have to make both recipes… – love the use of rose essence – makes a recipe special 🙂

    1. Thank you Judy. I am really thrilled about the results of this recipe. I have kataifi in my freezer now. I will check out Chef Julianna’s blog to make the other recipe too:)

    1. Naina, you will not miss it if you find kataifi in any middle eastern store. I am thrilled that this recipe tastes absolutely like the authentic ones from Mumbai

  5. We Bengalis make kheer (payesh) using these. I am definitely going to make this for my family soon! I loved how you have come up with the baked version. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Awesome photos and love the rose and pistachio work!
    We Parsis love Suterfeni. I alos use the Kataifi pack. There is one indian store in Arlington where you can get it. Usually I microwave the suterfeni and sprinkle with milk and almonds. No time to do photos since I gobble it up asap. You have done a great job !!!

    1. Thanks so much! I love Sutarfeni and gobble it up too 🙂 I get the kataifi in Watertown at the Armenian store. I will try it in the microwave next time.Do you drizzle it with the sugar syrup?

  7. This is so foreign to the foods I’m exposed to. I enjoy reading about the ingredients and the preparation. Different cultures are so interesting. Your dishes always look so inviting.

  8. What a beautiful dish! It sounds so light but still loaded with flavor! I have to look for kataifi! Inspirational! 🙂

  9. I made it 2 ways…drizzling the simple syrup on, and the 2nd. batch I just dipped directly in the syrup to get the sugar all over. We’ll see how sweet it turns out. But thanks for the baked recipe

    1. Sorry I missed this query Urmi. The only thing I can think of i sthat oven times vary and may be it needed to bake a little longer in your oven.
      Hope this helps.

  10. Sutarfeni in airfryer👌
    What an idea Sandhya. Sutarfeni is truly a very complex recipe and to think to make it airfryer is so genius.
    It looks perfect and super yummy.
    Lata

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