Complex recipe for Sutarfeni, now made super easy and yes…… baked or air fried!
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 shortcut 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.
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.
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.
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.
This is what it looks like in an airfryer. I arranged it in 4 circles-
Scrumptious Sutarfeni is ready! So here is the recipe-
Super easy, baked Sutarfeni
Super Easy, Baked Sutarfeni
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, pistachios and edible roses for topping
To make the Baked Sutarfeni-
- Combine all the ingredients listed under sugar syrup on medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup is of a single thread consistency, about 222 to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Let the syrup cool.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.