Classroom Experiment: Kadha (Fried Dumplings)

Today my Pharmacy students and I tried out a Thanksgiving experiment. Last week two students referenced a traditional Iraqi/Iranian treat, which is made with dates and almonds. We all agreed that replicating this recipe in paleo fashion would be just the thing for the week of Thanksgiving – and we were right!

Originally, they were dough pockets stuffed with dates and almonds, and then deep fried. We made them with almond meal, and we did stuff them with dates and almonds, and then we fried them in ghee (though coconut oil would also be good.) They turned out to be as easy as they are delicious!

1 bag of Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
2 eggs
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons So Delicious Coconut Egg Nog
generous cinnamon
pinch of salt

The egg nog is probably optional, but we were drinking Adaptogen Chai with the egg nog, and it was right there on the counter, so it seemed like a good idea.

Mix into a fairly thick dough – almost exactly like playdough.

We started with chopped dates and slivered almonds, but quickly decided to include dried sour cherries and chopped apples, which were on the counter left over from my breakfast. The verdict is that whatever you stuff inside, it’s going to be good!

Take a small ball of dough and flatten it out in your hand. Put some delicious filling in the center and fold the dough over to seal it. Now you have a sort of half-moon shaped dumpling.

Drop into hot ghee to cook – they cook quickly, so keep an eye on it.

And that’s all there is to it! Delicious!

1 Comment

  1. Christine on 12 December, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I am a little sad we didn’t get to do this while I was there. That’s okay, I’ll try it at home and taste it for myself. I was thinking you could do something similar with bananas and coconut(and maybe dried pineapple) and fry it in coconut oil.

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