Inspired by The Chefs' Line, we get ready to shred without skimping on the pastry.
17 Apr 2017 - 10:08 AM  UPDATED 26 May 2017 - 12:07 PM

Kadayif (kataifi, kadayifli) is an angel hair pastry. It comes finely shredded that is a popular Middle Eastern ingredient and is a Turkish favourite. Here's why it's mandatory to keep some shredded pastry in that pantry of yours...


1. Easy snack

These sweet pistachio pastries are made with ground nuts and are scattered with freshly ground pistachios over the top. Tel kadayıf is lovely as a dessert with thick cream, ice-cream or yoghurt, or on its own as an afternoon treat.

2. All cheese

With cheese and syrup, this künefe recipe is a Turkish specialty. Hot tip: It should definitely be eaten hot, while the cheese is still oozing.

3. It's a wrap

Shane Delia's version of a traditional Moroccan chicken dish still has all the soul of the original, with the addition of shredded kataifi pastry hugging the marinated chicken centre.

4. Entertain in style

This week on The Chefs' Line, Turkish restaurant Anason shares their popular dish of crunchy prawns with muhammara. Muhammara is a classic Turkish dip made from roasted capsicum and walnuts, and goes wonderfully with crispy prawns.

Crunchy prawns with walnut muhammara (kadayifli karides)

5. Don't flee this nest!

The Greek sweet kataifi is traditionally rolled into cylinders. With honey and spice, this recipe uses a muffin pan to make pastry nests instead. Serve with ice-cream or Greek-style yoghurt and you'll never look back.


Have we got your attention and your tastebuds? This week, The Chefs' Line is all about Turkish cuisine. Tune in 6pm weeknights to SBS. Check out the program page for episode guides, cuisine lowdowns, recipes and more.

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