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Knafeh ya knafeh

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My dad “cooking” knafeh

Wow, Wikipedia actually has an article on knafeh!

Knafeh (Arabic كنافة), also pronounced “kunafah” or “kunfeh,” is a kind of sweet made of pastry, cheese, and syrup. The knafeh from the city of Nablus (called Knafeh Nabulsiyye) is the most famous throughout the Arab world.
Knafeh dough comes in two types:

  • khishneh (Arabic خشنة) “rough”, consisting of kadaif pastry, which looks like long thin noodle threads.
  • na’ama (Arabic ناعمة) “fine”, consisting of small pieces of semolina clustered together.

The pastry is heated with some butter or margarine for a while and then spread with soft cheese and more pastry; or the khishneh kunafah is rolled around the cheese. A thick syrup, consisting of sugar, water and a couple of lemon juice drops, is poured on the pastry during the last minutes of cooking.
Often the top layer of kadaif pastry is colored using orange food coloring.

Couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you, Wikipedia.

Hailing from Nables and all, knafeh is a way-too-essential part of our life, making it is actually more of a feast than anything else. As I’m writing, there’s this constant flood of images of my parents making knafeh over the years. My mother always prepares the mix of pastry and cheese, and my father always “cooks” it, making a point that knafeh is a man’s job.

An old picture in Riyadh… making knafeh

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  1. AHHHH!! Roba, 7aram 3aleiki.. don’t do this to me.. I’m now craving knafeh badly! I’m going crazy!

  2. home made knafe..interesting!
    do u serve it with “sugar atayef”?

  3. that looks really good. and now i know where your brothers get their hight. your dad is tall.

  4. Actually what is really intersting is you going to Wikipedia searching for the term : Knafeh! Lol.
    Now serisouly, I heard that “Nablusians=???” eat Knafeh for breakfast!Is that right?
    Anyways Happy Adha Eid Roba!
    Nice photos, it looks just like Jabri’s!

    Well,ur future is bright!U could start ur own buisness promoting the Knafeh u make on ur blog!
    So Nathasha can order some online! Call it the “Million Knafeh piece”

  5. wow, you guys are old school, do your own knafeh :D

  6. I like families who like homemade stuffs, Ruba ana ija 3ala bali el kastana!

  7. Luai

    Wow. Looks good. My new year resolution almost ended on day 4 of the new year when I get home only to find mom shredding the dough and mixing together the three cheeses to make Knafeh. Homemade sweets are pretty regular in our house that we have “Guttar” (or as some say “Attar”) on standby in the fridge.

    I really don’t like the na’ama but “hair” one is heavenly!

  8. Today i had Knafeh after a plate of “Dajaj ma7shy” in al mansaf al ordny restaurant … i felt myself in home.

    i remember when i was young i went to Nablus and my mom told me to go and buy knafeh sandwiches for a breakfast, so i was like “Duh!” Knafeh sandwiches?? and for breakfast??? how is that, and then she told me, “you son, go and do what am telling you, then you will know what does Knafeh means for nablsy at the breakfast” and so i did…
    to be honest with you it was one of the best breakfasts i ever had in my life, and from Nablus the City of Knafeh :)

  9. Duh


  10. Ah Knafeh. You’ll never get the same Knafeh you get in Nables!

    I have tried Habibah, al al sahel al akhdar,everything, but it never matches 3arafats in Nables, where you sit in Rafeedya street and youre in a whole new world!

    2 days and i’m off to Nables to celebrate it with the familia there, im sure gonna take my usual pictures of the Knafeh feast!

  11. ummm… i long for arabic sweets…

  12. Salman Attiyah

    It’s just a shame no one has posted an Arabic Wiki entry for Knafeh yet. .


  13. Amer

    I share ohoud…

    Arafat Knafeh is the best ever tasted…

  14. though am not a big fan of knafeh :S sorry but this home made one ur doing actully made me want to eat some ;)
    el a3deh is so cosey roba with the man2al and the kastana ;)

  15. with just the right amount of ‘atir’, less is more in this case, and a great cup of tea, you would be all set and ready to go.

    Liking the red shoes.

  16. fadu

    hey, you should say that your father ‘is about to eat’ kanfeh, not ‘is cooking’ knafeh.

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