Monday, 24 April 2017


I didn't have to do much research for 'Q', this being the difficult alphabet. In Gayathri's space I found a wonderful recipe the Iraqi Qlecha or Kleicha. Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a western Asian country. Its capital is Baghdad. It shares its boundaries with Turkey in the north, Iran in the east, Kuwait in the south east, Saudi Arabia in the south, Jordan in the south west and Syria in the west. Source: Wikipedia

It seems this cookie is made during EID and shared with friends and relatives. H thoroughly enjoyed these sweets. It is also very easy to make. This is very similar to the Andhra sweet recipe - Kajjikayalu, except that the qlechas are baked, so less of oil.

I had to make this recipe twice. Initially I made these qlechas, took snaps. But while editing the blog post I found the snaps to be missing and by that time the qlechas got over. So I made the qlechas again, the second time less in number and took snaps again. The qlechas ran away in a day.

Recipe Source: Gayathriscookspot
Country: Iraq


For The Outer Dough:

Flour/ Maida-1 1/2 cups
Milk-1/2 cup
Butter-1/2 cup, melted
Salt-a pinch
Cardamom Powder-1/2 tsp
Instant Yeast-1 tsp
Sugar-1/2 tsp

For The Filling:

Grated Coconut-2/3 cup
Sugar-1/3 cup
Cardamom Powder-a pinch
Curd-1 1/2 tbs
Rose Essence-1/2 tsp


  • In a bowl mix together flour, salt, cardamom powder, sugar and yeast.
  • Add melted butter and mix well.
  • Now add milk and mix until it is well incorporated and you get a soft and non sticky dough.
  • Cover with cling wrap and set aside for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 175°C.
  • Now mix the coconut, cardamom powder, sugar, curd and rose essence.
  • Roll out the dough into a large thick disc.
  • Cut out small rounds with a cookie cutter.
  • Place some filling in the centre.
  • Fold the circle into a crescent and seal the edges. Use a fork to make some designs along the edge.
  • Place on a baking tray.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  • Cool on wire rack.
  • Store in an airtight jar.

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  1. The qlechas looks amazing! Lovely pick for Q

  2. These sound like our Indian Rajasthani Gujia ! Hats off for making it twice , these must have been so delicious .

  3. I was about say looks like gujiya and glad to see Vaishali's comment too. Love how the food has crossed the culture. Amazing pick for Q

  4. I agree that these look like gujiyas. Amazing filling though.

  5. Looks almost like our gujiyas na, adding yeast in dough sounds very interesting.

  6. Ah those qlechas look sinful, what a fantastic find you have!.

  7. Those Qlechas look absolutely delicious. I can imagine why they have such a high tendency to run away -- they look so tempting and inviting.

  8. They look almost like gujiya and has a very tasty filling too.

  9. Even i have bookmarked this from Gayathiri's space.. This is such a fantastic bake..