Gosh-e Fil (گوش فیل) is a kind of sweet fried pastry. The term of Gosh-e-fil is a strange word that its translation is the elephant’s ear, in English. This sweet gets its name from its shape that is like a baby elephant ear. Gosh-e Fil’s place of origin is Afghanistan. They usually serve it in a particular religious celebration such as Eid ul-Fitr, or New Year’s parties. Unfortunately, there is not much about this traditional pastry to explain to you.
Different types of Gosh-e Fil
Gosh-e-fil recipe is a simple and easy one that there is no especial change we can apply to make various kinds of this pastry. The only small difference that we can apply is adding some brewed saffron, so we will have a beautiful golden yellow or remove it and have a simple fried flour color. Also, you can top it with different dressing and have an attractive sight of this pastry.
Important Nutrition facts of Gosh-e Fil:
Each Gosh-e Fil sweet is almost 0.7oz (19gr) weights. It is a high-calorie dish such as any other pastry with 61cal per 0.7oz (19gr) which it’s 23% are from fat. Also, it includes 3gr of protein, 3gr of carbohydrates, and 11gr of cholesterol. As like most candies, it is high in sugar with 10gr per 19gr. So be careful if you are on a losing diet because it will make you stop losing weight and you will gain weight because of its sugar amount. It is also very harmful to people with diabetes. Also, it contains 1% of calcium, 3% of iron, and 1% of sodium.
If you have a vegetarian diet and you like to taste a sweet pastry like Gosh-e Fil, and the pastries have not any animal products in their recipes. So it is available and suitable for your diet. The only material which a vegan can sharp is its eggs and milk that they can’t be replaced with anything else. So we are sorry that vegans can’t taste these delicious cookies.
Serving style of Gosh-e Fil:
As Gosh-e Fil recipe is an easy recipe, you can serve it in any friendly-gatherings. But the main occasion that the Afghan people serve it is in a religious celebration such as Eid ul-Fitr, or New Year’s parties. Also, it would be so pleasant if you serve it alongside fresh hot brewed tea as a simple evening meal. It is also the right choice as a homemade snake in school break times for children.
What are the ingredients of Gosh-e Fil?
To make a simple homemade recipe of Gosh-e-fil, you will need some base ingredients including egg, caster sugar, all-purpose flour, butter, milk, salt, frying oil, baking powder, and pistachios. Some other elements that you can add to this recipe or replace them according to your preference are cardamom powder, walnut, vanilla, rose water, rose petals, and brewed saffron. It depends on your taste, and it is an option.
How to cook Gosh-e Fil?
Gosh-e Fil has an easy recipe that every housewife and chief like to make it for their gusts or as a snake for evening meal and break time in school. At first, you need to sift the flour and put it aside. Now you can start with breaking the eggs in a bowl and whisk them. Then you should add butter, cardamom, baking powder, salt, sugar, and milk and beat them until you have a smooth mixture. After that, you need to add the flour little by little and stir it until you form the primary dough. You need to knead the dough for 10 minutes.
Now you have to cover the dough and let it rests for 1 hour. After one hour, you should uncover the dough and place it on a rolling pinboard. You should check your dough and see if it is sticky, you must sprinkle remaining dough on it and knead it for more than 10 minutes.
Now you can roll out your dough thinly and pull off round parts by using a round bowl or glass from it. It is the time of making ear shape from your small round pieces of dough. Finely, you should reheat frying oil and make your deep ears frying. After turning the ears to golden, you can remove them from oil and drain extra oil by putting them on a paper towel. At the end step, you can sprinkle powder sugar and crushed pistachios and dress it with petal rose. It would be best if you let them cool down for some minutes. Your Gosh-e Fil pastry is ready to serve.
This recipe is adequate for four people. The preparation time of Ghosh-e Fil is 60 minutes, and its cooking time is 15 minutes. Also, it needs some more minutes to cool down.
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 2 large egg
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 5 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon cardamom
- 5 tablespoon crushed pistachios
- Sift the flour and put it aside.
- Break the eggs into a bowl and batter them.
- Add other ingredients, including butter, cardamom, baking powder, salt, sugar, and milk.
- Stir them until you have a smooth mixture.
- Start to add the flour little by little and stir it until you form the primary dough.
- Start Kneading the dough for about 10 minutes.
- Cove the dough with a piece of plastic and let it rests for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, uncover the dough and put it on the rolling pinboard.
- Check it to see if it is sticky or not. If it is sticky, sprinkle more flour on it and knead it again for another 10 minutes.
- Roll out the dough thinly.
- Make small round dough buy pressing small round bowl or glass on it and pull them off.
- Make your ear-shape dough with that little round dough that you have pulled off.
- Reheat the oil. Place the ears in the hot oil and fry them.
- Remove them when they turn to golden.
- Putt them on a paper towel and drain extra oil
- Sprinkle them with powder sugar and pistachios.
- Place them on the serving tray and let them cool down for some more minutes.
- It is ready.
- Serve it and Noosh-e-Jaan.
- Add some brewed saffron to some of your dough. So you will have colourful sweets.
- Add some rose water for more smell and taste.
- You can store them in an airtight container for future days.