As mentioned earlier in the previous articles, Iran is an old country with aboriginal culture and civilization that contains various cuisines of candy, sweets, and pastry. There is usually a traditional native pastry in every city that introduces that city in food shows and conferences at the national or international level. In this article, we want to add “Koloocheh” (کلوچه). Koloocheh is a kind of flaky, buttery, round, and golden cookie that its shape is like a disc with the top of small indented circle pressed into its dough.
It is also a kind of stuffed cookie that its main stuffing ingredients always come beside its name like pistachios Kolooche, walnut Kolooche, almonds Koloocheh, cardamom taste Koloocheh, and so on. This cookie is a well-known one in all over Iran that everyone enjoys from tasting it. Kolooche`s place of origin is several cities, but the main town is the Caspian Sea region of Northern Iran including “Lahijan” and “Fooman”. Other towns that Koloocheh is a famous souvenir in them are Shiraz, Kashan, and Yazd. It is impossible to travel to these cities, and you don’t have Koloocheh in your bag as a souvenir for your family.
Different types of Koloocheh:
Koloocheh is a well-known cookie that people cook it in all over Iran, so various recipes lead to the distinct taste of Koloocheh. That is why you always mentioned the city and the main flavorings besides Koloocheh`s name. You can make stuffed Koloocheh with different ingredients such as walnuts, pistachios, almonds, cardamom, cinnamon, date, coconut.
Important Nutrition facts about Koloocheh:
One single circle of Koloocheh has about 50 grams of weight. It is a high-calorie dish such as any other cookies and pastry with 200cal per 1.8oz (50gr) which its 63 calories are from fat. Also, it includes 3gr of protein, 1gr of dietary fiber, and 30gr of carbohydrates per 50gr. As like most candies, it is high in sugar and cholesterol with 15gr and 5mg per 50gr, respectively. Also, it contains 1% of calcium, 5% of iron, and 2% of sodium per 50gr.
You can add some ingredients to this recipe such as pistachios, walnut, or other nuts. So you increase its value and quality nutrition that includes various vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, vitamin A, C, and family of B. So if you are on a losing diet, you should consume very little of them. Due to it can make you stop losing weight and gain weight because of its sugar and fat amount. It is also very harmful to people with diabetes and high cholesterol in the blood.
Serving style of Koloocheh:
You can serve Koloocheh at parties such as kitty parties, potlucks, and game nights. Still, the main occasion that indigenous people of the north make and help it is on Norouz holiday when they gust come for Did-o-Baz did taste and enjoy it and buy a pack of it as a souvenir to their family. You can also have it as an evening meal with a cup of hot fresh Persian tea in a friendly gathering with your family or friends. It is also the right choice as a homemade snack at school `s break times for children.
Since Koloocheh has a different recipe and if you have a vegetable and vegan diet and like to taste it. So you can choose the most straightforward method that has a vegetable base. If you feel it one time, you will never be able to stop eating this cookie.
What are the ingredients of Koloocheh?
The ingredients you will need to cook Kolooche have two parts. One part is about making its dough that includes all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, egg, butter, and water. The second part that is about the ingredients which you will use to make its filling is all-purpose flour, sugar, vanilla, unsalted butter, cardamom powder, and cinnamon powder. You can also replace, add, or even remove mentioned ingredients with some others such as ghee, honey, milk, pistachios, almonds to make different tastes of Koloocheh.
How to cook Koloocheh?
Recipe of Koloocheh is a super easy one that if you don’t test it once, you will lose a big fan. To make Koloocheh, you need to start by preparing its dough. At first, you should sift its flour in a large bowl and add baking powder and baking soda to it. After mixing them, you need to add butter, brewed saffron, and egg yolk to the flour. You need to blend it well. Now you must add boiling water to mixture little by little as you are mixing it to make the primary dough. After incorporating water, you have to knead the dough for several minutes.
It is time to allow the dough to rest and rinse for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, you can prepare the filling. So you should mix butter, sugar, vanilla in a bowl, and blend the cardamom and cinnamon with flour in another one. Now you should add dry ingredients plus crushed walnuts to the butter mixture and mix them well. After making the filling, you can uncover the dough and separate and form small dough balls. After that, you should roll out the balls on the rolling pinboard.
Finely you should put one tablespoon of filling in the middle of the dough and pinch it to enclose the filling. You should seal the mixture to stop them from coming out during the baking process. At the end step of preparing Koloocheh, you can place the prepared cookie on the parchment. The sheet that you have laid on the baking tray and decorate them how you like and garnish with egg yolk. Finely you can put the plate of cookies in the preheated oven. Bake them in a 400F for about 30 minutes until they golden brown. After baking, you should put out the tray and let the cookies cool down. They are ready, and you can serve them.
This recipe of Koloocheh is adequate for four people. The preparation time of Koloocheh is 40 minutes, and its cooking time is 30 minutes. Also, it needs some more minutes to cool down.
- 3½ cups all-purpose flour
- ⅛ teaspoon baking powder
- ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅔ cup unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon brewed saffron
- ¾ cup boiling water
- 1 egg yolk
- ½ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ sugar
- ½ vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 cup of crushed walnut
- 1 egg yolk
- Sift the flour.
- Add baking powder and baking soda to sifted flour and mix well.
- Add butter, brewed saffron, and yolk and blend them.
- Add boiling water little by little as you are blending the mixture until first dough forms.
- Knead the dough for 20 minutes. Then cover it with a piece of plastic and let it rest and rise for 20 minutes.
- Mix flour, cinnamon powder, and cardamom powder together.
- Grab another bowl and mix butter, sugar, vanilla and blend them until the cream forms.
- Add dry ingredients plus crushed walnut to the butter mixture.
- Mix them well until you have a smooth combination.
- Your filling is ready.
- Pull off small dough ball from the main dough.
- Place them on a rolling pinboard and roll them up.
- Put one tablespoon of filling in the middle of the rolled-up dough.
- Enclose the dough and seal the filling well to stop them coming out during the baking process.
- Put the sealed dough on the parchment sheet that you have laid on the baking tray.
- Decorate the surface of the prepared cookies how you like.
- Garnish the surface of them with egg yolk by using a brush.
- Preheat the oven until 400F.
- Put the cookie`s tray in the oven.
- Bake them for 30 minutes until their color change to a golden brown.
- Put the plate out of the oven and let the cookies cool down for some minutes.
- It is ready.
- You should know that you need to put the butter out of the refrigerator and let it be at room temperature for some minutes before adding it to the mixture.
- You can add some sesame to your recipe to top and decorate your cookies more.
- You can store them in an airtight container for future days.