Fahad Inc. Dishes

    Cooz / Peshew ~ Gelatine Flavoured Custard

    This traditional Iranian dish found its way into the kitchens of the UAE several generations ago and has remained a firm favourite. Popular in the days before refrigeration, because it would set firmly on its own, it can be flavoured, or coloured, to choice and will taste better if refrigirated after cooling to room temprature.

    1/2 cup agar-agar gelatine threads
    5 cups fresh milk
    1 cup sugar
    rose essence
    red food colouring

    Cut up the agar-agar and soak in water overnight. The following day, remove the threads from the water and keep in a colander, leave to drain for 10 to 15 minutes. Bring the milk, sugar and agar-agar to the boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring continuously.
    Remove from heat, add rose essence and the colouring, then whisk gently. The mixture will remain watery, but will quickly firm as it sits.

    From the book "The Complete United Arab Emirates Cookbook"
    by Celia Ann Brock- Al Ansari
    Copyright © 1994 by Celia Ann Brock-Al Ansari

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