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2 hours
First broadcast:
Sunday 17 June 2012

Cerys explores the Celebrating Santuary London world music festival with Palestinian singer and broadcaster Reem Kelani and poet Aissata Thiam.

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  • Sunday Recipe

    Helou el-Qizha
    (Flapjacks full of goodness)

    Quantity: 15 people


    - 1 ounce ground Kalawanji (Nigella) seeds, known in Arabic as ‘seeds of blessing’
    - 1 kilo flour
    - 2½ cups Palestinian olive oil
    - 1 cup sugar
    - 1½ cups roasted sesame seeds
    - 1 cup pine nuts (as desired)
    - 1 cup water


    - Put flour in deep saucepan and place on medium heat
    - Stir until flour turns pink
    - Mix sugar and Palestinian olive oil in a separate bowl and stir until sugar dissolves fully
    - Put flour in a mixing bowl after it has cooled down
    - Create a hole in the middle of flour and slowly pour the sugar and olive oil mix
    - Add straightaway ground Kalawanji seeds and cup of water
    - Mix flour and rest of ingredients thoroughly, and knead using fingertips to remove lumps (this may take a while)
    - Continue kneading the pastry until it has a solid consistency
    - Cover mixing bowl with a damp cloth and leave for one hour
    - Add sesame seeds to the pastry, and knead well
    - Pre-heat oven at gas mark 5
    - Brush baking tray (35cm x 40cm) with a little oil and spread pastry evenly
    - Garnish with pine nuts according to taste
    - Bake in oven for 20 – 30 minutes (times vary depending on oven)
    - Divide into equal squares whilst hot
    - Allow to cool before serving.

    Original recipe source: Kamal S. & Yassine S.O. Palestinian Cooking, Dar El Ilm Lilmalayin, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004

  • Cerys with Reem Kelani

    Cerys with Reem Kelani


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