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Palestinian Zankal with Date Recipe (Date Cookies Recipe)

Palestinian Zankal with Date Recipe


Zankal is a Palestinian local food that Palestinian people prepare during rainfall. It gives the body a lot of energy in summer, because it contains large amount of calories.



1 kg white flour
2 tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. salt
3 tbsp. olive oil
3 ½ cups water

Dough stuffing ingredients:

½ kg dates, with cores removed
2 tbsp. toasted sesame
a little bit of nutmeg
3 tbsp. sugar
1 spoon cinnamon
2 tbsp. olive oil



1-Mix all ingredients together to from the dough then it should be left to rest for an hour.

2-Meanwhile, you should prepare the stuffing as you should mix all the stuffing ingredients together to form dough.

3-take the dough and form small balls that is smaller than tennis balls twice. Take into consideration when you start cutting the dough or the stuffing that you should put a plate containing water to put your hand in from time to time because dough will stick into your hands.

4-flatten the dough with your palm and start putting the stuffing inside and close the dough.

5-Fry Zankal with oil over medium heat, then serve with tea.

Note: some people don’t like the stuffing so you can make it without the stuffing. Some people also prefer to make it with minced meat, onion and pine.


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