Savoury Kunafa

Savoury Kunafa has always bn a popular dish during Ramadan in most muslim homes.Theyr a stack of thin lacy pancakes(made using a mould)with meat filling inbetween.They can be made in individual rolls similar to the Malaysian Rotti Jaala or can be made in one whole large serving that is usually sliced up while serving.

However the authentic version asks for the okra gel but today I took a shortcut & did it my way!!!! Still so delicious…Bcz there’s no compromise in flavour!! My version is loaded with a fabulous meat filling,layers of cheese inbetween & also an additional layer of hard boiled eggs….and then slow cooked in ghee!!How delicious is that??

If you want the recipe for the authentic version check out fainazmilhan she has an amazing recipe to follow with the okra gel

The Kunafa Mould Can Be Purchased From Elegant Charms. Check her page out for more details

Lets Get Started

To make the kunafa you will need

  • To make lacy pancakes you need The Pancake Batter similar to what you would make for the Srilankan Chinese Rolls.But this time I made with coconut milk instead.
  • Meat Filling
  • Four Hard boiled eggs sliced
  • Grated Cheese,I used mozzarella

Pancake Batter

Just Blend Everything Together & Makesure There Are No Lumps Cz They Will Get Stuck In-between The Tiny Holes Of The Kunafa Bottle.The Last Thing You Need Would Be A Messy Lacy Day Specially If You’re A Beginner.To Be Safe Strain The Batter.Let this rest for at least 30 minutes

If You Don’t Have This Mould Don’t Worry You Could Still Pour It From A Squeezy Sauce Bottle Or From A Tiny Hole Through A Zip Lock Bag.

Lets Make Them Lacy Pancakes

Kids had a lot of fun making the lacy pancakes!!! Heat the pan on medium high & pour the batter over the heated pan to create the lacy effect.You need to be quick for best results.This cooks quite fast too.I did not cook both sides,you could if you want to.Place the cooked pancakes on a tray & set aside till you make the beef filling

Beef Filling

You Will Need

  • 700g Beef boiled & shredded
  • Two large B onions chopped
  • Three large raw potatoes cut into cubes
  • Curry leaves, Pandan Leaves
  • Cardamom pwd, Cinnamon Pwd(You could add whole spices)
  • A tbsp Ginger & Garlic paste
  • salt
  • A tsp Pepper
  • A tsp Kashmir chilli pwd
  • A tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1/2 Tumeric
  • A tsp Roasted Curry Pwd
  • Tamarind Pulp/ Lime Juice
  • a tbsp Coconut Aminos/Soy Sauce
  • Three Fried Brinjal Cubes
  • Three capsicums cut into cubes
  • Two green chillies for heat
  • Fresh coriander leaves/mint leaves
  • Handful of fried onions

Follow The Image For Steps On How To Make The Filling

Step One Heat oil in a pan, add in spiced onions & let this cook on medium till theyr nice & golden. Spiced Onions : Mix sliced onions with salt, pepper,chilli pwd,chilli flakes, curry pwd & tumeric. Add in curry leaves, cardamoms,cinnamon,& ginger garlic paste.Mix Well.

Step Two Add in tamarind,greenchillies & potatoes.Let this cook covered on low till potatoes are tender but not overcooked.Sprinkle some water if needed.

Step Three Add in shredded beef,coconut aminos & mix well.Makesure the beef is well coated with all the flavours.Cover & cook on low for about 10 minutes.Check for salt & spices,adjust if needed.

Step Four Mix in fried brinjals & chopped capsicums.Finally drizzle some lime juice.Add in fresh leaves & fried onions.The filling is ready!!!!


I used a lined baking tin to make this circular shape.You could even assemble on a pyrex dish of your choice.Lining with a lunch sheet prevents the last pancake from sticking to the bottom of the pan.I used an 8″ round pan.Height 2″

Follow The Image For Steps On How To Make This Lacy Cake

Step One Place the lacy pancakes around the edge of the round pan slightly over each other, half of one side of the lacy pancake hanging to form a scallop along the edge,which will be used to make the shape at the ends.Then place more lacy pancakes to form a firm base. Refer to image

Step Two Place Meat filling & press gently using the back of a spoon

Step Three Sprinkle Cheese as much or as less as you like

Step Four Sliced Eggs

Step Five Layer of lacy pancakes

Step Six Meat Filling & Cheese

Step Seven Last layer of lacy pancakes

Step Eight(Last One) Fold the hanging edges of the lacy pancakes over & gently press to form the shape


You could definitely bake this in an oven if you assemble in a greased baking tray till its beautifully crisp on top.But I promise you…..The slow cooking on the stove method tastes so much better!!!!!The ghee coating the outside layer of this beautiful savoury cake makes it worth every bite!Try it once & lemme know….

Carefully transfer the kunafa onto a greased pan that’s large enough to fit the whole thing.(Remove lunch sheet)Slowly rotate it around to get it cooked evenly.Again slowly flip this onto a plate then cook other side with more ghee.Let this rest for a bit before making the cut….


Have You Ever Made Savoury Kunafa Before???

Would Love To See Your Remakes On This!!!
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