MAGHOOT (Persian Dessert)


Enjoy the taste of Persian cuisine with this easy and satisfying dessert.

Maghoot is perfect for those moments when you crave something sweet but want it to be wholesome and nourishing. It’s a dessert that’s deeply rooted in Persian culture, yet its flavors are universally appealing. Whether you’re enjoying it as part of a festive celebration or simply as a cozy end to a meal, Maghoot is sure to transport you to the heart of Persia with its rich flavors and textures.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dried apricots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup of pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1/4 cup of pistachios, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup of walnut pieces
  • 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of rosewater
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • A pinch of saffron threads, gently crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of honey (or more, to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of orange zest
  • A pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Begin by soaking the dried apricots in warm water for about an hour to soften them. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the apricots, dates, raisins, almonds, pistachios, and walnuts. Add the orange juice, rosewater, cardamom, saffron, honey, orange zest, and a pinch of salt.
  3. Cook the mixture over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the fruits soften and the mixture becomes thick and sticky, about 20 minutes.
  4. Once the Maghoot has reached the desired consistency, remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly.
  5. Serve the Maghoot warm or at room temperature, garnished with additional chopped nuts and a drizzle of honey if desired.

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