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Charles from Miami writes:

Hey Kurma, do you have any vego recipes from Iraq?

My reply:

Hey Charles! Yes I do actually. There are some wonderful sweets in Iraqi cuisine. Here’s a nice one. Add a little extra butter if the mixture is too dry.

Iraqi Cardamom-scented Butter Biscuits (Shakar Lemah)

Anyone who enjoys a good shortbread will love these melt-in-the-mouth delights from Iraq. They are exceptionally easy to make. Makes 24 biscuits.

175g (6 ounces) butter
½ cup caster sugar
2½ cups plain flour
1 teaspoon ground cardamom seeds
icing sugar for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 160° C / 325° F.

Cream the butter with the caster sugar in a food processor. Add the flour and cardamom, and process to form a soft dough.

Roll the mixture into 24 walnut sized balls. Flatten them slightly. Arrange them on baking sheets lined with baking paper about 2cm apart. If you like, press them gently with the flat underside of fork tines to slightly flatten them and mark them with decorative lines.

Bake for about 25 minutes. They will hardly darken, and will appear undercooked, but they will firm up when they cool.

Serve: remove from the paper only when they have hardened, and dredge them in icing sugar.
Posted by Kurma on 27/8/07; 8:41:23 AM

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