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Heavenly Cheese Pancake (Kookooye Panir)

Shared by: Raheleh
Recipe origin: Rasht, Iran

Heavenly Cheese Pancake (Kookooye Panir)

I was wondering how many recipes exist with feta as the hero ingredient. My family alone has over a dozen favourites. Enter, new favourite feta recipe from Rasht, north of Iran. This pancake recipe, which is more like a cheese slice is quick and easy to prepare and seriously tastes heavenly.

I made this pancake before heading over to see a friend, she has a young baby and is way too busy to prepare lunch so I took along a couple of slices. We enjoyed it with a garden salad and my homemade lutenka and it was sensational!

Traditionally served as an apetiser, it also makes a delightful light lunch.

Use a spatula to cut into 6-8 pieces and turn each piece over
Iranian Cheese Pancake



Serves 4-6

200g feta cheese (Bulgarian feta is best)
4 tablespoons (80ml) full cream milk
2 tablespoons (12g) plain flour
5 tablespoons (100ml) olive oil or vegetable oil
3 free-range or organic eggs, lightly beaten
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

1) Mash feta cheese with a fork in a medium bowl until evenly crumbled. Add milk and stir through, then add flour and mix. Add lightly beaten eggs, 1 tablespoon of oil and pepper to taste, beat with fork until mixed well.

2) Heat a non-stick pan (25-30cm) over medium heat. Add remaining oil and allow to heat up. Pour in mix and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. After 3-5 minutes reduce heat to low and allow to cook for 15-20 minutes.

3) While still in the pan use a spatula to cut the pancake into 6-8 pieces and turn each piece over to lightly brown on the reverse side. Cook for a further 15-20 minutes and add a little more oil to the pan during frying if necessary.

4) Serve while warm or at room temperature as an appetiser or a light lunch with bread and salad.

5 Comments  |   Add a comment

  1. Anna

    I will make this on the weekend, reminds me of Gomleze, looks yum. Thanks again Suzie, happy cooking.

  2. Raheleh

    Hey Suzie, you have made it more delicious than me! thanks for uploading that.

  3. Daniela

    I made this yesterday and it was super tasty. Thanks Raheleh! Thanks Suzie!

  4. mademoiselle délicieuse

    Wow, this has so little flour in it compared to the other ingredients that I can only imagine how cheesy it would be!

  5. MamaJo

    Heavenly indeed! I sauteed a bit of red onion first,and added a handful of walnuts to the batter (my daughter’s a vegetarian so I add in extra protein whenever I can.) We all LOVED this! Thank you for posting!

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