Pistachio Kuku By Najmieh Batmanglij

Rating: 
Yield: 
4 servings.
Ingredients: 

1/4 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup raw pistachio kernels
4 eggs
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ground saffron, dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot water or rose water
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
6 tablespoons oil or butter

Garnish:
1 tablespoon raw pistachio kernels
1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon ground rose petals

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a food processor, finely grind sugar and ½ cup of the pistachios kernels until smooth. Break eggs into a bowl. Add milk, flour, baking powder, saffron water, salt, and pepper. Beat lightly with a fork. Add the pistachio and sugar mixture and the remaining pistachios to the egg mixture, and fold using a rubber spatula. Heat 6 tablespoons oil in an 8 to 10-inch skillet (or frittata pan) over medium low heat until hot but not smoking. Pour in the mixture and cook, covered, until it has set (about 10 minutes). If you have a frittata pan, simply flip over and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes until golden. If you do not have a frittata pan, instead of flipping, you can cook the top under a hot broiler for 1 to 2 minutes until lightly golden.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!