rang-e-nak (a persian party in your mouth)

there was once a little walnut,

who lived inside a soft warm date,

who liked to be wrapped in a blanket of rosewater saffron halva,

who liked to be decorated in sweet cardamom snow,

who liked to be adorned with crisp pistachios…

look at the all the layers!

and they all lived together in the world of rang-e-nak!

rang means colour in farsi,

and this little story becomes a quite colourful dessert indeed,

both in sight and taste!


recipe inspired from forough hekmat’s ‘the art of persian cooking’, though halva recipe is from none other than the fantastic hands of my grandmother ‘mama joon’

makes a pie dish of little diamonds- good for a party!


big box of dates (i like the ones from bam for this recipe)

big handful of walnuts

1/2 cup flour

1/4 cup coconut oil

a few tablespoons of canola oil

pinch of saffron (stirred into a tiny cup of hot water)

1/3 cup rosewater

teaspoon of cinnamon, teaspoon of cardamom

2/4 slivered pistacios (toasted slightly- but don’t discolour them!)


1. wash dates with warm water, and pit one by one, setting them on a cloth to dry.

2. toast walnuts and press each into the heart of the date, pressing each date shut.

3. place them in a tight spiral inside of an oil pie pan.

4. heat coconut oil and canola oil in a frying pan, and slowly sift flour while stirring constantly. fry on medium heat for a very long time, until the flour starts to brown into a caramel tone.

5. stir saffron water and rose-water together in a cup and add a little of the frying flour and stir.

6. add this mixture to the flour and stir until combined (to be honest, this part didn’t work out so well and it started to make little crispy bits– will update you after consulting with mama joon!)

7. pour the flour mixture over the dates.

8. combine the powdered sugar with the spices and sprinkle over the halva, pressing it lightly until the whole plate has a flate top.

9. sprinkle pistachios and press in slightly.

10. let cool completely and slice into cute little diamonds.

11. serve with tea at a party!


and they all lived happily ever after... inside the bellies of the party-goers! 🙂


2 Responses

  1. oh! wonderful!

  2. ooooooooooooh my god
    i was actually speechless for a few seconds
    this looks and sounds incredibleeeeee i want to eat some rang-e-nak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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