We're delighted to share this recipe for the very delicious Goash-E-Feel or quite literally elephant's ears - a name given because of the shape and size of these crispy sweet pastries. They are often sold by street vendors during festivals and make a perfect sweet treat for Eid-al-Fitr, or any other celebration.

Makes: 8                                                                                                            Cook time: 1 Hour 50 Minutes


1 egg

1 tbs oil or melted butter


225 g plain flour

1 tsp icing sugar


vegetable oil for frying

25-50 g icing sugar

25 g pistachio ground


1. Break the egg into a bowl, beat it, and add melted butter or oil. Now add enough milk to make the liquid up to 110 ml.

2. Sift the flour with a pinch of salt and 1 tsp of icing sugar. Add to the egg and milk mixture and mix well to form a firm dough. Knead on a lightly floured surface or board for about 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.

3. Divide the dough into 8 equal balls, cover with a moistened cloth and set to one side in a cool place for about half an hour. 

4. On a lightly floured board, roll out each of the 8 balls until paper-thin; they should be approximately 18 cm in diameter. Shape the "ears" by pleating one side of each piece of dough. Nip together with wet fingers, to prevent the pleats from opening during frying. 

5. In a frying pan of similar diameter, heat enough oil to shallow fry the pastries. When the oil is hot, put in the ears one at a time and fry on both sides until golden brown. As you remove the pastries from the pan, shake off excess oil gently or place on kitchen paper.

6. Now sprinkle the pastries on both sides with a mixture of sifted icing sugar and ground pistachio. 

Serve with tea and enjoy!

Once you've made your Goash-E-Feel...

We held a live conversation with three incredible Afghan women transforming food industriesdiscussing the role that preparing, cooking and sharing Afghan cuisine plays in cultural memory and cultivating a sense of 'home', particularly among the Afghan diaspora. Once you've made your Goash-E-Feel, why not pop on a brew of chai and settle into the recording!