Koloocheh or Kulucheh is a Persian cookie made in various parts of Iran. It is prepared for the Norooz New Year’s celebration in the south of Iran. Different regions of Iran have different Koloochehs. My version is a glutenfree version – Gluten-Free Koloocheh : Persian Date Nut Filled Cookies
Koloocheh has the distinctly Eastern twist of sugary dates, perfumed rose water and cardamom. Intrigued, I decided to re-create them using healthy flours and my own flavor combos. I also thought this was a perfect snack for those of you who are taking the Navaratri fast. The cookie uses delicious gluten-free flours like amaranth flour [rajgire ka atta] and buckwheat flour [kuttu ka atta] and is so wonderfully buttery and tasty.
These butter cookies are unmistakably Middle Eastern; Persian Jews make them at Purim, while Arabic Christians eat a similar cookie at Easter, as do Muslims during various Eid celebrations. The combination of gluten-free flours here produces a nutty taste and a light texture, but you can use an equivalent amount of all purpose flour or whole wheat flour. Do try these today!
These were made specially for my dearest husband who celebrated his birthday today 🙂 🙂