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Gosh-e-Fil By Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi


Gosh-e fil is a crusty and delicious Afghani pastry. Chef Harpal Singh Sokhi shares the recipe of this anytime snack.
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Cooking Time

5-10 Min

Meal Type


Preparation Time

10-20 Min



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  • For Gosh-e-Fil

    • 500 gm refined flour (maida)

    • 1/2 tsp baking powder

    • 1/4 tsp baking soda

    • salt to taste

    • 1 egg

    • 125 ml milk

    • 1/4 cup oil

    • water as required


  1. 1

    Take a parat and sieve together maida, baking powder and baking soda.
  2. 2

    Make a well in the center and add salt, egg, milk and oil and water as required to knead a semi-hard dough.
  3. 3

    Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth for about 15 min.
  4. 4

    After 15 min, dust the platform with maida and make small balls of the dough and roll out a round roti.
  5. 5

    Cut this roti into 4 equal parts.
  6. 6

    Take one part, apply water on the edges and pinch from one side and fold it over the other side, crimpling edges together so that it resembles elephant ear.
  7. 7

    Fry these elephant ears or gosh-e-fils till crisp and golden brown. Transfer to a plate.
  8. 8

    Dust the deep-fried elephant ears with icing sugar, garnish with pistachios powder and serve.

Gosh-e-fil literally translates to elephant ear. There is a myth that during Chandra Gupta Maurya’s reign he had wished to expand his empire and sent 500 elephants all the way to Afghanistan. Inspired by this gesture the Afghanis came up with a pastry that looks like the elephant ear. 

Gosh-e-Fil is a fried pastry that is dusted generously with icing sugar and topped with dry fruits powder. It is served during Ramadan and Nowruz with tea. Its crunchy and lip smackingly delicious making it a favourite snack for all.

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