Albanian Bektashi celebrate today (March 22) the Nevruz day.
In this case Bektashi cook typical dishes, as burek (pie) with 12 different kinds of herb (poppy, spinach, leeks, onions and zucchini, cabbage, sorrel, garlic, dill, nettles, dock, parsley, mint). Land plants symbolize the new life that blooms in Spring and prosperity, inside the pie is inserted a coin.Once baked the pie is divided by housewives on pieces and then is given to each of the family members a piece of the pie. The person who finds the coin inside his pie is lucky, will pass a prosperous year of prosperity. This day is cooked grits with chicken or lamb, roasted lamb and "hashurja" that is a symbol of this day.
In this day of celebration is drunk a glass of milk, symbolizing the birth of a new day; the distribution of the milk is another characteristic of this day. No matter what kind of animal will get sacrificed (Kurban), because it depends on the opportunities that people have, it is important that the Kurban to be done, the pie with the coin and hashurja.
Here's how to prepare the pie of this day:
Pie with spinach and herbs; ingredients:
400 g flour
Spinach, poppy, leek, onion and zucchini, cabbage, sorrel, garlic, dill, nettles, dock, parsley, mendërz
Albanian cheese (Same as Greek cheese)
Pour the sieved flour in a bowl, make a small hole in the middle and add water, a little salt and 2 eggs. Work the dough by hand until it becomes elastic, optionally, pour a little butter to work better. Open the dough in foils and leave then aside.
In a saucepan cut the spinach, cabbage, leek, parsley and other leaves and cook for few minutes (4-5) on slow fire, not more because will be cooked more when the pie will be baked.
Lubricate the pie-pan with a little oil or butter, put the noodles and pour the cooked green leaves and the crushed cheese (which previously could mix it with an egg). In this case you must enter a coin inside the pie. Apply the latest noodles, cut into the desired shape and put it in the oven to heat in 220 degrees for about 30-40 minutes./Oculus News
Pie (Byrek) with 12 herbs - Bektashi Nevruz day Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Rating: