Poloni (miniature pasta squares with dairy sauce)

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Flour
1 Egg; beaten
¼ teaspoon Salt
½ cup (abt) water
½ cup Cottage cheese
½ cup Yoghurt
¼ teaspoon Salt
2 Cloves garlic; put through a press
1 teaspoon Fresh mint; chopped
1 tablespoon Fresh dill; chopped
4 cups Water; lightly salted, up
; to 5



POLONI (Miniature Pasta Squares w/Dairy Sauce) Tish-Ah B'Av & Shavuoth are two holidays when dairy foods are preeminent & meat dishes are temporarily set aside. These pasta squares are covered w/a well-seasoned, rich dairy sauce. Poloni would also be welcome during hot summer days when cooking meat would increase the temperature in kitchen & eating it create a heaviness not conductive to comfort. Tish-Ah B'Av indicates that this fast day is celebrated on the ninth day of month of Av.

This tragic holiday commemorates the destruction of First & Second Temples of Jerusalem.

1. Mix flour, egg, & salt & add just enough water to prepare a dough firm enough to be handled. Dust w/flour to reach desirable consistency. Put dough ball into a plastic bag & let it rest at room temp for 1 hour.

2. Cut dough into halves & roll each piece into a very thin pancake. (I do this w/my hand-cranked pasta machine.) Then cut pancakes into ½-inch squares. Set aside.

3. Mix sauce ingredients together & set aside.

4. Bring 4 to 5 cups of lightly salted water to a boil in a large pan, drop in pasta, & cook over moderate heat for abt 10 mins, or until tender but still al dente. Drain well.

Serve pasta & dairy sauce separately. Each diner fills his plate w/pasta & spoons over as much sauce as wanted.

Recipe: "Sephardic Cooking" by Copeland Mark -- 600 Recipes Created in Exotic Sephardic Kitchens from Morocco to India -- Copyright 1992 Published by Donald I. Fine, Inc., New York, N.Y. D. Pileggi Per serving: 181 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (7% calories from fat); 8g Protein; 33g Carbohydrate; 33mg Cholesterol; 269mg Sodium Food Exchanges: 2 Grain(Starch); ½ Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 0 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates

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