Russia: Kosh Tili

One of the smallest and least-known ethnic groups in Russia are the Tatars. They represent an area officially known as Tatarstan, 500 miles east of Moscow. Kosh Tili, which means "birds' tongues", is a traditional fried cookie treat prepared for holidays.

Kosh Tili (Birds Tongues)

cup flour, sifted
6 tbs granulated sugar
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
3 tbs yogurt
1/2 cup milk
Vanilla or rosewater
Oil for deep-frying
Powdered sugar

Sift together flour, granulated sugar and salt. Add eggs, yogurt, milk and optional dash of vanilla or rosewater. Mix well with spoon, then pour out onto lightly floured work surface and knead until smooth.

Divide dough into 4 parts. Place 1 piece of dough on floured board and roll out 1/8-inch thick. Using a knife or crimp-edged cutter, cut into strips about 1-1/2 or 2 inches wide and 6-8 inches long. Using knife, cut a 1-1/2-inch slit in middle of each strip. Take 1 end of each strip, fold it through slit and pull out on the other side. Repeat with remaining dough strips.

Heat oil for deep-frying. Fry 1 or 2 dough strips at a time, holding under surface of oil until puffed and golden brown. Drain finished fritters in colander, then place on paper towels and sprinkle with powdered sugar.


Jenya said...

Funny, I've had these before (yes, in Russia), but in all my decades there, I've never heard them called that.

"Kosh Tili" Are you absolutely certain?

Anonymous said...

Also, Tatars are the largest ethnic group in Russia and one of the best known! I've also never heard these called Kosh Tili:)