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Serves 3-4
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Azeri/Persian
  • FOR TORTA (please refer to How to Make Ghee on my How To page)
  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces whole wheat, or white, lavash bread
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup melted butter, or more to taste
  • 2 TBSP torta (if available)
  • ⅓ cup finely chopped walnuts
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh herbs (basil, chives, dill…)
  • 2 ounces feta cheese crumbled, divided
  • Walnut halves
  • Sprigs of fresh basil and dill
  1. Toast the lavash until very dry but not browned. Let it cool, then crush it into a medium bowl.
  2. Gradually add water to the bread. Depending on the type of bread you may need more or less than ⅓ cup. Keep tossing it with your fingertips until it starts sticking together when you press a handful in the palm of your hand. It should not be soggy.
  3. Add the melted butter and torta to the bowl and work it into the bread pieces.
  4. Add the chopped walnuts and herbs and most of the crumbled feta cheese and mix together. Add the remaining feta cheese on top and serve on plates with extra walnut halves, sprigs of herbs and freshly brewed Persian tea!
Recipe by Persian Mama at