Khagineh (Stuffed Persian Sugar Omelet)

Stuffed with a spiced walnut and date filling, this sweet omelet is drizzled with saffron syrup and served with whipped cream.

Khagineh (Persian Sugar Omelet)

Victor Protasio / Food Styling by Maggie Ruggiero / Prop Styling by Christine Keely

Active Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
8 servings

Filled with a cinnamon-and-cardamom-spiced crumble made from ground walnuts and Medjool dates, this sweet, pancake-like omelet from cookbook author Louisa Shafia gets an extra dose of sweetness from a drizzle of golden saffron syrup and a dollop of rosewater-infused whipped cream. 

This dish originated in Iranian Azerbaijan. “Khagh is the Azeri word for egg, a reminder that at its heart khagineh is an omelet, although the experience of eating it is more akin to a cake,” Shafia says. It’s versatile and delicious, perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert.

Make the most out of saffron by grinding it to maximize and intensify its flavor and color. Saffron syrup may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use leftover syrup in cocktails to add a striking color and sweet, floral flavor.


Saffron Syrup

  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads (see Note)

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1/2 cup water


  • 1 cup raw walnuts (about 4 ounces)

  • 1/2 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 5 medium dates)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • Pinch of kosher salt


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (about 2 1/8 ounces)

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1/2 teaspoon rosewater

  • 3 tablespoons lightly toasted unsalted pistachios

  • Dried culinary rose petals


Make the saffron syrup:

  1. Using a mortar and pestle, grind saffron threads into a fine powder (you should have about 1/16 teaspoon); set aside. Stir together sugar and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high; boil, stirring often, until sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low; simmer, undisturbed, until slightly thickened, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in saffron. Let syrup cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Set aside.

Make the filling:

  1. Process walnuts, dates, cardamom, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor until a crumbly dough forms, about 30 seconds. Set aside.

Make the omelet:

  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Add yogurt and eggs; fold until batter is just combined. Set aside.

  2. Heat a 9-inch cast-iron skillet over low. Add butter to skillet, and swirl until melted. Pour half of the batter (about 3/4 cup) into center of skillet; using bottom of a spoon, spread batter to evenly coat bottom of skillet. Sprinkle evenly with filling. Spoon remaining batter evenly over filling. Cover skillet, and cook until bottom is browned and edges are set, 12 to 14 minutes. (The top will still be wet.) Using a spatula, loosen sides and bottom of omelet. Slide omelet onto a plate. Invert skillet, and place over omelet on plate. Invert plate to flip omelet back into skillet, cooked side up. Remove plate. Cover and cook until bottom is completely set and light brown, about 4 minutes. Loosen sides of omelet with a spatula, and slide onto a plate. Remove skillet from heat.

  3. Beat heavy cream and rosewater in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form, about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Set aside.

  4. Slice omelet evenly into 8 pieces; sprinkle evenly with pistachios, and garnish with rose petals. Drizzle with about 1/3 cup saffron syrup. Serve with whipped cream and remaining saffron syrup.

To Make Ahead

Saffron syrup can be stored in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week. Use leftover syrup in cocktails to add a striking color and sweet, floral flavor.


Make the most out of saffron by grinding it to maximize and intensify its flavor and color.

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