When you have a crispy, soft crust wrapping sweet fruit chunks, aromatic coconut and poppy seeds baked to perfection, why won’t your heart be happy? That’s the name of today’s recipe – DilKhush, meaning happy heart ūüôā This is a pastry that we would drool for as kids when we ever went near bakeries. It is one of those recipes that mom’s humble kitchen couldn’t whip up. This post explores an easy recipe using phyllo dough.

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The urban legend is that Dilkhush is a product of all left over pastries in bakery! Not sure how true that is, but, even if it indeed is, it definitely resulted in a mouth watering recipe. Original recipe uses a dough that is equivalent of pie dough, but, for this recipe, I am trying a short cut by using Phyllo dough.

The key ingredient for this recipe is super delicious candied papaya chunk typically ¬†known in India as “Tutti Frutti”. Candied papaya chunks are slightly raw papaya chunks steamed and glazed in sugar syrup and are used in ice creams, cakes and pastries. I could ¬†find these in Indian ¬†grocery stores and they also seem to be available in online stores. If you do not find them try using any other form of candied fruits.

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Dilkhush – Easy Recipe
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Recipe type: Pastry
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4

  • Phyllo Dough Sheet – 1
  • Glazed/Candied Papaya – 1 Cup
  • Dry Coconut flakes – ½ Cup
  • Poppy Seeds – 2 table spoon
  • Sugar – 1 Table Spoon
  • Ghee – 1 Spoon

  1. Thaw the Phyllo dough sheet and spread it by slightly rolling out
  2. Brush a thin layer of ghee on half of the sheet
  3. Lightly roast poppy seeds for a minute and mix with papaya chunks, coconut
  4. Spread the mixture on half of the sheet, sprinkle sugar
  5. Fold the other half on to the mixture and seal the sides by pressing forks
  6. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees and bake the dough for 20 mins or till it turns golden brown


First thaw the phyllow dough and roll it out slightly to widen it. On medium heat lightly roast poppy seeds. Mix dry coconut flakes, poppy seeds and papaya chunks together or you can layer them one after the other as well. Brush some ghee on half of the sheet and spread mixture that half, ghee gives that added flavor. Fold the sheet and seal it with fork.

Dilkhush ready to be baked

Dilkhush ready to be baked

Dilkhush in making

Dilkhush in making







Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees and bake it for 20 mins or till the dough bakes into golden brown crust. Crispy and fruity Dilkhush is ready to eat. Enjoy while it is hot. If you want to try more authentic recipe, try to use pie crust with same filling. The mouth watering Dilkhush reminds me of my childhood days, when the baker cut the Dilkhush into squares, we watched in wonder how in the world do they make those. Try this easy recipe and enjoy!

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