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Moroccan Recipes with Semolina (Smida)


Semolina is called smida in Moroccan Arabic. All of these Moroccan recipes use semolina as an ingredient.

1. Beghrir - Crepe-Like Semolina Pancakes

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Beghrir are tender Moroccan pancakes made from semolina. Yeast in the crepe-like batter causes hundreds of bubbles to form and break on the surface of the pancake as it cooks.

2. Semolina Ghoribas

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These traditional cookies have a light, sandy texture and may be flavored with either vanilla or lemon zest. Wetting your hands with orange flower water prevents the dough from sticking while you shape the cookies; the fragrant water's essence is transferred to the cookies, of course.

3. Makrout with Dates and Honey

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These date-filled cookies are fried and then dipped in honey - sweet and delicious!

4. Makrout with Almonds and Honey

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Similar to the semolina sweets above, but this time filled with almond paste.

5. Harcha - Pan-Fried Semolina Flatbread

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Harcha (also spelled harsha) is a Moroccan pan-fried bread made from semolina flour, butter and milk. Although it looks a bit like an English muffin, it's more like cornbread in texture and taste.

6. Harcha with Onions, Olives, Herbs and Cheese

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This savory version of harcha is flavored with olive oil and za'atar (wild thyme), then stuffed with a filling of onions, olives, parsley and cheese.

7. Semolina Soup with Saffron and Anise

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This easy Moroccan recipe yields a semolina soup flavored with saffron and anise. It's equally satisfying as a supper and breakfast food, and is traditionally served with dates on the side.

8. Semolina Soup with Milk, Anise Seeds and Honey

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This simple Moroccan soup is easy to prepare and can be served in the evening or for breakfast. Although it's delicious as-is, honey is traditionally offered on the side for sweetening the soup.

9. Ghoriba with Coconut

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Ghoribas with Coconut are delicious Moroccan macaroons with a crisp crust. This traditional recipe uses semolina, which perfectly complements the flavor and texture of coconut.

10. Moroccan Semolina Bread - Khobz dyal Smida

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Although semolina is famously used to make pasta or couscous, it also makes a very flavorful, chewy bread. Moroccan Semolina bread – or khobz dyal smida – is easy to prepare and perfect for sandwiches, breakfast, tea time or serving with tagines.

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