You will find many aseeda recipes throughout the Gulf area. In Bahrain the dough is ate with sweet eggs, in Libya the dough is filled with honey and in Saudi and Yemen you will find a lamb or chicken broth. The dough is not an easy thing to make and you usually have to try a few times before you get it just right. It takes constant watch and work to make. The end result should look and feel like play dough. I would suggest trying to watch a few videos on YouTube if you have never watched anyone make it. Aseeda is typically make the way I have made it with the broth in the dough in Yemen however in Saudi the dough is usually served on the side and pieces are added to a bowl of the piping hot broth.

2 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups water
1 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon yogurt
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 tablespoon sunflower oil

1 chicken, cup up
1 onion, diced
6 cardamoms, bruised
4 tablespoons sunflower oil
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 cup cilantro, diced
4 cups water
salt and pepper to taste

1. In a 4-quart saucepan add 3 cups water and salt. Bring to a full boil. Add oil, yogurt and flour. Continuously stir the mixture quickly with wide/flat wooden spoon.Add more flour if any water is left.

2. Remove from heat and keep stirring until it softens. Add some of the boiled water to the dough and let it sit for 10 minutes. Beat the mixture until it softens and and becomes thick, the consistency of soft play dough. You should mix for several minutes adding water if needed. Place back onto heat on medium heat mix more about 20 minutes, add more water and allow to further cook until the side start pulling from the pan.

3. Shape into a small mound in a bowl. Create a small bowl with the bottom of a ladle.

4. Meanwhile, make broth. In a large saucepan on medium heat add oil, garlic and onions. Allow to cook until tender. Add chicken pieces, cardamom and cumin. Add water ans bring to a full boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and allow to cook for 45 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

5. Add broth into dough. Serve.

7 Responses to Aseeda

  • very interesting i like :-)

  • thank you :)

  • salam 3alaikum ya noor,

    wooooww this is so much different than what I would know as 3aseeda…

    i guess more specifically you would call mine al3aseeda alhasawiya, its from the east side. its made with a buuunch of dates and whole wheat flour all smashed up and good in a pot until you get the same kind of doughy thing going on, then you make a tiny hole and add a little clarified butter. its very sweet like cooked dates, not savory with broth. I like to eat it with gahwa :-P

    I’m so curious to try this now!!

  • Oh that sounds really good. I love anything with dates, bread and honey.

  • this is looks lovely, do you by any chance know the recipe for yemeni ca’ak????????

  • Adele Ka’k just means cake in Arabic do you know what kind of cake it is?

  • Yes, I always say I never met a bread I didn’t like.

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