Smid bil Tamer


This is one of the easiest little desserts to whip up but you would never know how easy from the taste. I typically make half of the recipe and it is still enough for about 4 people. Ground almonds or pistachios are what most people use but I had some honey roasted peanuts and I decided to use though and wow they were perfect.

1/2 cup sunflower oil
1 cup semolina
1 cup water
2 cups chopped dates
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
3 tablespoons ground nuts, for garnish (I used honey roasted peanuts)

1. In a small saucepan on medium heat add oil. Add the semolina and stir until lightly browned. Add the water and stir until all the liquid has been absorbed. Remove from the heat when the semolina starts sticking to the pan. Add the dates and cardamom and stir vigorously until well combined.

2. Pour the date mixture into a serving dish and with the back of a spoon flatten. Garnish with nuts, cut into squares and serve.

Yields: 6-8 servings

adapted from The Middle Eastern Cookbook

5 Responses to Smid bil Tamer

  • Lubna Karim says:

    Wow..that sounds much like our Halwa…looks yum with those loaded dry fruits…

    Waiting for your reply….

  • Carrie says:

    Just found your site…wonderful recipes. Love the fact that it’s from many cultures. Will be making some recipes soon.

  • Penelope says:

    I’m really keen to try this. Do you just use dates from the supermarket or the soft squishy fresh ones?

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