To Aleppo With Love – Mamouniyeh

July 31st, 2016

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Mamouniyeh is a specialty of Aleppo. It is a breakfast dish prepared from semolina, ghee, and sugar syrup, served with cheese and sha’eebiyat. People think that Mamouniyeh named after “Al-Ma’moun” the seventh Abbasid caliph, but according to Encyclopedia of Aleppo, Mamouniyeh was created by “Ma’moun” a person from Aleppo and named after him.

Let’s make Mamouniyeh:

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1,2. In a saucepan, put sugar.

3, 4. Add water to sugar.

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5, 6, 7, 8. Dissolve sugar in water over high heat, and let it boil for 5 minutes.

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9, 10, 11, 12. Meanwhile, put ghee in a deep pot and heat the ghee until smoking hot.

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13, 14, 15, 16. Add course semolina to ghee, and stir immediately with a wooden spoon.

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17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24. Keep on medium heat and toast semolina with continuous stirring until it gets golden in color, it took 8 minutes. Be careful not to turn the semolina into brown in color.

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25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. Pour hot syrup over the semolina while stirring, keep on high heat until boiling.

32. Reduce heat to low, cover the pot and keep for 5 minutes.

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33. After 5 minutes, turn off heat and add orange blossom water to the mixture. Adding orange blossom water is optional.

34. Keep the heat turned off, cover the pot and set aside for 5 minutes.

35, 36. After 5 minutes, Mamouniyeh is ready to serve.

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37, 38, 39, 40. Scoop Mamouniyeh into serving plate.

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41, 42, 43, 44. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon, and garnish with crushed pistachios.

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45. Mamouniyeh is eaten hot with Arabic flat bread and accompanied by jebneh such as jebneh mshallaleh (string cheese) that directly placed on it and the cheese will melt, it is also accompanied by kaymak that directly place on it, too. Mamouniyeh is also served with sha’eebiyyat.

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Mamouniyeh

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1 cup sugar

6 cups water

4 tbsp ghee,
preferably Samneh Arabi (Syrian ghee made from sheep’s milk)

1 cup coarse semolina

1 tsp orange blossom water, optional

To Serve

Ground cinnamon, to sprinkle

Crushed pistachios, to garnish

Arabic flat bread

Jebneh

Sha’eeibyat

In a saucepan, put sugar.

Add water to sugar.

Dissolve sugar in water over high heat, and let it boil for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, put ghee in a deep pot and heat the ghee until smoking hot.

Add course semolina to ghee, and stir immediately with a wooden spoon.

Keep on medium heat and toast semolina with continuous stirring until it gets golden in color, it took 8 minutes. Be careful not to turn the semolina into brown in color.

Pour hot syrup over the semolina while stirring, keep on high heat until boiling.

Reduce heat to low, cover the pot and keep for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, turn off heat and add orange blossom water to the mixture. Adding orange blossom water is optional.

Keep the heat turned off, cover the pot and set aside for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, Mamouniyeh is ready to serve.

Scoop Mamouniyeh into serving plate.

Sprinkle with ground cinnamon, and garnish with crushed pistachios.

Mamouniyeh is eaten hot with Arabic flat bread and accompanied by jebneh such as jebneh mshallaleh (string cheese) that directly placed on it and the cheese will melt, it is also accompanied by kaymak that directly place on it, too. Mamouniyeh is also served with sha’eebiyyat.

Notes and Tips

Coarse semolina is called in Arabic “Smid Kheshen”. For photos of coarse semolina, click here, here, here, and here.

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One Response to “To Aleppo With Love – Mamouniyeh”

  1. Glory says:

    Hi Dimah just found your blog. Lovely! My dad is the Mamouniyah maker at home- no one makes it as good :)

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