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Mamounia (Mamounieh) Semolina Pudding Recipe

Mamounia (Mamounieh) Semolina Pudding Recipe

What is Mamounia?

Mamounia (mamounieh) or semolina pudding is a traditional Syrian recipe. It comes originally from Aleppo. Mamounia (mamounieh) or semolina pudding is considered as a breakfast for Syrian. It is not an everyday breakfast, but they make it mostly on weekends. It is similar to a pudding or porridge but made with semolina. It has a smooth texture and an amazing sweet taste. It is the prefect way to start your day with, especially if it is garnished with nuts and served with cream or string cheese (shelal).

How to Prepare Mamounia (mamounieh)?


    • 1 cup coarse semolina
    • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
    • 4-5 cups of water
    • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
    • Nuts and cinnamon for decoration
    • String cheese



  • Cream.

Preparation Method

  1. In a pot add water and sugar and bring to a boil.
  2. Melt the butter or ghee in a separate pot.
  3. Stir the semolina into the heated ghee until it turns a light golden color.
  4. Slowly add the toasted semolina to the water, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
  5. Remove the saucepan from the heat and cover it for 10 minutes.
  6. If desired, garnish the mamounia with nuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
  7. Serve hot with string cheese and cream.


  • If you like the texture of Mamounia to be thick, add only 4 cups of water.
  • Some people prefer to eat mamounia cold with a spoon and some prefer to eat it hot and with Lebanese bread.
  • If you want to reheat the mamounia the second day, you need to add some water as it thickens when it cool down.

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