Moroccan Recipes with Semolina (Smida)

Semolina is called in Moroccan Arabic. All of these Moroccan recipes use semolina as an ingredient.
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    Beghrir - Moroccan Pancakes. Ming Tang-Evans/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    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.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

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

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    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.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    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.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    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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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Batbout is one of my family's favorite Moroccan breads. This recipe yields a soft and chewy bread with a pocket that can be stuffed like pita. Increase the amount of semolina in the dough as desired.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    You don't have to use semolina when making the dough for this classic Moroccan stuffed bread, but I highly recommend that you do. Pan-fried like batbout, khobz chehma is first stuffed with a savory filling of onions, parsley, spices, and beef or lamb suet.

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    Meloui - Round Moroccan Crepe or Pancake. Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    Meloui are round Moroccan pancakes (rghaif) that are shaped by rolling a folded strip of dough up like a rug, and then flattening the upright coil into a circle. They can be eaten plain or with syrup made from butter and honey.

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    Photo © Christine Benlafquih

    These classic Moroccan pancakes, or rghaif, are made by flattening portions of dough and then folding them into squares. Frying the folded dough in a pan yields a layered pancake which is crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside.

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    Almond Baklawa (Baklava). Faiz de blida/Flickr - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Morocco's rendition of baklava (or baklawa as it's called instead) is made by sandwiching an almond filling between multiple layers of homemade pastry made from semolina and white flour.