Libyan Aseeda (عصيدة) Recipe
Arabic Boiled Flour Pudding: Asida العصيدة
Asida is a boiled flour pudding cooked directly in water. It is a popular traditional dish served in Libya during celebrations such as births or Eid. It is made of wheat flour or whole-meal flour dough cooked in water, and is eaten with honey or date syrup and melted butter. Some people use olive oil or samn (ghee) instead of butter. It is usually eaten for breakfast. Like bazeen, asida is a communal meal served in a large flat plate or gas’a, and it is generally eaten with the fingers, although spoons can be used. While Bazeen has Amazigh origins and is a purely North African dish, this boiled flour pudding has an Arabic name and versions of Asida are made in the Arabian Peninsula.
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1 litre boiling water
Honey or date syrup
Melted butter or ghee
Fill a deep pot with 1/2 litre hot water. Add 25g butter and a teaspoon of salt.
Leave on medium heat until the water starts to boil.
Sift the flour then pour it into the pan all at once then remove from heat.
Immediately start to stir the flour into the buttery water.
Press the dough against the side of the pot to remove lumps.
Once the dough is smooth, with the help of the wooden spoon form it into one lump.
Put the pot back on the heat and add another half liter of boiling water.
Use the wooden spoon to form some hollows in the dough. Do not cover and leave to cook on low heat until the water is absorbed. Midway during this process, turn the lump upside down.The dough’s cooking takes about 20 minutes.
Remove from heat. Immediately begin kneading, using a wooden spoon to smooth the asida. If you have a machine that will knead bread dough then it will handle asida fine.
Melt about 75g of butter or samn (ghee).
Brush a wide plate with butter.
Place the asida in the center and begin folding in the edges to form a smooth dome.
Once the edges are folded in, roll the asida to even out any cracks.
Turn upside down and use a buttered ladle to form a hollow in the asida.
Pour the melted butter or ghee around the asida.
Pour honey or date syrup in the hollow. Serve immediately.