Mamounia (Mamounieh)
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Mamounia (or mamounieh) is a delicious semolina pudding prepared with roasted semolina, butter and sugar syrup that is a breakfast favorite in Syria.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Syrian
Servings: 4 people
Author: Sarah-Eden Dadoun
  • 1 cup medium wheat semolina
  • ½ cup samneh ghee or clarified butter
For the syrup
  • 4 cups water
  • cup caster sugar
For the decor
  • 1 tablespoon samneh ghee or clarified butter
  • ¾ cup pine nuts and/or pistachios
  • Cinnamon
  1. Melt the tablespoon of clarified butter in a skillet and brown the pine nuts and/or pistachios. Set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, add the water and sugar. As soon as the mixture starts to boil, turn off the heat. Set aside.
  3. In a frying pan, melt the ½ cup of clarified butter. As soon as the butter starts to melt, add all the semolina at once. Mix well and stir constantly with a spatula for about 10 minutes on medium/low heat. The semolina must take a caramel color.
  4. Put the pan of water and sugar on a medium heat and when it starts to boil, pour it over the roasted semolina. Mix well and lower the heat.
  5. Simmer on low heat for 2 minutes maximum. The resulting mixture should have the texture of a thick cream.
  6. Pour immediately into a deep plate or a bowl.
  7. Sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with toasted pistachios and/or pine nuts.