Asida (Wheat Flour Dough)

How to prepare asida

Asida is a traditional dish in Libya popularly served during certain celebrations such as Eid. It is also referred to as the Arabic boiled flour pudding. It is a boiled flour pudding cooked directly in water. The flour is made of wheat or whole-meal flour dough cooked in water.

Ingredients

  • 25g butter
  • 1 tea spoon (tsp) of salt
  • 300g flour
  • 1 litre boiling water

Interesting Tips:
You can tweak how you serve this dish for children by making a smiley face.

Directions

  1. Fill a deep pot with ½ litre of hot water. Add 25g butter and a teaspoon of salt.
  2. Leave on medium heat until the water starts to boil.
  3. Sift the flour then pour it into the pan all at once then remove from heat.
  4. Immediately start to stir the flour into the buttery water.
  5. Press the dough against the side of the pot to remove lumps.
  6. Once the dough is smooth, with the help of the wooden spoon form it into one lump.
  7. Put the pot back on the heat and add another half liter of boiling water.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Melt about 75g of butter or samn (ghee).
  11. Brush a wide plate with butter.
  12. Place the asida in the center and begin folding in the edges to form a smooth dome.
  13. Once the edges are folded in, roll the asida to even out any cracks.
  14. Turn upside down and use a buttered ladle to form a hollow in the asida.
  15. Enjoy with either honey or date syrup. You can also use melted butter or ghee (a clarified butter originating from India)
    • Pour the melted butter or ghee around the asida.
    • Pour honey or date syrup in the hollow. Serve immediately!
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