Semolina cake/ Harisseh/ Nammurah

Semolina cake/ Harisseh/ Nammurah
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A healthy middle eastern cake  known by names Harisseh or Nammurah



4 cups Sooji (semolina)

1 cup Canola oil/Ghee(clarified butter)

1 cup Sugar

¼ tsp Baking soda

1 cup 2% yogurt

1 cup 2% milk

3 cups Attar (Sugar syrup/see below to make)

¼ cup  Almonds

Dash of salt.

2 tbsp.Tahini (optional)

How to make Attar

3 cups Sugar

1 cup  water

1tsp Lemon juice

1 tsp orange Blossom water

Mix sugar,water and boil on medium heat until sugar gets dissolved completely.Then add lemon juice and orange blossom water.


1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cream semolina, sugar and butter ghee together.

2 In a separate bowl, stir baking soda and salt into yogurt.

3 Add to the semolina mixture and blend together. Grease 12×17 pan with tahini or parchment paper.

4 Pour mixture into pan and smooth out. Top with 2 tablespoons yogurt.

5 Cut into square or diamond shapes and place a almond on each piece.

6 Bake for 30 minutes(looks white) or until golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes.

7 Pour thin layer of attar or honey over the top and serve.




2 thoughts on Semolina cake/ Harisseh/ Nammurah

  • Harry
    September 16, 2010 at 2:25 am

    hey, this looks like an easy to make dessert.

  • Lizzy
    October 19, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Love this lebanese sweet!!!