How to prepare Sellou following an easy recipe ?
The holy month of Ramadan is of great value and prestige for all Muslims around the world , but the traditions , customs and rituals practiced vary from country to another.
The month of Ramadan is known for its atmosphere and the spiritual spirit that reigns . A distinctive atmosphere , in which people begin to devote more time to reading and memorizing the Holy Qur’an and doing more ” Nawafed ” and doing the “Douaa” as well as visiting relatives and loved ones and friends all with the intention of getting closer to Almighty God . This month is also known by the different and many dishes that Moroccan families prepare .
Among the most famous dishes of the holy month ; chebakia, which is a sweet cake usually accompanied by Harira, present throughout the month of Ramadan . Sellou also is a must of Ramadan and it is the main dish that we will talk about today .
The Moroccan dish Sellou is also called Sfouf or Zamita . Its main ingredients are wheat , honey , almonds, sesame and butter that are used in its preparation , a food used mainly by travelers who travel in the desert in caravans for very long periods and huge durations of time . It can be consumed for breakfast and has a high glandular value and contains a high number of calories that make you feel in good shape for a long time and we can also find it present and served during wedding parties and baby parties .
This Moroccan desert , known as Sellou, was prepared from simple ingredients : roasted wheat , butter and honey . These recipes bear the names of the origin of the Amazigh language and are an identity and over time they have evolved and added other ingredients such as butter , sweet sugar , some cereals and other elements .
The names of this recipe vary according to each geographical area . In the city of Fez , it is known by the name of Sellou , and in Marrakech it is called Slillolike the regions of Rabat and Tetouan it is also called Slilo, but in Meknes , they call it Zamita .
It is said that the recipe was not known throughout Morocco , it was limited to specific cities such as Meknes , Tetouan , Rabat and
Marrakech , and that its spread in the rest of cities recently .
Make a homemade sellou .
There is no recipe for this sweet oriental dish , but these basics will allow you to realize and prepare your own sellou .
First things first , choose good quality ingredients that bring out their flavor when cooking : whole wheat flour , dry flour , honey , preferably organic one .
Lightly grill the dry products in a pan according to the recipe , before mixing the liquid ingredients , until completely cooked .
And it is an easy homemade and very quick to prepare and with or without Thermomix .
First of all , we will need the following ingredients :
- 500 g of flour .
- 250 g of peeled almonds .
- 250 g of sesame .
- 100 g of butter .
- 125 grams of honey .
- 1 tablespoon of anise .
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Powdered sugar for decoration .
- 2 grains of arabic gum , called “maska hlouwa” in Arabic .
Method of preparation :
- First of all , put the almonds in a pan without oil or butter and leave it until it turns brown . Leave some grains of almond aside so that you can use them for decoration .
2- Place the sesame in a pan without oil or butter and let it turn brown.
3- Put the anise in a saucepan without oil or butter and let it turn brown .
4- Then put the anise in another saucepan without oil or butter and leave until golden .
5- Place the toasted almonds in the food processor and cut them roughly .
6- Put the reddish anise and crush it .
7- In a large dish , put the golden flour , the chopped almonds, the sesame seeds , the crushed anise , the ground cinnamon and gum Arabic then mix all the ingredients well .
8- After that , melt the butter on a low heat .
9- Add to the previous mixture melted butter and honey little by little while mixing it until the ingredients absorb butter and honey well .
10- In a slightly concave dish , put the mixture in the shape of a pyramid and sprinkle the powdered sugar and decorate – the with a little toasted almond .
And your Sellou is ready to be served , accompanied with mint tea , best combo !
Can we eat sellou if we are diabetic ?
Based on flour, melted butter or oil, and dried fruits, SELLOU has everything that is not recommended in the diet! However, this tasty treat is worth consuming because it can respond effectively to the body when reduced .
It allows the body to maintain itself during fasting , and it reduces the feeling of fatigue during pregnancy and breastfeeding, while bringing the benefits of its ingredients to the mother and her child.
Why consume Sellou ?
Sellou is a rich food, with a high sugar content , so it will not be recommended for people who are afraid to gain weight . However , its energizing properties and features make it a \”snack of choice\”.
Dried nuts essentially provide vitamins , mineral salts , omega 3 to our body, and it prevent from getting cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases .
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