Muthallathat As-Smid

November 5th, 2010

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Muthallathat As-Smid means semolina triangles. The dough is made from (semolina, flour, baking powder, yeast, corn oil and water), and the filling is Ackawi cheese. A mold is used to make the triangles, then the triangles are deep fried in hot oil and dipped in sugar syrup.

Let’s make Muthallathat As-Smid:

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1, 2. Slice Ackawi cheese.

3. Soak the cheese in water, change water frequently until most salt is washed out.

4. Drain cheese in sieve and squeeze out all water.

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5, 6 . In a bowl, combine medium semolina, flour, baking powder and instant yeast.

7. Add corn oil and mix.

8. Add water until all the ingredients combined.

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9. Let the dough rest for 50 minutes.

10. Transfer the dough into a surface.

11, 12. Roll out the dough into about 1/8 inch (0.3 cm) thickness.

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13. Bring the mold.

14. Place the piece of the dough on the mold.

15. Add cheese.

16. Close the mold and press it.

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17, 18. Remove the extra pieces of the dough.

19, 20. You will get the triangle shape.

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21. Make all the quantity of the dough.

22, 23. Deep fry in hot oil until golden in color.

24. Dip immediately in cold sugar syrup.

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25. Garnish with orange blossom jam and ground pistachios, and serve hot.

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Muthallathat As-Smid

From: Arabic forums / Servings: 30 small triangles
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250 g Ackawi cheese


1 cup medium semolina
(smid wasat)

1 cup all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp instant yeast

2/3 cup corn oil

1/2 cup water


Corn oil

To Serve

Sugar Syrup

Orange blossom jam

Ground Pistachios


Slice Ackawi cheese

Soak the cheese in water, change water frequently until most salt is washed out.

Drain cheese in sieve and squeeze out all water.


In a bowl, combine medium semolina, flour, baking powder and instant yeast.

Add corn oil and mix.

Add water until all the ingredients combined.

Let the dough rest for 50 minutes.

Transfer the dough into a surface.

Roll out the dough into about 1/8 inch (0.3 cm) thickness.

Bring the mold.

Place the piece of the dough on the mold.

Add cheese.

Close the mold and press it.

Remove the extra pieces of the dough.

You will get the triangle shape.

Make all the quantity of the dough.

Deep fry in hot oil until golden in color.

Dip immediately in cold sugar syrup.

Garnish with orange blossom jam and ground pistachios, and serve hot.

Notes and Tips

This is not a traditional Syrian sweet, I found the recipe on a Saudi forum.

Read about Akcwai cheese here and here.

The mold is available in three sizes (large, medium and small), see here and here. I used the small one.

For dipping Muthallathat As-Smid in sugar syrup, you have to notice these notes:
I made the sugar syrup similar to the recipe (Sugar Syrup).
Sugar syrup for dipping
Muthallathat As-Smid should be cold, because the basic rule is:
Cold sugar syrup is added to hot desserts.
Hot sugar syrup is added to cold desserts.

Orange blossom Jam is known in Arabic as (Mrabba Zaher Al-Laimon). It is very popular in the middle east and used for garnishing desserts, and it is red in color, you can buy it from here.

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62 Responses to “Muthallathat As-Smid”

  1. Mateja says:

    Definitely my kind of desert ^_^ Thank you for sharing.

  2. These triangles look so pretty! And how I love the gooey filling!

  3. RavieNomNoms says:

    These looks really delicious! Love the shape!

  4. Umm Mymoonah says:

    Wow! they look so cute. I just love all your recipes.

  5. Tanvi says:

    I am on a sugar high these days and this is definetely my kinda dessert.Looks so yum with cheese filling and topping og orange jam…

  6. Susi says:

    Very pretty dessert! Thanks for sharing :o)

  7. tigerfish says:

    I have tried a cake made from semolima flour before. I bet these triangles are tasty treats :)

  8. Lani says:

    Wow, looks really yum! I would like to try this someday! Thanks for sharing and dropping by! Have a nice weekend!

  9. Katerina says:

    They look awesome. They remind me of ravioli. And the moulds are adorable. Now I have one question. I cannot find this type of cheese in Greece, with what can I substitute it?

  10. rebecca says:

    wow looks great love sweets like this

  11. Swathi says:

    These triangles are delicious Dimah,
    I am in love with them.Sure i will make them.

  12. Nadia says:

    so beautiful, dimah! where did you get that mold from, i love it! this looks so good, the akwai, the orange blossom jam, the pistachios, it’s all wow!

  13. this sounds really good and your pictures are so pretty. thank you for sharing

  14. Dimah Dimah Dimah these look so scrumptious! I love this dessert!

  15. These are so pretty with the jam and pistachios, and I love the molded shape. They look like delicious, little treats!

  16. These adorable little treats look so delicious. I love the mix of the cheese and the jam topping. Beautiful and delicious as usual.

  17. Becky says:

    There is quite a process to produce these triangles. They look so dainty and perfect. Your pictures are gorgeous.

  18. This is terrific dessert, love your beautiful pix and the matching table cloth, so yum…

  19. wow, I didn’t know they even have those triangle molds for this! I am fascinated.

  20. Lynda says:

    These triangles look delicious. I’ve not had anything like these before!
    I’m loving your blog with so many great looking recipes and photos.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog recently.

  21. Cherine says:

    I love semolina based dessert and those cookies look yummy!

  22. Simply Life says:

    Oh I’ve never seen these before – they look great!

  23. akila says:

    wow looks so lovely dear… first time here and you have a lovely blog…

    when you find time, do visit my blog…

  24. Zara says:

    Hi! Just found your blog and have to say I like it very much! So many deliciously looking recipes and beautifully photographed!
    Kind wishes,

  25. Sandra says:

    They are so cute, and look very delicious! :) Thanks for sharing!

  26. Lovely triangles. Looks great..

  27. Reeni says:

    What scrumptious little triangle treats! I would really like to try the cheese you mention here. They look so good with pistachios and jam over top!

  28. Oh my, these look simply delicious and amazing. What a snack, i loved all the information you added so we could do a good job the first time.

  29. I’ve never had this! Looks so nicely puffed up.

  30. grazi says:

    miammm , delicious!!

  31. kristy says:

    This looks simply delicious! I am salivating here. haha…. and love the addition of cheese. Bookmarked this for later use. Thanks again.

  32. fooddreamer says:

    Those look lovely and delicious. Congrats on top 9!

  33. Oh they look so sweet! What a great recipe, I’d love to give them a try.

  34. Coffeebeans says:

    This recipe is wonderful!
    I bet those were fabulous.
    Congratulations for your top 9 entry! :)

  35. these triangles sounds like tasty sweet bites! my only regret is that orange blossom jam is not available here…I had not idea it existed and will dream about it from now on :-)

  36. Hello,
    Thank you very much for your message.
    Your blog is so lovely and the pictures are very very yummy.
    I will come back very soon…


  37. What an exotic looking dessert! I am drooling just reading the ingredients.. cheese filling, soft dough.. melt in your mouth! Great job :)

  38. Joyti says:

    Oo, those look very good. The ackawi cheese – I dont think I’ve ever had it – but it sounds like a scrumptious filling for semolina batter…

  39. Raina says:

    Yum! These look beautiful and delicious:)

  40. Congrats
    delicious sweet

  41. Rosa says:

    Terrific! Those look divine and extremely tempting.



  42. oh how beautiful they look, too adorable to eat :)

  43. Juliana says:

    Dimah, these little triangle of sweet look amazing, love the cheese in it and you decorated so cute with orange blossoms and pistachio :-)

  44. Claudia says:

    Oh how gorgeous- I don’t know the cheese and this just looks so enticing – what would be a good substitution? Something creamy? These triangles are so pretty.

  45. Karen says:

    Wow! What an amazing treat! These little puffs look so delicious. Dipping them in the sugar syrup must taste great!

  46. Hannah says:

    What dainty little triangles! I need to get my hands on one of those molds… But I’m sure these would be just as tasty in any shape, too.

  47. These look so good! I love deep fried sweets… much to my body’s dismay. I wonder if another cheese would work.

  48. aipi says:

    What a delightful sweet treat..looks absolutely divine!

    US Masala

  49. Dimah says:

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    Katerina: Thanks for stopping by! may be mozzarella, but I didn’t try it!

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  50. Yesim says:

    looks great Dimah as always;)

  51. These sound great! I’ve had basbousa (spelling?) before, but never anything like this.

  52. These look so adorable and yummy!

  53. Dimah these look like the perfect comfort food.

  54. so am I to gather that this is a Saudi dessert? I know almost nothing about Saudi cuisine and I am delighted to discover this; especially since it looks and sounds delicious!

  55. hayatcemresi says:

    These look amazingly delicious!

  56. pierre says:

    very nicely photographed Congrats !!Pierre

  57. Fragolina says:

    Yummii, I love fried doughs, and filled with cheese, I bet it tastes like the knefe bi jebn.

  58. Ginny says:

    love your recipes. Can you tell me where to buy the triangle molds?

  59. Dimah says:

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    These molds are from Syria :)

  60. Mashallah these look soo good! i could gobble them all up!

  61. Dina says:

    Looks very good. Where can i buy molds like the one you used? Thanks