Halawet Smeed ∙ Vegan Semolina Cake

A deliciously light 4 ingredient vegan dessert for any occasion

I was young when my mother first made Halawet Smeed. Ramadan had come in the summer and it was so hot in Kuwait. I was napping because fasting in the heat was too tiring. My mother, as usual, was in the kitchen preparing the Iftar meal for when we would break out fast that night. Suddenly, a pleasant aroma filled the bedroom. I woke up and ran quickly to the kitchen to see what my mother was making. She said it was Halawet Smeed. I asked her if I could eat it immediately when I broke my fast or if I would have to wait. She replied that I could eat it warm or cold. I later discovered I absolutely loved it cold! It was like ice cream for me. From that day forward, it became a tradition to me to ask my mother to make me Halwet Smeed every Ramadan. Halwet Smeed is one of my favorite desserts in Ramadan. I was excited to begin making it for my family after I got married!


Delicious close-ups of this sweet cake that only needs 4 simple ingredients!

Halawet Smeed
Serves 6
A deliciously light 4 ingredient vegan dessert for any occasion!
Write a review
  1. 1 cup semolina
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 4 ½ cups water
  4. 2 tbsp corn oil
  5. Almonds [for garnish]
  1. Pour the sugar and water in a pot to make the syrup
  2. Boil on low
  3. In another pot, heat up the corn oil on high
  4. Add the semolina to toast until brown
  5. Turn down the heat under the semolina on low
  6. Turn off the heat under the syrup mixture
  7. Pour the syrup mixture over the semolina keeping the heat on low so that it doesn’t pop and burn
  8. Mix well
  9. Once it forms, turn off the heat
  10. Pour into serving plate
  11. Toast almonds to use as garnish
  12. Serve at room temperature or cold*
  1. *I prefer to serve it cold after refrigeration so that it tastes like ice cream.
Tatreez: Stitching Cuisines http://stitchingcuisines.com/

2 comments for “Halawet Smeed ∙ Vegan Semolina Cake

  1. Mariam
    July 21, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Hi , I love this too ! Do you ever toast the sneed in butter or ghee ? I think my aunt did that and now they say butter is better the vegetable oils

    • nireiqat
      November 6, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Hello Mariam,

      I prefer using vegetable oil as a healthier option. You can use butter instead. Both options work. 🙂

  2. April 16, 2019 at 7:49 am
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thank you. I like this.
    pharmacy online store
    canada online pharmacies
    canadian rx pharmacy online
    trust pharmacy canada

  3. April 16, 2019 at 11:28 am
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Appreciate it. A good amount of information!
    canadian pharmacies without prescriptions canada drugs rx pharmacy canada drugs online
    canadian viagra
    the canadian pharmacy
    best canadian online pharmacy
    prescription drug
    drugs online
    mexican pharmacy online

  4. April 16, 2019 at 12:55 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Thank you! An abundance of posts.
    canada pharmacies online pharmacy canadian pharmacies-24h canadadrugs.com pharmacy canada drugs online
    canada online pharmacies
    online canadian pharmacies
    canadian viagra
    mexican pharmacy online
    drugs for sale
    online pharmacies canada

  5. April 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm
  6. April 16, 2019 at 1:55 pm
  7. April 16, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You said that effectively.
    prescription drugs without doctor approval canadian drugs prescription drug price comparison canada pharmacy online
    online pharmacy without a prescription
    pharmacy canada
    pain meds online without doctor prescription
    drugs from canada
    rx pharmacy
    canadian mail order pharmacies

  8. April 16, 2019 at 5:52 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Really quite a lot of excellent data.
    canada pharmacies without script canadian cialis canada drugs online pharmacy canada pharmacy
    cialis canadian pharmacy
    prescription drug
    canada pharmacy
    online prescription drugs
    canada meds
    online pharmacies

  9. April 16, 2019 at 5:55 pm
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    You actually explained it very well.
    cheap canadian drugs london drugs canada prescription prices comparison canada pharmacy online
    discount pharmaceuticals
    canadian pharmacy online
    prescription drug assistance
    my canadian pharmacy
    buy cialis
    board of pharmacy

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *