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Al Mekarkama

An ancient Palestinian dessert, colorful and fragrant.
Author: Amira


  • 1 c semolina.
  • 2 c AP flour.
  • 1/2 c olive oil.
  • 2 Tbs sesame seeds.
  • 1/2 Tbs fennel seeds.
  • 1/2 Tbs anise seeds.
  • 1 1/2 tsp black seeds(Nigella seeds).
  • 2 tsp turmeric.
  • 1 tsp baking powder.
  • 1 Tbs dry yeast.
  • 1 Tbs sugar.
  • 1 c warm water.


  • Mix all the ingredient sup to the baking powder until all the flour and semolina is incorporated.
  • Leave it to rest for 30 minutes.
  • Add the yeast, sugar and water mixing very well until you get a soft dough.
  • Spread the dough evenly and cut diamond shapes. Cover and let it rise for 1 hour.
  • Prepare the oven dish by brushing with oil or butter.
  • In a 350F pre heated oven, bake for 20-30 minutes until it is no longer doughy.
  • Drizzle with simple syrup and serve, Enjoy!!