This week on Foodie Fridays, Hamed cooked us the Kuwaiti equivalent of semolina balls!

This is a dessert made using condensed milk and semolina, fried into bitesize pieces! Although the recipe shown below is not entirely true to the ones Hamed made for us, it is very close and easy to make at home. Here’s how Hamed’s dish turned out!

The Recipe:

  • 65G of butter (melted)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla powder
  • 1 tin (397G) of condensed milk
  • 240G semolina
  • 210G of white self-raising flour
  • 90G corn flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 25G ground almonds
  • Some lemon zest (for taste)
  • 2 cups of oil for deep frying
  • 500G of sugar syrup

The Method:

  1. Combine the butter, eggs, vanilla powder and condensed milk in a bowl. Beat until well combined.
  2. Add semolina, self-raising flour, corn flour, baking powder, almond and lemon zest. Beat until a smooth dough is formed.
  3. Cover with cling film and chill (for at least 2 and a half hours).
  4. When the time has finished, heat the cups of oil in a deep pot until the oil reaches 170°C (Check this with a thermometer, and be careful).
  5. Form the dough into small balls and deep fry until golden brown.
  6. Dip the balls into the syrup for 2-3 minutes, then remove, and serve.

And again, here is the end result!

semolina balls