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ka'ak with Sesame

ka'ak is a traditional Syrian crispy bread, it is always eaten with meze. Syrians also make cookies as rolled out ka'ak, shaped into baked rings, and it is usually made with cheese or za'atar.

There are different types of Syrian Ka'ak:

Ka'ak which made in a large ring-shape sprinkled with sesame seeds, ka'ak with semolina cookies, ma'moul (or ka'ak bi ajwa) which is stuffed with dates, Ka'ak al-asfar ("the yellow roll") is a cake of bread that is made by Muslims in the Levant to honour the souls of the departed.

Rez bel Halleb (Porridge)

Rez bel Halleb dessert is a Syrian food made from rice mixed with milk and other ingredients such as cinnamon and raisins.

Rez bel Halleb is a lovely Middle Eastern dessert served both in winter or summer. This version is served cold with summer berries, but it could be served warm in the cooler months with poached winter fruits.

It is very easy to cook Rez bel Halleb. Its basic components rice, milk and sugar. It may be seasoned with cardamom, cinnamon, and raisins.

It is served in small plates and it is sprinkled with nuts.

Mamounia (the Syrian semolina pudding)

Mamounia is a wonderful Syrian dessert that comes from the city of Aleppo.

Mamounia is a smooth and velvety semolina pudding topped with chopped pistachio or any nuts you like also add a dusting of cinnamon and a dollop of cream.

Sometimes it served early in the morning to provide a sweet start of the day that will give you enough energy but usually it served as warm for a wonderfully winter dessert or cold in the summer.


Ghoriba is a shortbread-type biscuit, prepared in Syria and many other parts of the Arab world. It is a round, shortbread cookie made with flour, sugar, butter, and different kinds of almonds, pistachio, or coconut. It is often served with Arabic coffee or mint tea.

You can find the best kinds of Ghoriba in most of Syrian bakeries. It is the favorite traditional dessert in the Syrian cuisine for all occasions. Ghoriba usually sold in a pre-packaged form in metal boxes. This kind of biscuit is known as a part of local culture and tradition in Syria.


Saint Barbara's Day is a holiday annually celebrated on December 4 among Middle Eastern Christians in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine. Traditionally, adults and children wearing disguises go around houses in the villages dancing and singing the story of Saint Barbara; and in each house, they are offered food specially prepared for that feast (and sometimes money). It is celebrated in honor of the Christian Saint and Martyr Saint Barbara, who disguised herself as many different characters to elude the Romans who were persecuting her. It was believed she was miraculously saved from persecution while fleeing: She ran through freshly planted wheat fields, which grew instantly to cover her path.