Eid Al Mawlid Annabawi is an Islamic holiday that commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). The religious celebration takes place on the 12th day of Rabi’ Al Awwal, the third month of the Islamic calendar. So this year it will take place on 26th September.  

Eid Al Mawlid Festivities:

For Moroccans, the holiday provides an occasion to celebrate the key tenets of peace and tolerance in a religious environment
The festivities on this sacred holiday vary between regions, with each one having its own customs and rituals. In Fez, L’a’ssida is traditionally served for breakfast on Eid al Mawlid, as it is said to have been one of the preferred dishes of the Prophet Mohammad.

Moroccan Semolina Porridge – A special recipe for a special occasion

This simple Moroccan Semolina Porridge with a Bedouin background is easy to prepare. The basic ingredients are semolina (or flour in some countries), water and salt.  You bring the water to a boil in a saucepan, stir in semolina and salt. Simmer gently, stirring frequently, until the semolina is soft and the mixture is very thick (10-15 minutes). Stir in milk, butter, and anise seed, then simmer until the soup reaches the desired consistency (5-10 minutes).

At Palais Amani we serve it warm, with honey for sweetening on the side. Or, while L’a’ssida is still not yet set, you could stir in some raisins and sultanas. 

It becomes thick and compact as it cools, and if you have wandered in the old city of Fez, you may have seen people selling squares of cold semolina pudding sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon.

Liz Hoggard
Journalist and author