Seffa Moroccan recipe

Seffa – Traditional Moroccan Vermicelli Dessert

Farih Mohamed

Farih Mohamed

Farih Mohamed is the Local Contributing Writer at Global Storybook (Morocco).
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Seffa is one of the most popular traditional Moroccan dishes, commonly prepared during the wedding ceremonies or family reunions.

It is based on vermicelli (though rice or couscous is often used as well), blanched or roasted almonds or peanuts, raisins, icing sugar and cinnamon.  This dish is usually served at the end of the main meal, before the dessert or even in place of one.

Seffa is a delicious meal and is super easy to make.  So let’s see how we can prepare it step by step:


  • 500 gm vermicelli
  • 80 gm of raisins
  • 100 gm of icing sugar
  • 80 gm of butter
  • 100 gm of roasted almonds or peanuts (or both)
  • 1/4 tbsp of oil
  • 1 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of salt

How to Prepare Moroccan Seffa:

Seffa Moroccan recipeStep 1: Fill up half a steaming pot (a steamer) with water and place it on the stove over medium heat.

Step 2: Place the vermicelli onto a big plate; pour some oil over it and rub it with your hands so that it doesn’t stick.

Step 3: Once the water starts to boil – add the vermicelli to the steamer and place it over the pot.  Let it steam for about 15 minutes.

Step 4: Place the vermicelli back onto the plate, then pour in about 80ml of salted water and mix it in.  Put it back onto the steamer for about 10 more minutes.

Step 5: Once again, place the vermicelli onto the plate, add about 40ml of water and mix it with your hands.  Add the raisins and then place it back onto the steamer for another 10 minutes.

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Step 6: Touch the vermicelli – if they seem tender, then you are all done.  If not, you might need to steam it for another 5-10 minutes.

Step 7: Finally, place the vermicelli onto the plate once again, and mix them with butter.

Step 8: Once the vermicelli are ready – lay them up on a plate in the shape of a dome.  Sprinkle with cinnamon, icing sugar, as well as crushed roasted almonds or peanuts.

Seffa Moroccan recipe

Bon appétit!

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