Asida (Aseeda)

Written by Asma

October 14, 2021

Asida (Aseeda) is considered as one of the most popular Middle eastern recipes that are made for breakfast and dessert in different special occasions, like Maoulid which is the birth of Prophet Mohamed. Indeed, the consumption of Asida (Aseeda) ended with the end of the famine, and the habit of consuming it did not return until the seventies of the last century. Residents of major cities resented the consumption of porridge, and they linked it to poverty, in reference to the famine mentioned by historical sources dating back to 1864. This food custom also traveled from Tunisia to Istanbul, Turkey, through the preparation of “bouza”, which is the same composition as the zagogo, except that the specificity of the zagoko porridge is still the preserve of Tunisians. Before this date, Tunisians got used to the regular porridge, which is essentially a Berber food, which they inherited from the original inhabitants of “Ifriqiya” Tunisia. Historian Abdel Sattar Amamou asserts that porridge is basically a Berber food that Tunisians inherited from the Amazigh indigenous people of Ifriqiya (Tunisia). Asida, which is also offered to the postpartum woman at birth, varies according to the type of flour used, as flour extracted from wheat is used in the north and barley flour in the south. Due to its good flavor and great nutritional features, it has become a dish that Tunisian women masterfully prepare by adding sugar to the recipe, as well as some dry fruits.


Asida (Aseeda)

One of the popular Tunisian dishes that are made on the birth of the prophet is the Asida (Aseeda) or porridge, which is both characterized by its sweetness to the celebration of the birth of the Prophet Mohamed.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Algerian, Moroccan, Tunisian
Keyword: asida
diets: middle eastern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 266kcal


  • 1/2 liter of water
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of flour
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of honey


  • Put the pot on the stove and pour the flour into it
  • Add the water to the rice and stir
  • Add some salt
  • Complete the stirring without cutting it so that the porridge becomes dry
  • Add the water to the porridge and keep stirring until it becomes smooth and cohesive
  • Put the aside or porridge in a bowl, while it is hot, on a serving plate
  • Don't forget to use honey
  • Pour a little olive oil over the porridge
  • Sprinkle sugar over the porridge
  • For decoration: top the porridge with dates stuffed with pistachios
  • Serve and enjoy your asida!


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2.6g | Sodium: 500mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g
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