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Assidet Zgougou

Typical Tunisian tradition, the assida (a kind of porridge based on flour or dried fruit) is prepared throughout the country during this holiday, and offered to neighbors and family. The assidet zgougou (based on pine nuts of Aleppo) is the most widespread, moreover you will not find this delicacy anywhere else in the world.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Tunisian
Keyword: zgougou
Servings: 7 people
Calories: 356kcal
Author: Asma


  • 2 tbsp of orange blossom water
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 tbsp of starch
  • 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 2 cups of hazelnuts
  • 2 cups of pine nuts
  • 2 cups of pistachios
  • 1 l of water
  • 1 pound of sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 3 l of water
  • 2 pounds of Aleppo pine seeds
  • 2 tbsp of starch
  • 1 pound of sugar
  • For the cream:
  • 1 can of 1 pound of sweetened condensed milk
  • 5 tbsp of rose water


  • Sort and wash the Zgougou.
  • Drain the Zgougou, put it in an ovenproof tray for 10 min at 360°F/180°C.
  • Let it cool down; then put the Zgougou in a blender or pestle.
  • Knead it in 3 L of water and pass it two or three times through a very fine mesh sieve.
  • Squeeze it well to get out all its juice.
  • Collect the liquid and add the sifted flour and starch.
  • Pass it through the sieve again. Put on a low heat and stir continuously with a wooden spoon or preferably a stainless steel whisk.
  • As it heats up, add the sugar and rose water and keep turning until the mixture starts to thicken.
  • Add the can of Nestlé sweetened condensed milk and continue to stir for a short while.
  • Remove from heat and divide into cups.
  • To prepare the cream:
  • Dilute the can of sweetened condensed milk in 1 L of water, add the starch and the 2 egg yolks.
  • Flavour with blossom water and a packet of vanilla sugar.
  • Put on low heat, stir for 20 minutes to thicken the cream.
  • Remove from heat, pour over Assida and let cool.
  • Then garnish to taste with the pistachios, pine nuts and hazelnuts.
  • Serve and enjoy your dessert!


Calories: 356kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g