Rfiss / Tamina with Dates; An easy Algerian sweet of toasted semolina mixed with butter, spices, orange blossom water and date paste.
I’m back today with another semolina recipe. Last week it was couscous – steamed semolina grains and today we are toasting the grains to make dessert!
I discovered this dessert / sweet / halwa a month or so ago, during a conversation with my husband whilst he was eating one of his favourites Tamina – with honey. He mentioned having Tamina ‘balls’ whilst he was in the army, based in or around Tindouf, but that they are made with dates and spices, such as black pepper. Actually he said he couldn’t remember the name of the sweet and that he didn’t really like it because the black pepper flavour was strong.
After asking a few sisters for some help I discovered the name, well many names. The most popular name – Rfiss. It also goes by the names: Rfiss Tounsi – Tunisia, Tamina Betmar, Ta’amir or Qarayf depending on which region of Algeria you’re in.
Famidha’s Batheeth – Emirati no-bake date cookies reminded me I had to try this Algerian no-bake sweet and share it!
This Rfiss is not to be confused with the dessert Rfiss of Constantine, a semolina cake which is crumbled then steamed the same as couscous.