Madeeda Hilba Recipe


1/2 cup of vegetable oil / butter
2 tsp fenugreek (hilba)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 cups flour
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar

Put oil in pot and heat until warm.  Add fenugreek and stir for two minutes.  Add 3 cups of water and salt, cover and cook until fenugreek tender (approximately 10 minutes).  Add milk and sugar.

Into a separate bowl mix 2 cups of flour and 2 cups of water.  Add to pot and stir quickly until thick (approximately 5 minutes).

Mix baking soda with 1/3 cup of water.  Add to pot through sieve into boiling dough which will become yellow.  Cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

Pour out into a bowl to cool and eat warm.


After learning to cook Sudanese-style, Mark left Khartoum and paddled 3,000 miles down the River Nile through much of Sudan. Click here to find out about his Nile adventure and read extracts from his book based in The Sudan.



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