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Preparation time

15 minutes



Cooking time

20 minutes


4-6 people

The Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups brown flour.
  • 1/2 cup white flour.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/4 cup liquid milk.
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 50 grams of bakers’ choice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

To decorate:
1/4 cup honey

How to prepare

  1. In a bowl, put the brown flour, white flour and salt and mix.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, put 2 cups of water with dates until it starts to boil.
  3. Strain the date water into a bowl (for later use) and leave the dates until they are warm.
  4. Put the date water with the flour and start kneading until you have a sticky dough
    * Date water can be replaced with 2 cups of warm water.
  5. Grease a tray suitable for the oven with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and place the Arekah dough in the middle of the tray and put it in the oven at a temperature of 200 ° C for 20 minutes.
    * It may take less or more than 20 minutes, depending on the type of oven.
  6. To make sure the dough is done, insert a wooden toothpick in the middle of the dough and it should come out clean.
  7. After the areka dough has matured, crumble it and add to it the dates, 1/4 cup of liquid milk and 50 grams of bakers’ choice and mix well until completely mixed.
  8. Spread the Arekah dough in a serving dish and garnish with 1/4 cup honey, cream, dates or nuts (as desired). It is served warm.