Sellou - Moroccan Sweet for Ramadan Recipe Video

How to make Sellou, a Moroccan sweet made of almonds and sesame seeds, and is very popular in Ramadan.


Preparation Time20 MinCooking Time45 Min
Ready In1 Hr 5 MinDifficulty LevelMedium
Health IndexJust EnjoyServings4
VegetarianMain Ingredient

Recipe Story

There are many different recipes for Sellou or Sfouf and every Moroccan family has its own traditional style of making this almond sweet and is passed down generations from grandmother to mother and to daughter. This Sweet a classic Eid celebration sweet.


 Flour2 1⁄4 Cup (36 tbs)
 Almonds2 Cup (32 tbs)
 Sesame seeds1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Honey1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
 Powdered sugar1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Butter1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (1 stick)
 Anise1 Teaspoon
 Cinnamon powder1⁄2 Tablespoon
 Salt1 Pinch
For serving
 Powdered sugar1 Tablespoon
 Roasted almonds1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 1362 Calories from Fat 666

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 78 g120.6%

Saturated Fat 19.4 g97.1%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 60.5 mg

Sodium 100.1 mg4.2%

Total Carbohydrates 148 g49.5%

Dietary Fiber 16.8 g67.4%

Sugars 70.3 g

Protein 30 g59.8%

Vitamin A 14.3% Vitamin C 0.87%

Calcium 56.5% Iron 62.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Put the flour in a baking dish and bake for around 45 minutes. Stir it once every 5 minutes to avoid burning.
3. In a frying pan, stirring constantly, dry roast sesame seeds, anise seeds and almonds for around 20 minutes or till sesame seeds turn golden brown. Let it cool to be handled.

4. In a food processor, put 2/3rd of the sesame almond mixture and blend till finely powdered. Add cinnamon and salt. Continue to blend till combined. Add the sugar and blend again till mixed. Transfer into a bowl.
5. Put the remaining 1/3 rd of the mixture and blend till coarsely ground. Transfer it into the bowl with almond-sesame powder. Mix them well.
6. Sift the baked flour into the bowl and mix well. Pour the melted butter into the mixture and stir.
7. Add the honey and continue to mix with hands till it forms a sticky dough.

8. In a serving bowl, make a dome of the sellou. Sift powdered sugar on top and decorate with roasted almonds.

Editors Review

The video here displays a traditional Moroccan festive almond sweet called Sellou that is a delicious sweet prepared with almonds, toasted sesame seeds, cooked flour and honey. This is a nutritious dessert, customarily served during the holy month of Ramadan. Serve this popular sweet to your guests on any special occasion and rejoice!


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chockyfoodie says :

This sounds too delicious too.
Posted on: 30 August 2011 - 1:36pm

Anonymous says :

We make a similar recipe in India called Malida or maleeda though that doesnt use almonds. Its like a halwa and its very tasty when made with clarified butter or ghee.
Posted on: 30 August 2011 - 1:04pm

Anonymous says :

While I like the recipe very much and it is interesting as well as easy to make, I am still not sure how one is supposed to eat it. Can you please tell us how it should be served so that the guests find it easy to partake?
Posted on: 30 August 2011 - 1:02am
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shantihhh says :

My mom always enjoyed your recipes so as she and my dad loved traveling in Marocco-especially Berber region.!/photo.php?fbid=10150121785216255&set=a.95243206254.106434.631356254
Posted on: 22 January 2011 - 5:04pm
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veg foodie says :

its a real surprise ...there are so many great dishes that are prepared suring ramadan... I have a lot of muslim friends but I never came across im guessing, its totally specific to Mediterranean cuisine??
Posted on: 21 August 2009 - 3:42am
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healthyeating says :

Amazing recipe, I had tasted it at one of my friend's party...I did not know the name of the dessert, but i still can remember it's taste. It's so very luscious...Thanks for posting the recipe for us...!!
Posted on: 4 August 2009 - 2:22am
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shantihhh says :

WONDERFUL! I really enjoy your videos.
Posted on: 21 May 2009 - 8:47pm
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Hella Delicious says :

I lived in Rabat one Ramadan with a family and the mom used to make the best Sellou. I have kept thinking of it on and off lately and finally remembered to look it up. I couldn't even remember the name, but here it is is this stuff delicious--and nutritious! Thanks so much for this recipe, I'm gonna try it as soon as I can!
Posted on: 21 May 2009 - 12:42pm