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Buss-up-Shut and Malida

Hi everyone! Since Eid is quickly approaching, I decided to do a simple and quick dessert that is usually enjoyed at this time. This has to be my most favorite Eid dessert other than Sawine. This is made by pounding or flaking buss-up-shut or paratha roti and mixing it with condensed milk, coconut and spices. It’s so yummy!!

Here are the ingredients:

This recipe will yield 50 Malidas.

For the Buss-up-Shut:
3 1/2 cups of flour
3 1/2 tsps of baking powder
1 tbsp of ghee to knead the dough and more for cooking the roti
1 1/2 tbsp crisco or cookeen and more for cooking the roti
1 1/2 tbsp of full cream milk powder
1 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar
1 tsp salt
water to knead a soft dough

For the Malida:
3 Buss-up-Shut/Paratha roti
1 whole dry coconut, grated finely
1/4 cup of condensed milk or more if you want
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsps vanilla essence
1 tbsp butter
raisins, cherries or nuts (optional)


Here’s my video showing how I made the Malidas:



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Eid al-Fitr means….Sawine/Vermicelli time!!!!

Eid Mubarak 2015 to all my Muslim readers around the world! Eid Al-Fitr signifies the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, after 30 days of fasting without food or water.The first thought that came to mind when thinking of Eid, was Sawine.

If you are unfamiliar with Trinidad and Tobago’s background, it’s extremely rich in culture and religion. This is why it comprises of a large Muslim community. Growing up in Trinidad, meant that as soon as my Muslim neighbors returned home from Mosque (Place of Worship) on Eid, they would pack big white styrofoam bowls/cups with sawine and share to all their non-Muslim neighbors and friends. Where I lived, there were about 5-7 Muslim homes, which resulted in fights between my siblings and I when the sawine arrived because we each had our personal favorites.

Also, to make things even better, I attended a Muslim primary school. If you went to a Muslim school, you know that the week of Eid was when the school made you walk with your own cup to collect your share of sawine. Nothing made me happier.

Sawine is such a rich and creamy dessert and can be enjoyed hot or cold. The recipe is listed below. This is the way I make it, but there are many variations throughout the web. Continue reading “Eid al-Fitr means….Sawine/Vermicelli time!!!!”

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