“Hadeeg” in Armenian, “Snaynieh” in Arabic is a dessert made for celebrating the welcoming of a baby’s first tooth. This dessert is simply whole wheat that’s cooked till tender and plump. What makes “Hadeeg” or “Snaynieh” so special are the colorful toppings such as golden raisins and apricots; nuts such as blanched almonds, walnuts, and pine nuts; also shredded coconuts, ground cinnamon, and honey. Arrange the toppings around the whole wheat and let your guests choose their garnish. Family and friends gather together for this special celebration. Toys such as a hammer, a book, a pen, a measuring tape, pots and pans, and scissors, are laid out on a carpet. Legend has it that whatever the baby picks out of the bunch, he or she will grow up to become one, such as a scholar, a builder, a chef, etc. Very often though, by the time “Hadeeg” or “Snaynieh” is celebrated, the baby has popped up a lot more than just one tooth!
Skill level: Easy
- 2 cups whole wheat
- 6 cups water
- Blanched almonds
- Chopped walnuts
- Golden raisins
- Pine nuts
- Shredded coconuts
- Ground Cinnamon
- Wash the wheat once and place in a 4 or 5 quart saucepan.
- Add the water, cover and bring to a boil on high heat.
- Reduce heat to medium, and continue to cook for about 1 1/2 hours. (see note #1 below)
- Check to see if it’s cooked. Some brands take longer to cook.
- Drain any remaining liquid and empty into a serving bowl.
- Arrange the garnishes around the bowl of wheat and serve.
- 1. Make sure while the wheat is cooking that the water simmers the entire time, otherwise it will clump up and get soggy.