Celebrate Your Baby’s First Tooth
with a Healthy, Low-Fat, and Zero Cholesterol
Behind the Recipe
An old and still trendy tradition of ours is to make Snayniyeh to celebrate our babies’s first tooth. And being family-focus at the core and in life-style, we make plenty of it…. for guests, neighbors and even to colleagues at the workplace.
I must say, we have this characteristic in Lebanon to share our joy with everybody. It is like we want all we know, from close and far, to share our happiness, and we believe they do. And the closer to us, the more we share with them and include them. Rarely is anyone spared. And if you do, they claim it, even if teasingly.
Back home, we are so openly sociable, and it’s an unspoken common knowledge that, in a way or another, we are all interrelated by family blood, by marriage ties, by sociability, or by being acquaintances in various degrees. 🙂
Snayniyeh is a commonly used name for the original Sennaynieh (sen-nay-nieh), a derivative term of Senn, meaning Tooth. I guess the ay and ieh were meant to add some cheering sounds 🙂
Recently, the Lebanese parents have taken it to the next level, with the market getting involved in offering lovely gender and name customized jars, all nicely festive. However, the preparation of the Snayniyeh is done at home, unless a caterer service is hired to fill your jars freshly.
Snayniyeh is composed of the very healthy ingredients of Wheat, Pomegranate, Almonds, Walnuts, Pine Kernels, and Coconuts. It is savored with Orange-Blossom Water and Anise, which bring additional healing values, and Sugar. A simple, easy-to-make nutritious dessert that looks festive and taste delicious.
Some add yellow raisin and some have been recently adding some candies, which I highly recommend to restrain from. I will share here with you the original recipe, and a healthy one with 0 Cholesterol and low-Fat.
You will love this dessert and you will be making it more often than for an emerging new tooth in the family 🙂
How to Make Healthy Snayniyeh Dessert to Celebrate Your Baby's First Tooth
- 1 cup Wheat unpeeled, well-washed
- 5 cups Water
- 1 tbsp Ground Anise
- 1/2 cup Sugar
- 1/2 cup Orange-Blossom Water
- 6 tsps Pine Kernels raw
- 6 tsps Walnut halves
- 6 tsps Almond Halves
- 1 cup Pomegranate (sweet)
- 6 tsps Shredded Coconut
In a large casserole, mix well the wheat with the Anise and water. Place the casserole on high heat and bring it to a boil.
Cover and lower the heat for the mixture to simmer for one hour, or until the water evaporates.
Stir in the sugar and the blossom water. Mix well.
Pour the mixture in a large serving bowl or divide them equally in six bowls.
Leave to cool.
Serving: Cold or at room temperature
At serving time, garnish with the coconuts, almonds, walnuts, pine kernels and the pomegranate.