How to make Sweet Rice – Siernee

This is an old rice recipe. I have never seen anyone make Siernee besides my close family. It is very exotic and I do not know of the origin, but it appears to be Arabic. Just make it and you will love it.


  • 1 lb rice flour
  • 1/2 lb raisins
  • 1/4lb cherry (not the fresh kind, you will find this in supermarkets bottled).
  • 1/4lb nuts chopped
  • 2/3 tin condensed milk
  • 1 tin evaporated milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 lb butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence


In a large bowl combine both milk, water, vanilla, raisins and chopped cherries. Mix well until condensed milk dissolves.

Add rice flour to a hot pan and reduce heat to low medium. Turn rice constantly until it begins to brown.

When flour is light brown, add liquid mixture and continue to turn until all liquid is absorbed.

Remove from heat and let cool. Add nuts and serve.

This can also be done with flour but the taste is not the same. The rice version is far better.

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