Basbousa/Semolina cake/Sooji Cake recipe||middle eastern dessert||quick and easy

We have had so many kinds of cake but this cake is unique one. It’s made from semolina.

Basbousa(or Hareeseh, or Nammoura, is a traditional Middle Eastern sweet cake that originated in Egypt. It is made from a semolina batter and sweetened with orange flower water or rose water simple syrup. It is called basbousa in Egyptian and Hareeseh in Arabic and shamali in Armenian . The Persian name for the cake, revani, has also entered the Greek and Turkish.

Type: Cake, Dessert

Preparation time: 15-20 minutes

Cooking time: 1 hour


  • 1 cup semolina/sooji
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 th cup yoghurt
  • 3/4th cup of any oil (except mustard😁)
  • 1/4th cup +3/4 th cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup water
  • 8-10 almonds


  • First make a sugar syrup
  • In pan add 3/4th cup of sugar and 1 cup of water
  • Dissolve it
  • Turn off your heat after 1 boil comes
  • Half cover it a and keep aside to cool
  • In a bowl add 2 eggs and beat it
  • Add 1/4 cup sugar and whisk it
  • Add 1/4 th cup yoghurt
  • Mix when you can see no lumps
  • Now add 1 tsp of baking powder and 1 tsp of vanilla essence
  • Whisk together
  • Now add 1/2 cup all purpose flour and 1 cup semolina
  • Mix and you will get a grainy batter
  • Now add the almonds to this cake
  • Bake it for 1 hour in preheated 350F oven
  • After baking pour over the sugar syrup and allow the absorb all the liquid
  • Allow it to rest for at least 30inutes and enjoy

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