Basbousa/Basboosa -- an Arabic dessert

This is one of the simple yet delicious cake one can make in no time and most importantly it's an egg less cake. I've already made this cake once and njoyed eating all by myself that ended in several pounds of weight .Now thatz a diff story. But this time,I wanted to try a little low calorie version and therefore I had to cut down few things and so modified the recipe acc to my needs. I've mentioned that in the notes section. If u really want a good slice of this amazing cake,try the recipe as such with no alterations..It is purely delicious..

Ingredients :
Semolina/Sooji/Rava --250 gm
Sugar --150 gm (3/4 cup)
Butter,melted -- 100 + 50 gm
Unsweetened dessicated coconut -- 1/2 cup (if not freshly shredded coconut)
Vanilla extract -- 1 tsp
Yogurt,plain -- 1/2 cup
Baking powder -- 1 tsp

For garnishing :
Almonds -- as needed

For Sugar syrup:
Sugar -- 3/4 cup
Water --  1/2 cup
Lemon juice -- 1/2 tsp
Rose water -- 1/2 tsp ( add as 1 tsp if u like the flavor)

Method :
  • Preheat the oven to 350 deg F
  • Mix the rava with 100 gm of melted butter. Add the sugar ,coconut ,baking powder and blend well.Followed by the yogurt and vanilla extract . Mix well until it gets incorporated.
  • Transfer the batter to the greased / lined with parchment paper cake pan (preferably 9/10") and level the top either by tapping the pan or by using a spatula.Now mark (not all the way through) diamonds/squares halfway thro and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Take out the pan , press one almond on top of each square /diamond and spread the remaining 50 gm of melted butter evenly all over the cake.Again bake for another 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
For Sugar syrup :
  • Meanwhile,mix the sugar with water and heat over a medium flame. Add the lemon juice when the sugar is completely dissolved and starts bubbling.
  • Let it cook for 5 minutes and remove from the heat.
  • Add the rose water and mix well.

  • Pour the hot syrup on top of the cake (pour evenly) and let it soak for at least 2 hours. Make the cuts (diamonds/squares) a little deeper when the cake is till warm.
  • Tastes better the next day cos of the soaking.
Notes/Suggestions :
  • Since this is my second time making this dessert I halved the recipe and skipped pouring the 50gm butter ,on the whole I used only 50 gm butter for making this cake + some extra for greasing the pan.
  • I also used only 4 tbsp sugar for making syrup and so I had very little syrup and in turn the cake was not too sweet as it has to be.
  • The cake would turn real golden brown and it will be rich in looking as well unlike mine.
  • Almonds were out of stock in my pantry and so I skipped adding it.
  • Recipe adapted from here

Happy eating guys,


  1. Shobana, I requested this recipe @ Prema's space after seeing her semolina cake and to my suprise you have posted the same. Thanks for the recipe Awesome clicks as usual..Drooling here.

  2. Mouthwatering and inviting pie. Can't stop admiring it.

  3. Never made a basbousa before, but love the sounds of it - Yummo!

  4. Wonderful dessert..:) looks yummy..

  5. Looks divine,can't wait to try this,thanks for sharing.

  6. wow gr8 recipe dear,after u told only i come to know about this recipe...thanks for sharing:) lovely clicks shobana...

  7. Wow Shanavi, looks really delicious, great clicks. Never tasted this before but sure tastes gorgeous

  8. Looks tempting and super inviting.

  9. very delicious cake..looks yumm n perfect

  10. Wat a delightful basbousa, irresistible!

  11. woww,prepared it well,looks very tasty, tasty, tasty ..

  12. I wish we could eat anything we wanted and never put on weight ... sigh!
    Love this low cal version ... thanks for sharing!

  13. Looks amazing!!! Bookmarked!! And so well explained Shanavi..
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  14. very informative blog...

  15. Wow those look like kesari diamond cuts - lemon juice is an interesting difference between our Indian recipe of Kesari halwa and this- LOVE it -

  16. Very yummy...looks perfect. Would like to have it now...

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