Baked Rava /Sooji Cake- An Indian version of Basbousa


Let me begin with the introduction of the wonderfully delicious  sweet, Basbousa. It is an Arabian sweet prepared using semolina. During second year of my M TECH, when only project work had to be done. I had to study “ANSYS” software for the project and in between studies, I used to browse through many recipes(that’s the way I used to take a break :)).  That’s how I came across ‘Cooking with Alia’, a great website with superb dessert recipes presented by Alia.  One of the recipes that I found  was Basbousa, a common Arabian dessert. Ummachi(My mother) used to prepare a similar kind of sweet at home with a few differences from the classic Basbousa . Do try this at home

Recipe for Baked Rava/Sooji Cake (My mother’s recipe)

Ingredients required

Semolina/Sooji/Rava-1 cup

Powdered sugar-half a cup

Coconut oil- 3/4cup

Grated coconut-Half a cup

Cardamom powder-1 tsp

Baking powder-1 tbsp


Granulated sugar-4 tbsp

Method of Preparation

Whisk semolina, powdered sugar, coconut oil, grated coconut, eggs,baking powder and cardamom powder properly. Pour this mix to prepared baking tin( You can prepare either  applying oil throughout the pan and dusting flour or by using parchment paper) Bake in a pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes at 190° c. While it is baking, prepare sugar syrup (Needn’t be too thick, not even one-string consistency) Upper layer will be dark brown in colour and you can prick in a toothpick or skewer into the cake to check. If cake is done it will come out clean cake is done.While the cake is hot pour hot syrup over this. Wait for sometime before serving until sugar syrup is fully soaked.



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Hi, I am Sherien Mohamed Ramzan,the owner of this blog. Cooking has always been a passion for me and this blog travels through my collection of delectable recipes. This blog is my humble attempt to share the recipes that I have tried successfully in my kitchen.I have a full-time job as Assistant Engineer in Harbour Engineering Department. I am married to Abu Syed and a busy mom of 1 year old baby.


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