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Apr 22, 2013

Eggless Coconut Basbousa / Egyptian Coconut Semolina Cake

I came across this recipe just a few weeks ago. I have seen this in cooking shows and in many other cooking blogs. I really wanted to try this recipe, but many of this recipe has eggs in it. I wanted to try it without eggs, so modified the recipe accordingly and tried it.It came out pretty good. The taste of this was more like a firmer version of a south indian sweet called as kesari with some taste different.

This recipe is originally from egypt. You can add some almonds on top of the cake too. The cake has a lovely aroma of rosewater, saffron and cardamom. I tried it warm as well as cold, but i liked it more when it is warm. I added fresh coconut in this, but if you want to store this for some more days add dessicated coconut. If you add fresh ones it will get spoiled soon.

Hope you will try it and let me know how it turned out.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Baking Time : 10 mins + 50 mins for baking
Makes : 16 pieces or more


Dry Ingredients:
Fine Semolina / Fine Rawa - 1 cup
Coconut - 1 cup
Flour - 1/2 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Saffron - a pinch
Cardamom powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp

Wet Ingredients:
Yogurt - 1 1/2 cup
Butter - 1/2 cup melted

For Syrup:
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Water - 1/2 cup
Rose Water - 1 tsp


Grease a 20 x 20 cm pan with butter and set aside. Preheat the oven to 170 Degree C / 350 Degree F.

Take all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Mix well.

Now add in yogurt and butter in it and mix well.

Pour this in a greased pan and bake it for 45 to 50 mins.

Remove it from oven and cool it down. Cut this into slices.

Now make syrup. Take sugar and water in a sauce pan and heat it till it is melted. Simmer for 5 mins.

Remove this to a bowl. Add in rose water and mix well.

Pour this over the cake and let it soak, allow it to cool down.


Take all your ingredients

You will need saffron, cardamom powder, salt, baking powder

Take all your dry ingredients in a bowl

Mix well

Add curd in

Add in melted butter

Mix well

Grease a pan

Pour the batter in

Bake it

Take sugar and water in a sauce pan

Bring it to boil

And simmer for 5 mins

Remove that to a bowl and add in rosewater
Cut the cake into slices

pour syrup over it

Let it soak for few mins



  1. Looks interesting and delicious...

    Yum! Yum! Yum!

  2. So delicioious and mouthwatering cake! Wonderfully prepard.

  3. The recipe post is of nice and awesome one cause of the images and the way it is posted in detail. Then clickfnm.

  4. Very flavourful and my favourite basbousa.

  5. Do mention the temperature for oven setting. I baked mine at 180 degrees centigrade and it turned fine.

  6. Is the Dabur-gulabari safe for human consumption????

  7. What is curd? Do you mean yogurt or is it something else? Thanks


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