Egg-free Basbousa | Egg-free Semolina Cake from Levantine Cuisine

Monday is here again. This time the foodie group, Foodie Monday Blog Hop is decided the 181th theme as ‘Levantine Cuisine‘ and the theme is suggested by Shujata Shukla di who blogs at Pepper on PizzaLevantine cuisine is the traditional cuisine of the Levant, which covers a large area of the Eastern Mediterranean. The much popular dishes of this cuisine include Hummus, Baba ghanoush, Falafel, Basbousa, Shawarma and many more. Well, I have picked up the dish Eggless Basbousa for theme contribution here.

Basbousa is a middle eastern favorite dessert dish which is basically a sooji / semolina cake. This cake is not at all over sweetened while making the batter but it is soaked in sugar syrup and flavored with some rose water after baking. This cake can be prepared with egg or without egg, with coconut or without coconut, with milk or yogurt. So there can be so many versions of this simple sweet dish.

I have prepared the dish with some desiccated coconut here along with milk and without using egg. The semolina texture can be picked up as coarse or fine for this cake. Although the traditional version demands for resting the batter overnight and also I have followed the traditional way, still the batter can be used just after resting the batter in refrigerator for 30-40 minutes. A syrup of normal consistency is prepared before hand which has a rose flavored in all over. This syrup is basically poured after the cake is baked. Since the sweetness is drizzled after baking, so the sweet factor of the batter is always kept to a minimal. This cake tastes best on the next day of baking as the syrup is fully soaked in the cake. This super soft and yummy cake is perfectly fit for any party. In each bite, the combination of semolina and coconut can be thoroughly enjoyed. So do try this gluten free cake using semolina and coconut as Basbousa.

Recipe Card for ‘Egg-free Basbousa / Egg-free Semolina Cake from Levantine Cuisine’ :

Egg free, Semolina, Desiccated coconut, Basbousa, Glutenfree

Gluten free baking, Semolina Cake


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Eggless Basbousa

an egg free semolina cake from Middle Eastern dessert dunked in simple rose flavored sugar syrup

prep time: 10 minscook time: 45 minstotal time: 55 mins


For Sugar syrup

  • Sugar   1/2 cup
  • Water   4 tbsp
  • Lemon   1/2 tsp
  • Rose essence   1/8 tsp

For cake

  • Semolina   1 cup
  • Desiccated coconut   1/4 cup
  • Baking powder   3/8 tsp
  • Sugar   1/4 cup
  • Milk   3/8 cup
  • Butter   5 tbsp
  • Salt   1/8 tsp
  • Vanilla essence   1/2 tsp
  • Almond   1/4 cup


  1. First soak almonds in a small bowl containing hot water for 15 minutes.
  2. After that peel the almonds and cut each peeled almonds into two halves. Keep aside.

For syrup

  1. In a saucepan, take sugar and water.
  2. Start boiling till sugar melts completely and the syrup looks a bit thick.
  3. Turn off heat.
  4. Add lemon juice, rose essence and stir well.
  5. Keep aside to cool down.

For Cake

  1. In a mixing bowl take semolina (sooji), sugar, desiccated coconut, baking powder, salt and mix well.
  2. Then add wet ingredients like vanilla essence, melted butter and milk.
  3. Using a hand whisk mix everything well to get a thick consistency of batter.
  4. Pour this batter into a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  5. Put the baking pan then in refrigerator for at least 3 hours / overnight.
  6. Then lightly mark the batter with knife into 2.5-3 cm square / diamond shapes (approximately) and place a halved almond in the center of each square.
  7. Bake for 30-35 minutes at 180 deg C.
  8. Take out from oven and cut again through the already marked lines.
  9. Again bake for 10-15 minutes or till the top looks light brown in color and a toothpick if inserted in the middle of the cake that should come out cleanly.
  10. Next take out from oven and immediately using a spoon drizzle all the sugar syrup on top of the cake gently.
  11. Keep aside the whole cake to soak in sugar syrup completely for around 1-2 hours.
  12. Then cut into the marked slices and serve !


The overnight refrigeration of the batter results in a very good texture of the cake.
Although almond is mostly used, still any other nuts like cashew, raisins can also be used.

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  1. Priya Iyer

    This looks absolutely yummy! Wish I could grab a piece straight off the screen. 🙂

  2. Poonam Bachhav

    This semolina cake looks delectable and simply irresistible Sasmita ! Droolesome share !

  3. Sujata Roy

    Semolina cake looks so delicious. I can imagine the heavenly taste. I have planned to make this cake but changed my mind at the last moment. Superb share.

  4. Vidya Narayan

    Absolutely wonderful and tempting bake Sasmita. I have grown up eating this thanks to my Catholic friends from school. The Goans make this too during Christmas, however theirs is not the syrupy ones and doesnt have the rose essence, which is the Middle Eastern touch.

  5. preethi'scuisine

    Basbousa looks so yum. Love this eggless version.Fantastic share Sasmita. Pics are making it more tempting.

  6. Sujata Shukla

    I feel nostalgic just reading this recipe. The flavours of rose, lemon, vanilla all wrapped up in this little bite of goodness. I have had the Basbousa before, but its been years ago. Your images bring those times back very evocatively.

  7. mildly indian

    This feels like an absolutely stunning recipe. I will try this the next time I have a potluck.

  8. Anonymous

    such a lovely dish for the theme, Sasmita ! perfect bites for those with a sweet tooth.. I love the names of most middle eastern dessert – Kanoufa, Basbousa, Umm Ali… this is a very well done, Egg Free recipe 🙂
    – Kalyani

  9. Mayuri Patel

    Yummy..a superb dessert. I've yet to try making basbousa at home. Your preparation looks light and not dense at all.

  10. veena

    I have made the eggless basbousa and we all loved it. This looks so good and am tempted to make again seeing your post. Beautifully captured too

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