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Jun 12, 2008


A delicious Middle Eastern Dessert

This is my 100th post. So I wish to celebrate this with a delicious dessert! Of course, it is not an Indian dessert. It is a traditional Middle Eastern (Arabic) dessert made of semolina flour, yogurt, and coconut. 

I took the original recipe from here. I didn’t make many changes to the original recipe. I just used cashews instead of almonds as suggested in the recipe. I also reduced the amount of time to 30 minutes instead of 40-45 minutes as suggested in the recipe. Everything else remained the same.

Here is the recipe:


  • 2 cups Semolina Flour (Upma Rawa)
  • 1/3 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 cup white Sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked Coconut
  • 1/4 cup Butter, melted
  • 1 cup plain Yogurt
  • 1/4 cup Milk, or as needed
  • 1/4 cup Cashews
For the Syrup:
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup white Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the semolina flour, baking powder, 1 cup sugar, coconut and butter. Add the yogurt and milk; mix until moistened but not runny or liquid. If you see that it is too dry, add more milk.
  3. Spread the prepared batter into a greased 8 inch square baking dish, smoothing the top as much as possible. Decorate the top with cashews.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.
  5. While the basboosa is baking, combine the water, 1 cup of sugar and lemon juice in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook for at least 5 minutes.
  6. When the basboosa has finished baking, pour the syrup over it as evenly as possible.
  7. Place it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, or until the syrup has been fully absorbed. Let rest for about 20 minutes before cutting into pieces and serving.
  8. I must say, this is a very delicious dessert. It is little tangy in taste due to the added yogurt and lemon juice, but the sugar suppresses most of the tanginess and tastes great. I am glad that I found this recipe and shall make it so frequently. 


  1. As this recipe belongs to Middle Eastern cuisine, it flies off to Siri’s AWED: Middle Eastern Cuisine. A Worldly Epicurean's Delight (A.W.E.D), an event initiated by Dhivya of Culinary bazaar.
  2. And as this dessert contains yogurt in the ingredients, it also makes its way into the 'Frozen Yogurt' - A Cool Summer Event, over at Siri’s.
  3. And also this dessert contains coconut in its ingredients, so entering the “AFAM – Coconut” event being hosted by Suganya of Tasty Palettes.

So three events with one entry! Have a good day friends!


mitr_bayarea said... [Reply]


Congrats on the 100th post..basboosa dessert looks delicious.

Finla said... [Reply]

Congrats with the century post.
Love the cake.
Looks really yumm.
And three in one. You have almost done now with all the events.

Cham said... [Reply]

Congrats on ur century. Let 's celebrate with sweet :) Looks delicious!

Siri said... [Reply]

Congrats on ur 100th post Uma.. and peru bhale undi.. looks yum yum!!

Thanks for such ayummy entry!


sunita said... [Reply]

Congrats! May you have many more ..the dessert looks lovely :-)

Swati Raman Garg said... [Reply]

1st of all congrats on the 100th post... :) that was so chweet to b happy in public abt it and i love u for this....
and i love d name basboosa... and hats off to u ... one go so many events... i have got to learn from u ...

Sagari said... [Reply]

wowww uma is this your 100'th post , I remmember your early stages of blogging,so soon u reached to 100'th post ,very nice and congrats

Madhavi said... [Reply]

Congratulations Uma on the 100th post, you rock :))

Love this basboosa, very nice recipe and looks divine, mouthwatering, jus great!!!

Divya said... [Reply]

Congrats on your 100th post ..and this dessert looks delicious

bha said... [Reply]

by semolina flour you mean Rava, right.....rava batter baking, this is the first time i hvae known about it....thanks for the lovely basboosa recipe

Sum Raj said... [Reply]

congrate on ur century.....so one recipe for 3 events....3 in 1....well done...ur dish looks tempting

Beyond Curries said... [Reply]

Never heard of this sweet Uma. It looks so good and very simple to make also. But one question, does it have too much tanginess because of the yogurt and lemon? Or is it just plain sweet?

Even I have started to cook keeping in mind the various events.

Laavanya said... [Reply]

100 posts already? Cool! Basboosa sounds good and looks even better. very interesting.

FH said... [Reply]

Happy 100th! Cool cake to celebrate too, looks delcious Uma. Enjoy. 1 in 3 is the way to go these days!:D

Hetal said... [Reply]

Congrats on your 100th post.....hope u reach great heights..this sweet looks delicious,perfect century post..

ranji said... [Reply]

congrats on ur 100th post uma!!grand way of celebrating it...that 3 events in 1 shot...delicous basboosa...:)

Alpa said... [Reply]

Congratulations!!!! May you have a 100 more! All the cooking events you entered, LOL! You are truly a mastermind!

Archy said... [Reply]

Congrats on ur 100 post !!
Wow, wat a nice recipe, never heard of it earlier, looks wonderful Uma !!
Great one ercipe for 3 events.. !!

Mahimaa's kitchen said... [Reply]

Hi Uma, thanks for your comments! You have posted quite a lot of recipes.. that's great! I saw your latest cake recipe and it seems like all the ingredients are always available in our pantry.. will give it a try sometime.. congrats on your century!!

kamala said... [Reply]

Congrats on ur 100 th post Uma..Three in one !! Nice entry

TBC said... [Reply]

Congrats, Uma. 100 posts in just a couple of months!

bee said... [Reply]

i absolutely love this sweet. thanks for reminding me.

Meera said... [Reply]

congratulations on your 100th post. THis is a new sweet for me. Thanks for sharing. looks awesome!

Anonymous said... [Reply]

Congratulations for making Century within a short time with so much encouragement from the fellow bloggers and also the awards. Wish you to go for many more centuries with the same spirit and energy. Good Luck.
-Nature Lover

Unknown said... [Reply]

mmmmm 100th post...thats great..love the dessert...am going to try this..sounds delicious..

Unknown said... [Reply]

Uma ,too good,Oh my god it looks so delicious and thanks for sharing a wonderful dessert.Bookmarked.

Sujatha said... [Reply]

Hi Uma - 100th post is a great milestone for sure.. Congrats! Your recipe looks so yummy and sounds very unique. I will definitely try soon.

Medhaa said... [Reply]

Congratulations on the century. This looks so delicious and pretty easy too. And you covered 3 events too. THank you for sharing

Vani said... [Reply]

Congrats on the 100th post! Nice entry :)

Anjali Damerla said... [Reply]

A very yummy 100th post indeed :)

This looks like a very easy dessert with almost all Indian ingredients. Will definitely try this. I have some guests coming over for dinner this weekend and I was looking for something different to make for dessert. Looks like my search is over.

Do you think this would go well with a dollop of ice cream ? Just a thought.

jayasree said... [Reply]

congrats on the 100th post. Great dessert with all easily available ingredients. Three events in one post. Good.

vandana rajesh said... [Reply]

congrats on the 100th post and also the prize for fortune cooking.

Andhra Flavors said... [Reply]

kotha recipe bavundi uma. nenu e weekend ki try chestanu.

Jayashree said... [Reply]

Congrats on reaching the 100 mark....the basboosa looks delish

delhibelle said... [Reply]

Delicious way to celebrate your 100th post..Basboosa sounds too cute! Like a small furry animal:)

Rama said... [Reply]

Congrats on ur century.Great one recipe for 3 events...

Kalai said... [Reply]

Congrats on your 100th post, Uma! Dessert looks great and nice way of using one dish for 3 events! :)

Vanamala Hebbar said... [Reply]

Congrats uma...
njoy ...
Lovely sweet recipe.

Mansi said... [Reply]

kudos on the 100 mark Uma!

Basbousa looks delicious! in fact I make it too, but with rose essence; you can find the recipe on my blog:)

your cakes looks beautiful too! hope you had fun relishing it:)

Suganya said... [Reply]

Hi Uma...
Congrats on ur 100th post. This is a very different sweet recipe. Look so good. YUM!....

Dori said... [Reply]

Congratulations on your 100th post!!! The dessert sounds tasty!

Rachel said... [Reply]

Basboosa...funny name..never had it ..looks tempting enough to give it a try

Unknown said... [Reply]

3 events in one stone?looks gorgeous Uma..and congrats on ur milestone

Jaya M said... [Reply]

Basboosa is a wonderful desert, and this looks so delicious..
congrats on 100 post , may you score another 1000 ..LOL..
enjoy it ..
hugs and smiles

Dee said... [Reply]

Uma a little late , But congratulations and hope to see many more recipes down the lane. Keep up the great work!

Dibs said... [Reply]

WOW ...A nice new sweet, and such a cute name 'baabooosaaa' :-))))

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