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Basbousa/ Revani/ Hareesa !! A Turkish delight !!

Swapna Sunil
15 minutes
Prep Time
40 minutes
Cook Time
10 People
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ABOUT Basbousa/ Revani/ Hareesa !! A Turkish delight !! RECIPE

Basbousa or Hareesa or Revani or Ravani is a sweet cake made using semolina or farina,coconut and soaked in a simple sugar syrup .. The syrup may also be flavored by orange flower, rose water or saffron .. It is found in the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterranean under a variety of names .It appears to be a variant of the Egyptian dish Ma'Mounia. In southern Greece it is called Ravani , while in the north it is called Revani. It is a traditional dessert in Veria. Basbousa is often called "Hareesa" in the Maghareb, Alexandria and Jordon. Basbousa is a particularly popular dessert among Coptic Christians for fasts such as Great Lent and the Nativity fast as it is vegan!! No matter what the name or the purpose is, this is the tastiest treat that is so simple and the easy to make at any time of the year ...with a couple of steps and ingredients ...

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Dinner Party
  • Whisking
  • Baking
  • Dessert
  • Healthy

Ingredients Serving: 10

  1. 1 1/4 cups : semolina
  2. 1 cup : Fresh coconut scraped
  3. 1/2 cup : Dessicated coconut
  4. 1/2 cup : All purpose flour / maida
  5. 3/4 cup : sugar
  6. 1 tsp : Baking powder
  7. 110 gm : butter , melted
  8. 1 large : egg
  9. 1 cup : Milk
  10. A pinch : saffron
  11. Few almonds sliced for garnish
  12. For the syrup : 1 cup : Granulated sugar
  13. 1 cup : water
  14. A pinch of saffron
  15. 1 tsp : lemon / Lime juice


  1. In a large mixing bowl add the semolina, flour , fresh and descicated coconuts, baking powder, melted butter, egg, milk, sugar , saffron and give it a good stir until well combined.
  2. Now pour this into a greased pan and bake @180°c / 350°f for 25 to 30 mins or until slightly golden.
  3. While it is baking start off with the sugar syrup.In a pan add the sugar and water and bring this to a gentle boil.No need of a string consistency here.
  4. Next add the saffron and lime juice to the syrup, stir well and turn off the heat.Keep this covered until use.
  5. Once the semolina cake is baked to golden, pour this syrup over the cake, while its still hot.
  6. Cool this syrup drenched cake over the counter top and slice according to u r preference either diagonally or squares.. Lastly garnish with slices of Almonds and serve !!
  7. Moist , soft and coconutty semolina cake the Basbousa is ready to hog !!

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