How to make Basbousa - Egyptian food

How to make Basbousa – Egyptian food

Basbousa, also called Harissa, is a traditional Egyptian dessert. However, you can find it in almost all sweet shops and cafes throughout the MENA region and the Arab world. Most people use Semolina drenched in a sweet or sugary syrup to make this dessert.

The most exciting thing about this dessert is that it is easier to make and healthier enough to improve your overall wellbeing. It is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, iron, copper, and antioxidants that enhance your metabolism.


  • Two Semolina
  • One cup of sugar
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • One teaspoon of baking powder
  • Ten almonds
  • A half cup of melted butter
  • For the syrup, you will need the following ingredients
    • One cup of sugar
    • One cup of water
    • One tablespoon of lemon juice
    • One tablespoon of rose petals (dried)


Follow these steps for Basbousa:

  1. Whip or Whisk sugar, Semolina, and baking powder in a large-sized bowl
  2. Add melted butter and yogurt to the bowl
  3. Mix well to create a thicker batter
  4. Pour the batter into a baking pan
  5. Make sure you grease the baking pan
  6. Bake for at least 45 minutes to achieve a golden brown surface

For the syrup, you will have to follow these steps:

  1. Boil water in a pan and add lemon juice, dried rose petals, and sugar
  2. Boil these ingredients for 10-15 minutes to thicken the syrup
  3. Pour the syrup over the hot cake
  4. Set aside for 60 minutes, so the cake absorbs the syrup
  5. Serve to your family or friends
  6. You can eat it as an evening snack or full-fledged meal
  7. Serving it with coffee or black tea is more enjoyable