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Basbousa / Basboosa / Eggless Semolina cake – Ramzan recipes


Basbousa or Basboosa is an Egyptian and traditional Middle East sweet cake prepared with Semolina, desiccated coconut, sugar, yogurt/curd and later soaked in sugar syrup which is flavored with rose water. It is also known as “Hareesa”. As of collecting few Middle East dishes for Ramzan, resulted in Basbousa through one of my neighbor.

Basbousa is a very easy, simple and a delicious dessert which flavors not only the kitchen but also the whole house with its wonderful aroma. Usually this Basbousa is baked until the top turns brown in color, but I have done it until it reaches golden brown. Let me share the recipe…

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  • Semolina – 2 cups
  • Desiccated coconut – 1 cup
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Yogurt/Curd – ¾ cup
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Rose essence – 2 tsp
  • Butter (melted) – ½ cup
  • Lemon juice – 1 tbsp
  • Almonds/Badam or Cashew or Pistachios – 15 nos

Making of Basbousa –


  • Boil a cup of water in a heavy bottomed vessel, add in the nuts and allow to boil in high flame for 15 mins. Drain the water, peel the skin of the nuts, slice them to two equal halves and keep it aside.
  • Preheat oven to 18o degree C.
  • In a wide mouth bowl, add in the semolina/rava, desiccated coconut, sugar, baking powder and mix them well.
  • Add in the yogurt/curd + 1 tbsp of water and mix them well with your hands (be sure no lumps should be formed and they would little tight in consistency).
  • Grease a baking a tray and pour the semolina mixture to the tray and level the batter with your hands.
  • Make cuts (desired shape) with the knife, pierce a nut in the center of each and every pieces.
  • Bake for 8 mins or until the top starts turning to dark brown in color (I baked only till they turn golden brown in color).
  • Meanwhile boil 1 ½ cups of water along with a cup of sugar, drizzle the rose essence and cook in medium flame, until it comes to the syrup consistency.
  • Remove the tray once baked and pour the syrup over the cake, let it sit for 15 mins.
  • Gently remove the pieces.

Serve it.

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Food Review – Hello Curry, Bangalore, India


Hopefully I should say that this month was a perfect month for me as Foodie, I was invited for food reviews on all the Saturdays. A very interesting month, looking forward the same next month too 🙂 …
Hello Curry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Already I have shared a post for Brew&Chew for their site hosting, and this time I got an invite through Brew&Chew for a foodie meet on 28th (last Saturday) for the review of Hello Curry.

Hello Curry is a food service retail brand operating in “Delivery Only” space and catering to the demand for quick, affordable and every day food. They started their Journey in 2013 with Hyderabad and recently spreading to Bangalore and Pune, to the total count of 32 stores.

They have been awarded for their best packaging for “Ready to Eat Restaurant Food”, National tie-up with PVR Cinemas and National Tie-up with IRCTC (Indian Railways).

As I heard that Hello Curry was the most popular Andhra Cuisine, I was expecting a spicy non-veg Biryani, a tangy raita and some spicy curry to accompany Biryani. But I had a unique experience with Hello Curry as they served us the food prepared by HOME CHEFS, also we were informed that they are going to a launch a platform for Home Chefs through Hello Curry.

I also loved the way how they served the food, it was in beautiful carton boxes, and was designed in a way that one can have the food during travel as such directly from the box, no need of plates or bowl for curry. Just peel the wrapper, have the food and throw the box. The boxes were also made out of recyclable materials.

Also got a chance to taste their CHICKEN BRIYANI, it was good. I would say that I will be back to taste all your foods, as I was drooling once I saw the menu’s with pictures. Hope will be soon invited for “Hello Curry” food tasting: P

Let me share the dishes served for us.

  • Paneer Paratha: Paneer paratha was from their Hello Paratha, it was soft and tasty.
  • Chicken Biryani: Hello Curries Chicken Briyani, not too spicy, not too oily, good texture and taste. Also Mr. Sandeep of Hello Curry stated that they use potli Masala, an authentic masala used in Hyderabadi Cuisine for aromatic flavor.
  • Pineapple Cream Chicken with Burnt Garlic Rice (Home Chef): This one was one among the most delicious Dish from their Home Chefs. I love the creamy texture and the taste was yummy.
  • Spicy Chicken Thai with Saffron rice by a Home Chef: This one was also good with a lovely texture.
  • Grilled Chicken by Home Chef
  • Mid-west Spicy Chicken with Chicken Mint Rice
  • Fish Curry and Steamed Rice
  • Allappey Prawn Curry with Ghee rice by Home Chef: This was also one among the most favorite among from their Home Chef. Also I am proud to say that this was prepared by one of foodie friend Soumiya Gopi.
  • Bread Jamun prepared by a Home chef: This was also one among the most delicious dish, and again this was also prepared by Soumiya Gopi.

I would say that really it’s going to be a best platform and good support for Home Chefs. Expecting them to launch their concept of Home chef very soon and also wish them all the success.

Thanks a lot to BrewandChew and Hello Curry for such a nice food tasting event.