Eggless Bosbousa / rava cake / semolina cake

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Bosbousa in Arabic means “soaked”. The cake is soaked in sugar syrup. I had this dessert in Dubai and was intrigued by its taste from commonly known ingredients. Use of eggs is common in this recipe but I wanted to make it eggless. I found a recipe after some googling. Instead of rose water I used cardamom. My family and friends gave rave reviews. I have made rava based dishes like sooji halwa, sooji poli, upma, bread etc but hadn’t done any baked desserts using these ingredients.


  1. Suji / semolina, bombay rava –  two and half cup
  2. All purpose flour / maida  –  half cup
  3. Desiccated coconut  –  one cup
  4. Caster sugar  –  one cup
  5. Baking powder  –  one tsp
  6. Salt  –  a pinch
  7. Thick yogurt  –  three-fourth cup and two tbsp
  8. Melted butter or oil  –  three fourth cup
  9. Milk  –  one tsp (if required)
  10. Blanched almonds for decoration.

Ingredients to make sugar syrup

  1. Sugar  –  one cup
  2. Water  –  one cup
  3. Cardamom or Rose-water –  three
  4. Lime juice  –  one tsp


In a mixing bowl add suji,flour,baking powder, salt, desiccated coconut and sugar. Mix once. Now add thick yogurt, butter, milk and mix with hands.  Spread on the greased pan and press hard. Leave it aside for 15 mins.



Pre heat the oven to 350 degree.

After 15 mins, cut into squares or diamond and place blanched almonds on top. Bake for 30 to 40 mins or until golden brown color.

To make sugar syrup, add water and sugar in a bowl and keep stirring until sugar melts. Simmer for 5 mins. Turnoff heat and add lime juice and cardamom. Remove from heat and cool it. Once the cake is done, pour syrup on cake when hot and leave it aside until it absorbs the syrup. Serve it in room temperature. Ready to taste yummy Bosbousa.


Serves 20


one hour


One day


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