Recipe By Lubna
Published Jun 19th
Prep 20m Cook 30m Additional - Ready In 50m
Servings 12 dessert squares Calories 322.6

This is a traditional Middle Eastern dessert made with semolina and yogurt, then soaked in a rose water syrup. I got this recipe from my sister-in-law.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups semolina flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 6 whole almonds, split in half
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 1 ¾ cups white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rose water

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a medium bowl, mix together the semolina flour, 1/2 cup of sugar, yogurt, oil, coconut, and baking powder. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. 2 In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, stir together the water, 1 3/4 cups sugar, and rosewater. Bring to a boil, and boil for 3 or 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. 3 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spread the semolina batter into the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan. Slice into squares or diamonds, and place on almond half onto each piece.
  4. 4 Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until light brown. Switch the oven setting to broil, and broil until the top is golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the oven, and pour the syrup over the squares. Serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 322.6
  • Carbohydrate 55.1 g
  • Cholesterol 1.2 mg
  • Fat 10.2 g
  • Fiber 1 g
  • Protein 3.9 g
  • Saturated Fat 2 g
  • Sodium 102.1 mg
  • Sugar 39.7 g


  1. I really like this dessert. I followed the suggestion of TUNISIANSWIFE and used equal parts of sugar and water to make the syrup. I'm not a big fan of rosewater so I used lemon juice. The other basboosa recipe on allrecipes uses lemon juice. I used Cream of Wheat because I couldn't find semolina flour - Read more ...
  2. Good but not the same as the real one.
  3. This is the first time I try making besboosa we normally buy it. Everyone pronounced it better than store bought!
  4. This was pretty good very sweet and easy to make. I would take the recommendation to decrease the syrup. I felt like it was floating in the syrup because not all of it got soaked up. Mine got cooked pretty fast on the edges even after I lowered the temperature in the oven. Next time - Read more ...
  5. This recipe did not come out right at all. I followed everything EXCEPT I set it aside for an hour instead of 30 minutes. I don't think that alone would have caused such a terrible outcome. First of all 20 minutes 3 minutes of broiling was far from enough time to cook this basboosa thoroughly. - Read more ...
  6. this is wonderful and so simple. I made this as a Ramadan dessert treat for my DH and his friends. I upped the coconut by 1 tbsp. Decreased the sugar in the syrup by 1/4 cup and just boiled it a bit longer to get the right consistency for simple syrup. I had homemade rosewater - Read more ...
  7. This was WONDERFUL!!! My mom loved this! It was pretty simple to make too considering how much preperation time money and skill most gormet recipes take. Loved it! Will use any of your recipes again! Thanks a grateful 18 year old
  8. This is indeed a good recipe i just made slight changes as follows: did not use rose water for the syrup bud added 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and boiled together once boiled just stirred in 1-2 tablespoons honey. And used smaller baking dish basboosa was thick and delicious! Thanks a lot!
  9. This was okay. It was extremly sweet and I couldn't really taste the rose water. I think it was over powered by the sugar.

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