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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Semolina Yogurt Cake | Basbousa | Guest post by Sangee Vijay of Spicy Treats

Dear Friends, Please welcome Sangee Vijay of Spicy Treats here. Sangee needs no introduction at all. We all know she is a dedicated blogger and a wonderful photographer (Food stylist).Personally, she is a very good friend of mine with whom I have spent hours chatting and whenever we talk the conversation will never be less than one hour. She always has the ability to bring smile in my face. In the blogging side,  I love the way she clicks pictures- the props she uses, the composition, lighting. everything. Also the combination of ingredients she comes up with each time for the recipes is unique. There will be always something interesting and unique in her recipes and also she concentrates on healthy recipes. The other thing I wanted to mention is her love for Broccoli. She has tried  many recipes with it, from pasta to pulao to rasam to kootu there are so many recipes using broccoli. Check out her Broccoli recipes. Also I must mention here her passion for baking. You can find n number of baking recipes in her blog. Today She is sharing with us a special baking recipe - Semolina Yogurt Cake.

Semolina Yogurt Cake
Now off to Sangee for the guest post..
Blogging has earned me lots of friends and Divya of Divya's Culinary Journey is one such friend whom I found on this vast blogosphere. Divya, an ever smiling, jovial and down to earth person. We extended our friendship via Facebook and she is one person who never fails to Like any of post, pictures on both my personal profile and Blog Facebookpage.Luckily I got chance to talk to her over phone, she is such a sweet person very friendly and always the phone conversation or FB chat will be so much fun and laughter. Divya is not only a good friend but also an active blogger who never fails to feed us with her yummy recipes. I love the simplicity in her pictures, very neat and elegant presentation. I too have a list of my favorite bakes here in Divya's Culinary Journey. Especially I like all her Muffins Recipes, as most of them are egg-less, low calorie muffins. Her Honey Cardamom Cake is my recent favorite and I wanted to try it sometime soon.

Today for her guest post i baked a simple yet delicious Semolina Yogurt Cake or Basbousa. I became a fan of semolina cakes both savoury and sweet version. So this Semolina yogurt cake was in my to-do list since long and when for Divya's guest post i decided to bake it for her readers. Hope Divya and you all like this delicious cake. This is a very simple and easy to make cake, very soft, fluffy and so addictive cake. The taste of this spongy cake drenched with sugar syrup reminds of our traditional milk sweet/paalkova. Me and my family liked this cake a lot. If you are bored with regular flour cakes, just give it a try definitely you will love it.Now off to the recipe...

Recipe Source : Easily Good Eat
Preparation Time : 10 minutes
Cooking Time : 20-25 minutes
Serves 6 -8

Semolina Flour  1 cup
Sugar  1/2 cup
Yogurt   1 and 1/2 cup 
Oil   1/2 cup (I used extra light olive oil)
Eggs  3 nos
All Purpose Flour   3 tbsp
Vanilla   1 tsp
Baking Soda    1/2 tsp
Baking powder  1 tsp
Salt   1/2 tsp

For syrup
Sugar   1 cup
Water   1 cup
Lemon Juice from 1/2 lemon

  • First make the sugar syrup: Boil water and sugar for 3 minutes. Add lemon juice and boil for further 3 minutes. Let it cool completely.

  • Then grease 8X8 square pan with butter and also Line with baking paper. 
  • In a mixing bowl add all semolina flour, AP flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and mix well and keep aside. 
  • In another mixing bowl, Beat eggs and sugar until sugar has dissolved.
  • And then add yogurt and oil and mix well.

  • Then add the dry ingredients to this and mix without lumps, no need to beat it. Just stir well and pour batter in it.
  • Bake at 175°C/350°F until golden brown on top and set well, about 25-30 minutes.
  • Then remove the pan from the oven and immediately pour the cold syrup over the warm cake. Let it cool completely, or chill, before serving.

  • If you don't have semolina flour just use the regular rava/sooji. Pulse the rava in blender for few seconds and use it.
  • You can also garnish the cake with blanched almonds or sliced almonds.
  • For more flavor, you can also add 1/4-1/2 tsp of cardamom powder to the sugar syrup.
  • To the same recipe you can also add 1/2 cup shredded coconut(fresh).
  • You can also 1/2 tsp add orange or lemon zest for more flavor and taste.


  1. Looks so delicious and perfect.... great photography too!

  2. Awesome clicks and that's true all her combo are unique.super super whistle podu

  3. irresistible cake...Awesome click

  4. wow the cake looks so soft and moist... Perfect guest post... Nice to see u both here aks...:)

  5. Happy to see my post here on your Beautiful space and thanks so much for the opportunity and for all the special mentions. Glad to have found you and wish to be your friend forever :)

  6. oh wow such an fantastic guest post you both :) Fabulous super soft and decadent babousa there :) Looks very inviting , If they didn't have eggs in them I wud not have hesitated to grab them from screen but they lookd super soft and picture perfect :) lovely post divya..

  7. Nice to meet you Sangeetha :) lovely work by both of you ~ i am your new follower do visit my place when time permits// glad if you follow me back.. try to stay in touch after that ~ Love ya

  8. Hard to resist to this luscious dessert..Indeed Sangee is one of an amazing blogger i have crossed, her posts are always feast to eyes.

  9. Tempting yummy cake . gud gust post

  10. Cake looks awesome .Nice intro and have a blast girls

  11. Nice guest post,cake looks so moist and yummy

  12. Nice guest post, cake looks soft and delicious.

  13. such a droolworthy cake... lovely guest post...

  14. Nice guest post, cake looks so delicious and yumm..

  15. perfect slice..too tempting dear ..lovely guest post,sangee & divya !!

  16. Beautiful guest post and that cake is calling me :) love the write up and beautiful friendship that you share. :) three cheers to great friends, amazing food and smiles

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