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How to make Basbousa

 How to make Basbousa

Basbousa, harissa semolina, or Namora is among the most delicious types of sweets. Learn how to prepare them in detail.

How to make Basbousa

Ingredients to prepare pieces of basbousa

This recipe is characterized as one of the most famous Arabic sweets, its ingredients are simple and inexpensive, and it is available in most homes

The components of the basbousa pieces include:


  • 2 cups of coarse semolina.
  • 1 cup of coconut.
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter.
  • 1/3 cup of sugar.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  • 1 cup plain yogurt or sour cream.
  • 1/3 cup roasted whole almonds or pistachios or cashews for garnish.


  • 2 cups of sugar.
  • 1 and 1/2 cup of water.
  • 1 tablespoon of orange blossom water is optional.
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

Steps to prepare the basbousa pieces

To prepare the Basbousa, follow these steps:


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C.
  2. Grease a baking tray with butter or olive oil, then set it aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix semolina, butter, coconut, sugar, and baking soda. Hands can be used to mix the ingredients with the butter.
  4. Add the yogurt to the previous ingredients, and continue mixing until the ingredients are completely mixed and the mixture is fairly thick.
  5. Spread the mixture on a baking tray, cut it into squares with a butter knife, then place the nuts on each of the divided squares.
  6. Bake the tray at 200 ° C for 30-40 minutes, until brown or close to golden in color.
  7. Cut the basbousa tray again in the places of the previously cut lines.
  8. Pour the syrup over it while it is hot until it is completely absorbed.

  1. Mix all the mentioned drops.
  2. Put the mixture in a saucepan on the fire until it boils for 10 minutes.
  3. Leave it until it cools completely.

Nutritionist's notes

  • If you are trying to lose weight, do not eat too much basbousa or sweets in general, as they are high in calories.
  • Despite its many health benefits, semolina is not suitable for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Cut the basbousa and diabetics

  • For diabetics, it is not suitable, because it contains sugar, and it is not possible to replace sugar with artificial sweeteners.
  • It is preferable to avoid eating this type of sweets and pay attention.
  • Avoid eating basbousa or sweets in general, as they contain a large amount of sugar, which causes high blood glucose.

Cut the basbousa and heart patients

  • For heart patients, a high amount of sugar may lead to obesity, which puts pressure on the heart and arteries.
  • It is permitted to eat an adequate and calculated portion and portion.

Cut the basbousa and pregnant women

  • Pregnant women do not need a high-calorie intake, and they should avoid gaining weight more than normal.
  • Eat an appropriate amount to supply you with energy and sugars.

Nutritional values ​​per serving

  • Calories 599 kcal
  • Protein 10.4 grams
  • Total fat is 17.9 grams
  • Total carbohydrates 102.9 grams
  • Dietary fiber 3.7 g
  • Sodium is 287 milligrams
  • Saturated fat 7.6 milligrams
  • Cholesterol 2 milligrams
  • The total sugars are 63.3 grams
  • Vitamin D 0 μg
  • Calcium 74 milligrams
  • Iron 2 milligrams
  • Potassium 220 milligrams