Basboosa, as named in Egypt, or Nammoura or Hariseh, as called back home in Jordan, is a traditional Arabic sweet made of semolina flour, and sweetened by pouring sugar syrup over it when it’s still hot out of the oven. You’ll find different recipes for Basboosa, this one here I created after trying many other recipes, at the end I combined and made changes till I reached my own recipe, it has an unusual ingredient to you all; instant pudding, if you can’t find it in stores, try the recipe without, but I haven’t really.
Everyone liked this version so I thought of sharing it here with you.


  • 1½ cup Semolina flour(in arabic: Smeed)

  • 2/3 cup butter milk (or 2/3 cup milk+ 1tsp lemon juice,set for 3-5mins)

  • ½ (397ml) can sweetened condensed milk

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 1/ 2 cup coconut flakes

  • 3 tbsp vanilla instant pudding powder

  • 3 tsp baking powder

  • ¼ tsp baking soda

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 1 tbsp tahini paste for baking tray

  • Sugar syrup (1 ½ cup sugar+ ¾ cup boiling water+ 1tsp lemon juice+ 1 cinnamon stick or 1 tsp orange blossom water (maa’ zaher)

  • Slivered almond or pistachio, or whole almonds split in halves for garnishing


  • 1.

    Mix first 9 ingredients: semolina flour, butter milk, sweetened condensed milk, butter, coconut, instant pudding, baking powder, baking soda& sugar.

  • 2.

    Grease bottom& sides of a 10x13 inch rectangular baking tray (preferred aluminium or stainless steel one) with tahini paste. (If you like the Basboosa thicker, use smaller size).

  • 3.

    Transfer semolina batter to baking tray, spread and level the surface with the palm of your hand. Cut into rectangular or diamond shape pieces. Place almonds over the surface and press little to stick (or place almond half on each piece). Brush or spray some oil over the surface. Set aside for 20-30minutes.

  • 4.

    Meanwhile, prepare sugar syrup by mixing: sugar, boiling water, lemon juice& cinnamon stick in a sauce pan. Bring to boil over high heat then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10min. You can substitute cinnamon stick with orange blossom water according to your preference. Let cool.

  • 5.

    Bake in 400F (200C) preheated oven for about 30minutes or till golden brown.

  • 6.

    Remove Basboosa out of the oven and immediately pour over it the cooled sugar syrup. Let stand for 10minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

  • Energy 928kj
  • Fat Total 45g
  • Saturated Fat 29g
  • Protein 12g
  • Carbohydrate 123g
  • Sugar 57g
  • Sodium 631mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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Thickness of the pieces using 13x10 inch will be around 1/2inch. I like them thin. But if you like them to be thicker, just use smaller tray for same quantities.

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Posted by Report
Awesome gluten free recipe I made for my girlfriend - she took the recipe and the leftovers!
Thank heaps for sharing
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
Rosemarie.. Thank you so so much for your sweet words, I'm so glad you both loved it, this dessert is one of the middle eastern traditional desserts, which I have modified a bit..
Thanks for sharing and for trying one of my recipes, hope you try some more and like :-)
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
oooo ... thank u so so much dear .. I'm soooooo happy that u liked it and turned out perfect :-)
I wish i can know about the comments here!!! there's no notifications, have to check recipe by recipe to see !!!
again, thank u for trying and so glad with ur feedback dear :-)
Posted by Lisa259Report
Oh yum Basboosa. My husband loves this sweet. It'll definitely be on my Ramadan list of sweet things to eat. Thanks Huda :)
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
most welcome my dear :-)
Hope u'll love this version as well, I've reached this result after trying so somany recipes.. and when i made this one, EVERYONE loved it.. and so i decided that this is the one finally!
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
ooo dear .. thanks allot .. I'm so happy that he loved it ..
hope u'll try some more easy recipes from here ..
thnaks again :-)
Posted by jackicamReport
I can't see any recipe Huda - don't know if it's just my laptop mucking around or if it didn't go on properly. I really want to know how to make this because I've tried this at a Lebanese sweet shop - delicious!
Posted by Huda Abu HamdiaReport
Sorry dear , i placed the photo and name till i type the recipe :-)
Try this recipe and let me know how it turns out. If yo like it thick, use a small baking tray. ok ??? good luck :-)