Prep: 25 minutes

Cook: 30 minutes

Method: Easy

Course: Dessert

A traditional Middle Eastern cake drenched in sugar syrup


  • Semolina (suji) 2 cups
  • Butter ¾ cup + to grease
  • Buttermilk 1¼ cups
  • Sugar ¾ cup
  • Vanilla essence 1 tbsp
  • Baking powder 1 tbsp
  • Baking soda 1½ tsps
  • Sugar syrup
  • Sugar, boiled with 1 cup water till syrupy 1 cup


  • Preheat the oven to 180º C. Grease a baking dish with butter.
  • Melt butter in a non-stick pan. Cool it completely.
  • Take buttermilk, sugar and vanilla essence in a bowl and mix well.
  • Take semolina, baking powder and baking soda in another bowl and mix well.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to the semolina mixture and whisk till smooth. Add melted butter and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into a buttered baking dish and spread evenly. Keep the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Take the dish out of the oven, pour the syrup over.
  • Once the syrup is completely soaked, cut into slices and serve.