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Eggless Turmeric Semolina Cake Sfouf Video Recipe
Eggless Turmeric Semolina Cake Sfouf
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
35 mins
Soak Time
15 mins
Course: cake, cakes, Dessert, sweets
Cuisine: Indian, Lebanese, Mediterranean
Servings: 25 Pieces
Author: Sangeetha Priya
  • Aniseed - 1.5 tsp
  • Semolina / Sooji - 2 Cups
  • AP Flour / Maida / Wheat Flour - 1 Cup
  • Turmeric Powder - 2 tsp
  • Whole Milk - 3/4 Cup Plus 1/4 cup
  • Warm Water - 1.5 Cups plus 1/2 cup Milk to soak Sooji you can take 1 cup water plus 1 cup milk as well
  • Whole Almonds - 25 Numbers
  • Regular Sugar - 1 Cup use 1/4 cup with aniseed to grind
  • Whole Cardamom - 5- 8 Numbers
  • Melted Butter - 1/2 Cup you can reduce to 5 tbsp it works for me
  • Flavorless Oil - 1/2 Cup
  • *Baking Powder - 2 tsp
  • Salt - 1/2 tsp
For Sugar Syrup
  • Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 3/4 Cup you can reduce 1/4 cup for mild sweetness
  • Water - 1/3 Cup
Tahini Paste to Coat the Pan
  • Sesame Seeds - 1/3 Cup
  • Oil - 1 Tbsp
  1. Do dry roast aniseed and cardamom, once cooled powder with 1/4 cup sugar to fine powder.
  2. Also make Tahini paste by grinding sesame seeds with oil to smooth paste , coat the baking pan and keep aside.
  3. If using coarse Semolina do soak with 2 cups of liquid (1.5 cups water = .5 cups milk or 1 cup water + 1 cup milk for 15 minutes).
  4. Add dry ingredients like flour, baking powder, salt, ground spice mix in a wide mixing bowl.
  5. Add the soaked coarse semolina or fine semolina as per your choice.
  6. Melt 1/2 cup butter (8 tbsp) add with 8 tbsp (1/2 cup) flavorless oil.
  7. Do pour the butter oil mixture to it.
  8. Clean the semolina soaked bowl with 1/4 cup milk and add to it (as shown in video)
  9. Mix gently and add remaining 1/2 cup milk (reserve 1/4 cup from the total 1 cup milk to add at last for batter consistency if needed).
  10. If using fine semolina / sooji the total water and milk combo or just milk should be 2.25 to 2.5 cups which varies by the quality of semolina and do refer the video at for right consistency cake batter.
  11. Drop the prepared cake batter in 10 X 10 inch cake pan or in any square pan as shown below (do read notes section for more options).
  12. In Preheated oven bake at 375 F for 20 minutes.
  13. Meanwhile prepare the sugar syrup is using.
  14. Boil the sugar, water and turmeric mixture in medium flame for 5-7 minutes until it reaches the consistency shown in video but no need to check any string consistency for this recipe.
  15. After 20 minutes of baking add the hot or warm syrup over hot 20 minutes baked cake.
  16. Reduce the temperature to 350 F now and bake the cake with syrup for another 15 minutes.
  17. If not using the syrup then after 375 F bake to 20 mins reduce temperature to 350 F and bake for 15 minutes Or.
  18. Tooth pick inserted comes with little sooji crumble but not wet cake batter.
Recipe Notes
  1. Instead of Tahini Paste regular butter and flour dusting for the baking pan works.
  2. Aniseed can be well replaced with fennel seeds for this recipes.
  3. I used the regular atta flour / chapati flour in the video shown, but also i tried this recipe with maida/all purpose flour too.
  4. For soaking 1.5 cups water + .5 cups milk works absolutely fine if you like use half water and half milk.
  5. Make sure you use warm water not super hot water to soak coarse sooji.
  6. I have taken 1 cup sugar to this recipe in the cake batter you can reduce the sweet to 3/4th cup if using sugar syrup.
  7. Also you can reduce sugar syrup to 1/2 cup sugar for mild sweetness.
  8. But don't make the syrup watery it will take more bake time to sit over the cake.
  9. You can either use 1 cup melted butter or oil or mix of both.
  10. I use homegrown and home ground Turmeric Powder which is rich in color so I use only 1.5tsp in the cake batter but considering store bought I have given 2tsp so adjust the quantity accordingly.
  11. You can make in Pressure Cooker do refer video HERE to make in stove.
  12. If you don't have Lemon Juice or Vinegar and to bake with Baking soda do replace quarter portion of milk with curd or half portion with Buttermilk while mixing the batter.