How to make Namoura - Lebanese Sweets Recipe

How to make Namoura – Lebanese Sweets Recipe

Namoura is a staple Lebanese dish and one of the most iconic desserts in the Lebanon, Middle East, Turkey, Egypt, and Persia. Each region makes Namoura differently. It is a semolina cake drenched in syrup and served with an almond topping, giving it a unique texture and making it the most delicious dessert to eat during brunch, lunch, and dinner. Here is how you make Namoura at home. Read on!


  • To Make Sugar Syrup, you need
    • Two cups of sugar
    • One cup of water
    • One squeezed lemon juice
    • One tablespoon of rose water or orange blossom water
  • To Make Cake Batter, you need
    • Three cups of coarse semolina
    • One cup of sugar
    • ½ cup of coconut – Use shredded one
    • One cup of Greek yogurt
    • One cup of melted butter
    • ½ cup of thick cream
    • One cup of milk
    • One teaspoon of baking powder
    • One teaspoon of baking soda
    • Two tablespoons of tahini
    • 15-20 whole almonds for decoration


  1. To make sugar syrup, add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir
  2. Bring the bowl or pot to a boil and heat for ten minutes
  3. Add rose water or orange blossom water to the pot
  4. Leave the syrup for a few minutes to cool down under room temperature
  5. To make the cake batter, mix all ingredients using a spoon
  6. Add cream, milk, melted butter, and Greek yogurt and mix
  7. Make sure the batter rest for 15-20 minutes
  8. Use butter or tahini to grease a pan
  9. Add the mixture into the pan and use a spoon to flatten it
  10. Next, make diamond shape batter for easy cutting
  11. Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45-60 minutes until golden brown
  12. Remove Namoura from the oven and add sugar syrup to the top
  13. Leave Namoura for 30-40 minutes to soak the syrup
  14. Use a sharp knife to cut Namoura
  15. Serve the delicious Namoura to your family and friends