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Basbousa (Somali: Basbuusa, Turkish: revani/ravani, Arabic: بسبوسة ) is a traditional Somali sweet cake. It is made of cooked semolina or farina soaked in simple syrup. Coconut is a popular addition. The syrup may also optionally contain orange flower water or rose water. Other than Somalia and neighboring counties, it is also eaten in the former countries of the Ottoman Empire.
Basbousa has many regional and dialect names: Arabic بسبوسة basbūsah, هريسة harīsa, nammoura (in Lebanon), Armenian Շամալի shamali, Turkish revani/revani (from Persian) and Greek ραβανί and ρεβανί).
It is found in the cuisines of the Eastern Mediterranean under a variety of names. It appears to be a variant of the Egyptian dish ma'mounia. In southern Greece, it is called ravani, while in the north, it is called revani. Basbousa is often called "hareesa" in the Maghreb, Alexandria, and Jordan. Basbousa is a particularly popular dessert among Coptic Christians for fasts such as Great Lent and the Nativity Fast as it is vegetarian.
Pastūsha (sometimes stylized as Pastūçha) is a variant of basbousa that originated in Kuwait in the 2010s. Like Basbousa, it is made of semolina soaked in sweet syrup. It is characterized by the addition of finely ground pistachios and orange flower water.
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- Alan Davidson, Oxford Companion to Food