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Sfouf: Lebanese Turmeric Cake Eggless Spiced With Ginger


The yellow cake, as I call Sfouf, is a golden baked beauty from Lebanon. The Lebanese turmeric cake is bursting with the subtle flavors of ginger and honey, brimming with the goodness of aniseed or fennel, and spiced with the anti-inflammatory turmeric, which gives it an intense golden hue.

lebanese turmeric cake
You will love everything about this turmeric cake, because it

  • uses no sugar
  • uses no artificial ingredients
  • uses anti-inflammatory ginger
  • uses anti-allergic, antibacterial, antiviral turmeric
  • replaces sugar with honey
  • is extremely light
  • is quick to make
  • is butter free
  • is dairy free and sans white flour or maida
eggless sfouf -the turmeric cake


So what inspired me to bake Sfouf -the Lebanese turmeric cake ?

Well, the first time I saw this eggless semolina cake shared in a food group was a couple of years back. The use of turmeric in a cake was new to me. So it attracted my interest. Ever since this eggless cake has been on my mind, but I have been unintentionally delaying it.

turmeric sourced from Odisha

I had to make it today to satiate my sugar cravings and serve a healthy cake to an ailing dear one, who needs all the healthy stuff in this world. What better than the Sfouf?

The recipe is adapted from Ambrosia - Sfouf- the Lebanese curcumin cake post. I like this website, which has some quite healthy recipes.

Without further ado, let's go to the Lebanese turmeric cake eggless recipe with semolina, no maida.
After tasting this semolina cake, I can tell you that it is the healthiest, lightest, yummiest cakes on earth.

I call it the Lebanese turmeric/curcumin cake spiced with ginger (sugarfree/no maida/dairy free/) in cooker- option for oven/airfryer/microwave baking!

A light, healthy, and healing cake for

  • Weight watchers
  • Health aficionados
  • Cancer patients
  • Chronic cough sufferers
  • Cake lovers

I bet, you will instantly fall in love with this healthy turmeric cake. Whether you have a loved one with a disorder or are a health freak yourself, you will love this cake in an instant.
sfouf- the lebanese curcumin cake

lebanese turmeric cake  sugarfree

Ingredients



1 cup- semolina (suji)
1/2 cup- besan (chickpea flour)
1/2 cup- barley/sorghum/jau (or substitute with whole wheat flour)
3/4 tsp- baking soda or baking powder
1/2 tsp- apple cider vinegar/lime juice/vinegar
1/2 cup- honey or sugar powder (for a vegan cake recipe, add maple syrup or simply powdered sugar)
1 heaped tsp- turmeric powder
1/2 tsp- grated ginger
1 tsp- saunf/aniseed/fennel
150 ml- olive oil/plant-based oil (my cake was a little dry but we all loved it...you can add up to 1/2 cup oil)
1 cup-water
Almonds (soaked in hot water/blanched) or nuts of your choice

How to make eggless Sfouf - the Lebanese curcumin cake eggless recipe

  • Preheat oven/microwave convection or cooker for 10 minutes at 180 degrees.
  • Mix water with aniseed and keep it for boiling. Boil until the water is reduced to almost half.
  • Add grated ginger to the hot water. Allow it to cool down a bit. We want to use it warm, not hot. Strain the water and keep aside. You may use the leftover fennel and ginger for making tea.
  • Combine the flours. Add baking soda.
  • Sift the flours and baking soda 5-6 times. Learn the cake making basics here to find why sifting is so important to baking.
  • Stir in turmeric powder and sift well.
  • Combine oil and honey. Use a hand whisker or blender for the job.
  • Make a center in the flour bowl and pour this oil-honey mix for this healthy turmeric cake recipe.
  • Start adding water slowly. Do not make the mistake of pouring all the water in an instant.
  • We want the batter to be like thick curd, which would fall like a folding ribbon. Add vinegar or lime juice just before pouring the batter into the baking pan.
  • If you are making a cooker cake, make sure you place a cooker stand inside it. It's a good idea to place a sand or salt base if you prefer not to burn your cooker. I have kept a separate cooker for cakes, so I do not mind burning my cooker bottom. You may call me crazy. But I try to ensure that my healthy recipes reach out to every single person who spends some time in the kitchen and loves to bake, irrespective of the fact whether they own a stovetop, oven, airfryer, or microwave.
  • Pour the batter into a greased baking dish, dusted with flour and layered with sesame paste or powder.
  • Place an almond on top of the cake batter, ensuring that you get a piece each on every single Sfouf slice.
  • Bake for 30 minutes - if you are making a cooker cake, make sure you heat the cake for 5 mins on a high and then lower the flame for the rest of the time.
  • Allow it a sitting time of 5 minutes and then remove it from the hot oven/cooker/microwave.
  • Let the Lebanese turmeric cake cool down for a good number of hours before slicing it up. I baked Sfouf in the night and allowed it to rest overnight so that the flavors of honey are infused completely into the baked beauty. 
  • You will fall in love with the golden beauty- which is waiting to be devoured right away. Do you have the patience to wait overnight to indulge in the healthy baked delight? If not, then what are you waiting for? 
  • Try out the vegan cake with turmeric today, which is both flavorful and healthy and quick to process. What more do you need to try out a simple cake recipe?




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