• 2 1/2 cups fine semolina or sooji flour 
  • 1/2 cup melted butter 
  • 3/4 tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup castor sugar
  • 2 tbsp plain, regular unflavoured dahi or yogurt 
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tsps vegetable oil for brushing the tray
  • 12 whole almonds 


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp orange juice


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the sugar, yogurt and butter together until well incorporated. Add the milk, orange zest, and stir again. Now add all the remaining ingredients and mix well for a smooth batter.
  • Brush aa square 9 inch or rectangular 10 by 8 inch cake pan with oil and then line with parchment paper. The size of your pan will determine how deep each square is. Some like a thinner slice but if you prefer a thicker one use an 8 inch square.
  • Pour the batter into the pan and smoothen the top with a spatula.
  • Cover the batter and let it rest about 25 minutes. As the semolina absorbs the liquid it will thicken.
  • Remove the cover and using a thin sharp knife lightly score the tops diagonally to make 12 diamonds. At this time preheat your oven to 350F. prepare the middle rack.
  • Place the almonds in the batter one for each square. For a thick square you could place it face down for a thinner slice you could place the almond on its vertical side.
  • Bake until the top is golden and the edges are beginning to caramelise about 30-35 minutes. Turn the broiler on to broil the top a few minutes. Remove the cake pan from the oven as soon as the top begins to darken to a colour you like. Be careful not to burn the cake.
  • Immediately pour the hot sugar syrup over the hot Namoura. Let it cool at room temperature for a few hours before serving.


  • Combine all the ingredients for the syrup and boil until thickened and reduced in volume by a third. Do not stir while it boils. the syrup need