Have you ever wondered about the delicious world of Revani? Mama Fatma introduces you to the enchanting world of Revani that has captivated people for generations. With a rich history and tantalizing flavours, Revani is a testament to the art of Turkish delight. Mama Fatma would love to share her treasured Revani recipe with you.

What is Revani?

Revani, also known as ‘Revani Tatlısı’, is a classic Turkish semolina cake that exudes elegance and sweetness in every bite. One of the jewels of Turkish dessert culture, Revani has a fascinating historical journey rooted in the culinary traditions of the Ottoman Empire. The name “Revani” is believed to be of Persian origin and means a dessert that invigorates the senses. True to its name, Revani captivates the palate with a delicious combination of fine semolina, aromatic citrus zest and a symphony of flavours.

The Allure of Revani Dessert

Like a captivating story told through the art of cooking, Revani captivates all who taste its juicy and fragrant bread. Achieved by a delicate balance of semolina and other ingredients, the cake’s texture delivers an experience as refreshing and light as a gentle Mediterranean breeze. An infusion of citrus peel adds brightness, awakens the senses and leaves a lasting impression.

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A Journey through Time

Revani’s history can be traced back to the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire, where skilled culinary artisans crafted this dessert fit for royalty. Over the centuries, the recipe has been cherished and passed down through generations, preserving the essence of its flavours and cultural significance. Today, Revani is cherished in homes and celebrated in Turkish kitchens as a symbol of love, joy, and togetherness.


To create this delectable Turkish dessert, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup fine semolina
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • A pinch of salt

How to Make Revani

Follow these step-by-step instructions to prepare the perfect Revani cake:

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Preheat and Prepare

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and grease a rectangular baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Set it aside to use later.

Mix the Dry Ingredients

In a large mixing bowl, combine the fine semolina, all-purpose flour, and baking powder. Add a pinch of salt and mix well to ensure the dry ingredients are evenly spread.

Prepare the Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs and granulated sugar until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Add the plain yogurt, vegetable oil, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Continue whisking until the wet ingredients are well distributed, and all are homogeneous.

Combine the Mixtures

Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing gently but thoroughly. Ensure there are no lumps in the batter and the semolina is well mixed into the mixture.

Bake the Cake

Pour the Revani cake batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading it evenly. Place the dish in the preheated oven and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes or until the cake turns golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Preparing and Pouring Sherbet

Combine the sugar, water and lemon slice in a saucepan. Cook on medium heat stirring occasionally, until the sugar completely melts. Let it boil for 5 mins. Remove from heat and let it cool for 3-4 mins. Pour it over the cake. Let it rest for 15-20 mins. Slice and serve.

How to Serve Revani

Revani is best served when it has soaked up the sweet syrup and reached the perfect level of moistness. Here are some delightful ways to enjoy this Turkish semolina cake:

Classic Revani

Serve a slice of Revani on a dessert plate and garnish it with a sprinkle of ground pistachios or slivered almonds for an extra nutty and visually appealing touch.

Revani with Turkish Tea

Pair a slice of Revani with a steaming cup of Turkish tea. The combination of the subtly sweet cake and the robust flavour of the tea creates a wonderful afternoon treat.

Revani with Turkish Coffee

Savor the rich flavours of Revani alongside a cup of authentic Turkish coffee. The sweet and aromatic cake complements the boldness of the coffee, making it a perfect dessert for coffee lovers.

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How to Store Leftovers

If you have any leftovers, you can preserve the delightful taste of Revani with proper storage:

Short-term storage

Store leftover Revani in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 days. Make sure the container is tightly closed to keep the cake moist.

Long-term storage

To extend the shelf life of Revani, the cake can be frozen. Wrap each serving in plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place it in an airtight container or freezer bag. Frozen Revani can be enjoyed for up to 3 months.

What is Revani Cake Made Of?

Revani cake is primarily made from fine semolina, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, plain yogurt, vegetable oil, eggs, baking powder, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and a pinch of salt. Combine these ingredients to create a juicy and flavorful Turkish dessert.

Can I Make This Cake Gluten-Free?

Yes, you can make Revani cake gluten-free using gluten-free flour instead of all-purpose flour. Also, make sure the baking powder you use is gluten-free. With this easy alternative, even those with gluten intolerance can enjoy the delicious taste of Revani.

How Can I Know if the Cake is Ready?

To check if the Revani cake is made, stick a toothpick into the center of the cake during the last few minutes of baking. If the toothpick is clean or just has a few crumbs on it, the cake is perfectly baked. If the toothpick has dough, bake for a few more minutes until fully cooked.

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