Turkish Revani – Semolina Cake: The Most Popular Turkish Food According to Google Rising Research Trends 2019

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In last weeks, Google announced the rising research trends in Turkey. Among several categories, “Food Category” maybe the most interesting one. What’s more, the most delicious one, too. So, Turkish Revani is a dessert with a deliciously moist semolina cake. And it became the most-searched Turkish flavour.

Revani - Semolina Cake became the most-searched Turkish flavour according to Google's rising searching trend for Turkey in 2019.
Revani – Semolina Cake became the most-searched Turkish flavour according to Google’s rising searching trend for Turkey in 2019.

Moist semolina sponge cake in lighter syrup has been a favourite in Turkey. Moreover, most of the internet users are from abroad. Therefore, for today’s post, we decided to give the recipe of this delicious Turkish dessert. At the same time, we are going to share how to make Turkish Revani. You can the easiest way to make a deliciously moist semolina cake at your home.

What Makes Revani So Delicious?

You will love semolina’s grainy, nutty texture, the goodness from yoghurt and the refreshing lemony flavour in revani. You can also use mild olive oil here and it will work really well. Your revani will be lighter but still packed with a lot of flavours.

Where Does “Revani” Name Come From? 

Revani has been a popular dessert with us Turks since the Ottoman Period. It is believed that Revani took its name when the Ottomans conquered the city of Yerevan. The city is in today’s Armenia. Revani has many versions and been enjoyed in various cuisines. Those take place especially in the Eastern Mediterranean countries’ cuisines, as well as in Turkey. You can see the addition of rose water, orange flower water and orange zest to revani. They all sound quite delicious. Indeed, they really are!

Revani has been a popular dessert with us Turks since the Ottoman Period.
Revani has been a popular dessert with us Turks since the Ottoman Period.

Make sure to prepare the syrup ahead of time. Furthermore, it has to be completely cool before pouring over the semolina cake, otherwise, the cake gets soggy. Traditionally, Turkish people bake it in a baking dish, so you should think to do the same.

In Turkey, people like to decorate Revani with ground pistachio and desiccated coconut. Hopefully, you can give this delicious, moist revani a try. Undoubtedly, it will make any day special.

  • Serves: 6 – 8
  • Preparation time: 15-20 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25-30 minutes for the cake and 15 minutes for the syrup

You can make your delicious semolina cake - Turkish revani in an hour in total.
You can make your delicious semolina cake – Turkish revani in an hour in total.

Ingredients for Turkish Revani – Semolina Cake

  • 165 gr/ 6oz / 1 cup fine grain semolina
  • 200gr/7oz/1 cup (not too full) sugar
  • 45ml/3 tbsp. plain flour
  • 5ml/1 tsp. baking powder
  • 225gr/8oz/1 cup plain (whole milk) yoghurt
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 60ml/ 4 tbsp. olive oil (regular or light)
  • 10ml/2 tbsp. vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 lemon and Juice of ½ lemon

As for the syrup:

  • 300gr/10.5oz/1 ½ cup sugar
  • 375ml/12 fl. oz. / 1 ½ cup water
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Ground pistachio nuts and desiccated coconut to serve.

How to Make Homemade Moist Turkish Semolina Cake – Revani

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F. First make the syrup, as it needs to cool down. Combine the sugar and water in a medium saucepan (at medium heat). Stir and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it boils, reduce the heat to low and let the syrup simmer for about 10 minutes, uncovered. Add the lemon juice, mix well and simmer for another 3 minutes. Turn the heat off and let the syrup cool down while you make the semolina cake.

It is strongly advisable that you should drink Turkish tea or Turkish coffee by your Revani.
It is strongly advisable that you should drink Turkish tea or Turkish coffee by your Revani.

Grease a square or rectangular baking dish (mine was 20 cm x 27 cm – about 8”x 10”) with 2 tbsp. olive oil. First beat the eggs and the sugar in a large mixing bowl briskly for a few minutes, until the sugar dissolves. Then add the remaining 2 tbsp. olive oil, yoghurt, semolina, flour, the baking powder and beat well.  Stir in the vanilla extract, lemon juice and lemon zest and mix well until you have a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the greased baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for about 25 – 30 minutes, until the cake is golden brown. To check; insert a toothpick to the centre of the cake, if it comes out clean, that means the cake is cooked. If not, bake for another 3-5 minutes.

You can also enrich your revani by adding some poppy and coconut.
You can also enrich your revani by adding some poppy and coconut.

Using a large spoon, drizzle the cooled syrup all over the semolina cake. Let the cake absorb the syrup and cool down. Once cool, cut the revani in square or diamond shapes. You can serve revani with ground pistachio and desiccated coconut over the top as people mostly do in Turkey.

What Should You Drink Alongside Revani – Semolina Cake?

Revani gets even better the next day and keeps well, covered, for a good few days. In Turkey, we enjoy revani with Turkish coffee or Turkish tea by the side.

Bon appetit!

Note: You can also enrich your revani by adding some poppy. It will give a very authentic flavour to your dessert!

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