Years ago when I first came to Saudi I was at a shop and came across a very old poorly made recipe book. The instructions and recipes are kind of hard to read like most recipe books you find that come from Saudi they do not have exact instructions or measurements and sometimes the names are really off and although they say one thing it sounds and should be spelled an entirely different way. I usually talk to my mother in law to make sure everything is correct so I can share it here with you all but she happens to be out of town for the Summer so I am just going to go with it and post it here hoping that the name is right as written.

This cake is a Saudi yogurt cake and what I really love about it the most is that it does not have any sugar incorporated into it. I was worried that it would be sour with the yogurt and no sugar but the sugar syrup on top was just perfect. My husband loathes super sweet desserts and he really loved this one as in he has already ate half. I especially love that it has black seeds in it which is a sure sign its a Saudi dish.

In Islam we have a hadith that says:

“Use this Black Seed regularly, because it is a cure for every disease, except death.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

1 cup all purpose flour
6 eggs
2 cups plain yogurt
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon black seeds
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sugar syrup

1. Pre-heat oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl add eggs and yogurt. With a hand-mixer mix well. Add vanilla and black seed, mix. Sift flour into bowl, add baking powder and mix.

2. Grease a 30 cm round baking pan (I used 2 loaf pans). And fold the batter into the pan. Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

3. Remove from heat and carefully pour syrup on top (use as much as you like) and allow to sit for 15 minutes before serving.

Yields: 1 30cm or 2 loaf cakes

  • Did you know that black seed was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. This suggest that black seed had an important role in ancient Egypt, since it was customary to place in tombs items needed in the afterlife.

15 Responses to Kumajj

  • Thanks for this recipe, looks really nice, esp since I’m trying to cut out sugar. Do you think honey would work just as well instead of the sugar syrup, and or would the honey need to be mixed with water?
    Or would something like maple or sate syrup be a more compatible option?

    • Honey would be amazing and last night while I was eating this I was wishing I was not out of it.

    • Also no just use straight honey do not mix it with water. Date syrup would also be nice.

  • *date not sate (sorry) :)

  • As salaamu alaikum sis

    How much is 1 cup in grams?

    I really want to try this recipe inshaAllah!

    • Wa Alaykum Salam,
      All-Purpose Flour:
      1 cup = 140 grams
      1 cup sifted = 115 grams

      Hope that helps inshAllah :)

  • Jazakillaahu Khayr

    Also sis sorry excuse my ignorance what’s all purpose flour? Is that equivalent to self frasing flour ? (I’m from the uk!)

    • This explains it inshAllah: http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/baking-flour-facts.htm

  • aslaam walaikum warahmatulaah

    love ur blog I don’t knw how to cook much I grew up in a home where my father was the cook so I never had the opportunity to cook. Now that I am married and have kids , it is extremely difficult to cook for them, they are such picky eaters and most of the time the complain the doesn’t taste good, what a laugh I get out of this. I have tried a few of ur recepies and love them, my kids ate and didn’t complain what a relief, Alhamdulillah, I have one suggestion if you cn kindly take it into consideration. I see all of your recepies call for all purpose flour. Can you kindly experiment with some whole wheat flour. I live in New York City and most of the food stuff in the supermarket are so unhealthy for the family. I can get 100% whole wheat flour but don’t knw what do with it. Please help

    much appreciated
    May Allah reward u tremendously
    aslaam walaikum warahmatulaah

    • Wa Alaykum Salam,

      Thank you so much for the kind words. I also never learned to cook at home as well and I never started cooking until I was married as well so if I can do it trust me YOU CAN lol. My son is picky as well I go crazy trying to get him to eat and it’s so frustrating. You should be able to substitute anything for whole wheat flour just use it in place. I really never use it (although most people do here in Saudi) because I never grew up with it.

  • asalamualikum,

    I’m trying this for the first time, so pardon me if inappropriate, but Is this served warm? since you wrote “allow to sit for 15 min. before serving”. Oh & What happens to the leftovers, like I’m not sure whether to refrigerate or not?

    Btw your site is really interesting…and you manage to make everything a lot less complicated for me, somehow. JazakAllah.

    • Just let it sit so the sugar can soak into it :) And yea with all those eggs place it in the fridge after you eat it. Ahh thank you I really try to make things clear for everyone (bc I am the same way).

  • hi can i know what the black seed is? does it have other names? googled and found that it could be black sesame or black cumin… am frm malaysia and would really love to know abt what this black seed

    • It has many names try this: http://www.greenprophet.com/2010/10/islam-black-seed/

  • i’ve just made it today for my mom’s . she loves black seeds flavour
    thanks for this recipe, we’ll taste this cake at our last ftour here in France
    aid Moubarak for you and all your family

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