Learn to cook Perfect ‘Basisa’: By Chef Ali Sayed

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Basisa by Chef Ali Sayed


  • Brown flour- 1 cup (or any flour you prefer)
  • Raw sesame- ½ cup
  • Carob or date molasses- 1/3 cup
  • Extra virgin olive oil- 1/3 cup
  • Toasted walnuts- ½ cup (optional)
  • Ground anise- pinch (optional)
  • Toasted sesame seed for garnish (optional)
  • Pistachio for garnish (optional)


  1. Roast the flour until the color turns golden brown and keep it aside to cool completely
  2. Roast sesame until it turns golden color and keep it aside to cool completely
  3. Add the olive oil to the roasted flour, and mix it well
  4. Then add sesame seed, carob or date molasses and walnut and mix all together until it becomes a dough
  5. Prepare the small balls and coat with the sesame seed
  6. Add the anise powder as optional at any stage

Chef Ali Sayed

Chef Ali Sayed

Chef Ali Sayed is an Internationally renowned chef, with an experience of 3 decades, He is considered as one of the best chefs across Lebanon and UAE. He is a traveler, food-stylist and food photographer. All combined together with a little crisp of fashion and sport enjoyment in his culinary world that competes against the likes of greatest Michelin Star Chefs.

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