Friday, July 31, 2015

Semolina Cake-Eggless Savory Rava Cake Recipe

Semolina savory cake is so easy make and tastes very delicious. It is healthy and makes a perfect tea time snack. It also makes a light breakfast. I adapted the recipe from the book Indian Food Made Easy, making a few variations to suit our taste. The cake was moist and very tasty. Today we will learn how to make savory egg less rava/semolina cake with vegetables following this easy recipe with step wise pictures.

Semolina savory cake

Eggless Savory Rava Cake

Eggless Savory Rava Cake

 Prep Time : 10 mins
 Cook Time : 40 mins 
 Serves: 4-5
 Recipe CategorySnacks
 Recipe CuisineIndian

   Ingredients needed

   Semolina/ rava - 1 cup
   Curd/plain yogurt - 1 cup
   Water - 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp

   Onion - 1 medium size finely chopped
   Ginger - 1 inch piece grated
   Green chilli - 1 finely chopped
   Vegetables - 1 cup finely chopped
   Coriander leaves - 1 tbsp finely chopped
   Sesame seeds/til - 1 tbsp
   Salt to taste

   Baking powder -1/2 tsp
   Baking soda/cooking soda - 1/2 tsp

   Oil for greasing the cake tin

  Spice Powder

   Cumin powder -1/2 tsp
   Garam masala/kitchen king masala - 1/2 tsp
   Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
   Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp

   For the seasoning

   Oil - 2 tbsp
   Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
   Mustard seeds - 1 tsp


Cut all the vegetable finely. Vegetables I used - bell peppers (all colors - green, red and yellow ) and a small carrot. You may add vegetables like peas, corn etc.

Grease and line a cake tin with parchment paper.

Pre-heat the oven for 10 minutes at 180 degree C.


In a bowl, add 1 cup of semolina. I used the regular rava used for making rava upma.


Add 1 cup of curd.

mixing yogurt with rava

Mix well. Let it sit for 10 minutes. In the meantime, we will prepare the seasoning.

rava savory cake-3

Vegetables chopped and kept ready.

chopped vegetables

Heat oil in a pan, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds, when it splutters, add onions, grated ginger and green chillies. Saute until onions turn transparent.

sauteing onions

Add the rest of the vegetables and saute just for 3-4 seconds. (you do not have to cook the vegetables as we are going to bake the rava cake).

sauteing vegetables for  savory rava cake

Add all the spice powder, salt needed, mix well and remove from heat. Let it cool.

how to prepare savory semolina cake

Add to the rava + yogurt mixture. Taste the mixture and adjust salt and other spice powder.

how to make savory semolina cake

Add water needed. The consistency should be a little thick. I added 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp of water. Then add 1 1/2 tbsp of sesame seeds, baking soda, baking powder and mix well.

eggless semolina savory cake

Pour the mixture immediately into the prepared tin, after adding baking powder and soda.

eggless savory rava cake

Sprinkle little sesame seeds on the top and bake in a pre-heated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.

Savory Rava Cake Recipe

Once it cools, remove the cake from the tray, slice and enjoy savory semolina cake with hot coffee or ginger cardamom tea!! It taste delicious as such, but if preferred, you can have it with any chutney of your choice.

For reheating it, you can toast it in a tawa before serving or microwave it after sprinkling little water on top of it.

Storage and shelf life - Store it in any container. Will stay good for 2 days at room temperature.

Note - I suggest lining the baking tray with parchment paper in addition to greasing with oil as I had difficulty getting the cake out of the pan. So I removed it piece by piece after cutting it and not by inverting the tray on a plate.

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  1. Instead of baking can I steam ?

  2. Hi
    Can we make this in the Microwave too?.Thanks-Renu.

  3. Sarma, Renu - You can steam the cake, microwave or even bake in pressure cooker.

  4. good. shall try. like to replace garam masala by sambhar powder

  5. Looks delicious. Can I use regular upma rava instead of semolina.


  6. I tried this out, and it turned out beautifully! :) Thank you so much for the recipe.

    Here's my post about it:

  7. Hi Padhu,
    We could make them in Muffin Cups too I suppose?

  8. Hi Padhu your recipes are easy out hood. Yu are my go to site nowadays,when I am in doubt.

  9. As I lacked regular Rava at this time, I did try this but with Lapsy / godumai Rava... Came out too good. I microwaved for 10 mins nly and it was perfect. Upper part was crispy and inner was well cooked.


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