Monday, August 4, 2014

Savory Semolina Cake / Vegetarian Savoury Cake

Savory Semolina Cake is an excellent option for a filling breakfast.

The cake stays good in the fridge upto a week . Just sprinkle some water and microwave for 30-60 secs and you can have a nice piece or two of really sumptuous and fuel packed breakfast to keep you going without hunger pangs till noon. I never approve of any food for the sake of posting that I am not fully convinced (that is a bad habit I know  :)) . I tried it for 4 straight days with a cup of tea  and till lunch I was full charged I should admit.

Semolina cake is the easier version of traditional Gujarati snack Handvo which is served for breakfast or evening tea. This recipe forgoes the use of lentils (traditional recipe involves soaking ,grinding, fermenting overnight etc) and so becomes the  instant version concocted by Anjum Anand to make life easy.Thanks for the recipe Priya!

Recipe courtesy :Cook Like Priya

Semolina / Sooji /Farina - 1 cup (I used coarse semolina  u may use fine too)
Vegetables -1 cup ( carrot - grated, frozen peas thawed beans chopped)
Ginger - 1 heaped tbsp grated
Green chili chopped
Red chilli powder- 1 tsp
Turmeric powder-1/3 tsp
Yogurt -3/4 cup (Keeps the cake moist)
Water -1/2 -3/4 th cup
Red chili flakes- 1/2 tsp (optional)
Cooking oil - 3 tbsp
Mustard seeds- 1 tsp
Cumin - 1 tsp
Curry leaves
Soda by carbonate/Baking soda -1/2 tsp or (11/2 tsp of baking powder mixed with lime juice 1 tbsp)
Sesame seed - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

1. Mix semolina and yogurt keep aside for a few minutes ,vegetables, ginger,green chili ,red chili powder,turmeric powder,red chili flakes,salt to taste.Add water just enough to make it into thick yet scoop able batter.
2.Heat cooking oil when almost hot add mustard seeds when it crackles add cumin seeds remove from flame add curry leaves. Add this to the semolina mix well.
Just before putting batter into the well oiled pan add soda by carbonate mix the batter quickly.(After adding the rising agent do not keep the batter outside for too long or the bubbling action will get over quickly and the cake won't rise)
Level the top and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top.
Preheat oven to 400 F and bake 30-40 minutes.Until cake tester comes out clean.
Let it rest for five minutes then transfer on top a wire rack .

Cut and served immediately or at room temperature with mint chutney or ketchup
Goes well with Indian chai./Black tea / Black coffee.

Note : Cake is crumbly when warm so let it cool off before slicing.
Use grated /finely chopped veggies like cabbage, beans etc.

Cooked on stove top !

Hope you like it.


  1. looks perfect and yes very similar to our handvo.

  2. Gosh!!! Yummy to the highest degree. Thanks for the recipe; bookmarked to be made. Its perfect for my other half since he doesn't like sweet cakes.

  3. Lovely recipe Meena. I must try this soon. Very new to me

  4. looks delicious and love the presentation dear

  5. Delicious and healthy one .....need to try this... :)

  6. Have seen Anjum Anand preparing this dish. Your version seems better than that. Lovely!!!

  7. Savory cakes are my weakness,..they came out simply fabulous..

  8. Even I m in mood to bake savory dishes..

  9. Cake looks delicious and healthy too.. Will try it sometime..

  10. that really looks like a treat... could i pick up one pc? :)

  11. awesome. .. i must try this. yes it s almost a handvo...

  12. What a champion bread. It's a whole new world to me. I am loving it. You are right, it would be great for breakfast most
    particularly. I pinned it.

  13. Savory bread for breakfast sounds inviting and its a great way to sneak some veggies for kids.

  14. This sounds so interesting Meena...I wish I could try it soon....makes a yumm breakfast option

  15. Wow! I have to try this. Bookmarked it too. Thanks. First time here - liked your space too.

  16. Superb dear...I really wonder how you cook everything with this much perfection...

  17. Hi Meena, just discovered your blog via Taruna and I thought I would come by and say hi.
    Your savory cake with semolina looks fantastic and I bet my family will enjoy it. cheers!

  18. I had baked this savory cake smtym back,kids didn't favor much..but we had loved it :)
    Thanx for dropping by EP and you have a lovely space too..Happy to join your cooking world !!

    BTW,liked the idea of your old header too,a very creative thought dear :)

  19. I've been wanting to make semolina cake for a long time now. After seeing the pics here, I feel the cake is going to be worth the effort!


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