24 February 2010

Lazy lamhe: Eggless rawa cake

Its Olympics time in Vancouver..the city is buzzing with excitement and energy since last Friday as the gracious host for the 2010 Winter Olympics. I have this whole week off from work (can you believe my luck??) and plan to do a big NOTHING these 5 days!!!I have put my foot down and told N that I will be doing no things he wants and only things I want (didn't go too well at first, but when he remembered how heavy my foot is and how flimsy these wooden North American houses are- he yielded). We have a deal- I give him food three times a day and he lets me be by myself (thinking back, I think a little more foot thumping from me and maybe he would have been the one making the meals- now that would be a supergood vacation, I say!).

Anywho, the last 3 days have been pure bliss. For the first time in last 4 years, I have vacation just to spend by myself. I have slept, cooked, read, watched the games, and some movies, gone out, cleaned some parts of the house- all at my leisure!! When N gets back from his lab, I actually have time to sit and talk with him (something we just don't have the energy to do on workdays) -so all in all, vacation's going fab so far!

Today, I am going to share a recipe of egg less rawa (semolina) cake I made yesterday. The cake is lovely substitute for the regular flour cakes and is one I totally enjoy. I have passed on this recipe to few of my friends, who have become loyal fans ever since. I remember making this for my in-laws when they were here last summer for vacation- they enjoyed it so much that they put in request for one to take with them on their journey back home!

Here's the recipe (from Hamkhaas Pakshiddhi by Mrs. Jayashree Deshpande)
1.5 cups rawa (semolina)
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 cup yogurt
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 pinch baking soda
1 tsp (leveled) baking powder

- Grease an 8" round cake pan. Preheat oven to 350C.
- In a mixing bowl, cream the butter. Add the sugar gradually until it gets well-blended with the butter.
- Add the yogurt in small batches and mix well.
- Add the vanilla essence, baking powder and baking soda and mix thoroughly.
- Now add the rawa, followed by milk.
- Stir just enough to combine the ingredients without beating - don't
overstir - and immediately pour into the prepared baking pan.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or till the cake tests done and is golden brown on

Super-easy, eh? Yup, it is! just make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature before you begin and the end result should be pretty good!

Goes superbly with a cuppa chai and a good book! Reminds me, got to go back to my lazy moments now :)

More in the next couple days, until then...Go Canada go!


Rujuta said...


Lovely recipe and the photo is so good....i m actually drooling....you are definately a mind reader.....i was going to post rava cake too minus eggs and flour)... the recipe was my grandmother's....... but this one looks amazingly delicious and the crust is just perfect...
Lucky you to get so many days off and most importantly utilise the time on hand as you want to :))
Enjoy your lamhe...do read and let me know on some interesting books too.......

Aadi said...

Excellent vinuben :) chal at least u have put the 5 days leave to great sarthak! :):) btw.. what did u mean by a heavy foot :P:P lollllll..
overall an excellent post and an awesome looking cake :)

Priya said...

Thats a delectable rawa cake...cant take my eyes from the click...yumm!

Rachana Kothari said...

Yummy and delicious Cake...lovely clicks!

Vinaya said...

Look forward to your recipe too dear..graandma's recipes are always the best!! Will also pass on some interesting books I am reading right now.

Yup, the vacation's getting 'sarthak'..baki my foot is heavy because of my weight..nothing else :P

Priya, Rachana,
thanks so much both :)

Deepa G Joshi said...

hey the cake looks so nice and yummy..would love to make it..the ingredients used are so simple and makes the cake extra ordinary..love the first click..

Priyanka said...

Hey Vinaya....awesome recipe and looks damn yummy. I have friends coming over for lunch this weekend...will definitely try it then.

Radhika said...

Hey Vinaya, this cake looks really good. I have bookmarked this for a try soon!

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Malar Gandhi said...

Looks wonderful.

Lovely blog, full of info' and good to read:)