Podipola/ Kumsi ~ Malabar Plain Cake

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Today we are on day 10 of this precious month. That is the first part getting over by today evening. The Prophet PBUH has said, “It (Ramadhan) is the month, whose beginning is mercy, its middle, forgiveness and its end, emancipation from the fire (Hell)” The days of mercy are coming to an end and we move into the days of forgiveness. He is always ready to accept us, as long as our intentions are clean. May Allah have mercy on us and make us among those who receive His forgiveness… Aameen…


This is the fourth time I am being featured on Lubna’s Ramadan event, which is entering into its ninth edition this year, MaShaAllah… I cannot express how happy I feel each time she invites me over this lovely space of hers. I still remember how much I couldn’t believe myself when she invited me the first time around and that excitement still remain. Through26172924243_f48db2289d_zPin the years, our friendship and respect has blossomed and Alhamdulillah, I have no doubt that hers is one of the most cherished friendships that blogging has given me. Over the past few years, I have given really lengthy posts to her, however, this time I really don’t know why that I am so time pressed. Either my responsibilities are increasing or my time management skills are getting worse. J I am just relieved that I am able to do a post for her and nothing matters more than that…


While trying to figure out what to give Lubna, I ended up with a sweet dish. I am surprised that it happened very coincidentally – first was Masala Aleesa, a savory, then Kadala Pidi, a sweet, then the Jeera Kanji, a savory and this time a sweet! Hehe… It was definitely not intentional, I assure you… 😀 What I decided to share is a very light snack that you can have for Suhoor or after Iftar. Podi pola or Kumsi is a typical Malabar sponge cake flavored with cardamom. To read more of the post and the recipe, do hop onto Lubna’s recently refurbished space. Hope you enjoy the post as much as I enjoyed doing it! 🙂


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Podipola/ Kumsi ~ Malabar Plain Cake

Course Cakes
Cuisine Malabar
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 eggs
  • 50 gm sugar
  • 50 gm flour
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 8 cashewnuts crushed
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1 tsp ghee


  • Beat egg and sugar till creamy and fluffy. Fold in the flour and cardamom.
  • Heat a small saucepan or frying pan, add the ghee. Spread around the saucepan.
  • Take out of the flame and pour the batter in. Sprinkle the cashew-nuts and raisins.
  • Keep on low flame till the top is non-sticky while touched.
  • Flip onto a plate, cut and serve!


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  1. The cake looks really interesting and tasty!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  2. looks so soft.delicious

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Ramya…

  3. yumm..such a lovely guest post!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Priya…

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Ruxana…

  4. Absolutely loving this divine malabar plain cake! Super YUMMY!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anu…

  5. Aameen! COPY PASTE – This was what used to be called “Pola” or mutta Pola and the only cake I grew up seeing my mom, grandmom make. My grandmom makes it with hot burnt firewood pirces on the lid Then the advent on nonstick pots came, then the plethora of all kinds of kums/pola! There is nothing left in the food category that hasn’t become a pola! 😀

    This podi pola looks fantastic Raf! The clicks are also stunning! I thought you said it is not going to be lengthy! 😛

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You are always kind with your comment… <3 Thank you so much Fami...

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Beena…

  6. Looks delicious Rafee, I am hopping around the Lubna’s page to get the recipe

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Swathi…

  7. Soft and yummy,looks inviting

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suja…

  8. This cake looks so perfect and YUMMY!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Kushi…

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