Savory Semolina Cake

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Like I mentioned in the Baked Rice Casserole post, I wanted to do make sure of adding some savory bakes into the list of posts for the Bakeathon 2017. After all, baking has a bad name of being all sweet, but that is definitely not the case. There are always awesome savory bakes in the form of buns and breads. This is one of the bakes that I have always wanted to try from the time I had started blogging and finally I did!

 

The savory semolina cake was introduced to the world by renowned cookbook author Anjum Anand. She refers that the basis of this cake is the suji or rava dhokla, a savory snack made by Gujaratis. Dhoklas are normally plain and steamed, and finally topped with a tempering. This cake is packed with flavors from the vegetables, the tempering is a part of the baking mixture and is baked rather than steamed!

 

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I had made this to take to my cousin’s house for a tea party. I usually always carry something sweet, but this time I wanted to carry something savory. Since this bake was on my to-do list from long and I had all ingredients handy, I went ahead and baked it with little adjustments from my side. The best part about it is that it can be done very easily and the ingredients used are mostly there in an Indian kitchen. It is also a treat for those who are not fond of sweet stuff!

 

This was amazing with a cup of hot tea, and I preferred it a little warm. I had kept a little piece for HD as he had not come along and he really loved it. The loaf stays moist for quite sometime and can be enjoyed in batches. You can even have it for breakfast! It feels like upma with all vegetables but in baked condition. 😀 Off to the way I made it…

 

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4.75 from 4 votes

Savory Semolina Cake

Course Snacks
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup semolina
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup thawed frozen mixed vegetables
  • 1 small onion minced
  • 3 green chillies minced
  • 1 sprig curry leaves minced
  • 4 tbsp minced coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp baking soda.
  • Sesame seeds and red chilli flakes for sprinkling

Instructions

  • Put all ingredients from semolina to water and combine till all moist. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease a loaf pan and set aside.
  • Heat oil and splutter the mustard and cumin. Pour over the batter and fold in well.
  • Finally add in the baking soda and mix well.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle sesame seeds and chilli flakes at the top.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or till the skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for five minutes before fliping onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

 

This is part of the Bake-a-thon 2017

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  1. I too have something just the same coming up and with the same thought that it can’t always be only cakes and cookies..your bake looks so inviting Rafeeda..I prefer savory over sweet anytime!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Valli…

  2. Rafeeda , cake looks super yumm … Sounds very flavourful and delicious. Perfect bake

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Ruchi…

  3. 5 stars
    Perfect.. Always wanted a savory bake recipe I can rely on… Now definitely I will try this

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Seema…

  4. Love savoury baked goods! Just baked some savoury cookies too..this one looks wonderful!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Angie…

  5. 4 stars
    Absolutely delicious and something that I have been wanting to try out.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vidya…

  6. Looks so good..I also wanted to bake savoury cake… will surely give a try

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Lathiya…

  7. Awesome, perfect with the tea..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Pankti…

  8. cake looks so yum! One of my most fav Savory cake

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Veena…

  9. That looks so flavourful and yum… perfect for chai time

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Anupa…

  10. I will happily finish my breakfast with a slice of this ultimate savory cake, such an filling cake na, fantastic bake there.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  11. Now, this one is awesome. I love savoury and this looks so delish.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jayashree…

  12. The semolina Cake reminds me so much of the Gujju Handvo , except that that has lentils and rice , rest is just the same . Must try this version , looks fantastic .

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vaishali…

  13. Savory Cake! I have never tried, There are many dishes I haven’t tried, the silly reason is laziness, but your recipe makes me active. Will try it soon. Perfect for this weather. Thank you Rafeeda.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Laziness gets to all of us once in a while, so you don’t have to worry about that! Thank you so much Nivedita…

  14. Your semolina bakes reminds me our Gujju Handvo, but it takes almost 24 hours. I love this Instant version too. Perfect with a cup of chai.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Jagruti…

  15. Sapana Behl says:

    5 stars
    I too wanted to make something savoruy this bake a thon and did a couple of them. This semolina cake looks delicious and reminds of handvo.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sapana…

  16. I have never tried savory cake. I am finding this recipe very interesting. Would love to try it.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Afroz…

  17. This savory cake has been on my ‘to do list’ for ages. I was going to bake it for bakeathon. It looks so much like handvo but its quite different. Your savory bake looks very tempting Rafeeda.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  18. 5 stars
    you know I was just cleaning out my pantry a few days ago and I have some dhokla flour and was considering how to make a baked version – You have inspired me!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      That is great! Would love to see your baked version with the dhokla flour… Thanks a lot Mir…

  19. Ok this is an interesting and unique recipe. This Samolina cake must have the universe of flavors. How did the guests on the tea party loved it? Thank you for posting your recipes.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vania… they enjoyed the bake!

  20. What a flavor packed savory cake this is Rafeeda. Great find.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  21. One of the simplest, yet yumm bake, i too remember baking this sometimes back! i now a days make something similar in the microwave!!! love the topping rafee!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Microwave seems to be an easier option… Thank you so much Priya…

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