Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Savory Semolina Cake

Everyone here knows how much I love baking and everyone here knows how calorie rich baking is and that I am trying to desperately lose some weight… As a result I am always always on the lookout for some healthy baking recipes. So when I stumbled upon this Savory Semolina Cake recipe I knew I had to try it out and I am so glad I did….

It was so nice, a little nutty and crispy from the outside and soft from inside… the taste was like a mix of dhokla and upma… both things the things that I really like…. It was just yum and its fully guilt free


  • 1 cup semolina/rava/sooji/cream of wheat [I used the fine variety a little roasted]
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (I used the proboitic low fat one)
  • Salt, sugar (I skipped the sugar alltogether)
  • Turmeric a pinch
  • 1 tsp baking soda (I used baking powder)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Sesame seeds (for topping)
  • For Seasoning:
  • 1.5 Tbsp oil (I used 1 tsp)
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ cup onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chopped coriander leaves (I added a handful of curry leaves too)
  • 1/3 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 finely chopped green chillies ( I put 2 as ojas after taking out little batter out for ojas)
  • ½ tsp grated ginger
  • ½ cup shredded carrots (u can use whatever veggies u like or are available)


  • Preheat the oven to 375 F and grease a baking pan (I used a loaf pan)
  • Take a large bowl and mix together the semolina, yogurt, salt, sugar until incorporated. Let it sit aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds, onions, green chillies, ginger until the onions have sautéed. Add the carrot, coriander leaves, and cabbage and cook for a minute or two.
  • Add this to semolina mixture and mix well. Add little water if the mixture is thick.
  • Add in the baking soda; mix in pour the batter into the greased pan.
  • Garnish the top with sesame seeds and place it in the oven.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a knife/toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool Slice into bits and serve as is or along with spicy chutney.

So come have a slice with me 🙂

26 comments on “Savory Semolina Cake

  1. Bharti
    March 5, 2010

    OMG – this is awesome… i am going to try it tomorrow 🙂
    sounds and looks absolutely delicious

    Thanks M!

  2. Smitha
    March 5, 2010

    This sounds fantastic, Monika! I am so going to try this out.

  3. shilpadesh
    March 5, 2010

    Yum yum yum. I am trying it on monday for dinner!

  4. UmaS
    March 5, 2010

    Sounds good – looks delicious to eat !!! It goes into my must bake list !!! 🙂

  5. Pal
    March 5, 2010

    Looks yummy…did remind me of Dhokla 🙂 Do you have a proper convection oven, Mon? Or can one use the microwave as well?

    • monikamanchanda
      March 6, 2010

      i have a proper oven… but if u have a convection microwave i think that shld work too

      try and let me know if u like it

  6. Bhavesh Chhatbar
    March 6, 2010

    Looks super-delicious!

  7. Phoenixritu
    March 6, 2010

    This is going to be breakfast on Sunday!

  8. Goofy Mumma
    March 6, 2010

    These days I am hogging any which way, and then you bring this to my attention, and make me drool. So not done Monu!!
    PS – YUmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmyyyyyyyyyyyy!!

  9. Trish
    March 6, 2010

    OMG!!this looks Delish!!I am sooo gonna try this..yumm

  10. Swaram
    March 7, 2010

    Wow! Cn I drop in home nw 😛

    • Swaram
      March 7, 2010

      Oh! It must already be over no 😉

  11. suma
    March 8, 2010

    interesting! that reminds me to get that oven repair guy here pronto 🙂

    • monikamanchanda
      March 9, 2010

      yeah go call him now 😀 BTW suma is that oven from sears because i got a comment saying hi suma… i understand u are having problem …. 😉

  12. PG
    March 8, 2010

    I cannot not check on your recipies. Sounds delicious and looks delicious!
    Will try a GF version with cornmeal

    • monikamanchanda
      March 9, 2010

      thanks…. u might like to check the friday feast section PG 🙂

  13. Phoenixritu
    March 9, 2010

    Made this on Sunday Monika – and since electricity was acting up, I steamed the batter in a double boiler for 45 minutes. Turned out good.

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