Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Savoury Semolina Cake



Here is another evening teatime snack for you. I have minimally adapted this semolina cake from Anjum Anand’s cook book - Indian food Made Easy, that I borrowed from the local Library few weeks ago. (Oops! That reminds me I have passed the return date already, and I see myself getting a warning letter!). I remember Anjum preparing this cake on one of the cookery shows long back, while I used to live in Southsea, Portsmouth. It sounded very healthy and I wanted to give it a shot then and there, but again, it got lost in the lot of other bookmarked recipes I have. She, in her book mentioned it by the name ‘Handvo’, but when I searched for the recipe online, it showed me up many different versions of the cake which uses pulses rather than semolina. Whatever it may be, this cake was so easy to prepare with minimal work, and just the right type of snack for a lazy evening. I served with sweet aubergine pickle, my favourite, but you can also serve it alongside sweet mango pickle/chuntney.


Sweet mango pickle/chutney was what I came across on some site that is served with this type of cake. When I first thought about the sweet pickle being served with this savoury cake, all I thought was, Eeww, how would that pair?! But, it really does. A very good, tantalizing combination of flavours! Some things have to be endeavoured out in the weirdest way to comprehend its magical blend, isn’t it?
That also brings back an old incident into my mind. One of the colleagues of my husband, who hails from Malaysia, brought some fried beef on her way back from Malaysia. She was kind enough to offer us some of the food that she brought- an egg curry, some beef fry, that is all I remember. Both the egg curry and the beef were so sweet, I don’t know what they were, but both of them had loads of sugar in it. The Egg curry resembled our Humble Mutta roast and the beef was kind of caramelized with sugar. It was very strange blend of flavours and was unpleasant for me and couple of others who tried it as well!! You also get used to the taste you grow up with, whatever it may be.


 Anyways, this so called semolina cake or Handvo is spongy on the inside and crispy on the edges. It is filled with variety of vegetables giving some texture and bits to bite into. It is light, filling and easy to assemble with less fuss. Handvo hails from the Gujarati community which used so lots of pulses and this is Anjum’s cheat’s version of it. No soaking and grinding of pulses is required here unlike the authentic handvo. You may use any vegetables you have in hand like courgettes, cabbage, beans, peas, carrots, spinach, fresh fenugreek leaves etc. You can also give it in your kid’s lunch boxes.

Savoury Semolina Cake
Preparation time: 15 minutes
serves 6-8

Ingredients:
1 cup, 165g semolina/Farina/Sooji
100g, slightyle less than a cup chopped beans
1 medium size, 75g, ½ cupful grated carrot
40g, ¼ cup chopped onion
11g, 1 heaped teaspoon grated ginger
½ - 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1/4 – ½ teaspoon turmeric
1 green chilli chopped
3 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
¾ cup thick yogurt
½ - ¾ cup water
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon soda bicarbonate
1 teaspoon white sesame seeds
Salt -to taste


Preparations:
1.Preheat the oven to 200 degree Celsius. Line a 1 kg loaf tin with baking paper and oil it well.

2.Mix together semolina,vegetables, ginger, spices and salt.

3. Add yogurt and water and mix to make a thick batter. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

4. Heat oil in a small pan and throw in mustard seeds. Cook until they start to splutter, to throw in the cumin seeds. Let the cumin seeds leave its aroma. Stir this aromatic oil into the batter prepared earlier.

5. Stir in the soda bicarbonate and immediately pour the batter into the prepared tin. Sprinkle over the sesame seeds.

6. Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes. As with any cake, insert a tooth pick/skewer in the centre of the cake. If the skewer comes out clean and the edges are crisp, the cake is ready. Let it cool in the tin, and then serve along with any sweet pickle and tea.

N.B: The orangey colour of the cake was not very appealing to me. The chilli powder, which is dark deep red and the turmeric imparted that colour vibrant yellow colour to tehe cake! I would definitely be reducing or not even using them both next time I make this.

39 comments:

An Open Book said...

you know what i realised..pics with white background look so beautiful..any day and so i love the last pics..soo pretty :)

Fajeeda said...

nice one da........pics as usual grt...

Shabs.. said...

Nish, I think I too loved the last one better....when I cant decide on a backdrop colour, I choose white:)..Easy and goes with anything...Thx da.






Dr.Sameena Prathap
said...

Hey,

Yummy and tasty savory cake...nice clicks...:)

Dr.Sameena@

http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

Priya said...

Wow love savoury cakes, serve me with a simple salad, i'll having this cake for my dinner or lunch,stunning clicks as ever..

Prathima Rao said...

Nice clicks!!!! And these semolina cakes have come out perfect with a nice & crispy crust...
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

RAKS KITCHEN said...

Even I have been eyeying on this cake from Red chillies, your pics make me drool and just want to try it! Lovely pics and bake!

Priya Sreeram said...

lovely the savoury cake by the mentioned author was bookmarked by me too - ur pics are wow ! looks yumm !

divya said...

ooh, yum, looks so inviting :)

Nithya said...

This sounds super yummy :) I would surely love it since I like Handvo :)

Hari Chandana said...

Looks so beautiful and perfect.. thanks for the awesome recipe.. yum yum yumm !!
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Gulmohar said...

Too good :-) Can't agree more with Nisha..white is the best and I loved the last pic too :-)

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

First time here dear !! u have excellent blog with nice collection of recipes !! Happy to follow u !!

semolina cake looks so wonderful !! loved the texture !! awesome clicks !!

Sailaja Damodaran said...

I loved the colour. iam a fan of yellow may be thats the reason.Will certainly give a try for my next tea party.

Divya Kudua said...

I've always been intrigued by savory cakes.Have bookmarked so many recipes but a bit iffy to try it out.Your cake looks so good,such pretty slices.I've not tasted Handvo but I am sure this cheats version would be as good as the original!

Jennifurla said...

are you kidding me, this is gorgeous.

Krithi's Kitchen said...

That is a healthy loaf... so very guilt-free for evening snack.. hoping to try soon... bookmarked right-away..
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Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Absolutely bookmarked :)

DD said...

hi shab,
first time here....
your blog is very colorful with yummy posts...
wonderful space...
i'm happy to follow you...
do stop at my blog if you find time :)
Happy Blogging!!!!
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DD said...

hi shab,
first time here....
your blog is very colorful with yummy posts...
wonderful space...
i'm happy to follow you...
do stop at my blog if you find time :)
Happy Blogging!!!!
Food Blog News Daily
Good Food Recipes

Plateful said...

Hey girls, to continue your discussion, yes, with white you don't have to shout for attention -- it comes to you :)

Shabs, njyaanum anginethanneya...you know collecting crockery and trying to sneak it into the house..! ...cos there's a limit to my hubby's generosity, and absolutely no limit to my obsession....lol ;) Sherikkum parajal food blogging is kinda an expensive job, elle? For me, the best part is food photography and styling...and that's my greatest struggle too. You know without a proper camera, tripod or even some good rustic backgrounds, ah.

Yep, I'm on fb, search for Nashira Usef. But lemme warn you, I've taken a break from facebooking, for now. I was very active while at work and these days I'm not able to access fb page too...some kinda virus I guess.

Anyways, back to your recipe and photos -- I liked your first picture a lot!

Shabs.. said...

Thanks u wonderful ladies. Your comments always bring smile, and it always pushes me to post yet another recipe and make my pics even better to give you a treat. You girls rock!Thank u for ur valuable comments and suggetsions. Criticism are more than welcome too:)

@nashi, talk about sneaking it into the house and the struggle in hiding them....I stopped sneaking and hiding almost(Did I?;)),I try to tell him when i get something and just shut my eyes and ears:D..Your pics are so good even without tripod, with point and shoot and any rustic b/g...I love ur styling too...very elegant.

Kairali sisters said...

Awesome semolina cake, infact njnaum try cheythayrunu, but was too lazy to shoot. These days "laziness" has caught me up to the extent that i am not even cooking properly :( Adipoli pics tto...

shifa said...

kothiyaavunuuu!!!! but as i think of all the food im goin gto eat from calicut i'll think i'll make this whn i come bk.. bookmarked and 1st on my to bake list :)

Chitra said...

lovely bread love the addition of veggies .bookmarked it

Sharmilee! :) said...

Have been meaning to try this since long and urs tempt me to the core :)

Vardhini said...

I am all for anything savory .. looks so perfect .. pictures are gorgeous.

Vardhini
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Zareena said...

Wow!! Lovely Shabs. the cake looks moist and soft. Cute slices.. :)

DEESHA said...

yummy bread .. makes for a light snack

JishasKitchen said...

wow...beautiful presentation...semolina cake is something new to me and after seeing your pics, I feel like having it right away...very tempting clicks..:)

thekitchenaffaire said...

woww.. yummm :)

RISHAD N M said...

gud work...

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vineetha said...

Brilliant pics..went through some older posts too..Loved it all !ecpecialy kannur style fish curry,I m also from kannur,my mother in law makes a closer version but her main version is with grinded coconut.

julie said...

wow..thats a fab one..first time here,never thought to prepare cake with semolina..
visit mine when you find time
http://juls-tryntaste.blogspot.com/

DEESHA said...

this is one gorgeous looking cake

Rinku Naveen said...

Hey Shabs
I too tried the white background and just loved it.
Do check out my Kinnathappam. :)
Would love to hear from u..

purabi naha said...

mmm....these look so yummy! This is my first time here and I loved your recipes. Looking forward to sharing more recipes with you!!

STRAIGHT FROM THE WOK said...

very colourful n informative blog. it was a pleasure to view .

STRAIGHT FROM THE WOK said...

very beautiful n colourful blog. it was a pleasure to view it.

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