Semolina Ghee Cake/ eggless semolina

Ahh now you made 2 basic breads- soft pav buns and hot dog rolls  and 1 easy peasy cup cake is time to graduate to different cake textures.
Being Indian, I have devoured the Indian bakery eggless sponge cakes since childhood. If you have ever thought why the Indian bakery loaves do not ever resemble like regular sponge cakes which are although spongy but never leave trace of oil on your fingers. You will know about it today....

For the others who have not yet understood which cake I am talking about let me explain again. The soft spongy cake which is ghee laden and has a sweet flavor more like halwa. Well, the secret is to use semolina , ghee and elaichi. 

I have used a couple of recipes in the past from the internet to try this but got mixed reactions. Eventually after a lot of experimentation I found the exact recipe that helped. 

1 cup Roasted Semolina (You may opt to not roast)
2 tbsp APF/ Maida
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup ghee / clarified butter
3/4 cup curd
3 tbsp milk
1 tspn elaichi powder
1 tspn baking powder
1 tspn baking soda
chocolate chips (optional - i add as my kid enjoys it) 

1) In a bowl, mix the semolina with curd and set aside for 20-30 min
2) In the mean time, mix the maida with baking soda, baking powder, elaichi powder and mix well
3) In a mixing bowl, add the ghee, sugar and beat well until the sugar is dissolved. Add the roasted semolina mixture and mix well. Next add the maida and mix well
4) If the mixture is too lumpy, add the milk else skip.
5) Pour the batter in a 7 inch round tin which is lined with parchment paper
6) Now bake in preheated oven for 20 min at 180c
7) Check the cake by inserting tooth pick in the center. If it comes out clean, then your cake is done.
Let it cool down completely and then remove from the pan. The cake will be slightly wobbly but yet firm and spongy.

This cake is a small quantity but feels you up easily

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I have never seen or tasted this cake. What unusual flavors! Very interesting.
Pavani said…
Interesting cake with sooji. Looks just as the regular though. Love the chocolate chips on top.
Nargis Aara said…
I just fell in love with this cake :)
Harini R said…
Very interesting bake, Pradnya. Sooji halwa - a baked version!
rajani said…
Thats new information for me too. Bookmarked to try later :-)
Suma Gandlur said…
I have always baked the semolina cakes adding fruit. This version sounds yummy too and those choco chips definitely appeal to kids.
Unknown said…
I have done a honey cake with semolina.... This looks interesting and delicious
Semolina cake with ghee sounds interesting,must be a flavorful one...
veena said…
This is a new one to me Pradyna. Looks very nice
Usha said…
I never taste or baked semolina cake. Looks rich and flavorful, specially with the addition of elaichi
Priya Suresh said…
Never tried baking with ghee, cake looks super gorgeous and irresistible.
Kalyani said…
looks great ! is this the same mould Nandini gave us durng the meet ? bookmarking recipe :)
Padmajha said…
I am so tempted to make this right now! Sounds delicious! And I might use the same pan :)
Cake with ghee? Sounds very interesting. I have made one with malai so I guess the flavor should be close to it.
Srividhya said…
Wow semolina, ghee and elaichi. That sure sounds a wonderful combo. Interesting bake
Interesting recipe dear.. Love the enchanted flavor of ghee and addition of choco chip make more inviting..
Love the idea of ghee cake. Should have tasted close to kesari flavors with a lovely crust.
Totally drooling, love those chocolate chips on top and seeing the name i thought it is basbousa!! Never knew this !! Bookmarking !!!
Srivalli said…
Quite an interesting mix and good that you have a perfect measurement!..will bookmark!
Sneha's Recipe said…
Interesting cake, love the crust.
Unknown said…
Those ingredients sounds so interesting and cake looks so soft bookmarked.
Gayathri Kumar said…
I haven't tried using ghee in my cakes. This recipe sounds so interesting and love those cute choco chips on top...
Archana said…
I have used ghee in my bakes especially the sajuk toop and I love the flavour it gives the cakes. Never tried making semolina in my bake must try this. Its yum.

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