Eggless mava cake with leftover mithai

Moist and flavoured with cardamom, my take on the famous Indian tea cake uses rabdi, an Indian dessert and it works beautifully with some leftover mithai as well.

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Living away from home makes me miss some of the most simple things in life…a walk by the worli seaface and the call out of the bhaiya for the roasted corn, early morning darshan to Siddhivinayak temple that ends with a delicious breakfast at Café Madras, accompanying mummy to the vegetable market and buying goodies like brun maska, mava cake etc from Merwan, the famous Parsi bakery and so many many memories!

My son often listens to me with fascination as I take the trip down the memory lane. As I told him about the parsi bakery, the brun maska and the mava cake, he looked me with confusion and wondered about the connection. Essentially mava cake is a rectangular or oblong shaped tea cake served in parsi/Irani bakeries. It has a moist and yet crumbly texture with a bite from the caramelized top. It gets it a typical Indian flavor due to the use of mava (reduced milk till it reaches almost a dry consistency) and is a rich cake with buttery flavour and a hint of cardamom.

I tweaked the classic version by using my 5 minute instant rabdi and it turned out beautiful. Semolina gives a great texture to the cake and a caramelized top goes perfectly well with the moist crumb.

I have also made these petite cakes with  some leftover milk cake (kalakand) I had in my fridge. I crumbled the milk cake in a coarse, crumbly texture similar to the mava or khoya and used it in the batter. Following picture is of the mava cake when I baked it with the milk cake. This cake is versatile enough as it uses leftover mithai beautifully, though do note that it will take the colour of the mithai used.

Eggless mava cake with leftover mithai
Eggless mava cake with leftover mithai (milk cake)

I would love to know your feedback when you bake this beautiful Indian flavoured tea cake. Do tag me on social media with your recreations and give star rating to this recipe. It would help this blog tremendously.

Some other recipes that may interest you:

  1. Eggless chocolate banana brownie with whole wheat flour
  2. Tender coconut ice-cream with jaggery 
  3. Quick malai kulfi with tahini caramel (no sugar)
  4. Masala grapes popsicle with popping candy
  5. Eggless pancake cereal

 

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