Friday, March 2, 2012

Baked Mango Semolina Halwa

My friend, Anchal, shared some very good news with me yesterday over the phone. It was something that her little heart has desired for all the years that I have known her. Because it was a very big thing for her, I did not want to congratulate her with just a hug. It was a special moment that called for something sweet.

I decided to bake her a Mango cake. Since the recipe called for semolina (sooji),  I wasn't too sure if the texture will be cakey or halwaey (if there is a word like that). I was a little nervous because this was the first time I was baking something sweet with sooji. I have baked savory delicacies in the past, but never anything sweet. I was constantly peeping through the oven window making sure it was going in the right direction.

Well, here it goes...

You will need:
1. Sooji/semolina         1 cup(I had the coarse kind at home so I used that. You do not need to roast it)
2. Mango pulp              1 cup (I used the ready made kind from the Indian store)
3. Sugar                        1/2 cup
4. Butter (melted)         1/2 stick / 4 tablespoons
5. Baking powder         1 teaspoon
6. Vanilla essence         1 teaspoon.
You can add cardamom powder and nuts to give it an Indian flavor.

The procedure is very simple. You do not need any fancy shmancy gadgets. Just a bowl and a spoon.

Preheat the oven at 375 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch baking pan.

Gently mix the semonlina, sugar, butter, baking powder and vanilla essence in a bowl. When every think is well incorporated, add the mango pulp and mix.

Let this stand for 10 minutes. If the batter is very thin, let it sit for 20 minutes.

Pour in the baking tray and bake for 30 - 35 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check if the cake is done. Do not over bake this cake, or else you will lose the bright yellow colored top. It will turn brown.

Let it cool and cut in any desired shape. I sliced half as a pie and the remaining half into small pieces.

The halwa/cake was delicious. It tasted good both warm and cold. It had a strong mango flavor. I think the sugar could be reduced because the mango pulp is already sweetened. But then, I don't have a sweet tooth to begin with.

Anchal and her family loved it! That's what matters in the end because this cake was for them.

Once again, Congratulations Mishras! Here's wishing you both much more happiness and success!
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  1. That looks yumm! I'm going to try it too! Did it turn out too sweet?

  2. Thanks Patty! For it being a dessert/mithai it was not too sweet. Next time I might reduce the sugar by a couple teaspoons. Not more. That too because I do not have a sweet tooth. If I am preparing for guests, I'll follow the recipe as is. Happy baking!

  3. Thanks a lot Hetal ....big hug to you sweet heart . Your friend ship is a treasure . The halwa was delicious , infact we had it in breakfast also . Thanks again XOXO:)

  4. The cake looks so colourful and absolutely delicious. Can you please mail me for joining the baking eggless? I need your mail ID to send you an invite.

  5. You are always welcome, Anchal!