Ingredients (makes around 15 small bite sized pieces):
- Rava (fine sooji) (1 cup)
- Raw turbinado sugar (1/4 cup) (you can replace this with any other sweetener of your choice like jaggery, brown sugar or rock sugar, if you don’t have turbinado sugar)
- Date Syrup (1/2 cup) (you may also use soaked dates and grind them to a pulp instead of using the syrup).
- Cardamom powder (1/4 tsp)
- Baking Powder (1/4 tsp)
- Baking Soda (1/4 tsp)
- Oil (2 tbsp)
- Ghee (2 tbsp)
- Milk (1 cup)
- Dry roast the rava in a pan on medium flame, stirring continuously. This step aids in digestibility of the rava. Switch off the flame when the aroma of the rava starts emanating from the pan. This should be after 3-4 minutes of roasting on a medium flame.
- Transfer the rava into a bowl. Add sugar, date syrup, milk, cardamom powder, oil, ghee, baking powder and soda. Mix well. Set aside this mixture for 10 minutes or so.
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Grease a cake pan and transfer the batter into the pan.
- Place the pan in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes (depends on the amount of batter and also on the shape of the cake pan you use to bake). Mine was a longer cake pan, so the thickness of the cake wasn’t as much – took around 22 minutes. Check by sticking a toothpick into the center of the cake. If it comes out clean, you are pretty much done. Make sure you don’t brown the cake too much.
- Let the cake cool for 10-15 minutes and then flip it over onto a wide plate or tray.
- Your yummy dates rava cake is ready!
Sweet (rava, dates, sugar, milk), sour (none), salty (none), bitter (none), pungent (cardamom), astringent (none).
Although a sweet, this healthy cake is made without refined flour and refined white sugar, making it an excellent tridoshic dessert, if eaten in moderation. Addition of the pungent and digestive cardamom further enhances the healthfulness of the dish. Kaphas may add some dry ginger in the recipe along with cardamom, if they want to add to the pungency and digestibility of the cake to offset some of its kapha qualities even further. Date syrup is a deliciously sweet and nourishing complex carbohydrate that is way superior to its refined sweetener counterparts like white sugar. Using rava instead of refined flour increases the fiber content and eliminates usage of processed ingredients, without compromising on taste or texture even slightly! Ghee is tridoshic, digestive and enhances the flavor of the cake. Overall, a great choice for a healthy dessert!
This eggless dates rava cake is mildly sweet, filled with the goodness of natural, whole ingredients and if made fresh and eaten in moderation is very sattvic to the body and mind. Moderation is the key!