Cooks all over the world have this knack of experimenting and converting a dish to their own. Indians are no exception, and perhaps nothing exhibits this more than the very adaptable Cake! Yes, we do have our cake and eat it too!!
When the Portuguese came to India, they brought their baking skills along, and the locals took a liking to the sight, smell and taste and modified it to suit local ingredients. Today, every tea-shack boasts it own little slice!
One of the most remarkable mingling of Indian tastebuds meets foreign baking, is the Mawa Cake. The ingredients used are those of traditional Indian sweets, but the baking gives it a whole new texture and dimension!
To make this hugely popular MAWA CAKE, you need:
100 gm mawa (evaporated milk)
100 gm refined flour
100 gm butter
100 gm powdered sugar
1/4 tsp green cardamom powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp rose essence
2 eggs (well beaten)
To make this cake, cream the butter and sugar till pale and fluffy. Sift all the dry ingredients together. Crumble the mawa into the butter-sugar mix and incorporate till smooth. Add the eggs slowly and keep beating till you get a smooth and homogeneous mixture. Fold in the rest and pour into greased baking tin. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C and bake for 35 minutes. Serve warm, straight out the oven :)