Thandai Rava Cake

December 27, 2022mayurisjikoni




Thandai Rava Cake is so soft, egg free and with amazing flavours of thandai spices,rose and saffron. A perfect bake for the Holi Festival. Who doesn’t love cakes, whatever the festival maybe.

What Is Thandai Rava Cake?

Thandai is a spice mixture that is quite popular during the Holi festival. Besides making thandai drink, it can be used for several other festive dishes like kulfi, mousse, cookies, muffins, chia pudding, malpua, etc.

Rava is the hindi word for semolina. Semolina cakes turn out so soft and are easily to bake. Add a sugar syrup on top to keep it moist or don’t. The choice is yours.

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This group brings like minded food bloggers together where each one cooks a dish based on a theme. The theme is chosen by a member of the group. The fun part is where the partners give each tow secret ingredients to use in their dish. Other members then try and guess the secret ingredients.


This month’s theme, Festive Cooking has been chosen by Priya Vijaykrishnan. She wanted us to prepare a dish, sweet or savoury for any of the upcoming festivals. I chose Holi which falls around the month of March.

My Partner:

My partner is month is Priya Vijaykrishnan who blogs at Sweet Spicy Tasty. I like her blog for the traditional and easy South Indian Dishes. I gave her green chillis and toor dal. With those ingredients she prepared a delicious Paruppu Urundai Mor Kuzhambu which I definitely will be trying out soon as I love yogurt based dishes.

Must admit that I had baked this cake for Holi in 2022 and didn’t get the chance to post it on my blog. Since I didn’t have a functional kitchen, I asked my partner if I could use a recipe that is in my draft. She agreed and luckily gave me baking powder and butter as my secret ingredients. These two ingredients worked well for my Thandai Rava Cake.


Ingredients Required For Thandai Rava Cake

  • Semolina – sooji, rava. I prefer to use medium.
  • Plain Flour – all purpose flour.
  • Baking Powder – when you measure out the baking powder, scoop it up with your measuring spoon. Remove the excess by swiping the spoon surface with a straight edge of the knife to level out the baking powder.
  • Baking Soda – Soda Bicarbonate. When you measure out the baking soda, scoop it up with your measuring spoon. Remove the excess by swiping the spoon surface with a straight edge of the knife to level out the baking soda. Too much will result in cracked top.
  • Sugar – white caster sugar. If the sugar is very coarse, then grind it in a food processor to a finer texture but don’t powder it completely.
  • Salt – I like to add a bit of salt to balance out the flavours.
  • Plain Yogurt – thick. Dahi or curd. For vegan version use vegan yogurt which is available in your grocery store. Use room temperature yogurt.
  • Butter – I have used salted butter. Melt it gently in the microwave oven or place the butter in a heat proof bowl and melt it over hot water. For vegan version use vegan butter or oil.
  • Milk – I have used dairy milk. Can replace it with vegan friendly milk. Use room temperature milk.
  • Saffron – kesar. Soak the saffron in the measured milk for at least 10 minutes. Heat the milk till it becomes hot before adding the saffron.
  • Thandai Spice Powder – please find the recipe for the homemade one here. Can use ready made one too.
  • Mixed Nuts – I have used chopped pistachios and almonds. I used them as a topping. This is an optional ingredient.



Watch How To Make Eggless Thandai Rava Cake



Thandai Rava Cake is so soft, egg free and with amazing flavours of thandai spices,rose and saffron. A perfect bake for the Holi Festival.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
RESTING TIME: 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dessert, festival recipe, Tea Time
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 PIECES



  • cup semolina
  • ¼ cup all purpose flour
  • tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • tsp salt
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • ½ cup plain yogurt thick
  • cup butter melted
  • ¾ cup milk hot
  • ¼ tsp saffron
  • 2 tsp thandai spice powder
  • 2 tbsp nuts chopped


  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp water



  • Heat the measured milk till it becomes hot. Not boiling.
  • Add the saffron and allow it to soak in the milk for at least 10 minutes.


  • Add semolina, sugar and thandai spice powder in a mixing bowl. Mix well.
  • Add melted butter, yogurt and the saffron milk. Mix well using a whisk.
  • Cover with a plate, lid or cling film and allow the mixture to rest for 30 minutes.


  • Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a mixing bowl. Keep it on the side till required.


  • I have used a loaf tin 9X5 inches. You can use a square or round tin cake.
  • You can either line it with parchment paper or grease it the way I do.
  • Take little butter about ½ tsp. Rub the insides and middle of the tin with it.
  • Add about 1-2 tbsp flour. By moving the tin and tapping it coat the greased tin with the flour. Tap over the sink or on your worktop to remove the excess flour.


  • Just when about 5 minutes are left for soaking the semolina, switch on the oven at 180°C. Allow it heat up.


  • After 30 minute soaking time, add the flour mixture to the semolina mixture.
  • Using a whisk or spoon mix the flour and semolina batter.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared tin.


  • Sprinkle the top with 1tbsp chopped nuts if you want to.
  • Put the cake batter in the preheated oven to bake for 40-50 minutes at 180°C.


  • Remove the cake from the oven. Insert a toothpick, knife or fork in the middle.
  • If the cake is done, the toothpick, knife or fork should come out clean.
  • Allow the cake to cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes.


  • Mix water and sugar. Stir till the sugar melts.


  • Using a spatula, loosen the edges gently.
  • Cover the cake tin with a plate, wire rack or a wooden board.
  • Hold cake tin and the plate, wire rack or board with both hands.
  • Flip it over. The cake tin will be on top. Give a gentle tap.
  • The cake will come out easily.
  • Remove the cake tin gently.


  • Using a pastry brush, dab the cake with the sugar syrup, the top and sides. Don't add too much glaze. Just enough for it to be moist.
  • Sprinkle the remaining chopped nuts on top. Add rose petals if you have any.


  • Slice the cake and serve on its own or with some whipped fresh cream or ice cream.


  • Allow the semolina to soak well.
  • Don't be in a hurry to remove the hot cake from the tin as it will break.
  • Keep the cake covered to retain the moisture.
  • Instead of thandai spice powder, can add any flavouring of your choice.
  • Baking time may vary. It differs from oven to oven.
Keyword egg free semolina cake, eggless rava cake, thandai rava cake

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  • Renu

    January 7, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    5 stars
    A good idea for Holi to make a thandai rava cake. I have some thandai powder left over in the fridge and did not want to make thandai, I will love to try this insist. Beautiful texture on the cake.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 9, 2023 at 9:07 am

      Thank you so much. Give the recipe a try as the cake turns out so soft and with thandai it is so flavourful.

  • Radha

    January 11, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    5 stars
    This is an amazing cake that is easy to make. Every festival and celebration needs a cake and this cake is perfect for holi.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 12, 2023 at 8:13 am

      Thank you so much Radha. Yes all celebrations are perfect with a cake.

  • Priya Iyer

    January 17, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    5 stars
    What a lovely cake! Love the way you have decked it up and made it look all festive. 😊

    The thandai powder must have added a unique flavour to the dessert, I’m sure. Perfect for Holi or any festivities.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 20, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      Thank you so much Priya. Thandai powder adds such a lovely flavour.

  • Preethicuisine

    January 21, 2023 at 12:50 am

    5 stars
    Thandai Rava cake sounds amazing . This cake is bursting with flavours. Perfect idea to celebrate any occasion. I can imagine the lovely flavours.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 24, 2023 at 10:59 am

      Thanks Preethi, thandai adds a wonderful flavour and the saffron and rose petals add a hint of aroma.

  • Jayashree T Rao

    January 24, 2023 at 3:03 am

    5 stars
    Lovely thandai rawa cake. It looks festive and ideal for any occassion. Liked the use of thandai powder here, make it more delicious.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 24, 2023 at 10:56 am

      Thank you so much Jayashree. Friends enjoyed the cake and they loved the thandai flavour.

  • Priya Vj

    January 24, 2023 at 11:21 am

    5 stars
    Nice way to enjoy thandai masala flavors in cake form . Can be served for Holi parties as a pick me up desert . I think some thick rabdi spread over this cake slice will give it some more Richness 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 24, 2023 at 11:41 am

      Thanks Priya, will have to give the rabdi idea a try when I bake the cake again. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Anu

    January 24, 2023 at 11:56 pm

    5 stars
    I am literally drooling over these cakes. The decoration with nuts and rose petals is too good. I love the texture of rava cakes and with tandhai flavor, it is going to be a must try one.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 25, 2023 at 5:43 pm

      Thank you so much Anu, I agree with you the texture of rava cakes is simply amazing.

  • Kalyani

    January 26, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    5 stars
    The colour of the cake, the sponginess and the usage of the thandai masala – I don’t know which to love first ! Gorgeous, gorgeous cake Mayuri

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 26, 2023 at 8:18 pm

      Thank you so much, am so happy you love it.

  • Sasmita Sahoo

    January 27, 2023 at 6:55 am

    5 stars
    Thandai Rava Cake looks super festive … An ideal choice for the Holi occasion!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      January 27, 2023 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita, I totally agree it makes a wonderful Holi time recipe.

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