Thari pola (Semolina Cake)

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Thari pola is a snack from the Malabar region of Kerala. Thari is the Malayalam for semolina, and therefore Thari pola would roughly equate to Semolina cake. However this is not really a cake, nor does it involve the high fat ingredients in the quantities that a conventional cake generally requires.


  • Rava/Sooji/Semolina - 100 gmsDSC_0457 (Medium)
  • Egg - 4 nos
  • Ghee - 1 tbsp
  • Sugar - 50 gms
  • Cashew nuts - 10 nos
  • Cardamom powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Raisins - 10 nos
  • Maida/All purpose flour - 2 tbsp (optional)


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First step is to roast the semolina. Heat up a pan on low flame, add the semolina to it. Stir it well for about 2 minutes. Turn off the heat, keep it aside for later use.

Use a blender or food processor and beat 4 eggs. Beat till they become fluffy. Add sugar and cardamom powder, and beat the contents till we get a fluffy mixture. Now transfer the roasted semolina to this mixture. DSC_0470 (Medium)Mix the contents well using the blender till we get a nice smooth consistency.


Heat a sauce pan or pressure cooker on low flame. Once hot, pour 1 tbsp of ghee and uniformly spread it over. Now pour the blended semolina mix on to the pan. The pan used should have enough height to support the contents when it rises due to baking. Cover the pan with a lid. The contents now need to get cooked in an indirect heat. DSC_0476 (Medium)So place a flat pan below the pan with the contents and allow to cook on very low flame. After about 5 minutes, open the lid and scatter the raisins and cashew nuts. Close the lid and continue to cook on very low flame till the cake starts to rise. This might take around 20 more minutes. However you can check the contents to see if it's properly baked by pricking it with a knife. Once it is satisfactorily cooked, turn off the heat. Flip the cake from the pan to a plate using a spatula. Allow to cool. Tharipola is now ready for serving. 🙂

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