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Wholewheat & Veggie Savory Cake – A Healthy Breakfast Treat

15 November 2011 39 Comments

healthy breakfast wholewheat cake

No Pancakes, no Parathas, no Upma and no Sandwiches please…we want something different for breakfast tomorrow” my son made a demand last night. “We are ready to wait for a little extra time mom, so no excuses” my daughter informed with a blink. First half of the night was spent turning from one side of bed to other, thinking about that ‘something different’. Why not take one ingredient each from all the breakfast recipes and …Yes I got it, now sleep tight  Zzzzz…

Wholewheat from parathas, semolina from Upma, yogurt from pancakes and veggies from sandwiches and here I am with this healthy yet ‘something different‘ on a lazy Sunday morning breakfast table…Tada! Big smile on their faces and I know that the effort of baking this delightful savory cake is really worth taking 🙂

healthy breakfast wholewheat cake


For Batter

  • 1 cup Semolina
  • 1/2 cup wholewheat flour
  • 1 cup yogurt/curd
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp. Turmeric powder
  • Salt as desired
  • 1 tbsp.Fresh coriander leaves

For tempering;

  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafoetida powder
  • 2. tbsp. oil

1 cup assorted veggies;

  • 1 small onion
  • Fresh sweet corn kernels
  • Carrot cubes
  • Fresh green peas
  • 1 tsp. grated ginger
  • 2 pearls of garlic
healthy breakfast wholewheat cake

ready for a bake…

Method; Peel carrot and dice it into small cubes. Slice onion into small pieces. Take another vessel and soak semolina in one cup of water for 10 minutes.

Heat oil and crackle mustard seeds and cumin seeds. Add asafoetida powder, diced onion, ginger Juline and crushed garlic in the oil and cook for a minute. Stir in all the veggies in tempering and cook for another minute. Take off the flame and add this tempering to the wet ingredients below.

Take a large vessel and add wholewheat flour, baking powder, turmeric powder, red chilli, salt and mix it well. Add yogurt in the soaked semolina and pour it into the dry wholewheat flour mix.

healthy breakfast wholewheat cake

Hot from oven…

Grease a rectangular baking tray with oil and pour the prepared batter into it. Sprinkle fresh coriander leaves over the batter and stir it lightly so that the leaves get mixed.

Bake it at 190° C for about 30-40 minutes till the top is slightly brown and a knife when inserted comes out clean. Let it cool for 10 minutes before slicing the cake to get perfect slices.

healthy breakfast wholewheat cake

wholesome breakfast treat!

The cake is really soft and moist that you don’t need any accompaniment with it. Just a hot cup of tea will suffice.

healthy breakfast wholewheat cake

Soft and moist from inside..

Loaded with veggies it surely is a nutritious breakfast option.

healthy breakfast wholewheat cake

Slice of veggie delight!

This Wholewheat Savory Cake makes a wholesome breakfast and a filling snack recipe. Serve it with green chutney, tomato sauce or just plain with a dot of fresh butter.

Check Glossary for names of ingredients in Hindi and English.


  1. I added soaked and squeezed soya granules also in the recipe.
  2. Cornmeal will give a wonderful version of the same recipe. Replace the semolina and wholewheat with cornmeal and follow the same recipe.
  3. Include or exclude veggies of your choice. Broccoli, cauliflower and color bell pepper would be a great addition to the recipe.
  4. The savory cake will stay good for at least 1-2 days or more.
  5. This cake serves a handy snack while traveling and as a good picnic food.


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  • Pinky said:

    lovely recipe and have to give this a try.

  • chinmayie @ love food eat said:

    One more fabulous healthy recipe from you! Perfect weekend breakfast 🙂

  • Lata Raja said:

    Innovative. I am trying this for breakfast coming weekend! Thanks for a nice recipe that looks very inviting!
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  • Priya said:

    Omg, love savoury cake, super inviting slices.
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  • Baker Street said:

    Wow! A healthy breakfast cake! What a lovely treat this must have been.
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  • sangeetakhanna said:

    Healthy and yum !!!
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  • Joanne said:

    I love the idea of a savory veggie-full quickbread! This looks super delicious.
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  • Priti said:

    Looks perfect n yum …what a wonderful way to start the day
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  • anu said:

    wow love the cake version….awesome innovative idea….

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  • Love & other Spices said:

    Another great way to get the kids to eat their veggies.thanks for sharing.love the recipe.

  • aipi said:

    The bread is really beautiful and look ever so tempting! Full of all my fav ingredients 🙂

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  • Deepa said:

    Cake looks so soft and moist. Delicious dessert.


  • Karen said:

    Your kids are too funny! Love the request!
    This savory cake sounds perfect with all those breakfast ingredients incorporated. I can see why it was a hit!
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  • EA-The Spicy RD said:

    Great idea Sanjeeta! I’d love to try this with the cornmeal to make it gluten-free. You are a good mother 🙂
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  • Jeanne @ CookSister! said:

    Clever clever mom! I love the idea of a savoury cake and it’s amazing how many vegeetables it conceals! It does look realyl moist… but I might sneak a tiny smear of butter onto mine, just to see it melt 🙂
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  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Jeanne, Thanks for coming, butter on the slice is perfect way to indulge in it!

  • juniakk @ mis pensamientos said:

    i love this veggie bread! yes, cornmeal would be perfect with all of these delicious veggie add-ins :), yummy!

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen said:

    I never think to make savory cakes, but they are so good and a nice breakfast alternative to the sweet ones.
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  • Faith said:

    This is such a fun new breakfast idea! Love all the veggies in there, which really make it the perfect way to start your day!
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  • Sharmilee said:

    Healthy and yummy at the same time…bookmarked to try
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  • Shri said:

    No kidding…This is one of the most innovative recipe..Love it!

  • a spoonful of yumm said:

    that’s a great mix of so many different foods. unique idea 🙂 love that its savory !
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  • foodwanderings said:

    OMG this savory cake make my mouth water. I love it and can imagine the flavors. Salivating!!

  • Jamie said:

    Mmmm I love savory quick breads but just never make them often enough! I think they make a great lunch with a salad. This one looks delicious and those vegetables would just slide by so easily! Delicious!
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  • Heavenly Housewife said:

    What a great way to start the day, with veggies AND cake! I like it!
    *kisses* HH
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  • Jayasri said:

    Hey this is the recipe I saw a few days ago in one of the blogs.., I can’t remember which one, Do all bloggers think alike.., to find something best they can cook for their family!, looks so gorgeous…, hey I found it.., look here is the link
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  • Magic of Spice said:

    What a fun and colorful recipe! I would not of thought to have a veggie bread for breakfast…very original 🙂
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  • Ashmi said:

    Thanks for the amazing recepies Sangeeta!! I tried a few of your healthy recepies and I just cant get enough!! you are an angel! Thanks again!

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Ashmi, Thanks for your kind words. Hope you are enjoying what you bake and cook from Lite Bite! Take care.

  • Anamika @ madcookingfusions said:

    Hey Sanjeeta, first time here, loved your space…haven’t gone thru most of the recipes, will surely check out more…this one is yummy and at the same time healthy…bookmarked!! Will follow your space from here on…..
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  • Anusha said:


    I want to make this with cornmeal.. could you tell me … does it need degerminated or whole ? Would I need to roast / soak it ? Also, will i be substituting it for the semolina or the whole wheat or both ?


  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Anusha, You can use cornmeal alone to make this cake, you will get good texture and taste.

  • pooja said:

    hi its yumm….i add tadka of rai,til on top n then baked…it gives little crispness on top..

  • Sarita said:

    Hey, baked it for the Sunday breakfast 🙂 perfect. Everyone just loved it. Thanks.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Sarita, glad that you liked what you baked!

  • valli ranajit kumar said:

    do i have 2 roast the semolina?btw… in how much water should i soak it? instead can i directly soak in curd.
    Thanx for a healthy recipe. would like to try it sometime.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Valli, you need to soak the semolina in one cup of water as mentioned in the ingredient list. Thanks for your feedback, happy cooking!

  • divya said:

    Hi Sanjeeta…I have been following your blog quite sometime, but this is the first time Im commenting. Today tried this recipe for an office get-together of my husband’s and it was a hit among all, especially Germans…Ive been cracking my head as to what would be the best indian breakfast item for non Indians and I found your recipe…My husband was too happy. Thank you so much…you are doing a great job. Im really a fan of yours.

  • sanjeeta kk (author) said:

    @Divya, Thanks for the beautiful words of appreciations! Glad to know that your savory cake was a hit with your friends. Keep rocking.

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