eggless cucumber cake | tavsali recipe

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Cucumber cake recipe – this eggless cucumber cake is a traditional recipe from the Goan belt and is called as Tavsali. in this recipe the cake is steamed instead of baking it.

cucumber cake recipe, tavsali cake recipe

Generally we use yellow cucumber, but the recipe can be even Made with regular cucumber or the long dark green cucumbers. apart from cucumber, sooji/rava (semolina), jaggery and coconut is added.

Thus making this dish very nutritious. My mom shared this recipe with me and even got the long yellow cucumbers for the same. From the regular cucumber, I also prepare this Cucumber raita recipe.

yellow cucumber for cake recipe

The cake has a dominant taste of cucumber which sort of overpowers everything… Even the jaggery and coconut. Its not overtly sweet but has a light sweetness. Though you can adjust the quantity of jaggery. The texture is light, moist and soft as most steamed cakes have.

Very easy to make steamed cucumber cake and only grating the cucumber takes some time. After the cucumber is grated, you just need to mix everything.

grated cucumber for making cucumber cake recipe

Then pour in a greased pan. Then steam the batter for 30 to 40 mins. For steaming, you can use your electric cooker, pressure cooker or any steamer. While steaming turmeric leaves or banana leaves can be used. Since I did not have any, I have greased the pan with  coconut oil. You can also grease the pan with ghee.

steamed cucumber cake recipe

Serve the cucumber cake plain or accompanied with some ghee or milk. Makes for a light, healthy dessert for kids as well as adults. You can also refrigerate and just warm them in the microwave before serving.

steamed cucumber cake recipe

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cucumber cake recipe

cucumber cake

Cucumber cake recipe - a light, nutritious steamed cake made with yellow cucumber, semolina, jaggery and coconut. Vegan recipe.
4.8 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Cuisine Goan, Indian
Course Desserts, Sweets
Servings 4


  • 1.5 cups rava (semolina or sooji)
  • 1.5 cups organic powdered jaggery
  • 4-5 green cardamoms
  • ¾ cup grated fresh coconut
  • 2 cups grated cucumber, tightly packed - regular or yellow cucumber - approx 1 large yellow cucumber
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon cashews, chopped (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon coconut oil for greasing the pan


preparation to make cucumber cake

  • Roast the rava/sooji/semolina till fragrant. Keep aside.
  • Take the cardamoms in a mortar-pestle and powder them.
  • Discard the peels and keep the cardamom powder aside
  • Rinse and peel the yellow cucumber. Slice the cucumber and remove the seeds. If using regular cucumber, then no need to remove the seeds.
  • Grate the cucumber and keep aside.
  • A lot of the cucumber juice will be collected in the bowl or in the plate. Just add this juice to the batter.

making cucumber cake batter

  • In a mixing bowl, take the roasted semolina.
  • Mix in the grated cucumber along with its juice, grated coconut, chopped cashews and add the powdered jaggery.
  • Add the cardamom powder and cumin powder.
  • Mix the batter very well without any lumps.
  • The batter has a medium consistency and is neither too thick nor thin.
  • Depending on the consistency of the batter you can add a few tbsp of milk or coconut milk.
  • I did not need to add any milk as the batter had a medium consistency.

cooking cucumber cake

  • Heat about 3 to 3.5 cups water in a steamer or electric cooker or pressure cooker.
  • Grease the pan with coconut oil. pour the batter in the pan.
  • Place the pan in the steamer, electric cooker or pressure cooker.
  • Cover the steamer or electric cooker with its lid. If using pressure cooker, then remove the vent weight (whistle) from the lid and then tightly cover the cooker with its lid.
  • Steam for 30 to 40 minutes until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  • When the cucumber cake become warm or is cooled completely, then slice and serve them.

Nutrition Info (Approximate values)

Nutrition Facts
cucumber cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 642 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 318mg9%
Carbohydrates 128g43%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 78g87%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 49IU1%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) 1mg67%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 1mg59%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) 4mg20%
Vitamin B6 1mg50%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 7µg7%
Calcium 58mg6%
Vitamin B9 (Folate) 129µg32%
Iron 5mg28%
Magnesium 62mg16%
Phosphorus 150mg15%
Zinc 1mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Can we omit , sooji? What can we replace in place of sooji for flourless. Cake ?

    1. In this traditional recipe sooji is an essential ingredient. But I think you can use rice flour in place of sooji. Try adding a slightly coarse rice flour and it should work.

    1. no rita. it is not mangalore cucumber but a large variety of cucumber having a yellow skin.

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