Rava Cake in Pressure Cooker | Sooji/Semolina Cake

Rava Cake in Pressure Cooker is by far the most easiest cake recipe that anyone could ever think of. This Rava Cake is Eggless, has no Maida in it, No Oil and No Butter. Can you believe that?

Eggless Rava Cake in Pressure Cooker sooji cake semolina cake no butter no oil crazy cake no maida

What is the fuss about making this Rava Cake?

A. As mentioned above it is Eggless, No Maida, No Oil and No Butter.
B. It is a simple and easy to follow recipe that even a 5 year old can make it.
C. Today I made this Rava Cake in a Pressure Cooker.
D. A recipe that can be modified by adding flavours of your choice like Almonds, Tooti Frooti, Mango, Coconut you name it and you get that in this cake.


Do I need to say more about this cake. I am sure you are as excited as I was when I first made this cake.

Eggless Rava Cake in Pressure Cooker sooji cake semolina cake no butter no oil crazy cake no maida

This Rava Cake is one of those cakes with which I started my baking journey 3 years back.

Yes And you will find this recipe on the blog too. Click here if you wish to see my journey from then to now.

So whats the change?

This time I have made this in a pressure cooker and as always a video too.

If you have following me from three years now then I am sorry for the repetition but I promise this post will be useful to you too.

And how is that?
I am sharing my Youtube video here so it would be easy for you to follow. So while you are here I would highly recommend you to check the earlier post too for baking instructions in an oven.

Eggless Rava Cake in Pressure Cooker sooji cake semolina cake no butter no oil crazy cake no maida

I am wondering how do you guys manage your time?

Ever since I started making Youtube videos I am juggling between my work life and personal life. It seems like I had a lot of time earlier as compared to now.

Since my Mom is here its kinda easy for me to do stuff; like I manage everything related to shooting, editing, photographing, posting and marketing and she takes care of Yo (my daughter) and the house.

I am so blessed.. I know..

But guys seriously if you have any tips to share then just comment below and let me know. I think I am going crazy.

Eggless Rava Cake in Pressure Cooker sooji cake semolina cake no butter no oil crazy cake no maida

Let me quickly walk you through the flavours of this cake.

Now first of all since this has no Maida in it do not expect this to be a super soft cake. But at the same time you won’t be disappointed by the wonderful texture of Rava or Semolina.

This is not too sweet so I would say would be just perfect with your evening Tea or even in your kids lunch box.

Yes it is a moist cake but little bit on the denser side for obvious reason of not having enough butter or oil. You must definitely check my Pound Cake recipe if you are looking for a lighter cake and if you like to learn the science behind baking.

You can add any flavours of your choice if you wish but today I have just kept it simple.

Here I would like to thank my dear friend Pradnya; my bff for sharing this wonderful recipe with me 4 years back. And since then it has always been a favourite.

If you like this recipe then do tag me, tweet me or instagram me and I would love to follow you and your creations.

Here is the video recipe..

And the written recipe..

4.21 from 24 votes
Eggless Rava Cake in Pressure Cooker sooji cake semolina cake no butter no oil crazy cake no maida
Rava Cake in Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

This Rava Cake in a Pressure Cooker is an easy and simple to follow recipe that is made using ingredients that are easily available in the kitchen pantry at any given time.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6 inch cake
Author: sushma iyer
  • 2 cups Rava
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1.5 cups Sugar
  • 1.5 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 cup Curd
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  1. Start by preheating the cooker. For this place a stand inside the pressure cooker and put the lid on without the gasket and no whistle. Switch the gas onto high heat for 10-15 mins. Meanwhile start with your cake mix.

  2. In a mixer, combine together milk, sugar and ghee and blend until smooth. 

  3. Transfer it to a bowl and add curd. Mix well. Add in your rava, vanilla extract and baking soda

  4. Combine everything well and pour it into the prepared cake tin. Bake in the preheated pressure cooker for 60-70 mins on medium flame.

1. This cake recipe works fine in any cake moulds and is best suited for 8 inch cake tin. I wanted a pan to fit in the pressure cooker and hence used 6 inch one. Due to which I was left out with some batter which I used in making a cupcake.
2. After 40 mins, check whether the cake is done by lifting the lid on. If not then check in every 10 min interval. Once the tooth pick comes out clean; switch off the gas and let the cake tin be in the cooker for another 5 mins. Remove from cooker, let it cool completely and then un-mould. It took me a total of 65 mins to bake this cake in pressure cooker. Check my earlier post if you wish to bake it in an oven by clicking here. My gas works on electricity hence it took a little long but one that in India I am sure I would take little less time. So please remember to check after 40 mins.
3. You can add any addons like coconut, mango, sliced almonds or tooti frooti.

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    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Geet..

      Yes it is 1 cup milk only dear. However I have used the same measuring cup to measure both dry and wet. Don’t have your doubts on it; be sure that I have used whatever I have mentioned here.. πŸ˜€

      And really sorry for replying so late.. hope you understand..

  1. Nikita says:

    This is super awesome πŸ™‚ Handling your work, home and passion, you must be a maverick of sorts πŸ™‚ No tips only kudos. Loved your style of writing!

  2. heather says:

    Seems like an easy recipe, so I will try it. Your cake looks very moist. What’s the alternative to ghee? Can I just use oil?

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Heather..

      So glad to know that you liked the recipe..

      Yes even though I have never used oil in this recipe; you can absolutely try. I do not see anything that would go wrong here..

  3. vidhi says:

    This is really good but have to put water in a cooker second thing I want to ask u I can make it in microwave is it possible??

  4. Acs says:

    Sorry for the silly question but how much water do u pour at the base of the cooker? Also is a gasket needed after preheating while baking the cake?

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Acs

      No question is silly dear.. Its good to have some doubts..

      No water is needed at all.. Just watch my video you will get an idea. And no gasket while preheating and also while baking. Hope this clears your doubt.

      Thank you dear

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hello Jasmine..

      Awww.. Thank you so much for such kind words.. Its so encouraging..

      I love to read comments and more than that connect with you all through this platform.. <3

      So good to know that you liked this recipe..Do give it a try some time.. πŸ˜€

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Pooja..

      So good to know that you liked the recipe.. I feel so excited to read such comments.. Thank you..

      And no dear there is no need to roast the rawa.. πŸ˜€

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Rashi..

      When you bake cakes in the cooker you generally do not add any water at the base. You do not want to generate steam. I do not think the idli cooker will work with water. If it creates enough heat in itself then try cooking directly. I cannot tell without actually seeing the appliance. Could you please send a picture to my FB page if you don’t mind. Sorry.

  5. Manju says:

    Usually I don’t write comments but this is such a simple and delicious πŸ˜‹ cake that I had to mention and thank u .

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Manju..

      That is really so sweet of you to take the time out and appreciate my work.. Thank you for being such a sweetheart.. Hugs to you.. <3

      These little words really made my day.. πŸ˜€

  6. Pallavi says:

    I tried ur cake in the cooker. But sad to say it completely failed. As per ur instructions i kept the cooker on fire for 40 mins and when i checked, the cake was completely burnt and had became very hard 😒. I made the cake as per ur measurement. I have gas pipeline at my place. Is this the reason? I’m being making cake in pressure cooker with water inside it and it turns out perfect. But this time i decided to go by ur instructions and didnt put water.

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Pallavi..

      So sorry to learn that.. I am feeling so sad about it.. And so sorry for replying so late dear..

      Was your flame on med or high?? If med then 35 mins to 45 mins is the normal cooking time for gas pipeline based gas stove. I am not sure hpw it burnt for you. I think it all depends on the flame because I have received positive feedback from friends back in India so I think may be next time you should try on med flame for 40 mins and then check as I have mentioned in my notes section. I am sure you will get it right next time..

      Also there is actually no need to add water or salt at the base for this recipe but if you have had success using water earlier you can try using that too.

      I have baked all my cookies that I have shared in this blog using pressure cooker with salt at the base; as cookies need that heat since it bakes much faster than cakes. But for this cake in particular if your flame is on med heat then there is no need for any water or salt.

      I hope this helps.. IF there is something else that we can discuss then do ping me I would love to help you.. And once again so sorry that you did not get it right the first time..

  7. Aparna says:

    Hi shushma iyer lovely simplest recipe of cake..
    I tried it it was awesome my family liked it..now I wanna try with wheat rava I.e., lapsi rava so can i replace it with normal rava

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Aparna..

      This is such a satisfying moment for me.. I am so glad that it turned out well for you.. Thank you for taking the time out and letting me know your feedback.. Thats really so sweet of you..

      And about the lapsi rava.. I am so sorry that I cannot guide you on that as I have never used lapsi rava in this cake; actually to be honest not in my cooking also as we do not find it so easily here in Christchurch. So really sorry about that.. hope you understand.. πŸ™‚

  8. Sudha mukundan says:

    Hi Sushama…. thank u for the easy and wonderful recipe.. its a foolproof recipe…and tastes yummy…… my family loved it..i really admire u and look forward to ur recipes… stay blessedπŸ™πŸ½

  9. Deepa Suresh says:

    Hi Sushma…cake looks very very moist and yumm…for this cake we need thin rava or can i make with roasted upma rava ?

    • sushma iyer says:

      Aww so sorry to learn that dear.. I can understand how terrible it might feel..

      For how long did you keep it on the flame?? I mean how many minutes? How long did you preheat the cooker? Did you add salt at the base??

      Sorry about asking so many questions but only then can we learn right.. <3 <3

    • sushma iyer says:

      this recipe is very forgiving actually; you can try substituting it. I haven’t so not sure as to how it would work. but what I understand is you will have to use around 3 tsp of baking powder so I am wondering whether that would have an aftermath taste. So you will have to try and see.. sorry I am not sure.

  10. shalini says:

    Hi Sushma,

    Once you put the cake in cooker, the flame of the gas should be on medium or high ? Want to know as I am just waiting to try out your recipe as it looks so simple.

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Shalini, once you put the cake in the cooker it should be on med flame. Start Checking the cake after 40-45 mins mark.. πŸ™‚

      So pleased to learn that you found this recipe worthy enough to try.. do share your feedback if you happen to try.

      Thank you

  11. Monalisa says:

    Do we need to grease the cake container and sprinkle flour before pouring the cake batter. It is not mentioned.

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Monalisa..

      Sorry for not being clear.. but whenever the recipe calls for a prepared cake tin; it means that the cake tin has to be buttered and dusted with flour prior to baking the batter.. thank you πŸ™‚

  12. Pooja says:

    Awesome recipe ….Very easy to make ….i md it ..n it turned out to be really great…thanks for such a beautiful recipe..

    • sushma iyer says:

      wow Shweta..

      That sounds amazing.. so glad to know that you and your family liked it.. πŸ™‚ And why call me sushma ji and all.. Just call me sushma dear..


  13. namrata says:

    since there are diabetics in the family, can i use honey instead of sugar cause i personally dont like the taste of sugar free/splenda

  14. Kanan says:

    Hi I noticed that your recipes don’t mention baking powder. It only calls for baking soda. While Most cake recipes that one sees always includes both. Can you please shed some light on this? It would really help. Thanks.

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Kanan..

      The basic purpose of raising agents (baking soda or powder) is to help the cake rise and make it soft. Sometimes you do not even need any raising agent in the recipe; in that case, we use Air as the raising agent in the recipe. So it all depends on what is the purpose of the raising agent in the recipe. In this case, the acid in the curd reacts with baking soda and gives us a palatable end product so you do not need any other raising agent. Hope this helps


  15. Sonali Sawant - Shelatkar says:

    No Maida, No Oil and No Butter. Awesome recipe. I was finding this kind of recipe for my little one and I am here. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much.

  16. Sonali Sawant - Shelatkar says:

    Awesome recipe. I was finding this kind of recipe (No Maida, No Oil and No Butter) for my little one and I am here. πŸ™‚ Thank you so much.

  17. Shinu Sachdeva says:

    Hi sushma ur cake recipes are awesome😊Tried only few of them but never fail recipes n always excited to follow ur new ones but in this cake wanted to ask u that whether we have to use roasted suji or plain suji direct from packet …. plz do reply

    • sushma iyer says:

      Thank you so much Shinu.. that is so kind of you..

      For this recipe, you can use just plain suji directly from the packet no need to roast them.. Do share your feedback with us when you happen to try this.


  18. Geethanjali says:

    Hi Sushma…. It is good to see a healthy cake recipe….
    *Can you please let me know what is the shelf life of this cake.
    *Can we use brown sugar or jaggery instead of sugar

    • sushma iyer says:

      Hi Geethanjali.. thank you so much.. so good to know that you liked it..

      The shelf life of this cake is similar to any other cake – 3 to 4 days
      You can try the substitutions but I have never tried so can’t guide you 100 percent. If you give it a try then if possible please do update here so that it is useful to many others.


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