close down. I feel hot and humid and my ams ache just looking at the volume on that tray. A hundred years later, Bombay’s mawa cake still travels from the city’s Irani cafés to The Big Smoke and is savoured by the likes of celebrated Parsi chef Cyrus Todiwala, OBE. “That is what inspired me to make my own,” Messman shares. :), Iranian Café? Would love to have a slice of mawa cake with a hot cup of chai (tea) or coffee with my loved ones Usually make these very often sometimes eggless sometimes not. amitiés. It isn’t often that just a whiff of something has the power to evoke a generation of memories; that a humble cake has the power to command queues for a hundred years. Irani cafes opened during an interesting time. This is an egg free, super rich, dense cake studded with nuts and flavored with cardamom. Feb 14, 2016 - Buttery tea cakes infused with cardamom, the Mawa Cake is touched with nostalgia for many food lovers globally. ( Log Out /  Had read the article in Mint and loved it then. B. Merwan & Co. Heard it from a friend that the cake offered by them is delicious. Almost every Irani bakery in the country claims bragging rights for its invention. Add all the remaining dry ingredients and milk, except the nuts. Then would begin the long walk home with taste lingering in the mouth. . Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. B. Merwan and Co. is a century old bakery and Iranian cafe in Grant Road, Mumbai, India. I still remember the taste of their mawa cake and the icecream soda I'd had. B Merwan, Mumbai Picture: mawa cake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 54,662 candid photos and videos. Moist Mawa Cupcakes Khoya Cupcake Recipe / Mawa Cupcake Recipe … B Merwan, Mumbai Picture: Mawa cake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 54,673 candid photos and videos. Mawa Cakes – Soft and Buttery Cardamom infused khoya cup cakes inspired from Mumbai Iranian Cafe Grant Road’s B. Merwan Cafe – B. Merwan & Co. Mawa cakes are a very popular item sold in Iranian cafes / bakeries in Mumbai. Dan Sheffield, a lecturer at the Department of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, researched three old texts for any references to the cake: 17th-century Gujarati Zartoshtnamu (The Book of Zarathustra), Persian-language Khulāsat al-Maʼkūlāt va’l-Mashrūbāt (The Essence of Edibles and Potables), and Parsi cookbook Vividhvani published in 1903. I’ll take one ;-) Beat 2 eggs into the mixture. closed down 5- Now, add half of the flour mixture and mix until combined. Being in US and longing for the Mawa Cake, I came up with baking my own Mawa Cakes. It reminds me of Tolkien’s quote “I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay… small acts of kindness and love”. :), such a great ambiance in this shot… love the subdued tones with only the yellow popping out…. Just as the very first Irani café in India has never been identified with any certainty, the origins of the mawa cake too are shrouded in mystery. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Irrespective of how and who created the mawa cake, by the early 1920s, more locals than ever before were enjoying this treat from Irani bakeries. They modified their traditional kumas with local ingredients – khoya and cardamom – to make the mawa cake,” he says. You are the master of portraits dear Joshi!They are always steeped in culture and tradition:). I like how you managed to capture the worker looking upwards to the side…must be on the lookout for the next batch of cakes ;). It talks to us. Ein wunderbares Foto “aus dem richtigen Leben”, authentisch, ungekünstelt und real. B Merwan, Mumbai Picture: mawa cake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 54,590 candid photos and videos. Have a nice week-end! It was alas a poorman’s club for reading free newspapers & meeting friends every day . Great photo! Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Mawa cake is a delicious Indian tea cake with mawa or milk solids as main ingredient. The edited version of the article can be read here. LG von Rosie. There are several online and I would recommend you start with this one: http://www.bawibride.com/mawa-cakes/. Nov 4, 2017 - Buttery tea cakes infused with cardamom, the Mawa Cake is touched with nostalgia for many food lovers globally. The cake that travelled from the streets of Bombay, through a cake fight in a five star hotel kitchen, and hand delivered by an airline pilot to a casino in London, had to be a special one. Grease an 8-inch cake tin / 9 x 5 loaf pan with little butter and … Lots of strength in this image Joshi. Apr 20, 2018 - When I first came to Mumbai, one of the first few eateries I was taken to visit was B. Merwans at Grant Road. It is possible that Mumbai will once again see an invention with the ability to summon such nostalgia; but until then, we must learn to live without its most famous buttery mawa cakes, loaded with cardamom and charisma of a disappearing time. On the one hand, the city’s “respectable” members still preferred to dine in private clubs or at home, and on the other, the large number of itinerant male workers flooding the city, living away from their families and home cooking, created a market for inexpensive dining. Mawa cake, the melt-in-your-mouth khoya cake perfumed with cardamom powder, guaranteed to transport you to food utopia. So not surprisingly, when B Merwan and Co, a century-old Iranian cafe, downed it’s shutters, the city mourned. While most may remember it for Amitabh Bachchan’s cage fighting, Kim’s lip reading talent and Hema Malini’s pink boa, I will always associate the film with the beginning of a love affair with the mawa cake. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Modern bakery Theobroma’s Kamal Messman spent her childhood eating B. Merwan’s mawa cakes. Merwan is an icon in Mumbai. They will be sorely missed if they decide to Mawa cakes are buttery tea cakes that are infused with cardamom. Lovely picture,…and delicious Mawa cakes too! As Bombay became Mumbai and macaroons replace mawa cakes, the city must brace itself for the death of yet another institution. Pingback: Mumbai Iranian cafe style mawa cakes. I always like the ancient cloudy mirrors in these Iranis. Keep aside in a bowl. Just as the very first Irani café in India has never been identified with any certainty, the origins of the mawa cake too are shrouded in mystery. B Merwan: Mawa cake and Brun Maska - See 44 traveler reviews, 39 candid photos, and great deals for Mumbai, India, at Tripadvisor. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! B Merwan, Mumbai Picture: mawa cake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 54,311 candid photos and videos of B Merwan Wonderful photo .. Amazing amount of cakes on that tray! Jump to the blog. The color tones really give the image a real life feel. Thank you for taking the time to share the images and the beautiful stories behind them all. STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS TO MAKE INDIAN MAWA CAKE 1.Preheat the oven to 350 F, position a rack in the middle of the oven. Now they are literaly requested often by my friends and family. It is believed that this is when the mawa cake inspiration came to Mumbai along with a host of other Irani delicacies. Photographe Gil Zetbase. It really IS like we are there with you. Would love to taste, having marked to visit grant road this time. https://hebbarskitchen.com/eggless-parsi-mumbai-mawa-cake-recipe There are still other stories that inform us of mawa cakes being just a clever twist on the homely sponge cake. The book, which is around 1500 pages, has recipes for 57 varieties of cake ranging from coffee cake and cherry cake to things with exotic names like Cake Napoleon, Chantilly Cake, Cake Baqirkhani, etc., but still no mawa cake.”. But the recipe is a secret,”  whispers Irani. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Apr 11, 2017 - As I post this, my home is doused with the warm fragrance of cardamom and my eyes are gleaming with joy as I can see my very own mawa cake come to life. Nice portrait. Its Mumbai Grant Road’s B. Merwan Cafe – B. Merwan & Co. Primary Sidebar. Place maida, sugar, butter, khoya, vanilla and baking powder in a bowl and beat well with a beater, till smooth. I plan to run a new bakery in belgaum I want mava cake recipes will u please help me out. Eggless Mawa Cake Recipe | Parsi Mawa Cake. Parsi food specialist Katy’s Kitchen’s Kurush Dalal is convinced that the mawa cake is an adaptation of the traditional Zoroastrians tea cake kumas. Up until now bakeries were restricted to British cantonments, but the Iranis began to serve no fuss food in a no fuss setting, bringing hitherto considered extravagances within easy reach of the public. Change ). Would be interesting to taste. Edwina D'souza February 22, 2014 April 9, 2017 Food and Drink , Mumbai Food Scene , Mumbai Travel Guide Share this with friends B. Merwan & Co. recently celebrated a century of serving patrons an affordable breakfast and delicious mawa cakes; and also announced that March 2014 would be the last time this would happen. Learn how your comment data is processed. Everything from the facial expression to the pastries just looks great. thank you so much, most of these everyday things are so extraordinary to me :). The year 1981 saw the release of Manmohan Desai blockbuster Naseeb. Excellent photography. Line one 8 inch spring-form cake tin with parchment paper, grease with ghee. Since childhood I have been eating mawa cake but haven’t tasted anything like the one from Merwans. A nice amount on the set, and certainly very good taste. Wonderful. Also sieve Cocoa Powder now. Hi – I’m afraid I didn’t ask anyone for a recipe. loved the image. When it downs its shutters on March 31st, B. Merwan & Co. will also declare the end of an era. Reblogged this on Parsi Calendar and Cuisine. Ich mag sowas. Even today we sell almost 70 kilos of mawa cake every day. Filed under Bombay, Breakfast, Cafe, Cupcake, India, Indian, Parsi. “The British soldiers stationed in the cantonment came to buy my grandfather’s cakes after their daily exercise. Their speciality is the Mawa cake pictured here. Your photos, or the last ones, are so great as usual. I hope you get to visit Merwan before the end of March. Here's a simple recipe to make them at home. Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Naga Sadhu performing a ritual in Kumbh Mela. Nice soft touch! There is one place thats iconic to Mawa cakes. To make about 8 cakes you will need: 1 1/4 cups (155gr) all purpose flour. Thank you very much! They look delicious… :) Preheat the oven at 180°C. He carries the heat of the kitchen with great strength. Unconfirmed reports even suggest that the trains would stop longer at the Grand Road station so that passengers could get their daily fix of mawa cake. Posted on December 17, 2020 Category: Christmas Recipes, Eggless Baked Goodies. I haven’t looked beyond the cakes :). How the Bombay cupcake survived, B. Merwan’s Mawa Cake | Parsis, Iranis, Zarathushtis - ALL Under One Roof. . Delicious Eggless Mawa Cake Recipe – a soft, fluffy, eggless cake made with evaporated milk (mawa), cream, milk and spiced with cardamom powder. Khalas; No stock available even for … Add grated mawa or milk powder and mix. I’m so loving browsing all your lovely photos of everyday things that have passed and reading the stories that accompany them. B. Merwan & Co. recently celebrated a century of serving patrons an affordable breakfast and delicious mawa cakes; and also announced that March 2014 would be the last time this would happen. I’d love to have one right now. (Can almost smell the cakes’ fragrance in your picture!) Fantastic composition. Excellent shot, joshi. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! The Irani owner experimented with it by adding it to a cake and created one of the most significant tea time cakes Bombay has ever known.”, It’s a believable story. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. I think I would like them if it weren’t for the cardamon . “The Irani refugees were not very educated but knew how to bake. I want one :) Another great shot, Joshi. Those cakes certainly look delicious. It isn’t often that the closure of one café would end so much living – of its owners, its bakers, its city. Mein erster Gedanke war: Hoffentlich hält der Bäcker das Blech in der Balance, ohne das einer dieser appetitlichen Kuchen herunterfällt! So they’re Parsi? I really admire your use of light, throughout your work and in this image in particular. Read it all over again and loved it again… partly it’s your amazing writing style and partly my love for Merwan. Pingback: B. Merwan’s Mawa Cake | Parsis, Iranis, Zarathushtis - ALL Under One Roof. I, along with my wife, went to the shop next to Grant Road local train station in the evening of 15 March 2014 which is Saturday. B Merwan: Must eat is mawa cake, pre order or rush at 7am - See 44 traveler reviews, 39 candid photos, and great deals for Mumbai, India, at Tripadvisor. Those cakes look yummy, and I like cardamom! Their speciality is the Mawa cake pictured here. First time I’ve heard about mawa cake. ( Log Out /  Turns out … ( Log Out /  In the mid sixties if there was 20p or was it 25p in my pocket, would walk down Tardeo road then down Sleater road crossing the Grant Rd. This boiling created an automatic mawa and by the end of the day they would have a lot of it. And this also inspired me to look up a recipe for mawa cake, which sounds delicious. Of course, my wife happens to taste one of the mawa cake. superbe cadrage avec une lumière magique! ( Log Out /  This cake is a delight in every bite, not overly sweet, perfect for celebrations like Diwali and easy to make too. Mix until combined but do not over-mix. The Memories of B >Merwan & Co,will always lingeron as I usedto visit them 3 times a week in the 1940 to 1953 before departing for USA for good . Sift the flour, baking powder, cardamom powder and salt to aerate the dry mixture. The worker looks like he is thinking….in how many minutes will this tray empty, making me go for another load? Wonderful saturation. The soft, diffused lighting makes for a beautiful image. When Sheriar Irani’s grandfather started Pune’s first Irani bakery, the legendary Royal Bakery, he experimented with new flavours for a sponge cake until he hit upon the perfect recipe and called it the mawa cake. B Merwan's is a fine, upstanding Irani establishment and it would indeed have been a tragedy if it went down the way of Bastani and closed its doors forever. Superb photo. It’s the place to be… Rlwy Stn bridge from west to east reaching B.Merwan & Co. buy a Mawa Cake, which would melt/disappear before I even got down the steps. Change ). Here again, after a long break. Even as Irani café’s and bakeries fight for survival in a culinary landscape that doesn’t have the patience for, nor an interest in languid brun-maska-chais, the mawa cake manages to hold its own on counters crowded with cronut-esque creations. The second spate of Irani Zoroastrians that fled from the Islamic Qajar regime were mainly bakers, sweet makers and café owners. ( Log Out /  . Place the butter paper on the greased pan. They are laborious since you have to make the mava from scratch to get the real flavor. Search. B. Merwan and Co. is a century old bakery and Iranian cafe in Grant Road, Mumbai, India. Milk had to be boiled over and over again to stop it from going off in our heat and humidity. Search A Recipe. A worker carrying Mawa cake at B. Merwan and Co. | Grant Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. ( Log Out /  I would love to try the cake :) great image, Joshi! Also, has a mild flavor of cardamom powder which goes very well with the mawa /khoya in the cupcakes. . Mawa cakes are buttery tea … I love how the focus is on the cakes with the baker holding his head high behind them. Mawa cakes, the soft, buttery, cardamom-infused cupcakes rolled in wax paper, have been a menu staple at Irani cafés and bakeries from the time they opened in Bombay and Poona in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. I can almost smell… even taste those goodies! He says of Vividhvani, “By this time Bombay Parsi cuisine had already been very anglicized. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 180 degs and resist the urge to keep opening the oven. I bet it will be tastier. pan. “The B. Merwan family bakes the best mawa cakes ever. In fact we have three mini ones in our freezer right now,” shares Todiwala. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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