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Updated: Jan 9, 2023

This recipe is inspired by the Warmth Cookbook written by Nadia Marshall from Mudita Institute. Warmth is a beautiful Ayurvedic cookbook, one I highly recommend as a staple Ayurvedic resource.

This recipe is beneficial for Vata body types as it is sweet and nourishing with the added ghee and citrus overtones from the orange. It is good for Pitta types also, but be sure to use sweet oranges instead of sour and to be gentle on the cardamom as this can aggravate the Pitta constitution in excess. Due to the heavy and sweet nature of the dish this should be a "sometimes only" food choice for Kapha individuals.


The cake:

  • 1 cup semolina

  • 1 cup nut meal (almond works well)

  • 1 -1 1/2 tsp freshly ground cardamom powder

  • 1 cup desiccated, shredded or flaked coconut

  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk

  • 125 gm melted ghee or coconut oil as a vegan substitute

The syrup:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar or jaggery

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed sweet orange juice

  • 2-3 bruised cardamom pods (with seeds still intact)

  • 1/2 cup pistachios or almonds coarsely chopped


1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and line a lightly greased, small sized slice tin with grease proof paper.

2. Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir well to combine.

3. Add the milk and ghee to the dry ingredients and mix well until just combined.

4. Pour into the tin and smooth with a knife for a flat finish if necessary. Bake for about 30-35 minutes or until slightly golden on top.

5. While the cake is baking, make the syrup. In a small pan, combine all of the syrup ingredients and bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer and stir occasionally until the syrup has reduced and thickened.

6. Remove the cake from the oven and slice into squares or triangles while still warm and in the tin. Pour the syrup over the cake evenly and allow to sit in the tin until most of it is absorbed into the cake.

7. Remove from the tin and serve when cool.

8. This is best eaten amongst good company and with a cup of homemade chai tea!


Instead of the orange juice and the nuts, use water with 3 teaspoons of Rosewater in the syrup as recommended by the Mudita Institute.

You could also simply add slices of orange zest to the syrup instead of the nuts.


The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the science of Ayurveda. If you have an acute or chronic health concern, please consult your chosen trained health care professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a qualified Ayurvedic Practitioner, contact The Sattva Centre directly -

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