As usally, a picture with big impact. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Grease an 8-inch cake tin / 9 x 5 loaf pan with little butter and … Keep aside in a bowl. B. Merwan & Co. Heard it from a friend that the cake offered by them is delicious. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes at 180 degs and resist the urge to keep opening the oven. The worker looks like he is thinking….in how many minutes will this tray empty, making me go for another load? I feel hot and humid and my ams ache just looking at the volume on that tray. 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 . Edwina D'souza February 22, 2014 April 9, 2017 Food and Drink , Mumbai Food Scene , Mumbai Travel Guide Share this with friends 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. They will be sorely missed if they decide to Wonderful. A worker carrying Mawa cake at B. Merwan and Co. | Grant Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Since childhood I have been eating mawa cake but haven’t tasted anything like the one from Merwans. Those cakes certainly look delicious. Khalas; No stock available even for … superbe cadrage avec une lumière magique! Primary Sidebar. “The Irani refugees were not very educated but knew how to bake. Excellent shot, joshi. Photographe Gil Zetbase. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. 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. It isn’t often that the closure of one café would end so much living – of its owners, its bakers, its city. LG von Rosie. ( Log Out /  Cyrus Todiwala is convinced that the cake was a B. Merwan brainchild: “In the early 1900s our milk was not pasteurised, neither was refrigeration available. 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. 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. “I sell several mawa cakes every day even now.”. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. So they’re Parsi? Una luz y un ambiente verdaderamente únicos! However, the café most inextricably linked with mawa cakes is Grant Road’s B. Merwan. B Merwan, Mumbai Picture: mawa cake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 54,311 candid photos and videos of B Merwan Here's a simple recipe to make them at home. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Pour the batter into a greased baking pan lined with parchment paper. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. “The B. Merwan family bakes the best mawa cakes ever. There are still other stories that inform us of mawa cakes being just a clever twist on the homely sponge cake. (Can almost smell the cakes’ fragrance in your picture!) 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. Those cakes look yummy, and I like cardamom! merwans mawa cake recipe. ( Log Out /  In fact we have three mini ones in our freezer right now,” shares Todiwala. Moist Mawa Cupcakes Khoya Cupcake Recipe / Mawa Cupcake Recipe … It’s the place to be… Irani cafés like Kayani, Ideal and B. Merwan sold them hundreds of cups of tea every day; and with that, mawa cakes and khari biscuits. 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. It really IS like we are there with you. The year 1981 saw the release of Manmohan Desai blockbuster Naseeb. Learn how your comment data is processed. You are the master of portraits dear Joshi!They are always steeped in culture and tradition:). The color tones really give the image a real life feel. Milk had to be boiled over and over again to stop it from going off in our heat and humidity. ( Log Out /  amitiés. Fantastic composition. Popular Posts. Filed under Bombay, Breakfast, Cafe, Cupcake, India, Indian, Parsi. It talks to us. Remove once they are golden brown and cool – the Mawa Cakes tastes best with a hot cup of tea and can be stored for upto 4 – 5 days in an airtight container. . Posted on December 17, 2020 Category: Christmas Recipes, Eggless Baked Goodies. 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. You just captured the right moment of this person.! Eggless Mawa Cake Recipe | Parsi Mawa Cake. 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. Delicious Eggless Mawa Cake Recipe – a soft, fluffy, eggless cake made with evaporated milk (mawa), cream, milk and spiced with cardamom powder. As Bombay became Mumbai and macaroons replace mawa cakes, the city must brace itself for the death of yet another institution. loved the image. They look delicious… :) thank you so much, most of these everyday things are so extraordinary to me :). I really admire your use of light, throughout your work and in this image in particular. There is one place thats iconic to Mawa cakes. 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. 6- Followed by all of the milk and then the remaining flour. Your photos, or the last ones, are so great as usual. Add grated mawa or milk powder and mix. 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’d love to have one right now. Sieve flour, salt and Baking Powder for 3 to 4 times. They modified their traditional kumas with local ingredients – khoya and cardamom – to make the mawa cake,” he says. 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. How the Bombay cupcake survived, B. Merwan’s Mawa Cake | Parsis, Iranis, Zarathushtis - ALL Under One Roof. When it downs its shutters on March 31st, B. Merwan & Co. will also declare the end of an era. He says of Vividhvani, “By this time Bombay Parsi cuisine had already been very anglicized. B Merwan, Mumbai Picture: mawa cake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 54,662 candid photos and videos. 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. With cardamommmmm. Now they are literaly requested often by my friends and family. Ein wunderbares Foto “aus dem richtigen Leben”, authentisch, ungekünstelt und real. Merwan is an icon in Mumbai. Everything from the facial expression to the pastries just looks great. “The British soldiers stationed in the cantonment came to buy my grandfather’s cakes after their daily exercise. Pingback: B. Merwan’s Mawa Cake | Parsis, Iranis, Zarathushtis - ALL Under One Roof. Mawa cakes are buttery tea cakes that are infused with cardamom. Nice soft touch! There are several online and I would recommend you start with this one: http://www.bawibride.com/mawa-cakes/. 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. I bet it will be tastier. . And this also inspired me to look up a recipe for mawa cake, which sounds delicious. . Wonderful photo .. Amazing amount of cakes on that tray! Even today we sell almost 70 kilos of mawa cake every day. Irani cafes opened during an interesting time. Sadly, the place is closing down and its loyal patrons have been rushing to savour the last bits of their beautiful cakes. Here again, after a long break. Great photo capturing the moment. This boiling created an automatic mawa and by the end of the day they would have a lot of it. This is an egg free, super rich, dense cake studded with nuts and flavored with cardamom. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Preheat the oven at 180°C. But it is worth the labor. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! B. Merwan and Co. is a century old bakery and Iranian cafe in Grant Road, Mumbai, India. Would be interesting to taste. Superb photo. Then would begin the long walk home with taste lingering in the mouth. Of course, my wife happens to taste one of the mawa cake. A nice amount on the set, and certainly very good taste. Have a nice week-end! “That is what inspired me to make my own,” Messman shares. B Merwan: Mawa cake and Brun Maska - See 44 traveler reviews, 39 candid photos, and great deals for Mumbai, India, at Tripadvisor. 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. Mawa cake is a delicious Indian tea cake with mawa or milk solids as main ingredient. Would love to taste, having marked to visit grant road this time. Place maida, sugar, butter, khoya, vanilla and baking powder in a bowl and beat well with a beater, till smooth. Nov 4, 2017 - Buttery tea cakes infused with cardamom, the Mawa Cake is touched with nostalgia for many food lovers globally. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. 5- Now, add half of the flour mixture and mix until combined. 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 there was an extra smidgeon of sadness here, for B Merwan's is well-known for its delectable mawa cakes and the thought of going without it, was a sobering one. They are laborious since you have to make the mava from scratch to get the real flavor. Modern bakery Theobroma’s Kamal Messman spent her childhood eating B. Merwan’s mawa cakes. B.Merwan – Mawa Cakes and more…. And lo behold, they did rejoice when the cafe reopened in a couple of months. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. ( Log Out /  Wonderful saturation. ( Log 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. . I’ll take one ;-) 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. I would love to try the cake :) great image, Joshi! 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. This story was commissioned by the newspaper Mint Lounge and was first published by them on 18th January 2013. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), B. Merwan’s mawa cake. This cake is a delight in every bite, not overly sweet, perfect for celebrations like Diwali and easy to make too. 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”. Firstly, this with egg Parsi mawa cake recipe is a moist cupcake with simple flavors and no frosting . Place the butter paper on the greased pan. Also, has a mild flavor of cardamom powder which goes very well with the mawa /khoya in the cupcakes. 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. Almost every Irani bakery in the country claims bragging rights for its invention. It was alas a poorman’s club for reading free newspapers & meeting friends every day . :), Iranian Café? Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I haven’t looked beyond the cakes :). ( Log Out /  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. Being in US and longing for the Mawa Cake, I came up with baking my own Mawa Cakes. Turns out … 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 ;). Ich mag sowas. Keep aside. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The edited version of the article can be read here. The soft, diffused lighting makes for a beautiful image. Pingback: Mumbai Iranian cafe style mawa cakes. 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. Crumble mawa with hand, keep aside. Their speciality is the Mawa cake pictured here. Mawa cakes are buttery tea … I love how the focus is on the cakes with the baker holding his head high behind them. 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. Lots of strength in this image Joshi. Hi – I’m afraid I didn’t ask anyone for a recipe. But the recipe is a secret,”  whispers Irani. Had read the article in Mint and loved it then. The second spate of Irani Zoroastrians that fled from the Islamic Qajar regime were mainly bakers, sweet makers and café owners. Thank you very much! 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. Keep up amazing work! I want one :) Another great shot, Joshi. 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