Mawa | Milk solids are widely used in Indian Sweets. It adds richness in a way which cannot be expressed in words.
After one minute, take the bowl out, mix well and place it for another minute. The mixture will curdle and will get thicker. Let it cool completely before using it.
If you don't have cardamom powder substitute it with vanilla extract, orange zest or lemon zest.
If the cake tends to get darker on the top, loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil and lower the temperature.
Alternatively, you can use the pan of your choice but the baking time may vary.