Showing posts with label sweet. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sweet. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wheat - Millet flour Cake

This cake was prepared for my son Ravi' s birthday. Just tried this wheat -millet cake and it came out very well and superb outcome. It is easy, simple and healthy cake. 



It is always nice to bake a cake for the family members. I do prepare most of the time. We had a get together at Son Ravi's house.
I have used wheat flour, millet flour/jolada hittu/ sorghum flour, curd, vanilla essence, coco powder, and other ingredients.
Now a days I started using millet flours instead of maida. This recipe has no oil and without much of hassle.

No egg, No White Sugar, No Maida = Wheat - Millet Flour Recipe

Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Wheat flour : 1 Cup
Millet Flour : 1 /2 Cup
Coco Powder : 3 Tablespoons
Jaggery : 3/4 Cup (I used Joni bella /Organic jaggery)
Baking powder : 1 Teaspoon
Baking soda : A pinch
Salt : A pinch
Curd : 1 Cup
Ghee : 1 Tablespoon (Optional)
Almond flakes : 2 Teaspoons (Optional)
Lemon : 1 Teaspoon ( 1/2 of one lemon)
Vanilla Essence : A few drops. ( 2 to 3 ).
Dates : 15 to 20 (Optional)

Method :

1. Sieve wheat flour, millet flour, coco powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. (Sieve twice so that it mixes well).



2. Take a big bowl and add curd, jaggery and ghee. Mix it well using a tablespoon or eggbeater.

3. Add lemon and stir nicely. Add vanilla essence and stir for another 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Add sieved flour and mix it slowly. Let it mix well.

5. Take a baking tray and apply oil /ghee and pour the ready cake mix.


Just tap it slowly so that it spreads around and evens the cake mix. Spread some almond flakes on the top.

 6. Preheat the oven for 5 minutes and place the cake tray in the oven. Bake it for 30 to 35 minutes.


7. Check the cake is done with a edge of knife or spoon. Prick it slowly and the cake should not stick to the knife edge. So cake is done.
8. Remove it from the oven and place it on the top to cool down.

9. Remove the seeds from the dates and smash it nicely. Make a ball shape.
10. Roll the date mixture on the butter paper /banan leaf to get it spread.


11. Place this flattened dates mixture on the top of the cake and  rap it around the cake.Press a little.

12. This rapping of dates mixture adds to the taste. Cut and serve with a cup of coffee or tea or whenever you want to.

Note :

Use of dates is optional. It is just an creative work and adds to the taste. You must use soft dates.
You can add little milk if you feel the cake dough is thick.
While mixing the flour to wet ingredients let it be bit slow and it should be done on one direction.
If you are using normal jaggery powder, soak it in curd and it melts. You need to mix it well.
Adding ghee is purely optional. I have added.
Time : 40 Minutes
Serve : According to your wish. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Cucumber - Jaggery Dosa & Guli Appa

Cucumber/Mullu southekai as we call it, is mainly used in salads and eaten raw. We do make use of it in curries, idli, roti or dosa.

Here I have prepared Sweet Dosa, using Cucumber, Bottle gourd and the normal dosa ingredients with jaggery.
Cucumber Jaggery Dosa turns soft once it is fully fermented. Soak rice for 2 to 3 hours and grind it with cucumber and strictly no water. The batter should be thick and you can add water if needed once you start preparing dosa the next day morning or after 5 to 5 hours.
This is one of the South Canara /Udupi recipe which my doddamma and amma used to prepare. Dosa turns soft and fluffy and very nice to have them for breakfast or as snack.
Let us see some benefits of having breakfast in the morning.
Breakfast is one of the best meal for the day. It gives energy for the whole day. It helps to strengthen  metabolism and helps you to concentrate at work.Eating breakfast is good for health. It helps for better memory and concentration, lowers the bad cholesterol and helps in increasing good cholesterol.
Let us see the recipe now :

Ingredients :

Raw Rice : 2 Cups
Urid dal : 1/2 Cup
Methi /Fenugrik seeds : 1 Teaspoon
Fresh grated coconut : 2 Tablespoons
Cucumber : 2 (Very small ones or 1 medium size)
Grated bottle gourd : 1 Small bowl. (1/2 bottle gourd of medium size)
Jaggery : 2 Tablespoons./Powdered
Salt : As required
Oil/ghee : 2 to 3 Tablespoons


Method :

1. Wash and soak raw rice, urid dal and methi seeds together for 2 to 3 hours.

2. Grate coconut. Wash cucumber and cut into small pieces. Grate bottle gourd.

3. Now grind soaked rice-dal mixture with coconut,grated bottle gourd and cucumber till paste.


4. Add jaggery to the dough. Grind it for 2 minutes. Remove from mixi jar to a big bowl and add salt. Mix it well and let it ferment nicely till next morning/Overnight.



5. Mix the dough nicely.

6. Next morning see that dough is fermented well. Dough should be like normal dosa consistency.
7. Keep a pan on the fire and add very little oil and clean it with a kitchen tissue.
8. Take a ladle full of Cucumber jaggery dosa dough and pour it on the hot pan.

9. Do not spread much. Add oil on the top, cover and cook on medium flame for a minute.
10. Remove the cover and turn the dosa on the other side and cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute.


11. Remove it from the pan. Dosa is ready to serve.

12. Serve it with a spoon of fresh ghee on the top of hot Cucumber jaggery dosa and a side dish of your wish.

Note :
The dough has to be fermented well or you will not get good dosas. So you need to see the dough is fermented well. Use of jaggery more /less is optional. Thick dosas taste better. Spreading and making it thin might tare and it will not come out of the pan. Let the flame be low while pouring the dough to the pan and then increase the flame to medium flame). I have used organic jaggery. Powder the jaggery and then add it. ( It is easy to grind powdered jaggery). Adding bottle gourd is optional. ( I have added grated bottle gourd while grinding along with cucumber). Time : Soaking the ingredients 3 hours + grinding 10 minutes and fermentation over night/6 to 7 hours.
Dosa preparation : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 3 to 4 .

You can also prepare Guli appa /guntponglu/kuli appam/paddu using the same dough. I added little grated carrots on the top of Guli appa.





Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ragi - Apple Haalubai. (Finger Millet Pudding).

Haalubai (in Kannada Langurage) is one one of the traditional sweet dish/desert.  Normally haalubai is prepared using rice and coconut. I have used Ragi/finger millet instead of rice. Here is a recipe of Ragi/Finger Millet and it is a healthy desert and yummy to have it.


Haalu means milk and this particular sweet dish is prepared using coconut milk and jaggery. Use of coconut is a healthy option and we do get benefit from coconut and coconut milk. It is not only adds taste to the dish you prepare, it adds the healthy properties in it.
Let us see some benefits of having Coconut in our diet.
coconut is referred as Kalpavruksha (means provide the needs of human).
Coconut is one of the wonder food on the earth and it provides multiple health benefits. It helps in lowering cholesterol, healing and stabilizing blood sugar in our body. It is a top immune booster, anti fungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years. Coconut helps to imporve digestion, stabilize glucose levels, ward off wrinkles, build cells, regulate hormones, fight infections and good for weight loss. Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fibre. It has vitamin C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 in it. It has minerals like iron, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
 Ragi - Apple Haalubai can be eaten as desert, for kids snack box, breakfast, travelling and kitty parties.
I have used ragi flour, apple, jaggery, cardamom, cinnamon (very little) and some ghee.
Let us see the recipe now.

Things needed :

Ragi flour : 2 Cups
Jaggery : 3/4 Cup or little more
Apple : 1 (big size)
Ghee : 3 to 4 Tablespoons
Cinnamon : Very small pieces.( 1/3 of an inch)
Cardamom : 6 to 8 Pods
Salt : A pinch
Coconut : 1 Cup

Method :

1. Grate coconut and grind it nicely with cinnamon and cardamom seeds. (Remove the seeds from the pods and then use it). Let it be paste consistency.

2. Dry roast ragi flour for 2 to 3 minutes on low flame and let it cool.
3. Keep a pan on the fire and heat. Put jaggery and 1 glass of water. Let jaggery melt completely and starts to boil. Remove from the pan and sieve it.


4. Wash and remove outer peel of an apple. Remove the seeds and hard portion. Cut them into very small pieces.
5. Keep a pan on the fire and add sieved jaggery and ground coconut mixture.
6. Add roasted ragi flour to jaggery mixture and slowly stir. Let it mix well.


7. Keep on stirring till it turn slightly thick. Add a tablespoon of ghee and keep stirring the pudding.


8. Add little ghee in between and stir the haalubai on low flame. It starts to leave the edges of the pan.
9. Add cut apple pieces and let it mix it with ragi coconut mixture nicely. Add little ghee.

10. Stir for another 5 to 8 minutes and pour the dough to a ghee greased tray or plate.


11 Spread it evenly on the plate. Cut it once it is cooled.

12. Serve or eat whenever you want to. Add little ghee on the top of Ragi - Apple Haalubai just before serving.

Note;

You can add grated apple instead of pieces. I have added the pieces so that you get a piece while eating haalubai. Adding more ghee is optional. (Remember it does not take much ghee). Use of oil instead of ghee is optional. Taste differ and ghee taste better. Adding any other flavour instead of cinnamon and cardamom is optional. Adding more jaggery is optional.
Time : 30 Minutes.
Serves : 25 to 30 pieces. (According to size and shape).
Type : Desert/Sweet/Indian.

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