Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts

Friday, November 16, 2018

Baked Cucumber Sweet Kadubu /Rice Cake

Baked Cucumber Sweet Kadubu is one of the traditional dish. Normally we prepare steamed sweet kadubu. This time I tried baking the same ingredients. It is like a cake and we can have it with cup of coffee/tea/juice. The choice is yours.


Some time back I have seen this Rice Cake/ Baked Kadubu /Baked Rice Cake in Foodie Group page.
My friend and foodie group admini Shri Kripa has prepared this baked cucumber sweet kadubu and I really wanted to try. I told her that it looks yummy and I am going try the dish. It is one of the North Canara dish. They call this dish as Kendathadya and it is normally done in fire wood oven.
   To tell about Shri Kripa, she is an excellent cook and very active person too. She is a good gardener and good adviser and she will definitely put her effort to provide clarification and guide people with her knowledge. She is a kind hearted friend.
       Coming back to my story, I got too busy with my routine, visiting places, going to dramas, music concerts, my tuition classes, attending marriages and the list goes on. We were too busy with deepavali festival etc,etc,etc. I did not get the time to try this Baked Cucumber Sweet Kadubu.
     
Yesterday we had the plan of visiting our elder son Ravi and his wife Vidya. Normally I do prepare some thing and take it to them. Mother's love you see  ☺  I had some cucumber n the fridge. So thought of giving a try. I had an idea and  I have watched a cookery show some time back. She had baked rava idli with dil leaves. Just the same way. I was pretty sure what to do. Believe me the " Rice cake " was an excellent out come and every one at home liked it. That is more important that what ever you do should fit into every one's liking.
I soaked the raw rice, then grind with jaggery and coconut, and then baked it.
This is exactly the way we do Our Southekai Kadubu. Instead of steaming I tried with baking the kadubu/Rice Cake.
Let us see the recipe Now :

Things Needed :

Raw Rice /Dosa Rice : 2 Cups
Grated Coconut : 1 Cup
Jaggery : 1 Cup
Cardamom : 5 to 6
Cucumber : 1 Medium
Ghee : 2 Teaspoons
Salt : A pinch
Eno Salt : 1 Teaspoon


Method :

1. Wash and soak the rice for 2 to 3 hours.
2. Grate coconut.
3. Wash and peel off the outer layer of cucumber. Cut into thin pieces.


4. Keep a pan on the fire and put jaggery. Add 1/4 cup of water and let the jaggery melt completely.
5. Sieve jaggery mixture with a siever and keep cleaned jaggery mixture aside.
6. Remove the pods from cardamom and keep it aside.


7. Remove the water from soaked rice and grind it with coconut,cardamom, cucumber pieces.
8. Use very little water to grind. Let the batter consistency be like rava/semolina.
9. Now add cleaned jaggery and grind it for a minute.


10. Remove the batter from mixi jar and put it to a bowl.

11. Greece the tray with little ghee.

12. Heat the oven for 5 minutes before you keep the Rice cake batter.
13. Add 3/4 teaspoon of Eno salt and 1 teaspoon of ghee to the batter and mix it well.
14. Pour the batter to the tray and keep it in the oven and bake for 40 minutes @ 180 degree C.


15. Insert a knife edge and check. If it does not stick to the knife edge its done.
16. Remove the tray from the oven and keep it above the oven for 10 minutes.

17. Cut the rice cake when it is completely cooled.


18. Baked Cucumber Sweet Kadubu/Rice Cake is ready to serve.

 Note :

Do not add more water while grinding the batter. You can use jaggery mixture instead of water to grind the ingredients. Grinding smaller quantity is always better. Use of more / less jaggery is optional. No need to use more ghee. Cut the Rice Cake once it is completely cool.
If the batter turns bit watery  add 2 to 3 tablespoons of medium size rava/semolina. Thae batter turns bit thick.
Time : 
Preparation time : 10 Minutes.
Rice soaking time : 3 hours
Grinding time : 5 Minutes.
Baking time : 40 Minutes.
Cooling time : 10 Minutes.



Friday, September 7, 2018

Teachers' Day Cake

This is Wheat - Chiroti Rava  - Carrot Cake and prepared for Our Indian Teachers' day special.

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was our First Vice President and second President of India.
His Birthday is celebrated as Teachers' Day in India.
He Believed that " Teachers should be the best mind in the country".
He was awarded several high awards during his life, The Barat Ratna the highest civilian award in India.
We wanted to celebrate the day with our kids and I thought of preparing this Cake.
I have used wheat flour, chiroti rava/thin rava, sugar, curd, milk, oil and very little amount of carrot gratings.
Let us see the recipe now:
Simple and healthy Cake without Eggs.:

Things Needed :

Wheat flour : 1 1/2 Cup
Chiroti Rava : 1/2 Cup
Baking Powder : 1 Teaspoon full
Baking soda : 1/4 Teaspoon
Salt : A pinch
Sugar : 1 Cup
Cinnamon : A small piece
Milk : 1/2 Cup
Curd : 1/2 Cup
Oil : 1/2 Cup
Carrots : Grated : 1/2 Cup
Banana : Yalakki : 2

Method :

1. Sieve wheat, rava, baking powder, baking soda and salt. ( twice to thrice ).
2. Put sugar, cinnamon, milk and curd to a mixi jar.
3. Remove banana skin and cut banana into small pieces and put it to mixi jar.
4. Add cooking oil and  grind all the ingredients together for 5 to 6 minutes.
5. Remove it from the mixi jar and put it to a big bowl. Grate 1/2 carrot and keep it aside.
6. Add sieved flour mixture to a big bowl and put the wet mixture /ground mixture to the bowl.
7. Mix it well and, turn the ingredients on one direction and mix it well. Add milk if the mixture has thick texture.
8. Now add grated carrot to the cake mixture and mix it slowly. Put the ready cake mixture to a cooking tray. Grease the tray with ghee/oil before pouring the cake mix.
9. Switch on the oven and let it get hot. 5 minutes.
10 Keep the cake mixture in the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes. 180 C.


11. Check the cake by inserting a knife edge or small stick. Remove the fully baked cake and keep it up on the oven for 5 minutes.
12. Now the cake is ready to serve. Serve as you wish.
13 We shared this particular cake with our tuition children on behalf of Teachers' day special.
14. Have this healthy cake and enjoy whenever you want.

Note :

The cake batter should be like pouring consistency. Add little milk and adjust the consistency, if it is too thick. Do not add so much of milk, it might turn watery and cake may not be good after baking.
Adding ghee/butter instead of oil is optional. Adding jaggery instead of sugar is optional. Use of maida instead of wheat - rava is optional.
Time 30 /25 minu to bake + 10 minutes for preparation.

Clicks with Our Students : 



Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Banana - Wheat - Rava - Gulkand Cake

Banana - Wheat - Rava Gulkand Cake is the special cake prepared for my dear hubby's Birthday. We had planned for family lunch get-together.


The cake has come out very nicely with excellent flavour of home made healthy Gulkand, soft and fluffy. No egg is used here and it is very simple.
It is always a pleasure to prepare some special dish for people who are near to your heart.
I have used wheat flour ( Ashirvaad ), chiroti rava /thin variety of semolina, banana, gulkand which is done using organic jaggery, normally jaggery, curd, milk, cooking soda and baking powder.
Let us see the recipe now :

Things needed :

Wheat flour : 1 1/2 Cup
Chiroti Rava / Thin variety of semolina : 1/2 Cup
Curd : 1/2 Cup
Milk : 1/2 Cup
Jaggery : 1/2 Cup
Well ripe banana : 1 ( Small  Elakki banana).
Baking soda : 1/4 Teaspoon ( Two pinches)
Baking powder : 1 Teaspoon
Butter : 2 Tablespoons
Gulkand : 2 Teaspoons ( Optional)
Salt : A pinch

Method :

1. Sieve wheat flour, chiroti rava, salt,baking powder and cooking soda. ( 2 to 3 times.)




 2. Put curd, milk, butter and jaggery, banana to a mixi jar . Grind it nicely till it starts to get small bubbles. /Use egg beater and mix all the ingredients nicely.
3. Add two tablespoons of gulkand/any essence of your choice. Grind for another 2 minutes.


4. Remove from the mixi jar to a big bowl.


5. Add sieved wheat, rava, baking powder, salt and cooking soda.
6. Mix all the ingredients nicely. Move your hand on one direction while mixing the batter.


7. Heat the oven for 5 minutes.
8. Sprinkle some wheat flour in the baking tray.
9. Put ready cake mixture to the tray and tap the tray. Let the cake batter spread it equally.


10. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes with 180 degree celsius.


11. Take out the cake and keep it on the oven for 5 minutes.


12. Cut and serve or decorate once it is cooled.

Note :

Egg is not used in this Banana - Wheat  - Rava - Gulkand Cake. Use of jaggery and the rest of the ingredients are healthy ingredients.  You can use sugar instead of jaggey. Use of curd has turned the cake very soft and fluffy. Use less cooking soda. I have topped dates and they look like as if they have burnt. No they haven't burnt. Brown and black baked dates taste awesome. I do not like topping the cake with sugar and butter. So I left it as it is. Instead of butter you can use ghee or normal cooking oil. But butter taste the best. Add only very little butter. It gives nice aroma and is healthy too. You can use egg beater or any other modern equipment to mix, instead of grinding. I like it because you will not have that energy. I have added some dates on the top. (Optional).
Time : 40 Minutes. ( All included , sieving, mixing, grinding and baking.
Serves : 8 to 10.
Some pictures of family gathering .  Birthday Boy Mr. Jayarama Somayaji and His family ..












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My name is Nalini Somayaji. Teaching is my profession. Cooking is my passion. Reading, travelling, visiting new places, having fun with kids are some of the hobbies I can say. My recipes are Healthy, quick, easy and simple. Grown up being a traditional family member I love and respect Indian culture and traditions. Love classical dance and music.
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