Dec 16, 2014

Dates and Walnut Cake

dates and walnut cake


Another Cake on my eggless list and its a wonderful combination of dates and walnut. When I found this recipe, I was so happy to know the ingredients. This is a good way to put dates and walnuts into my kids snacks without knowing them;-)

dates and walnut cake


I made this cake on trial basis for my sister's birthday , and everybody loved it. And this time I made Dates cake to welcome my niece Aaradhana. This cake is super hit in my family now.

dates and walnut cake


Dates in this cake gives very nice moisture and texture adding more natural sweetness to the cake. Walnuts is great source of omega 3 in vegetarian diet. Kids generally don't prefer eating walnuts , so its a great way to add many more nuts into this cake.
 
Ingredients
 
Maida - 1 cup (135 gms)
15-18 Dates
3/4 cup Milk
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Oil - 1/2 cup
1 tsp. Baking Soda
3-4 tbsp chopped walnuts
 
Preparation
 
1.Remove seeds rom dates. And Soak dates with little milk and set aside for 30-40 minutes to make it soft.
 
2.In a mixing bowl, add sugar, milk and oil, stir until sugar completely dissolves.
 
3.Sieve Maida with baking soda in other bowl twice so that baking soda is evenly distributed and keep aside.
 
4.Grind the dates to a fine paste. Add the dates paste to milk sugar mixture and mix well.

5.Now add Maida and mix well so the flour blends well with the dates mixture.
 
6.Add the chopped walnuts and give a quick stir. Preheat oven at 350 F(180 deg C) for 10mins.
 
7.Grease the cake pan with oil and little flour then add the prepared batter.

8.Bake cake for 30-35 minutes, time may vary depending upon oven settings. So check with toothpick , if toothpick comes clean that means cake is ready.
 
9.Let it cool on rack and then reverse cake pan to take cake out.

dates and walnut cake


This Dates and Walnut cake is delicious, healthy and eggless cake. So enjoy any occasion with this lovely cake!!!
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Dec 11, 2014

Mugach varan | Mung dal

Mugach Varan
 
Mugache varan or Mung dal is very simple but important part of Maharashtrian cuisine. Varan bhat is very famous for rice and dal combination. In Maharashtra, Toor Dal or Mung Dal is used to make varan or dal and mixed with plain rice or steamed rice with ghee, is called as Varan Bhat. Each meal is incomplete without Varan Bhat.
 
 
I used to make it thrice in a week. For my kids, its always good to have Varan Bhat in lunch or dinner. Mung Dal is very nutritious and has lots of benefits, too.
 
Ingredients

1 cup Moong dal
2-3 green chili
5-6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
5-6 curry leaves
2 tbsp coriander, finely chopped
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp. asafetida
1/4 tsp. cumin seeds
1/2 tsp. mustard seeds
1/4 tsp. turmeric
salt as needed
 
Preparation
 
1.Boil Mung dal in pressure cooker till 1 whistle.(Mung Dal get cooked very soon compared to other lentils.)

2.Add turmeric powder and salt into boiled dal and mix it well.

3.Heat oil in Kadhai or pan, add curry leaves, mustard seeds, cumin seeds and let them splutter in oil.

4.Add chopped garlic and let them turn to golden brown and then add green chili.

5.Once chili turns little golden, add boiled dal into Kadhai. Add salt to taste.

6.Add coriander to dal and keep on flame for few minutes. Once Mung Dal starts boiling, switch off the flame.
 
Serve Mugache varan or Mung Dal with rice or roti. Adding ghee to this Dal enhance its flavors.
 
 
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Saturday Snapshot-Series 7- Tomatoes

My late entry to Tomato photo-shoot ;-)



Tagging this photo under Saturday Snapshot Series by Siris Food and Merry Tummy
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