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Friday, December 14, 2012

Eggless Dates and Coffee Cake (Vegan)



Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour (Maida) - 2 cups
Dates, shredded - 1 cup
Coffee Decoction - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1 cup
Refined Oil - 1/2 cup
Cooking Soda - 1 tsp
Cinnamon Powder - 1 tsp
Water - 1 3/4 cups
Salt - 1/4 tsp


Method:

  1. Sift flour and cooking soda together twice.
  2. Take sugar, salt, cinnamon powder, oil and water in a pan.
  3. Place the pan on the flame and bring it to boil.
  4. Simmer the flame and cook until the dates are cooked but not too soft. Turn off the heat and let it cool down completely to room temperature.
  5. Once cooled, preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  6. Grease and dust a cake tin.
  7. Add coffee decoction into the prepared liquid. Mix well.
  8. Now fold the sifted flour into the prepared liquid. Mix thoroughly.
  9. Pour the batter into the greased tin and bake at 180 degrees C for 50-60 minutes or until the skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean.
  10. Once the cake cools down, unmould and cut into desired shape.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Odupale


Ingredients:

Raw Rice - 2 cups
Parboiled Rice - 1 3/4 cups
Rice Flakes - 1 cup (loosely filled)
Salt to taste

Must Have:

Earthernware Griddle
A small piece of cloth made of cotton
A cup of water
Oil for smearing

Method:

  1. Soak raw rice and parboiled together in hot water for 3-4 hours.
  2. Soak rice flakes separately in some water.
  3. Grind them into smooth batter adding little water.
  4. Now add soaked rice flakes and grind for a few more minutes until the rice flakes blends well into the batter. The consistency of the batter must be thinner than that of dosa batter, must be of running consistency.
  5. Add salt. Mix well.
  6. Set aside the batter for 2 hours.
  7. Place the earthernware griddle on high flame.
  8. Dip the cotton cloth piece in water and dab it all over the griddle.
  9. Smear very little oil in the centre of the griddle.
  10. When the griddle is smoking hot, pour a big laddle full of batter in the centre of the griddle.
  11. The batter will start perforating. Make sure that the flame is still set to high.
  12. Cover it with a lid and let it cook for 2-3 minutes on medium flame.
  13. Remove the lid and let it roast for another 2 minutes on medium flame.
  14. Remove from the griddle.
  15. Serve hot topped with ghee along with onion-coconut chutney.


Variation:

Ingredients:

Thick Coconut Milk - 3 cups
Powdered Jaggery - 1 cup
Salt - a pinch


Method:

  1. Take coconut milk, powdered jaggery and salt in a wide vessel. Mix until jaggery melts completely.
  2. Once the dosa/pancake as prepared above cools down to room temperature, soak them in the prepared coconut milk, 2-3 at a time.
  3. Soak for 15-20 minutes and then serve.

Note:
  1. The batter must be ground very smooth and fine.
  2. The above said measure of ingredients may require approximately 8 cups of water.
  3. Do not let the batter to ferment.
  4. This dosa/pancake can be prepared using the normal griddle but will not the authentic flavor.
  5. The earthernware griddle must be treated before using it for the first time. Place the newly bought griddle on red hot charcoal, covering it with charcoal all over, until the griddle turns black.Once cooled, the clean the griddle and smear some oil all over the griddle. This has to be done atleast a day before use.