Eggless Dry Fruit and Nut Cake

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After adding walnuts to Wheat and oats banana bread, hubby and I liked the nutty flavour, so thought of trying  a cake with nuts and dry fruit.  I have read that dry fruit and nut cake tastes great when the ingredients are marinated in Alcohol for a day. I wanted to replace alcohol with a fruit juice, and remembered Eggless Mango cake, in which fruit pulp replaced eggs. This time, tried a cake by marinating the ingredients in orange Juice (that’s what I had in the fridge, so used it). I have to thank my dear friend Lori@ creatingbeautyinthekitchen for inspiring me to try a cake without adding sugar. Have used honey and dates syrup instead of sugar. It came out well, no compromises in the sweetness!

Eggless Dry Fruit and Nut Cake

Preparation Time : 10 min | Marination Time : 10 hours | Cooking Time : 40 min

Recipe Category : Dessert/Baking

Ingredients

Whole wheat flour – 1 cup

Baking Powder – 1/2 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Salt – 1 pinch

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp

Cardamom Powder – 1/2 tsp

Orange juice – 3/4 cup

Mixed Dry Fruits and Nuts – 3/4 cup (I used chopped almonds, walnuts, cashews, cranberries, raisins and apricots)

Honey – 1/3 cup

Dates – 10

Butter – 1/4 cup

Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

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Method

  • Soak dry fruits and nuts in 1/4 cup orange juice overnight

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Line the cake tin with parchment paper and grease with butter/cooking spray
  • Soak dates in hot water for 10 minutes
  • Blend the dates by adding 2 tbsp of water (adjust if required)
  • In a mixing bowl, add dry ingredients and sieve it (To ensure even mixing). Add soaked dry fruits and nuts mix gently
  • Add honey, dates puree, butter and vanilla and Mix a gently until combined,Do not over mix

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  • Pour this batter into the prepared cake tin and bake for about 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean

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My notes:

  • Dates Syrup can also be used instead of Dates Puree
  • Use nuts of your chioce
  • Any fruit juice can be used

 

 

 

 

Thakkali Thokku (Tomato Pickle)

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I still remember those days when my Amma goes out of town, she used to prepare tomato thokku and pulikaichal, and keep it in fridge. Even for a week it will be good to use. When we don’t have time for preparing side dish for dosa/Idli/upma, if we have some tomato thokku in fridge, no worries:-) Tomato thukku tastes great with dishes like Semiya Bagala bath or Bread Utthappam or Cracked wheat Idli or Panniyaram  etc. It tastes amazing with plain rice as well!

Thakkali Thokku

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 40 mins

Recipe Category: Pickle/Side Dish

Ingredients:

Ripe tomatoes – 10 – 12

Red chilli powder/Sambar powder/ –  2 tbsp (I used Red chilli powder)

Sesame oil – 4 tbsp (Increase oil if you are going to store for a week)

Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp

Fenugreek – 1/4 tsp

Jaggery/Brown Sugar/ White Sugar – 1/2 tsp (Optional)

Salt – as needed

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Method:

  • Put tomatoes in a blender and blend without adding water
  • Add oil to a wide pan (while boiling, tomatoes tend to spit spill outside). When oil is hot, add mustard seeds and fenugreek and let it splutter. Add tomato puree and saute occassionally

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  • When tomato puree reduces to half, add red chilli powder and salt

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  • Cook till water evaporates completely and the tomatoes become thick

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My Notes:

  •  Tamarind puree can be added, if you want it a bit tangy
  • Keep in airtight container and use a dry spoon, for the thukku to stay longer

White Sauce Vegetable Pasta

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As I had mentioned in Pesto Pasta, White sauce pasta is my all time favorite. Whenever we go to Italian restaurant, we will usually order White sauce pasta. First time I had white sauce pasta in a restaurant called “Little Italy” in India. I was so addicted to this Creamy pasta. One of my friends told me the recipe for white sauce. After hearing that, I was surprised that 3 ingredients – butter, all purpose flour and milk making that wonder. Here is my version of white sauce pasta.

White Sauce Vegetable Pasta

Preparation Time : 15 mins | Cooking Time : 40 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Entree

Ingredients:

Rotini Pasta – 1 box (340 grams) I used 100 % Whole wheat pasta

Zucchini – 1

broccoli – 1

Black Olives – 1/4 cup pitted

Bell pepper – 1 , thinly sliced

Spring Onion – 4 strings

Garlic – 2 pods, peeled and minced

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Grated mozzarella and cheddar – 1/4 cup (Parmesan is preferred, but we don’t eat that)

Butter – 2 tbsp

All purpose flour – 2 tbsp

Milk – 2 cup + 1/2 cup

Heavy Cream – 2 tbsp (optional)

Garlic powder – 1/4 tsp (optional)

Salt – as needed

Italian seasoning/ oregeno- 1 tsp (I used Italian seasoning)

Ground black pepper – as needed (According to your spice level)

Water – as needed

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit
  • In a large Saucepan, add water and salt, and let the water come to a boil while you prepare other ingredients
  • Place Zucchini, bell pepper and broccoli in a oven tray, cook it for 10  – 15 minutes
  • As soon as the water comes to a boil, add the pasta, stir and reduce heat to medium. Cook pasta as per the instruction given on the package and drain the water
  • Add olive oil and butter in a frying pan. When it is hot, add the minced garlic, and saute for one minute. Then add spring onion and saute. Add all purpose flour and after a quick stir, add milk and whisk well to avoid lumps

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  • When it thickens after 2-3 minutes, add cooked zucchini, bell pepper and broccoli and gently stir to combine. Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper

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  • Add the drained pasta to the sauce and gently mix together and add heavy cream.  Add grated cheese and switch off.  Serve hot

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My Notes:

  • Instead of preparing white sauce at home, you can also buy it from store
  • Instead of baking vegetable you can also sauté them directly
  • Add any veggies of your choice. Eggplant, peas, corn, spinach, cabbage etc can also be added
  • I have used Rotini instead  penne or any variety of pasta can be used
  • Instead of spring onion regular onion can also be used
  • If you think the pasta is dry, add 2 tbsp of milk/heavy cream while serving

Milagu Kuzhambu

 

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When ever we catch cold, Milagu Kuzhambu and Milagu rasam are instant home remedies my mom makes. Not only during cold, Milagu Kuzhambu also helps in digestion. After having heavy outside food, I generally prefer Milagu Kuzhambu the next day. Milagu Kuzhambu, paruppu thogayal and sutta appalam – what a combination!!! (Since I have an electric stove, I microwave the appalam for 20 sec). Milagu Kuzhambu can be stored in the fridge for a week.

Milagu Kuzhambu 

Preparation time: 10 mins  |  Cook time: 15 mins

Recipe Category: Rice Accompaniment

Ingredients:

Tamarind – 1 (small lemon size)

Jaggery – 1/2 tsp

Salt – to taste

Asafoetida  (hing) – a generous pinch

For Kuzhambu paste:

Pepper corns (Milagu) – 2 tsp (Adjust according to your spice level)

Sesame seeds – 1/4 tsp

Coriander seeds – 1 tbsp

Channa dal – 1/2 tbsp

Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp

Garlic – 4 pods

Curry leaves – 1 spring

Sesame Oil – 1/4 tsp

To temper:

Sesame oil – 2 tbsp

Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp

Fenugreek seeds- 1/4 tsp

Method:

  • Soak tamrind in warm water
  • Add 1/4 tsp oil to a pan. Add the ingredients under ‘For Kuzhambu Paste’ and sauté over low flame to a golden brown color. Turn off the stove and add curry leaves, and allow them to cool

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  • Blend them along with the tamarind into a paste, adding little water
  • Add 2 tbsp of oil to the pan, add the ingredients under ‘To temper’ and let them splutter
  • Transfer the ground paste, salt, and add water (I prefer my Milagu Kuzhambu in thick consistency, so added around 1/2 cup of water). Cook on medium flame till it starts boiling. Once it boils, add the jaggery just before switching off

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.My Notes:

  • If you are not using garlic, then you can dry roast the ingredients for Kuzhambu
  • Insead of grinding, you can add curry leaves directly but i prefer this way so that it cannot be omitted while eating :-)
  • If you are keeping them for more days, add extra sesame oil

Oven roasted Cheppan Kizhangu (Colocasia)

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Ever since childhood days Cheppan kizhangu fry is one of my favorite side dishes. With a crispy outer layer and soft inner layer, Cheppan kizhangu fry is so addictive. When my mom came to visit us, I asked her to prepare this. While she was cooking i was standing behind her and told her to add less oil.  Generally I am the one who tells her to add more oil and make a crispy fry, but oven cooking has influenced me a lot. That day she casually asked if we can bake this. Then I was wondering why had I not tried baking Cheppan kizhangu. Next time when I bought this, I baked it, and was happy with the result. From that day onwards, I started baking for two reasons – less oil, and I need not spend much time in the kitchen

Baked Cheppan Kizhangu fry:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time :  30 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side Dish

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Ingredients:

Cheppan Kizhangu (Arbi/Taro Root/Colocasia)– 4 (I used big Arbi)

Chili powder/ Sambar powder – 1/4 tsp (I used sambar powder, Adjust according to your spice level)

Hing – a generous pinch

Salt – as needed

Olive oil – 1 tbsp

Coriander powder – 1/4 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/8 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp

Chickpea flour/ Gram / Besan flour – 2 tsp

Rice flour – 1/2 tsp (optional)

Cooking Spray (I used PAM olive oil spray)

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Method:

  • Wash and cook Arbi. I steamed them for 10 minutes. Cook till they are fork tender. Cool them, peel and cut into pieces (Generally it is cut into circles, but since the arbi I used was big I cut them into cubes)
  • In a bowl, add Arbi, sambar powder, turmeric powder, cumin powder. Coriander powder, rice flour, gram flour olive and salt. Combine well and refrigrate them for 10 minutes
  • Preheat the oven 400 degree fahrenhait
  • Take a baking tray and place aluminum foil. Grease with a cooking spray and spread the marinated Arbi mixture
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, turning the Arbi slices after about 10 minutes

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My Notes:

  • Adjust baking time according to the texture you need for the Arbi

 

Wheat Oats Banana Bread (Eggless)

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Ever since I saw my friend Malar’s Oats cookie with banana, I wanted to try that combination in baking. While thinking what to do, I remembered my liking for banana bread in Starbucks, and decided to try banana bread with oats and wheat. I browsed for recipes, and liked this recipe. With few modifications, I prepared this bread and it turned out good! This bread is also yeast-free.. Sending this bread to Fiesta Friday #25

Wheat Oats Banana Bread

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 50 to 60 mins

Recipe Category: Snack/Breakfast

Ingredients:

Whole wheat flour – 1 cup + 1/2 cup

Powdered Oats – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp

Baking soda – 3/4 tsp

Salt – as needed

Walnut – 1/4 cup, finely chopped

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

Mashed banana – 1 cup (I used 3 banana)

Honey – 1/3 Cup

Coconut/ olive /cooking oil/butter/unsweetened applesauce – 1/3 cup (I used coconut oil)

Vanilla – 1 tsp

Milk ( Skim/Coconut/Almond/Cashew) – 3/4 cup (I used Skim Milk)

Butter/ Oil/Cooking Spray – To grease

 

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Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Grease a loaf pan with cooking spray/butter
  • In large bowl, combine mashed banana, coconut oil, honey, milk and vanilla and mix well
  • In separate medium bowl, whisk together whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon and cardamom
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, add the chopped walnuts and mix until just combined.

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  • Pour into prepared loaf pan. I sprinkled some oats, and baked for 50 – 60  minutes, until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean with a few crumbs attached

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Whole Moong Bean Paniyaram

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When I was thinking what to prepare for breakfast next day, I saw a fresh pack of whole moong bean in the kitchen. Usually I do pesaruttu with whole moong bean for breakfast. Thought of doing something else this time, and my Tamilian roots thought about paniyaram. Previously I did Adai paniyaram with lentils and rice, this time wanted to skip rice.

Whole Moong Bean Paniyaram:

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Soaking Time : 4 hours | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Serves : 3

Recipe Category: Breakfast

Ingredients:

Whole Green Moong bean/Mung Bean –  1 cup

Toor dal – 1/4 cup

Channa dal – 2 tbsp

Onion – 1 finely chopped

Cumin Seeds – 1/4 tsp

Green Chilli – 1

Ginger – 1/4 tsp

Hing – a generous pinch

Oil – 2 tbsp

salt as needed

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Method:

  • Soak the three lentils together for about 4 hours (I soaked in warm water)
  • Drain the water, and Grind into a coarse paste, along with green chillies, cumin seeds and ginger, by adding water
  • Mix with onion, hing and salt. If required add some more water for the batter

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  • Heat the paniyaram pan. Add a little oil to each hole. Spoon the batter into the pan

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  • After one side is cooked well, turn the paniyaram and cook the other side. Serve with any chutney

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My Notes:

  • Instead of oil you can even use cooking spray
  • If you do not have kuzhi paniyaram pan, you can deep fry them in oil or make dosage
  • You can add any veggies of your choice
  • Instead of green mong bean, yellow moong dal can also be used

 

 

 

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