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Banana Sweet Pidi Kozhukattai

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Kozhukkatai is a traditional south Indian delicacy prepared in both sweet and savory versions. There was a stage when my son started preferring foods which he can hold and eat. Paniyaram was my instant saver on many days. One day I prepared Savory pidi Kozhukattai for us and he liked.

Knowing the fact he loves sweets and  to include banana into his diet, generally I prepare sweet pidi Kozhukattai with jaggery and banana.

Check out my other Kozhukattai recipes,

Cracked Wheat Kozhukattai

Sweet Kozhukattai

Aval Kozhukattai

Ammini Kozhukattai

Ingredients:

Rice Flour – 1 cup

Banana – 1 cup puree from two  banana

Jaggery – 1/4 cup

Water –   1 cup 

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt – pinch

Oil/ Ghee – to grease

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Method:

  • Soak jaggery in  luke warm water for 20 minutes (Time depends on the size of the cut jaggery). Strain to remove impurities
  • In  heavy bottomed pan add the jaggery syrup and cardamom powder and bring it boil. Add the banana puree and cook for 2 minutes

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  • Add rice flour and salt to the jaggery syrup – banana puree and mix well to avoid lumps. Cook til the dough separates from the pan and forms a mass

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  •  Keep it aside till you can handle the dough. Cover it with a damp cloth

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  • Grease the hand with little water, take a small portion of Kozhukattai and make it into cylindrical shape
  • Grease the idli mould with little oil. Steam kozhukattai in idli stand or pressure cooker for 8 to 10 minutes. banana sweet kozhukattai2

My Notes:

  • I used store brought rice flour, instead homemade rice flour can also be used
  • The water quantity depends on the rice flour so adjust accordingly

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Apple Pancakes – Guest Post from Chitra

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Its time for a breakfast recipe, today we have Chitra from Chitra Healthy Kitchen.  Since we both started blogging in almost the same time, Chitra and her space is very familiar to me ever since the beginning. Chitra is a good friend of mine, she always stops by and leave her encouraging words. Chitra’s recipes perfectly fits her blog title. I admire the way she tells the healthy aspects of ingredients in her intro for each post.  Knowing Chitra is a mom I appoached her for toddler friendly recipe and she instantly agreed to give me one. I was happy when I saw pancake recipe from C,  my son loves pancake and I have a new way to give him apple.

Over to Chitra,

When V (Vidya) approached me for ‘toddler recipe’ was over whelmed. I tried to give my best as per possible for guest post. I delayed to share my recipe however V waited patiently and allowed me to take my own time.

V is my blogger friend and been interacting with her since I started my blogging journey. She encouraged me with her feedback for each of my recipe and can’t thank enough for that. Look forward to her support in future too.

Traditionally modern food, name of the blog itself is so attractive. So one can expect all such traditional recipes with all possible twists. I got to know lot many traditional recipes from her home town.

I wish Vidya a great success in every step of her journey personally and professionally.

Thanks V for the oppourtunity. Since kids love apple and chocolate thought of combining them to make this recipe.

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Apple ring pancakes drizzled with chocolate

About:

For an adorable twist on the usual pancake recipe, whip up these delicious apple ring pancakes. Slice fresh apples — any variety will work.  The taste? Well it’s a bit donut-ty (yes really, try it!), it’s soft and pillowy. They cook just like regular pancakes, and the apples soften slightly, so when you take your first bite, the apple is slightly crisp but oh so warm and juicy. There’s the perfect amount of sweetness.

These were drizzled with chocolate syrup as kids love chocolates and sliced almonds, pistachio. These are also great for a dessert if you wanted to serve them with ice cream.

Preparation time-10 minutes

Cooking time- 5 minutes per batch

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Ingredients:

  • Apples-4
  • Oil- for toasting

For the batter:

  • Gram flour/besan-3/4cup
  • Corn starch-3-4tbsp
  • Any milk of choice-1/2 to 3/4cup (or more as required for the batter)
  • yogurt-1/2cup
  • Salt-a pinch
  • Baking powder-1/4tsp
  • Vanilla essence-2tsp
  • Honey/maple syrup-2-3tbsp

Topping:

  • Cooking chocolate-100gms
  • Chopped nuts/sprinkler

Procedure:

For the batter:

  • In a large bowl combine besan flour, corn starch, salt, baking powder and set aside.
  • In other bowl whisk yogurt, milk, vanilla essence until frothy.
  • Now stir in yogurt mixture to the flour mixture until a smooth batter obtained(add extra milk/yogurt if required)

Preparing apples:

  • Wash the apples thoroughly- pat dry and Slice the into slices which are 1/2 inch thick.
  • Using a circle cookie cutters remove centre of the apple –the core and seeds.
  • Brush some lemon juice and set aside on a paper towels to dry.

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For cooking apple rings:

  • Heat a non-stick pan/skillet on a medium heat, spray the griddle and then Dip each apple rings in the batter and rub to fully cover it.
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  • Transfer to the pre-heated griddle and cook as you would do a regular pancakes.
  • Flip and cook on the other side and continue to cook for 1-2minutes.

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  • Repeat with all the apple slices and serve with some honey/nuts

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For topping:

  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler/microwave and drizzle over panckes.
  • Top with some chopped nuts/sprinkler and serve.

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Note:

  • Batter has to be thick enough to coat the apples.

Banana Pudding

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I am not a big fan of Banana but I don’t want my son to be like me. Like I mentioned in Oatmeal Banana Cookie, my son is very picky when it comes to fruit. If I give him smoothie he refuses to drink so I started preparing this. To my surprise this texture worked. When he was getting his molar he refused everything I gave, luckily few worked and this banana pudding was one among them

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Ingredients:

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Milk – 1 cup

Corn flour – 3 tsp

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Salt – pinch

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into a mixie jar and grind them smooth without adding water
  • Transfer the mixture into the pan and cook in medium heat till the mixture thickens for about 5 -7 minutes.  Serve it warm or chil (I keep in fridge for an hour and give him)

My Notes:

  • Can add sugar while cooking the pudding or honey while serving

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Apple Rice Pudding

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Happy Women’s day to all my lovely readers!!!

This is the pudding I make for my son. If I give him cut apples he refuses to eat, but if I trick him in the form of pudding its difficult for him to identify. This easy rice pudding is not only my son’s favorite, but even I like it.

Chekout my other Toddler friendly recipes

Apple Rice Pudding

Rice – 1/4 cup

Water –  1 cup

Apple – 2, peeled and roughly chopped

Milk – 3 tbsp

Sugar – 1 tbsp (Adjust according to your preference)

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 tsp

Cardamom powder – pinch

Salt – a  pinch

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Method:

  • Pulse the rice coarsely in a blender.  Add apple to the blender, and without adding water,  blend till the apple is pureed well
  • Transfer the contents into a saucepan. Add water, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder and sugar to the apple – rice mixture and cook over medium-low heat  until rice is cooked. Sprinkle some water if required

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  • Add milk and salt; cook for 3-4 minutes. Switch off and serve warm/chil

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My Notes:

  • Adjust the water/milk according to the desire consistency
  • Instead of pulsing the rice can also use them whole
  • My son is having sweet tooth like mom so I add sugar. Instead can avoid sugar and prepare the pudding
  • Avoid replacing milk for water as it will cuddle. If you want to cook the rice with milk, add apple puree after the rice is cooked
  • Can add raisin, nuts like cashew, almonds, pecan etc. to make it rich

Nakd Fruit and Nut Bar- Healthy Gluten Free Bars – Product Review

Snacks are something I relish, but the quest for avoiding junks made me search for a tasty and healthy snack.

Whether a evening snack/ craving for a sweet after meals/ mid morning and evening snack for toddler/ coffee time snack for husband, I find these Nakd Bars are perfect!

I generally prefer substituting sugar with dates or banana or honey in my cooking, and these Nakd bars do exactly that, using dates instead of sugar to give the sweetness 🙂

Something I liked about these bars,

  • They are prepared with 100% natural ingredients (raw, natural and unprocessed food)
  • Nakd bars are wheat, gluten and dairy free
  • Key ingredients in most of the bars are fruits and nuts
  • Contains no added sugar or syrups. Most bars are made with dates and raisins
  • Pretty good in filling a hunger gap
  • Taste delicious
  • I like the packaging too – the bright colors. The different colors actually make it easy to identify each flavor
  • Hubby carries a bar with him in his pocket to munch on, if he feels hungry in office. No more trips to the junk foods available in the vending machines!

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After opening the box I opted for the fruit flavor bars and hubby opted for berry and cocoa flavors. As we both like strawberry finally decided to go with Strawberry Crunch first.

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After opening the strawberry crunch I was doubtful how will the dates subside the citrus sourness in strawberry, but I tasted and realized dates can actually subside 🙂 It was perfect!

I haven’t tried Rhubarb before, but after tasting the bar loved the sweet and tangy taste and decided to buy rhubarb in future.

Gave a little portion of banana and apple crunch to my son and he asked for the second round. Fruity sweet filling treat.

Whenever my husband sees some form of chocolate flavour in kitchen he will be happy as he can finish it by himself. I am not a big fan of chocolate and have been telling no for chocolate for a long time. Recently I started eating chocolate.. Phew! coming back to Nakd bars

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Cocoa Orange and Cocoa delight are my husband’s top pick while caffe mocha was my favorite in this category.

According to him, Cocoa orange looked and smelled great and has a good blend of orange and chocolate flavors.

Cocoa Delight tastes like a fudgy chocolate brownie.

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Pecan pie had nuttier texture and definately reminded me of a pecan pie.

I haven’t tasted ginger bread before, but with the mixture of ginger, cloves and cinnamon along with other ingredients, it tasted yummy. I could smell the ginger strongly as soon as I opened the packet.

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Loved the bar and have ordered our next pack from them:-)

Disclaimer: I am not being paid in any way to review this box of Nakd snack bars. This review is 100% my own opinion. I was not influenced in any way by the company manufacturing the bars!

Oatmeal Banana cookie

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Now a days my picky eater (my son Vishvak) drives me crazy. Whatever I give him its a big noooo. If I give him food in plate that’s the last thing he wants to taste, but if he see anything in carpet, he gets super excited to taste it. If This is the story with food, fruits oh mannnnn. Though eating fruits directly is always best, at times I feel it’s better if he tastes something in a different form instead of rejecting it fully. Decided to give fruits in some other form, so far have succeeded with muffin and pudding (Recipe coming soon).

I was searching for the toddler friendly recipes and got inspired from Wholesomebabyfoods. Good thing about banana cookie is no fancy ingredients, its super easy and most importantly even we liked it

Checkout my other cookie recipes,

Banana Oatmeal Cookie

Ingredients:

Banana – 2, around 1 cup mushed

Oats – 1 cup, I used quick oats

Raisin – 2 tbsp

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the parchment paper on cookie try and grease it with cooking spray/bultter
  • In a mixing bowl, add oats and banana; mush the banana and combine well into a dough. Add raisin and mix well.

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  • Take a tbsp of dough and make a small round shape cookie and place them in parchment paper
  • Bake for 13 – 18 minutes (mine took 14 minutes) or until light brown on the bottom. Cool completely before eating

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My Notes:

  • Can use chocolate chip, almonds, pecans,walnut or any other nuts of your choice
  • Spices like Cinnamon, nutmeg can be added
  • I didn’t add sugar as it was sweet because of banana. Sugar can be added if you feel so
  • If you are using old fashioned oats coarsely pulse it once
  • Watch on eye after 13 minutes to avoid over cooking
  • Can mash and add bananas
  • If you don’t like raw oats flavour you can saute the oats for 3-4 minutes and add it
  • Can pulse the oats and add it

Custard Powder Halwa – Guest post for Aruna Panangipally’s blog Aharam

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Ever since I started blogging I adore Aruna’s work. I was delighted when I got an offer from her for a guest post.

First thing I liked about her blog is her blog name “Aharam” – what a perfect name for a food blog and the way she tells the interesting fact about the food in the Intro for each post

Aharam has a wide spread of Indian and International recipes.

If I say Indian does it justify her work?

No!!

South Indian and North Indian?

Nooo!!

State wise?

Yessss, if I start  specifying all the categories that she has covered, I am sure this post will go Endless

Looking for a festive recipe, low calorie recipe, no oil recipe etc. every search  has a result in her space

I can continue writing about her, but guess its time to hear from Aruna and visit her blog

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Few words from Aruna about her space

I have been interested in cooking and collecting recipes for as long as I can remember.  In fact, it is something I imbibed from my grandmother, mother and aunts, all of whom were very interested in trying out new dishes. 🙂

ãhãram, my blog, is my attempt to catalog the recipes I love, be they recipes that are inherited or then those that I have learnt. My blog features pre-dominantly vegetarian recipes (with some egg-based recipes thrown in) from across India. You will find that I have loads of recipes from South India reflecting my ancestry (particularly, Andhra Pradesh, my native state) and those from Maharashtra, the state I grew up in. In addition, I have recipes from across other states of India and the world, reflecting my love for travel and new cultures. 🙂

You can follow Aruna on:

I was so pleased when Vidya agreed to do a guest post for me because I knew I would get “something different”, a term I hear often in my home. 🙂

Visit Aruna’s space for Custard Powder Halwa recipe

https://aahaaram.wordpress.com/2015/02/06/custard-powder-halwa-by-vidya-srinivasan-of-traditionally-modern-food/

Custard Powder Halwa 

Preparation time: 3 mins | Cooking time: 20 mins

Ingredients:

Custard powder – 1 cup (I used Vanilla Flavor)

Sugar – 2 cups + ½ cup (I used light brown sugar, white sugar can also be used. Adjust sugar according to your sweetness)

Water – 4 cups

Butter/Ghee – 3 tbsp (I used butter)

Cashew nuts and Raisin – for taste

Saffron – 1/8 tsp

Salt – a pinch

Cardamom powder – 1/8 tsp

Method:

  • Add a tbsp of butter to pan and when it melts and becomes hot, add cashew nut and sauté till they are golden brown. Switch off and add raisin; keep aside
  • Grease a pan with melted butter/ghee and keep aside
  • In a mixing bowl add custard powder, water, saffron,sugar, salt and cardamom powder; mix well without any lumps

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  • Take a heavy bottomed pan (I used non-stick) and transfer the mixture to the pan. Keep the pan on the stove and start cooking in high flame
  • The mixture will come to boil and start to thicken, Keep stirring till it became glossy and jelly like texture

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  • Add remaining butter, cashew nuts and raisin; mix well and reduce the flame. Keep stirring continuously till the mixture  begins pulling away from the sides

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  • Transfer the halwa to the greased pan and level the top. Chill it for an hour and cut them
  • Check out my other custard powder reccpe,Custard Powder Cookies

Notes:

  • Food color can be added
  • Halwa stays good for a week in fridge
  • Any nuts of choice can be added

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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 – 7

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
  • Every oven differs keep an eye after 35 minutes
  • Sugar can be used instead of honey
  • Any fruit juice can be used instead of orange juice
  • All purpose flour can also be used instead of wheat flour

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.

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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Eggless Mango Cake

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It is going to be almost a month since I had Mangoes. After eating too many mangoes, both in fruit form and dish form, I decided no more mangoes for this season. But day before yesterday, when we went shopping, saw fresh mangoes, and they were inviting! While eating the mangoes, Hubby asked me why don’t you prepare Mango dessert. Being a dessert lover, if I hear this, I can’t stop myself. But was confused what to cook. That’s when my friend called me casually and asked why am I not baking these days. I released it is been long time since I baked, so thought of making a Mango cake. I have never tried Mango cake before, and I wanted to try eggless version, as I have read that fruit pulp, yogurt and vinegar are great replacements for eggs. Google without you what will I do 😉 Referred many recipes, and liked the one by holy cow! vegan recipes. Made few changes to that, and here is my version of mango cake.

Eggless Mango Cake

Preparation Time : 10  mins | Cooking Time : 40 minutes |

Recipe Category: Dessert

Ingredients:

All Purpose Flour – 1 cup

Baking Powder – 1 tsp + 1/2 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp

Cinnamon Powder –  1 tsp

Mango Pulp or Puree – 1 cup + 1 tbsp

Milk – 1 tbsp

Butter/Canola oil/Coconut oil – 1/4 cup (I used butter, melted at room temperature)

Granulated Sugar/Brown sugar – 1/4 cup (I used brown sugar) adjust sugar according to the sweetness of mango

Vanilla Extract – 1/4 tsp

PAM cooking spray – to grease (You can even grease the pan with butter/oil)

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Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fagrenhait
  • Seive all purpose flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda well. (I did thrice). Add cinnamon powder and cardamom powder to seived flour

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  • Puree the mango and add vanilla, sugar, butter and milk to a bowl, mix well

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  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix with a  whisk just until you have a smooth batter.

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  • Grease the baking tray, pour the batter and bake for about 30 to 40 minutes

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My Notes:

The cake can be topped with powdered sugar icing