Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Muffins With Coconut

Double chocolate whole wheat muffins with coconut sugar. Soft moist rich chocolaty muffins taste scrumptious. Cocoa powder and grated chocolate made these muffins perfectly chocolaty and delightful.

I have used whole wheat flour to make these muffins. You can definitely use all purpose flour or maida but better to avoid all purpose flour or refined flour. Whole wheat flour are packed with nutrients including several vitamins and fiber. You can also use millet flour or any gluten free flour instead of whole wheat flour.

Cocoa powder and dark chocolate made these muffins full of chocolaty flavour. Earlier I had used Morde chocolate compound but this time used Amul compound chocolate. You can use whatever you have.

Instant coffee powder used to enhance the flavour of chocolate.

Oil will help to make your muffins moist. You can use olive oil or any flavorless oil. I used sunflower oil.

Salt will balance the sweetness of muffins and enhance the taste.

Baking powder and soda used for leavening and also to make the muffins soft.

Curd or yogurt will make your muffins moist. Curd with baking powder and soda makes the eggless muffins fluffy and moist. No need for hung curd, use normal homemade curd.

Milk used to add moisture to the batter. And to make the muffins light.

Milk powder used to enhance the taste. And it also gives an extra richness. But its optional you can skip if you want.

Coconut sugar used as sweetener. You can always use cane sugar, brown sugar, jaggery or any sweetener of your choice. Coconut sugar is a healthy sugar alternative. The harmful effects of added sugar are becoming increasingly more evident. As a result, people are turning to natural alternatives. A sweetener that has become very popular in the past few years is coconut sugar. This sugar is derived from the coconut palm tree and touted as being more nutritious and lower on the glycemic index than sugar. Source

Vanilla essence used to give a lovely flavour.

You may like some other muffins and cupcake recipes on this blog. Click on the link below for recipe.

1. Gluten free cardamom rose muffins

2. Date walnut sugar free muffins

3. Mango walnut choco chips muffins

4. Sugar free Kewra flavoured almond pistachio muffins

5. Watermelon muffins

6. Fruity muffins

7. Cheesy savoury muffins

8. Chocolate stuffed orange muffins

9. Semolina blueberry custard cupcake

10. Sugar free dry fruits oats cupcakes

11. Eggless coconut cupcakes

12. Gluten free apple almond cupcakes

13. Blueberry preserve stuffed gluten free cupcakes

14. Gluten free pineapple cupcakes

15. Eggless rasgulla cupcake

You may also like to try Eggless chocolate cake from my blogger friend Poonam Bachhav.

You have to sieve the flour baking powder, soda, cocoa powder and salt. Add milk powder and keep aside. I have used grated chocolate. Heat the grated compound chocolate with milk for a minute to melt the chocolate. Used Amul compound chocolate. I had microwave for one minute on full power. Whisk well with curd, vanilla essence, coffee, oil and coconut sugar. Whisk everything well.

Now add all the dry ingredients. Don’t add all the dry ingredients in one go. First add half and mix then add remaining dry ingredients and mix well to make a smooth lump free batter. You can also use 1/4 to 1/2 cup choco chips in the batter for more chocolaty taste.

I baked in my Samsung microwave hot blast function to bake the muffins. Bake in preheated oven at 170° for 10- 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in a muffin to check. Let muffins cool down. Dust the muffins with icing sugar with the help of a sieve. This step is optional. Used white choco chips and icing sugar only to make the muffins attractive and kids friendly.

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Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cocoa powder – 4 tablespoon

Salt – 1/8 teaspoon

Cooking chocolate – 1/2 cup, grated

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/4 cup

Instant coffee powder – 2 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/4 cup

Coconut sugar – 1/3 cup

Milk powder – 1/4 cup, optional

Method

1. Grease or line muffins moulds. Preheat the oven at 170°.

2. Sift whole wheat flour or atta, cocoa powder, baking powder, soda and salt. Mix milk powder if using.

3. Grate the cooking chocolate in a microwavable glass bowl. Add milk and microwave on high power for 1 minute. You can also melt the chocolate with milk in pan on stove top. In the milk mixed melted chocolate add coffee, vanilla essence and curd or yogurt. I have used homemade curd. Whisk well.

4. Add coconut sugar and oil. Whisk again till everything combined well. If you are not using milk powder add 1-2 tablespoon more coconut sugar. Because milk powder gives an extra sweetness. And if you want your muffins lightly sweetened add 1/4 cup coconut sugar.

5. Pour the mixture in a large bowl. Add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix. Make a smooth lump free batter.

6. Pour the mixture in greased or lined muffin moulds. Fill upto 3/4 cup.

7. Bake the muffins in preheated oven at 170° for 12 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Let the muffins cool down before serving. You can dust the muffins with powdered sugar with the help of a sieve. Or press some white choco chips over the muffins.

8. Enjoy the soft delicious chocolaty muffins.

Notes

1. All purpose flour or any flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour or atta. You can also use millet flour if you want.

2. You can also use 1/4 to 1/2 cup choco chips in the batter.

3. Brown sugar, powdered sugar, granulated sugar or any sweetener can be used instead of coconut sugar.

4. You can use olive oil or any flavorless oil.

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Besan Or Chickpea Flour Cookies/Nankhatai

Besan or chickpea flour/garbanzo flour nankhatai or Indian shortbread cookies. Texture of these delectable cookies are light, flaky and crisp outside. And inside of the cookies are melt in mouth. You can feel the burst of flavour of ghee or clarified butter, baked chickpea flour or besan and cardamom.

What is nankhatai

Nankhatai are shortbread biscuits originating from the Indian subcontinent, popular in Northern India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Myanmar. The word nankhatai is derived from the Persian word naan meaning bread and khatai from a Dari Persian word meaning biscuit. Source – Wikipedia

You can make these nankhatai with different flavour. Here are some different types of nankhatai from this blog.

1. Multigrain chocolate nankhatai

2. Whole wheat coffee jaggery nankhatai

3. Gluten free rose nankhatai

4. Orange nankhatai

5. Oats thandai nankhatai

6. Nankhatai

You don’t need any fancy ingredients to make these superbly delicious cookies. All the ingredients are easily available in your pantry. Main ingredient is besan or chickpea flour or garbanzo flour.

And flavoured with cardamom powder. Baked besan and cardamom will give a wonderful taste and flavour.

Also used semolina or suji with whole wheat flour or atta to give a crispy texture. You can use butter to make these cookies but better to use ghee or clarified butter. Aroma of ghee made these cookies heavenly. You can use shredded almond or cashew nuts in the dough. I didn’t but used some cashew nuts and pistachio for garnishing. But this step is optional. You can also make the cookies without nuts if you want. Do try and after tasting these cookies, I am sure you will never buy nankhatai from store. Homemade nankhatai are much better than store bought.

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Recipe

Besan or chickpea flour – 1 cup

Atta or whole wheat flour – 1/2 cup

Semolina or suji – 2 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 3/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Milk – 2 tablespoon or as required

Cashew nuts and pistachio as required

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170°. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

2. In a bowl mix besan or chickpea flour, atta or whole wheat flour, semolina or suji, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

3. In a large bowl whisk melted ghee or clarified butter and powdered sugar. Whisk till mixture becomes creamy. If the weather is hot use room temperature ghee. No need to melt the ghee.

4. Now add all the dry ingredients. Combine everything to make a dough. In chilled weather ghee solidify quickly so if require add little milk to make a smooth dough. Or you can also add 2-3 tablespoon more ghee if you want. I used 2 tablespoon milk because my kids like crisp cookies. If you want mouth melting cookies skip milk and add 2-4 tablespoon more ghee to make a smooth dough.

5. Make small balls. I made 26 cookies with this dough. Press the balls gently with your palm and arrange on the greased or lined baking tray. Don’t forget to leave some space between the cookies.

6. Place half cashew nut on the middle of the every cookies. Press gently. You can also use pistachio or almond. I have used cashew nuts and pistachio. You can also use both on every cookies.

7. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or till edges becomes light brown. Take out the cookies immediately after baking. I have made the cookies in two batches. And taken out the first batch after a few minutes. Colour of the cookies becomes brown. So don’t leave the cookies in hot oven after baking. Take out the baking tray from oven immediately after baking.

8. Enjoy the delicious cookies or nankhatai when completely cool down. Or store in airtight container for later use.

Happy baking!

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Date Palm Jaggery Coconut Cake/Mawa Cake

Date palm jaggery coconut cake. A teacake made with mawa or khoya and date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur. You can also use coconut sugar if you don’t have date palm jaggery. Richness of mawa and flavour of date palm jaggery made this cake divine. Try this palm jaggery flavoured cake and enjoy the delectable taste. You can call it a sankranti special cake. Because this cake is made of all the sankranti special ingredients.

I have used all the ingredients which we usually use in sankranti special delicacies. Like date palm jaggery or khajur gur, rice flour, coconut and mawa or khoya. Earlier shared Semolina or rawa cake with sankranti special ingredients. And here are some different types of Sankranti special recipes.

1. Ranga aloor pithe or sweet potato dumplings

2. Til badam laddu

3. Moong dal fried and baked pithe

4. Baked dudh puli

5. Date palm jaggery oats dry fruits cookies

6. Malpua

7. Khejur gur or nolen gur payesh/kheer

8. Gokul pithe

9. Kheerer malpua or mawa malpua

10. Rice kheer or pudding

And a bhog or sankranti special Bhuni khichuri.

This cake recipe is very simple and made with all the easily available ingredients. You have to blend the mawa/khoya and grated jaggery with oil, milk and vinegar first. Blend really well till jaggery completely dissolved. If you don’t have date palm jaggery or khajur gur then you can use cane jaggery, sugar, brown sugar or any sweetener of your choice. But taste and flavour may differ. You can get similar taste with coconut sugar only. So I recomend to use coconut sugar if you don’t have date palm jaggery. You can also use chopped cashew nuts, almond, raisins, walnut or any dry fruits of your choice.

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Recipe

All purpose flour/refined flour or maida – 1 cup

Rice flour – 1/2 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Semolina or suji – 2 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Mawa/khoya or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Oil – 1/3 cup

Date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 1 cup, grated

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3/4 cup

Lightly roasted sesame seeds to sprinkle

Method

1. Grease or line a baking pan with parchment paper. Sprinkle little sesame seeds so that you also serve the cake upside down if you want.

2. Preheat the oven at 160°. For OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

3. In a bowl mix all purpose flour or maida, rice flour, desiccated coconut, semolina or suji, cardamom powder, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl whisk grated date palm jaggery or khajur gur/nolen gur, mawa/khoya or dried or dried whole milk, oil and vinegar or lemon juice. Whisk well till jaggery completely dissolved and everything combined well. Add 1/2 cup milk and whisk again.

5. Now add all the dry ingredients. Mix well and make a smooth lump free batter. You can add little more milk if required. But first add only 1/2 cup milk. Batter shouldn’t be runny. Make a thick but flowing batter.

5. Pour the batter in greased baking pan and tap the pan gently on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles. Sprinkle sesame seeds over it.

6. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Every oven takes different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready.

7. Remove the cake from oven and let it cool down. Cut and serve the soft moist cake warm or at room temperature. Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes

1. You can use whole wheat flour or atta or any other flour instead of all purpose flour or maida.

2. Cane jaggery, brown sugar or powdered sugar can be used instead of date palm jaggery or khajur gur. But for best result use coconut sugar if you don’t have date palm jaggery.

3. You can also add chopped cashew nuts, almond, walnut or any dry fruits of your choice in the batter.

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Seeds Date Oats Cookies

Oats cookies with mixed seeds, almond and sabja or basil seeds. You don’t need sugar or jaggery to make these cookies. Cookies are sweetened with dry dates powder. Enjoy the delectable taste with milk, tea or coffee. Or make large size cookies to serve as breakfast cookies.

These healthy, delicious and crispy crunchy cookies are perfect for health watchers and kids. I have used sabja or basil seeds as egg replacement. First grind and make a powder of sabja or basil seeds then soak in water for 10-15 minutes, your egg substitute is ready. Basil seeds are high in fiber, a good source of minerals, rich in plant-based omega-3 fat, and plentiful in beneficial plant compounds. Basil seeds are a little larger than chia seeds but have a similar nutritional profile. Source – Healthline

Roasted mixed seeds will give a nice crunch to your cookies and also make it healthy. This time I have a pack of roasted mixed seeds, including roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, muskmelon seeds and flax seeds. I also used it in delicious Jaggery oats sesame cookies. Earlier I had a packet of roasted sunflower, pumpkin, flax, watermelon, chia and gojiberries seeds. Which I used in Wholewheat milk bread with mixed seeds,

Mango raisins overnight oats and

Gluten free bread with garlic and mixed seeds.

You can use whatever you have. Seeds are great sources of fiber. They also contain healthy monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and many important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. When consumed as part of a healthy diet, seeds can help reduce blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure. To read more about seeds click here.

As I mentioned above I didn’t use sugar or jaggery. Cookies are sweetened with dry date powder. And I love to cook or bake with this date powder. A healthier alternative of sugar or jaggery. Here are three more recipes with dry date powder shared on this blog. Check out the recipe by clicking on the name below.

1. Apple coconut kheer or pudding

2. Date almond gulkand stuffed sandesh

3. Millet walnut date cake

Now coming to the recipe. You don’t need to whisk or cream the butter first. Just combine everything, make a smooth dough, give shape and bake. You can use oatmeal if you have. I have used ground rolled oats. Also used little whole oats with roasted mixed seeds to give the cookies a crunchy texture. Dry date powder made these cookies perfectly sweet for us. But if you want your cookies sweeter then you can add 1-2 tablespoon more date powder. Taste the dough and add as require.

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Recipe

Oats – 1 cup

Sabja/basil seeds – 1 tablespoon

Water – 3 tablespoon

Ghee/clarified butter or butter – 3 tablespoon

Roasted mixed seeds – 4 tablespoon

Dry date powder – 1/4 cup

Almond – 12-14

Desiccated coconut – 4 tablespoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 1 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Grease or line a baking tray. Preheat the oven at 170°.

2. Grind the sabja or basil seeds in your mixer grinder. Take out in a large bowl and add 3 tablespoon water. Keep aside for 10-15 minutes. Sabja seeds powder will soak all the water within 5 minutes.

3. In the same grinder grind almond and place on a plate. Now grind 3/4 cup rolled oats into fine powder. Reserve 1/4 cup oats to use whole.

4. In the bowl of soaked sabja seeds powder add all the ingredients. And make a smooth dough. Don’t knead much. Just combine everything well.

5. I like my cookies lightly sweetened. Taste the dough before making balls. If you want your cookies sweeter then add 1-2 tablespoon more date powder if required.

6. Make small balls and press gently with your palm. Arrange the cookies on greased or lined baking tray one inch apart. You can make these cookies small or large size breakfast cookies. I have made 13 small cookies. Press the cookies again with a fork or spoon to make flat.

7. Bake in preheated oven at 170° for 12 minutes or till the edges becomes brown.

8. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving. Cookies will soft when hot and becomes crisp after cooling. Serve these healthy and yummy cookies with milk, tea or coffee. Nutritios cookies are also great to satisfy your sudden hunger pangs or for your sweet craving.

Happy baking. Stay safe healthy happy and blessed !

This post is going to feature on Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge for the theme Stick To Seeds suggested by Archana Gunjikar Potdar. And this month my partner is also lovely Archana Gunjikar Potdar. I love her all the healthy and authentic Goan recipes. I recently bookmarked her healthy and delicious Finger millet or ragi porridge to try. Archana gave me oats and date powder and I made these date oats cookies with these ingredients. I gave her gond or edible gum and ghee as her secret ingredients. She made this Flavorful mixture.

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Soyabean Egg Casserole

Soybean egg casserole. A delicious, nutritious and wholesome meal. Just combine everything and bake, your filling comforting and tasty meal is ready in 30-40 minutes if you have the ingredients like boiled soybean etc are ready in advance. You can call it a protein packed casserole because its made with eggs and soybean. Both are enriched with protein and vitamins. Earlier shared Egg corn cottage cheese casserole here.

What is casserole

According to Wikipedia A casserole is a variety of a large, deep pan or bowl used for cooking a variety of dishes in the oven; it is also a category of foods cooked in such a vessel. To distinguish the two uses, the pan can be called a “casserole dish” or “casserole pan”, whereas the food is simply “a casserole”.

Now here is nutritious casserole recipe for you. You can also use bell peppers, capsicum or any vegetable of your choice. And topping is entirely depends on your choice. You can use sliced onion or tomato for topping. I used onion green from my terrace garden.

Soybeans are high in protein and a decent source of both carbs and fat. They are a rich source of various vitamins, minerals, and beneficial plant compounds, such as isoflavones. For this reason, regular soybean intake may alleviate the symptoms of menopause and reduce your risk of prostate and breast cancer. To read more about soybean Click here.

Eggs are one of the few foods that should be classified as “superfoods.” They are loaded with nutrients, some of which are rare in the modern diet. Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Eggs are an excellent source of protein, with a single large egg containing six grams of it. Eggs also contain all the essential amino acids in the right ratios, so your body is well-equipped to make full use of the protein in them. Eating enough protein can help with weight loss, increase muscle mass, lower blood pressure and optimize bone health, to name a few. Source – Healthline

You can serve this with delicious Broccoli almond cheese soup or any other soup. Click here to get some different soup recipes. You may also like to serve it with Creamy mushroom and sweet corn soup from the blog of my friend Swaty Malik.

To make this casserole you have to boil overnight soaked soybean and a peeled and chopped potato first. After boiling mash well. Grind the semolina or suji with curd or yogurt. I have used homemade curd. Use everything in room temperature. Milk should be lukewarm. I have used Italian seasoning but you can use any seasoning of your choice. Even you can use Indian spices. Add seasoning according to your taste. You can use any flour instead of semolina or suji. And if you are using flour then no need to grind. Just mix with all the other ingredients. You can use as much cheese as you like. If you’re making for kids add more cheese. Kids love cheesy taste, right?

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Recipe

Soyabean – 1/2 cup

Egg – 4-5

Potato – 1 medium

Sweet corn – 1/2 cup

Onion – 1, finely chopped

Garlic – 4 cloves, finely chopped

Green chilli – 1, finely chopped

Olive oil – 4 tablespoon

Semolina or suji – 3/4 cup

Curd or yogurt – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup

Pizza sauce – 3 heaped tablespoon

Salt – 1&1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Dried basil – 1/2 teaspoon

Cheese cube – 2-3, grated

For topping

Onion green – 1, chopped

Pickled Jalapeno

Olive slices

Sweet corn

Grated cheese

Method

1. Rinse the soybean well and soak in sufficient water overnight.

3. Peel and chop the potato roughly.

4. Grease a baking dish with oil.

5. Drain the water and rinse the soybean again. Cook in a pressure cooker with roughly chopped potato and 2 cup water. After 1 whistle reduce the heat. Pressure cook on simmer for 25-30 minutes or till soybean becomes soft. Let the pressure settle down on its own.

6. Open the pressure cooker and cook again till all the moisture evaporate if any. Take out the boiled soybean and potato in a plate or bowl. Mash with potato masher or with hand.

7. Finely chop 1 onion, 4 garlic and 1 green chilli. You can add more garlic and green chilli if you like.

8. Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a pan. Add garlic and fry for a few seconds. Add finely chopped onion and green chilli. Fry till onion becomes brown. Remove from heat and let it cool down.

9. In a large bowl whisk the eggs with a wire whisker. You can add 1-2 more eggs if you want. If you are using more eggs then reduce the amount of milk. Batter should be thick but flowing. Just like cake batter.

10. Grind semolina or suji in your mixer grinder. Add curd and blend again. Take out the mixture and mix with whisked eggs.

11. Add salt, black pepper powder, oregano, dried basil leaves, 2 tablespoon oil, pizza sauce, fried onion, garlic, green chilli and milk. Milk should be room temperature or lukewarm. Also add mashed soybean and potato. Mix everything well.

12. Add baking powder and whisk everything well with a wire whisker. Add sweet corn and grated cheese. I have used cheese cubes. You can use cheddar, mozzarella or any cheese. Mix well. I have used frozen sweet corn. You can also use boiled sweet corn.

13. Preheat the oven at 180° and for OTG preheat at 200°.

14. Pour the batter in greased baking dish. Spread grated cheese. I used cheddar and mozzarella mixed cheese. You can use mozzarella or any cheese. Sprinkle onion green, pickled Jalapeno, olive slices and sweet corn all over it.

15. Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes or top of the casserole becomes brown. Slice and serve warm.

Notes

1. You can add as much cheese as you like.

2. Any flour can be used instead of semolina or suji. If you are using flour then no need to grind.

3. You can use any seasoning instead of Italian herbs. You can also use Indian spices if you want.

4. You can use bell peppers, capsicum or any vegetable of your choice.

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Eggless Fruit Cake With Blue pea And Chamomile Tea

Merry Christmas! May your Christmas filled with joy!

Eggless fruit cake with chai masala and blue pea and chamomile tea. Do you like masala chai/tea with lemon? If yes then you will surely love the scrumptious taste of this rich moist soft alcohol free fruit cake. Blue pea and chamomile and cinnamon soaked dried fruits and nuts made this cake absolutely delicious and aromatic.

A close up of the soft moist texture of the cake 👇

I have used blue pea and chamomile tea soaked dry fruits in this cake. But you can use alcohol, apple juice, orange juice or any fruit juice or green tea or any other tea. Soak the dried fruits 6-8 hours or overnight. Or if you want to make the cake without soaking boil the fruits with whatever you use for soaking for 2-3 minutes. I also used Ceylon cinnamon dip with tea because I love the strong aroma of cinnamon of these bags.

I used these in many other recipes. Earlier shared Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea. See the actual colour of blue pea tea in above picture 👆. If you don’t like the flavour of cinnamon, you can skip cinnamon bags. Or you can also use 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon powder if you don’t have this cinnamon dip. You can get some more Eggless fruit cake recipes here.

I have used almond, cashew nuts, raisins, cranberries, dates, candied cherry and dried fig. You can use prune, black or red currant, sultana, apricot, candied orange or lemon peel or any other dried fruits.

And used chai masala extract for flavour. Chai masala extract is a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves extract. If you don’t have this extract then you can use these spices in powdered form in the cake batter with flour. I have used brown sugar but if you don’t have brown sugar, use powdered sugar or confectioners’ sugar. I have used 1 cup whole wheat flour or atta and 1/2 cup all purpose flour or maida in this cake. You can also make this cake with only whole wheat flour or only all purpose flour. Or use any gluten free flour of your choice. You can get some gluten free cake recipes on this blog. Get the recipes here.

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Recipe

Almond- 1/4 cup

Cashew nuts- 1/4 cup

Walnut- 1/4 cup

Raisins- 1/4 cup

Cranberries- 1/4 cup

Dates- 1/4 cup

Candied cherry- 1/4 cup

Dried figs – 1/4 cup, chopped

Water- 1 cup

Ceylon cinnamon bag- 1 Blue pea and chamomile tea bag – 1

Whole wheat flour oratta – 1 cup

All purpose flour or maida – 1/2 cup

Milk powder- 1/2 cup

Baking powder- 1 teaspoon

Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon

Brown sugar- 3/4 cup

Oil or butter- 1/2 cup

Chai masala extract – 1 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest- 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Chop all the dry fruits and pitted dates into small pieces. In a bowl place blue pea tea bag and Cylon cinnamon bag. You can omit Cylon cinnamon dip bag if you don’t like strong cinnamon flavour. I love the aroma of this cinnamon dip. Pour boiling hot water over the tea and cinnamon bags. Add all the chopped dry fruits, mix and let it soak for 6-7 hours or overnight. Blue colour of the tea changed because of cinnamon. Shared a actual picture of blue pea tea above with the recipe of Tisane or caffeine free herbal tea.

2. You can also use tutti frutti, prune, apricot, black or red currant, sultana, candied orange or lemon peel or any other dried fruits. Use whatever you have. If you forgot to soak the dry fruits you can also make it instantly. Boil all the chopped dry fruits with 1 cup water, tea bag and cinnamon bag for 2-3 minutes. Let it cool down before using.

3. If you don’t have blue pea tea bags then you can use green tea bag or any other tea bag. Even you can use apple, grape, orange or any fruit juice or alcohol for soaking the dry fruits. Here is the picture of overnight soaked dry fruits 👇

4. Mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice with lukewarm or room temperature milk and keep aside. Its okay if milk starts to curdle.

5. Grease a baking dish with oil or butter generously. I have used two cake moulds. One loaf pan and one small round pan. You can use any cake pan or mould of your choice.

6. Preheat the microwave convection or hot blast function at 170° or for OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

7. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour or atta, all purpose flour or maida, baking powder and soda. If you want your cake flat top and without crack use half teaspoon baking powder instead of 1 teaspoon.

8. Squeeze out the soaked dry fruits and mix well with the sieved flour. Don’t discard the remaining aromatic water, we will use it in the cake batter.

9. Now add the milk powder and keep aside. In a large bowl whisk brown sugar, oil and lemon juice mixed milk. Whisk well and add lemon zest and chai masala extract. Whisk again. Chai masala extract is a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and cloves extract. If you don’t have this extract then you can use these spices separately in powdered form.

10. Add remaining water of soaked fruits and mix. I have 1/3 cup of remaining water and used it. Add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix with a spatula till everything combined well. You can add little more milk if required to make a thick and flowing batter. I didn’t. 1/3 cup remaining water of soaked dry fruits was sufficient for me to make smooth batter.

11. Tap the cake pan on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles. Bake in preheated oven for 30- 40 minutes or till toothpick comes out clean and top of the cake becomes nicely browned.

12. This cake takes a little longer time than other cakes but every oven takes different time so keep an eye after 25- 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake. If it comes out clean then your cake is ready.

Let the cake cool down completely before slicing. This fruit cake taste best next day. You can keep the cake in room temperature for 2-3 days. After that store the cake in refrigerator. But I am sure you don’t have any remaining slices to store. Mine finished in a day 😊

Happy baking! Stay safe healthy and blessed! Enjoy your holiday.

Notes

1. Any flour can be used in this fruit cake.

2. You can also soak the dry fruits in alcohol, apple juice, orange juice or any fruit juice or green tea or any other tea.

3. Butter or any flavorless oil can be used to make this cake.

4. You can use any dried fruits or peel in the cake batter.

5. Powdered sugar can be used instead of brown sugar.

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Jaggery Oats Sesame Cookies With Mixed Seeds

Jaggery oats sesame seeds cookies. Cookies are flavored with ghee or clarified butter, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon. Crispy crunchy cookies are mouth melting from inside. Little rice flour and roasted mixed seeds made these cookies perfectly crispy. In winter we often make til gur laddu, now here is a cookie with til gur or sesame seeds and jaggery.

Sharing one more gluten free bake today. My last post was a gluten free Millet walnut date cake. This time not millet, made these cookies with oats, sesame seeds, desiccated coconut, rice flour and sweetened with organic jaggery powder. So you can call it a healthy treat for kids and adults both. You may like some more gluten free cookies recipes on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Oats tutti frutti cookies

2. Vegan date millet peanut butter cookies

3. Sesame jaggery sorghum cookies

4. Oats cornmeal lemon crinkle cookies

5. Oats almond cranberry cornmeal cookies

6. Fennel oats millet cookies

7. Rose flavored shortbread cookies

8. Pearl millet cashew almond honey cookies

9. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

10. Pearl millet pizza crackers

11. Finger millet oats chocolate cookies

You can make these cookies with easily available ingredients. If you have oatmeal, no need to grind anything. I have used regular rolled oats so ground into fine powder. If you don’t have jaggery powder then you can use grated jaggery or use powdered sugar, brown sugar or any sweetener of your choice. Roasted mixed seeds will give a crunch and make your cookies more nutritious. You can get readymade pack of roasted mixed seeds. I have a pack of roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, muskmelon seeds and flax seeds. You can use any dry roasted seeds. Subscribe with your mail address to get all the recipes straight to your mailbox immediately after publishing.

Recipe

Oats- 3/4 cup

Rice flour- 1/4 cup

Jaggery powder – 4 tablespoon

Ghee/clarifiedbutter- 3 tablespoon

Milk – 2 tablespoon

Ginger powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/8 teaspoon

Sesame seeds – 2 tablespoon + for coating

Roasted mixed seeds – 1 tablespoon

Desiccated coconut – 2 tablespoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170°.

2. Grease a baking tray or line with parchment paper.

3. Dry roast 2 tablespoon sesame seeds on a pan. When sesame seeds starts to splutter transfer the seeds on a plate.

4. Grind the oats into fine powder. In a bowl mix oats powder, rice flour, ginger powder, cinnamon powder, cardamom powder, baking powder, soda, dry roasted sesame seeds, desiccated coconut and roasted mixed seeds. I have a mixture of roasted pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, muskmelon seeds and flax seeds.

5.Spread some sesame seeds on a plate and keep aside.

6. In a large bowl cream ghee or clarified butter, jaggery powder and milk. Whisk well till everything combined really well.

7. Add all the dry ingredients and mix. Make a smooth dough. Don’t knead much. Make small balls out of the dough. I have made 12 cookies with this dough. You can make smaller or larger cookies.

8. Press the balls on sesame seeds gently. Now arrange the cookies on greased or lined baking tray. Keep some space between the cookies.

9. Bake in preheated oven for 12 minutes or till the edges becomes light brown.

10. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving. Serve with milk, tea, coffee or store in airtight container for later use.

Notes

1. Whole wheat flour/atta or all purpose flour/maida or any flour can be used instead of oats to make these cookies.

2. You can also use powdered sugar or any sweetener.

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Millet Walnut Date Cake Or One Two Three Four Cake

Millet walnut date cake. A delicious eggless cake made with pearl millet or bajra, finger millet or ragi, date powder, olive oil, walnut and almond. A basic cake recipe with some different flours and nuts. Not only delectable taste but the cake is full of nutritios ingredients and gluten free.

Why I named it one two three four cake? Saw this name in the post of Old fashioned recipe. And loved the name so asked to author about the name. Copy pasting her answer here. “Hundreds of years ago, many couldn’t read so they named it for the ingredients “1-2-3-4 cake”, according to historians. 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour & 3 eggs. It’s an awesome cake.”

I replaced olive oil with butter, used date powder instead of sugar, and used vinegar mixed milk instead of eggs with some gluten free flour to make the cake nutritious, gluten free and guilt free.

You may like some more gluten free cakes and muffins on this blog. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Apple almost cupcake

2. Date walnut chocolate cake

3. Cardamom rose muffins

4. Gluten free vegan sugar free cake

5. Vegan apple jaggery cake

6. Blackberry preserve stuffed cherry cupcakes

7. Cornmeal carrot cake

8. Lemon cherry loaf cake

9. Pineapple cupcake

And two more recipes with date powder.

. Gulkand stuffed date almond sandesh

. Apple coconut date kheer or pudding

Now coming to the recipe. Sieve or sift the dry ingredients twice to make the flour light and to break all the lumps. I have used olive oil to make the cake but you can use unsalted butter or any flavorless oil instead of olive oil. Vanilla essence will give a lovely flavour but you can also add any essence of your choice. Walnut and almond are used to increase the taste and nutritious value. Sometimes I use 1/4 cup walnut and 1/4 cup almond or equal amount of both nuts. Use nuts as you prefer. Or you can use any other nuts. Choice is yours.

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Recipe

Bajra- 1 cup

Ragi- 1/4 cup

Soybean flour- 1/4 cup

Date powder – 1 cup

Olive oil- 1/3 cup

Milk- 1&1/3 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Baking powder- 1 teaspoon

Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon

Salt- 1/8 teaspoon

Walnut- 1/2 cup, chopped

Almond- 1/4 cup, shredded, optional

Vanilla essence- 1&1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Preheat the microwave convection or hot blast mode at 160° and for OTG preheat at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a baking pan and dust with little flour or line with parchment paper. I have used bundt pan but you can also use round, square or any cake pan. Use whatever you have. If you are using bundt pan spread some shredded almond and walnut after greasing.

3. Sift bajra or pearl millet flour, ragi or finger millet flour, soybean flour, baking powder, soda and salt twice. If you don’t have soybean flour, see notes for more options.

4. Mix one tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice with lukewarm milk. Stir and keep aside.

5. Mix one tablespoon flour with chopped walnut and almond. Coat the nuts with flour. You can use equal amount of both nuts or use either walnut or almond. Add nuts less or more according to your choice.

6. In a large bowl whisk date powder, olive oil and vinegar mixed milk. I have used 2 tablespoon less date powder because I like my cake mildly sweetened. Whisk till everything blend well. Add vanilla essence and whisk again.

7. Add half of the sieved dry ingredients and mix. Now add remaining dry ingredients and mix well to make a smooth and lump free batter. You can add 2-3 tablespoon more milk if required. These flour requires more liquid than all purpose flour or maida.

8. Add flour coated walnut and almond and mix well. Pour the batter in greased or lined baking pan. Level the top with a spoon or your fingers. Tap the cake pan on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles.

9. If you are not using bundt pan spread some shredded almond and walnut all over the cake.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 160° and for OTG bake at 180° for 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Every oven takes different time so keep an eye after 25 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the cake, if it comes out clean then your cake is ready. And if not bake for a few minutes more. Let the cake cool down completely.

11. Invert the cake on a plate. Slice and enjoy the delectable and nutritious cake. Happy baking. Stay safe healthy and blessed.

Notes

1. Soybean flour gives an extra softness to the cake. But if you don’t have soybean flour then you can increase the amount of pearl millet/bajra flour or finger millet/ragi flour and omit soybean flour. Or you can use any flour instead of soyabean flour.

2. If you want to make this cake vegan, use almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk or any non dairy milk.

3. Unsalted butter or any flavorless oil can be used instead of olive oil.

4. If you don’t like the taste of walnut, use 1/4 cup walnut instead of 1/2 cup. Or use more almond and skip walnut. Or you can use any nuts of your choice.

5. Any flavour can be used instead of vanilla.

6. You can also use cocoa powder or chocolate to make this cake chocolate flavored.

7. You can also make this cake with whole wheat flour/atta or all purpose flour/maida.

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Baked Potato Wedges With Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

Crisp baked potato wedges with rosemary infused olive oil. Potato wedges are crisp from outside and soft inside. You need only very few ingredients to make these wedges but taste is absolutely delectable.

You can also use this rosemary infused oil for salad dressing or marinate the chicken or many other dishes. I have used my microwave to make these delicious crispy potato wedges. But you can also make it in your OTG. Bake at 200° and heat the olive oil with rosemary on your stove top. Just warm up the oil on low heat for 5 minutes and let it cool down before using.

As I mentioned above that you don’t need much ingredients to make these potato wedges. I have used rosemary infused olive oil with oregano, garlic powder, black pepper powder and rock salt or sea salt. But you can use any herbs of your choice. I don’t like garlic much so used only 1/2 teaspoon. If you like garlicky flavour, you can use 1 teaspoon full or more. You can use any salt instead of rock salt. If you are making it for kids reduce or skip black pepper powder. You can also skip garlic powder if you don’t like.

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Recipe

Potato – 4, medium

Olive oil – 1-2 tablespoon

Dried rosemary – 2 teaspoon

Sea salt or rock salt – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste,optional

Method

1. Peel the potatoes. Cut the potato lengthwise. Again cut the pieces lengthwise into half. Now cut all the pieces into half. You can get 8 pieces from each potato.

2. Wash the potato pieces well. Wipe the potato pieces with a kitchen napkin.

3. In a microwavable glass bowl heat olive oil and dried rosemary for 35 seconds on full power. Your rosemary infused oil is ready to use. If you want to make it in less oil then use only 2 teaspoon oil.

4. In a large bowl mix rosemary infused oil, salt, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper powder and potato wedges. Mix and coat the wedges well with oil and herbs.

5. Arrange the potato wedges on a baking tray. Sprinkle all the remaining herb mixed oil on the wedges.

6. Bake for 25-30 minutes at 190°. Or until the potato wedges becomes golden brown. If you are using OTG bake at 200°. Serve crisp potato wedges immediately with any sauce.

Notes

1. Any salt can be used instead of sea salt or rock salt.

2. If you are making for kids reduce or skip black pepper powder. Or to make more spicy add little more pepper powder.

3. You can use any herb according to your taste.

4. Add 1 teaspoon full or more garlic powder if you like garlicky flavour. Or you can also skip garlic powder if you don’t like.

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Baked Bitter Gourd Or Karela

Baked bitter gourd or karela. Make this nutritious and immunity booster vegetable in an easy way. You don’t need to spend lots of time in kitchen in this scorching hot weather. Just mix everything and bake. Enjoy the crispy bitter gourd as a side dish.

You can peel the bitter gourd if you don’t like the bitterness. And add more onions while baking. You can also add some lemon juice before serving. Crispy delicious baked karela will be a perfect side dish for any meal.

You may like some more bitter gourd recipes on this blog.

1. Bitter gourd with tomato

2. Sukto

3. Gujarati bitter gourd stir fry

4. Bitter gourd dopyaza

5. Crispy bitter gourd and potato

According to Healthline here are some health benefits of bitter gourd.

• Packs Several Important Nutrients. Bitter melon is a great source of several key nutrients.

• Can Help Reduce Blood Sugar.

• May Have Cancer-Fighting Properties.

• Could Decrease Cholesterol Levels.

• May Aid Weight Loss.

• Versatile and Delicious.

Linking this recipe to Facebook gourmet group Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge. In this monthly group members are paired with different partners every month and two secret ingredients are given to each other. We have to use these ingredients in our recipe. This month theme is Fear Not Bitter suggested by Seema Doraiswamy Sriram who blog at Mildly Indian. Seema is a very talented blogger. You can get numerous healthy and delicious recipes on her blog. I recently bookmarked her Millet jaggery cake and some more.

This month my partner is Poonam Bachhav. I love her space for her versatile recipes. Specially her authentic thali recipes. You can also get many delicious, healthy treat on her blog. You will definitely love her Mango bundt cake and many more. Poonam gave me cumin and Amchur as secret ingredients and I gave her milk and jaggery. Poonam made Eggless banana chocolate cupcakes with these ingredients.

You can use as much shallot or small onions as you want. Sliced onion and shallot both will reduce the bitterness. I used Kashmiri red chilli powder to add some colour. You can skip it or if you want your karela more spicy then you can add hot variety red chilli powder.

Recipe

Bitter gourd or karela – 2

Shallot/sambhar onion or small onions – 15

Onion – 1 large Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Amchur or dry mango powder – 1 teaspoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon

Coriander leaves and lemon wedges to garnish

Method

1. Wash the karela or bitter gourd and cut off the both tips. Cut the bitter gourd or karela into thin round slices. You can peel the bitter gourd to reduce the bitterness. I didn’t.

2. Peel the sambhar onion or shallot and keep aside. Slice one large onion. You can use one more onion if you like.

3. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or aluminum foil and brush with little oil. I used parchment paper.

4. In a bowl mix all the dry spices, salt, 1 tablespoon oil and bitter gourd slices. Mix well and keep aside for 10-15 minutes.

5. Arrange the marinated bitter gourd slices on lined baking tray in single layer.

6. In the same bowl mix shallot and onion slices with little salt and one teaspoon oil.

7..Bake the bitter gourd slices at 200 degree temperature for 10 minutes.

8. Take out the baking tray and mix both the onion with bitter gourd slices.

8. Bake for 10 minutes again or until bitter gourd becomes crisp. Keep an eye after 7 minutes. Bitter gourd shouldn’t be burnt.

9. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves and lemon wedges. You can add some lemon juice before serving. Serve warm as a side dish.

Note- To reduce the bitterness peel the bitter gourd and use more onion.

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