Gluten Free Paan Or Betel Leaf Cake

Gluten free paan or betel leaf cake with rose flavoured glaze.
A delicious eggless cake flavoured with mitha paan.
Cake is full of flavour and taste of mitha paan ingredients like paan or betel leaf, gulkand or rose preserve/jam, tutti fruity, fennel seeds, cardamom powder and rose essence or rose water.

If you are my regular reader then you may know that I love to use different gluten free flours in my bakes. I have already used soyabean flour and cornmeal in my bakes. This time I have also used buckwheat flour or kuttu atta.
Despite its name, buckwheat is not related to wheat and is thus gluten-free.
It’s used in buckwheat tea or processed into groats, flour, and noodles. The groats, used in much the same way as rice, are the main ingredient in many traditional European and Asian dishes.
Buckwheat has become popular as a health food due to its high mineral and antioxidant content. Its benefits may include improved blood sugar control.
To read more about buckwheat flour and it’s health benefits click here.

Earlier shared a Paan flavoured sandesh on this blog.

Paan or betel leaf is a mouth freshener of India.
According to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, chewing betel leaf is a remedy against bad breath. And can be used as mouth freshener.
Paan from Sanskrit parṇa meaning “leaf” is a preparation combining betel leaf with areca nut widely consumed throughout Southeast Asia, East Asia (mainly Taiwan), and the Indian subcontinent. It is chewed for its stimulant and psychoactive effects.
Chewing the mixture of areca nut and betel leaf is a tradition, custom or ritual which dates back thousands of years from India to the Pacific.
In a 16th-century cookbook, Nimmatnama-i Nasiruddin-Shahi, describes Ghiyas-ud-din Khalji, the Sultan of Mandu (r. 1469–1500), watches as tender betel leaves of the finest quality are spread out and rosewater is sprinkled on them, while saffron is also added. An elaborate betel chew or paan would contain fragrant spices and rose preserves with chopped areca nuts.
It is a tradition in South India and nearby regions to give two Betel leaves, areca nut (pieces or whole) and Coconut to the guests at any auspicious occasion. Even on a regular day, it is the tradition to give a married woman, who visits the house, two Betel leaves, areca nut and coconut or some fruits along with a string of threaded flowers. This is referred to as tambolam.
Betel leaf used to make paan is produced in different parts of India. Some states that produce betel leaf for paan include West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh. In West Bengal, two types of betel leaves are produced. These are “Bangla Pata (Country Leaf) and Mitha Pata (Sweet Leaf).
Source – Wikipedia

206 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is gluten free treat suggested by me.
Some of my readers are suffering from gluten allergy. So I have suggested my blogger friends to share some recipes with gluten free flour. This way people can get different types of gluten free recipes.

In this paan flavoured cake I have used three types of gluten free flour. Soyabean flour, cornmeal and buckwheat flour or kuttu atta but you can use any flour of your choice. Khoya mawa or dried milk made the cake more delicious and rich. Rose flavoured sugar glaze is completely optional. Cake will be also delicious without glazing.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Cornmeal – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Kuttu atta or buckwheat flour – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Paan or betel leaf – 2

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Tutti fruity – 1/2 cup + to sprinkle

Fennel seeds – 2 teaspoon

Oil or butter – 1/2 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup

Vinegar or lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Sugar coated fennel seeds – 2 tablespoon

Gulkand – 2 tablespoon

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Green food colour – 1-2 drops, optional

For glaze

Powdered sugar – 3 tablespoon

Rose essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Water – 1/2 tablespoon

Green food colour – 1 – 2 drops

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170°.

2. Grease a cake tin or line with parchment paper.

3. Mix vinegar in 3/4 cup milk and keep aside. Milk should be in room temperature.

4. Grind paan or betel leaf, fennel seeds, gulkand and khoya/mawa or dried milk with 1/4 cup milk. Make a smooth paste.

5. In a bowl sieve all the flour, baking powder, soda and cardamom powder.

6. In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, oil or butter and vinegar mixed milk. Whisk well till sugar dissolved.

7. Now add ground paste and whisk again.

8. Add the dry ingredients and mix well to make a lump free smooth batter.

9. Add green food colour if using. Mix well.

10. Fold in tutti fruity and sugar coated fennel seeds.

11. Pour the batter in greased or lined cake tin. Tap gently on your kitchen counter to remove the air bubbles.

12. Sprinkle tutti fruity and bake at 170° for 25 – 30 minutes. Or until the toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check.

13. Let the cake cool down completely.

14. For glaze in a mixing bowl whisk powdered sugar, rose essence, water and green food colour. Whisk well till sugar dissolves. Your glaze is ready.
Spread the glaze all over the cake.

15. Decorate with tutti fruity and sprinkle.
Slice and enjoy.
Happy baking!

Notes

1. You can make this cake with whole wheat flour/atta or refined flour/maida instead of these gluten free flour. Or use any flour of your choice.

2. If you have gluten allergy, use gluten free food colour or skip colour.

3. 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon rose essence can be added in the batter if you like the flavour.

4. Glaze is completely optional. You can also serve it without glaze.

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Blackberry Preserve Stuffed Gluten Free Cherry Cupcake

Blackberry preserve stuffed gluten free eggless cherry cupcake with buckwheat flour, cornmeal, soyabean flour and almond.
Soft moist and superbly delicious cupcakes. If you want you can also make single cake with this recipe.

I love to try different flour in my bakes. Soyabean flour is a super hit. Soya flour makes the cake super soft. This time used buckwheat flour or kuttu ka atta. Usually used in fasting foods.

The antioxidant and fiber content of this food lends itself to a number of significant health benefits. Here is an overview of the top 6 nutritional benefits of this pseudocereal.
1. Improved Heart Health.
2. Reduced Blood Sugar.
3. Gluten Free and Non-Allergenic.
4. Rich in Dietary Fiber.
5. Protects Against Cancer.
6. Source of Vegetarian Protein.
To read more about buckwheat flour click here.

Recently saw a post of a very talented chef Surjendra Krishna Chakrabarti. Surjendra served Bacon Muffins with Blueberry Sauce. I loved the idea but I stuffed the cupcakes with blackberry preserve. I have some blackberry preserve in my pantry so used it. Thanks chef for the idea. And thanks to Bhuira Jam for sending me this delicious blackberry preserve. Already used it in my Dundee cake.

This blackberry preserve stuffed gluten free cupcakes are a super hit among my family and friends.
You may like some more stuffed bake on this blog.

Eggless rasgulla cupcakes

Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

Our this week’s 190 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Mini cake suggested by Preethi Prasad who blog at Preethi cuisine.
Do visit her space for delicious recipes she shared.

I have used three gluten free flours and almond in these cupcakes. Cornmeal, buckwheat flour and Soyabean flour. If you don’t have any of these flour then you can substitute them with any other flour like oatmeal, almond flour or any other gluten free flour. Or you can also use whole wheat flour or refined flour. But try to use little Soyabean flour in your cake. Soyabean flour will make your cake super soft and moist.

Recipe

Buckwheat flour – 1/2 cup

Cornmeal – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Soyabean flour – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Oil – 1/3 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Milk – 3/4 cup

Cherry – 1/2 cup, pitted and quartered

Cherry juice or syrup – 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Glazed or candied Cherry for topping – 6

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease the cupcake moulds or line with cupcake liner.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon cornmeal in the quartered cherries.

4. Grind the almonds into fine powder.

5. Mix Vinegar with room temperature or slightly warm milk and keep aside.

6. Sift the buckwheat flour first.

7. Then sift again with Soyabean flour, cornmeal, baking powder and soda.

8. In a large bowl whisk oil, powdered sugar and cherry juice or syrup. I have used canned cherry so used the syrup but if you are using fresh cherry use cherry juice.

9. Add vanilla essence and whisk well.

10. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually. First add half of the flours, and mix then add remaining half, ground almonds and mix well. Don’t overdo. Just make a lump free smooth batter.

11. Fold in the cherry pieces.

12. Pour the batter into the cupcake moulds.Fill 1/4 of the moulds.

13. Place 1 teaspoon blackberry preserve in the middle. If you don’t have blackberry preserve then you can use any fruit jam of your choice.

14. Pour the batter again over blackberry preserve. Fill the moulds 3/4.

15. Tap the moulds gently on your kitchen counter.

16. Place half candied or glazed cherry in the middle of every cupcakes.

17. Bake in the preheated oven at 180° on middle rack for 15 – 20 minutes.

18. Check with a toothpick. Insert a toothpick in the middle of a cupcake. Toothpick should comes out clean. If not bake for few minutes more.

19. Let the cupcakes cool down before serving.
Enjoy the soft, moist, delicious and blackberry preserve or jam filled cupcakes.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. Any flour can be used instead of these gluten free flour.

2. You can use any fruit jam instead of blackberry preserve.

If you tried my recipe, you can share your food pictures with me in the social network sites by using hash tag, #batterupwithsujata
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