Jam Cake / Whole Wheat Flour Cake

Egg less whole wheat flour jam cake. Soft, delicious and easy to make cake.
No need to add sugar. Mixed fruit jam gives a lovely colour and perfectly sweet taste. I didn’t used refined flour or maida. Cake is made of only whole wheat flour or atta. But you can use any flour of your choice. Even you can use any flavoured jam instead of mixed fruit jam.

Sharing this recipe from my archive. Made this cake first time 4 years ago. Got the recipe in food group Chef At Large from Nisha Ambar. Nisha is an excellent baker. Loved her all the bakes but this cake attract me a lot. Tried and loved the taste. Now sharing this simple yet delicious recipe here. Thanks Nisha for this wonderful recipe.

This week our 195 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Third Letter Magic suggested by Amrita Iyer who blog at The Food Samaritan. Do visit her space for mouthwatering recipes.

In this theme we have to share a recipe with the third letter of our name. I was thinking about the letter J and remember this delicious jam cake. Earlier I have made it with choco chips but this time used walnuts. You can use tutti fruity, choco chips or any dry fruits of your choice. This time I didn’t use any other flour for this cake like my other cakes, followed exact Nisha’s recipe. If you want you can also make it with any gluten free flour or refined flour or maida or mixed flour.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Mixed fruit jam – 1/3 cup

Curd – 1/2 cup

Olive oil – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Walnut – 1/4 cup + to sprinkle, chopped

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a baking pan with oil and dust with flour or line with parchment pepper.

3. Sieve whole wheat flour or atta, baking powder and soda.

4.In a large bowl mix oil, jam and curd. Whisk to blend everything well. Add vanilla essence and whisk again.

5. Add all the dry ingredients and mix well.

6. Fold in the walnuts.

7. Pour the batter in the greased and flour dusted cake pan. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter 3 – 4 times to remove air bubbles.

8. Level the top with a spoon and sprinkle walnuts over it.

9. Bake in the preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 35 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the cake to check.

10. Let the cake cool down completely. Slice and serve.
Happy baking 😊

Notes
1. Refined flour or maida or any four can be used instead of whole wheat flour or atta.
2. You can use choco chips, tutti fruity or any dry fruits of your choice instead of walnut.
3. Any flavourless vegetable oil can be used instead of olive oil.

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Cucumber Curry / Fasting Recipe

Cucumber curry.
An easy and delicious recipe for fasting days. You can serve it with sabudana khichdi or any fasting foods. Or enjoy it bowl full without anything as I did. Coconut, almond, green chilli and kokum made it super yummy.
Got this recipe from Mahesh Khole. Remember Mahesh who shared his Bombay duck fry on this blog as a guest post.
He gave me the recipe one year ago. Made it many times. Today sharing it with my readers.

Low calorie cucumber is best for fasting days.
Though commonly thought to be a vegetable, cucumber is actually a fruit.
It’s high in beneficial nutrients, as well as certain plant compounds and antioxidants that may help treat and even prevent some conditions.
Also, cucumbers are low in calories and contain a good amount of water and soluble fiber, making them ideal for promoting hydration and aiding in weight loss.
Cucumbers are a refreshing, nutritious and incredibly versatile addition to any diet.
They are low in calories but contain many important vitamins and minerals, as well as a high water content.
Eating cucumbers may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, balanced hydration, digestive regularity and lower blood sugar levels.
To read more about cucumber benefits click here.

Our this week’s 191 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #dahidelight suggested by Priya Iyer who blog at The world through my eyes. Check out her blog for traditional and authentic recipes.

Recipe is very simple. I have added almond and melon seeds for thickness of the gravy and little ginger for taste. Mahesh suggested to add butter milk. But I have used curd, you can use buttermilk or can skip both. If you don’t have kokum then no problem you can also make it without kokum. First time I made it without kokum. If you are making it without kokum don’t skip curd. For fasting foods we use ghee or clarified butter but you can also use oil if you want.

Recipe

Cucumber – 2

Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated or finely chopped

Melon seeds – 2 tablespoon

Almond – 8-10

Dry red chilli – 1

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Peanut – 2 – 3 tablespoon, dry roasted and crushed

Curd – 1/3 cup

Green chilli – 1 – 2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Kokum – 1 – 2 pieces

Slit green chilli – 2

Ghee or clarified butter – 1 tablespoon

Rock salt and sugar to taste

Method

1. Rinse and peel the cucumber. Cut in cubes.
Taste before cutting. It should not be bitter.

2. Soak the almonds in hot water. Peel when cool.

3. Grind coconut, ginger, green chilli, peeled almond and melon seeds all together. Make a smooth paste.

4. Heat ghee or clarified butter in a pan.

5. Add cumin seeds and dry red chilli.
When the seeds crackle add cubed cucumber and rock salt.

6. Saute till moisture of cucumber evaporate and dried up.

7. Add the ground paste. Saute for 1-2 minutes.

8. Add well beaten curd, water, 2 slit green chilli, kokum and sugar.

9. When it starts to rolling boil reduce the heat. Cover and cook on simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in between.

10. Remove the cover. There should be thick gravy. If it runny cook on high heat for a few minutes more.

11. Add roasted and crushed peanuts and mix.

12. Taste and adjust the seasoning and remove from heat.
Your cucumber curry is ready.

13. Garnish with almond and chilli. You can garnish with coriander leaves if you like.

14. Serve hot bowl full or serve with sabudana khichdi.

Notes
1. Add chilli according to your taste.
2. If you want you can skip curd.

3. Cashew nuts can be used instead of almond.

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Dahi Aloo Or Potatoes In Yogurt Curry

Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry.
A very simple and easy yet delicious no onion garlic recipe.
You can also make it for fasting days. Just replace the salt with rock salt.

This week our 165 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Navratri special recipe. Sharing this easy, simple and lip-smacking potato curry with yogurt.

For Navratri fasting you may like different kinds of smoothies. Get the recipes here.
I am not in home this time. So sharing an easy and delicious potato curry with yogurt. I have made it in a very simple way. If you like you can add 1 small tomato 1/2 inch piece grated ginger and 1 chopped green chilli
After adding mustard seeds, cumin seeds and hing. Fry the tomato, ginger and green chilli till the tomatoes becomes mushy then add boiled potatoes and follow the recipe. But I didn’t need to add these. Curry tastes too good. Everyone love this simple yet delicious curry in my home. If you are making this for fasting you can omit asafoetida or hing if it not allowed in fasting food.

Recipe

Potatoes – 4, boiled

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Hing or asafoetida – 1/4 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Or

Red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Yogurt – 1 cup

Water – 1 cup

Cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, chopped

Ginger julienne and slit green chilli to garnish

Method

1. Peel and cut the boiled potatoes in small cubes.

2. Whisk the yogurt well and keep aside.

3. Heat oil or ghee in a pan. Add mustard seeds.

4. Add cumin seeds and when the seeds splutter add hing or asafoetida.

5. Now add the potatoes and salt. Fry till the potato slightly changed it’s colour.

6. Add turmeric powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and red chilli powder. I have used kashmiri red chilli powder.
Fry for a minute.

7. Reduce the flame to low. Add whisked yogurt and water. Mix well.

8. Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Cook on low heat for 6 – 7 minutes. Stir to avoid curdling.

9. Dahi aloo or potatoes in yogurt curry is ready. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

10. Garnish with cilantro, ginger julienne and slit green chilli. Serve hot with bread, puri, paratha, barnyard millet pulao, jeera rice, pulao or steamed rice.

Notes
1. If you are making this for fasting days, you can omit hing and garam masala powder if not allowed. And replace salt with rock salt.

2. If don’t want to use red chilli add chopped green chilli after adding cumin seeds and hing.
You can add 1 chopped tomato with green chilli if you want. Fry till the tomato becomes mushy then add the potatoes.

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Watermelon Cantaloupe Mint Smoothie

Watermelon cantaloupe mint smoothie.
Watermelon is easily available in this season. This refreshing fruit has mostly water and full of nutrients.
I love chilled watermelon juice in summer. And tried this juice with many other ingredients to make different delicious dishes.

Today sharing a smoothie with it. Pairing it with another summer fruit cantaloupe or muskmelon or Kharbuj. Lightly flavoured with mint.
If you don’t like mint you can use cinnamon or any other flavour of your choice.

I didn’t use any sweetener in it. Watermelon and cantaloupe made the smoothie perfectly sweet.
You can get some more watermelon recipes here. Click on the name to get the recipe.

Watermelon sandesh

Watermelon muffins

Watermelon cooler with Tulsi and aloe vera

Litchi watermelon dates peach smoothie

Virgin mojito / mocktail with watermelon and Fanta

Virgin watermelon mojito

Sending this post to the 144 #Foodiemonday bloghop yoghurt based theme.
I was thinking about a yoghurt based curry to share today. But this time I want to share my breakfast with you. Yes in summer smoothie is a best breakfast option. Chilled, refreshing, filling and yummy.

If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know that I have shared different smoothie recipes in every summer.
Today I have used cantaloupe in it. But you can use one banana instead if you want.
Keep it in refrigerator or add some crushed ice cubes and enjoy the chilled glass of healthy fruity smoothie.

Recipe

Thick yoghurt – 1/2 cup

Watermelon juice – 1 cup

Kharbuj /cantaloupe /muskmelon – 1/2 cup, chopped

Or

Banana – 1, chopped

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Mint leaves – 1 tablespoon, torned with hand

Black salt – a pinch

Method

1. In a blender blend cantaloupe, torn mint leaves and thick yoghurt.

2. Now add watermelon juice, black salt and lemon juice.
Blend again.

3. Taste and add little more lemon juice and black salt if require.

I didn’t use any sweetener in it because my watermelon and cantaloupe both are sweet. But if you want you can add a teaspoon of honey or sugar if require

4. Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. Garnish with watermelon and mint leaves.

5. Keep in refrigerator or add crushed ice cubes.
Serve chilled.

Enjoy the delicious refreshing chilled smoothie.

Notes

1. You can use cinnamon powder instead of mint leaves or any other flavour of your choice.

2. If you don’t like cantaloupe use one banana instead.

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Spinach Raita Or Palak Raita 


Spinach raita or palak raita.

A very easy yet delicious side dish. Goes well with stuffed paratha, biryani or pulao.
This raita is made of curd, spinach and some spices. 

You can get one more raita recipe here

Curd is an excellent source of protein and has very high levels of calcium so it prevent osteoporosis and also helps to strengthen the bones and teeth.

Curd is very good for digestive system too. 

I remember that I encouraged my son to eat spinach by giving the example of Popeye 😂

No mere vegetable ever gained the fame that spinach did in the 1960s through the cartoon character Popeye. Often in vain, parents encouraged their children to eat their spinach so they would grow up to be big and strong.

There’s actually some truth to that…

Health Benefits of Spinach

Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese. In other word, it’s loaded with good things for every part of your body!
Abundant flavonoids in spinach act as antioxidants to keep cholesterol from oxidizing and protect your body from free radicals, particularly in the colon. The folate in spinach is good for your healthy cardiovascular system, and magnesium helps lower high blood pressure. Studies also have shown that spinach helps maintain your vigorous brain function, memory and mental clarity.

Source 

Got the recipe idea from my daughter Suchismita who blog at https://theretrospectiveprocrastinator.wordpress.com.

Its her favourite raita.

Our this week’s #Foodiemondaybloghop theme is #leafygreen.

My contribution is this easy yet delicious spinach raita.

Yes no fuss simple and super easy but yummy dish. 


Recipe 


Spinach or palak – 1&1/2 cup, roughly chopped

Curd – 1 cup

Rock salt to taste

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Roasted cumin powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar to taste

Oil – 1 teaspoon

Rai or mustard seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1/4 teaspoon

Dry red chilli – 1


Method 


Wash the spinach well. Chop roughly. Boil or microwave on high power for 4 minutes with 2 tablespoon water.
Immediately rinse the spinach with cold water to retain the colour.

Crush the spinach with your hand or a spoon.
Whisk the curd with rock salt, black pepper powder, sugar and roasted cumin powder. If you don’t have rock salt you can use any salt. 

Add boiled and crushed spinach in it. Mix well.
Heat oil in a pan. Add rai or mustard seeds. When it splutter add cumin seeds and dry red chilli. Let the cumin seeds splutter. Remove from heat.

Pour it over the raita.
Garnish with cilantro.

Serve immediately or keep it in refrigerator and serve chilled. 

Serve with stuffed paratha, puri, biryani or pulao.

Enjoy chilled, delicious and healthy spinach raita.
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