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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Semolina Cake / Suji Cake / Rawa Cake

Suji/rawa or semolina cake.
A cake with all the ingredients we use on sankranti. Loaded with dry fruits, mawa, til or sesame seeds, coconut and flavoured with cardamom and caramel. In Bengal we use khoya/mawa or dried milk, sesame seeds, coconut and dry fruits to make sankranti delicacies. Usually we make a stuffing for our puli pithe with these ingredients. And we use khajur gur or date palm jaggery in this stuffing. I have very little date palm jaggery in my pantry this time so didn’t use jaggery in the cake but drizzled little jaggery syrup on the cake. And it enhanced the flavour and taste. But if you don’t have date palm jaggery then you can skip it.
I have made it with suji or semolina but you can use any flour of your choice.

In dry fruits I have used 2 heaped tablespoon each chopped cashew, raisins, almond, walnut, tutti fruity, candied cherry, you can use any dry fruits of your choice. Make small pieces and use 3/4 – 1 cup mixed dry fruits. I have used my blender to mix sugar with all the other ingredients. So normal granulated sugar is perfectly fine, no need of powdered sugar.

I have made it two times. First one in round cake pan. Used refined flour or maida with semolina. Sprinkle til/sesame seeds and tutti fruity over the cake. Look at the crumb. Cake taste amazing.

And second time used my bundt pan. Used whole wheat flour or atta instead of refined flour. Sprinkled sesame seeds and tutti fruity in the greased and flour dusted bundt pan and poured the batter over it. You can also make upside down cake in a round cake pan this way.

Last week in our bloghop group we were discussing about festival recipes. Priya Iyer who blog at The World Through My Eyes asked why not cake? So here is super yummy cake for festive season. Thanks Priya for the suggestion.

Sending this post to 179 #Foodiemonday bloghop #foodmagbest theme. This week Seema Doraiswamy Sriram who blog at Mildly Indian suggested the theme.

Do visit her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

I have decided to skip this week because Seema suggested that post a recipe which we will love to see on food magazine cover. My all the pictures are clicked by phone. The pictures are simple and mostly unedited. And which is my best recipe? Let’s decide it my readers. But my fellow bloggers and bloghop members said don’t skip and don’t think about cover, just post your recipe. Thanks friends. So here is a delicious and festive cake recipe for my readers with the pictures without any editing. Pictures are simple but taste of this cake is awesome. I am sure you will love the taste.

Recipe

Suji or semolina – 1 cup

Flour – 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 1/4 cup

Granulated sugar – 1 cup

Caramel essence – 1 teaspoon, optional

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Cashew nuts – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Raisin – 2 tablespoon

Walnut – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Almond – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Tutti fruity – 2 tablespoon

Candied cherry – 2 tablespoon, chopped

Or

Chopped mixed dry fruits – 3/4 – 1 cup

Sesame seeds and tutti fruity to sprinkle

For jaggery syrup

Khajur gur or date palm jaggery – 1/4 cup, grated

Water – 1 tablespoon

Method

1. Grease a cake pan with oil and dust with flour or line with parchment paper.

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

3. Chop the raisins into half and mix with all the chopped dry fruits and 1 tablespoon flour.

4. In a blender blend mawa or dried milk, yoghurt, sugar, suji or semolina, milk, cardamom powder, dessicated coconut and oil. You can use your hand blender to blend. I have used soft homemade mawa. Get the mawa or dried milk recipe here.

5. Blend everything well.

Take out the mixture in a large bowl. Add flour and mix well. Make a lump free batter and keep aside for 30 minutes.

6. Now add baking powder and soda. Mix well.
Fold in the dry fruits.

7. If you are using a round cake pan pour the mixture into the pan. Tap the pan gently to remove air bubbles.

8. Sprinkle some sesame seeds or til. But this step is optional, you can skip it if you like.
Sprinkle tutti fruity over it.

9. Or you can make upside down cake. And if you are using bundt pan sprinkle sesame seeds and tutti fruity in greased and flour dusted bundt pan.

10. Pour the batter over it. Tap the pan 3-4 times.

11. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean.
Let it cool down.

12. In a pan heat date palm jaggery and +1 tablespoon water. Boil till jaggery dissolve completely. Let it cool down.

13. Turn out the cake into a plate.

14. Drizzle with date palm jaggery syrup.
Slice and enjoy the heavenly taste.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. Jaggery syrup is optional. Cake also taste great without it.
2. You can use any flour of your choice with suji or semolina. Like whole wheat flour or atta, refined flour or maida or you can also use any gluten free flour.
3. Cake can be made with any flour instead of suji or semolina.
4. Sugar will be mixed with other ingredients in blender so normal granulated sugar can be used.

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Lemon Rosemary Pasta

Pasta with rosemary, oregano, tomato and lemon.

Bored with white sauce pasta? Then try this lemony pasta this time.
Very delicious and aromatic pasta. Lemon and rosemary mixed flavour made it’s taste lip-smacking.

Lemony taste blend with rosemary, oregano and tomato makes the taste awesome.
I have used penne pasta but you can use elbow or any pasta. You can use Basil or any herb of your choice.

Recipe

Penne pasta – 110 gram, boiled

Tomato – 2

Garlic – 4-5

Onion – 1, thinly sliced

Grated ginger – 1 teaspoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Dried rosemary – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon or to taste

Red chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

Olive oil or butter – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Sliced almonds to garnish

Method

1. Grind the tomatoes with garlic.

2. Dry roast sliced almonds and keep aside.

3. Heat oil or butter in a pan. Add sliced onion.

4. When the onion starts to change it’s colour into light brown add grated ginger. Fry for few seconds.

5. Add ground tomatoes and garlic. Saute till oil leaves the sides and raw smell of garlic goes away.

6. Add rosemary, oregano, salt black pepper powder and chilli flakes. Saute for few seconds. You can little water from boiled pasta if you feel it too dry.

7. Add lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix well.

8. Add boiled pasta and toss till everything mixed and coated well. You can add little more water if require.

9. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Remove from heat.

10. Garnish with toasted sliced almonds. Serve hot.

Notes

1. You can use Basil or any herb of your choice.

2. Add black pepper and chilli flakes according to your taste.

3. You can use penne, elbow or any pasta.

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