Lemon Cake With Gondhoraj Lebu Or Kaffir Lime

Eggless lemon cake with gondhoraj lebu. Whole wheat flour cake flavoured with kaffir lime.
A delicious and aromatic cake made with whole wheat flour, soybean flour and gondhoraj lebu or lime. For more lemon taste you can also spread lemon glaze on the cake.

What is gondhoraj lebu or lime? Oblong shaped green colored and aromatic lime normally used to make dal chawal flavourful. And often used in some fish dishes. You can use it in any dish to get strong lemon flavour.

For all that its aroma and flavour send most Bengalis into paroxysms of joy, the “gondhoraj lebu” or lime does not even have a Wikipedia entry, the ultimate indicator of 21st century relevance.
Call it lime, lemon or lebu, use any spelling of gondhoraj (aroma king), but the internet cache will be woefully small.
The Thais have their kaffir lime and the Caribbeans have key limes. The Chinese have many — from the Canton lime to the misleadingly named Meyer. Do we Indians have one we can call unequivocally our own?
Yes indeed — the gondhoraj. Restaurateur Anjan Chatterjee says the gondhoraj is actually a ‘Rangpur’ lime, the name harking back to its origin in east Bengal, where its heady aroma hangs in the air. The Rangpur is a cross between a lime and a mandarin orange; call it Bengali romanticism, but the gondhoraj does seem to be more than a mere hybrid.
It is too oblong and somewhat hard to be summarily and nonchalantly squished by hand anyway. Cut into longish quarters with the thick green rind intact, it has to be gently pressed to extract but a few drops of actual juice and plentiful bits of aromatic pulp. That minuscule quantity has traditionally been enough to pep up the dullest daal or the most insipid vegetables, on a sweltering summer day.

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Sending this post to A to Z challenge, a challenge initiated on Facebook Group, created by Jolly and Vidya.
Wherein a group of bloggers come together and we choose key ingredients alphabetically to cook and post a dish every alternate month. This month’s Alphabet is letter L. And my contribution is this lemon cake with gondhoraj lebu.

Here are some of my earlier posts for this group. Click on the name below for recipe.

1. Beetroot shot

2. Corn cottage cheese stir fry

3. Date walnut fudge or barfi

4. Eggs in poppy seeds and tomato gravy

5. Fennel oats millet cookies

6. Ginger noodles

7. Hazelnut honey chocolate mango smoothie

8. Ivy gourd with poppy seeds

9. Kidney beans or rajma spinach Kabab

I have used whole wheat flour and soybean flour but you can use all purpose flour or maida or any flour of your choice. Soybean flour will make your cake super soft. Recipe is very simple. You don’t need much ingredients to make this eggless aromatic cake. I have used bundt pan. You can use round, square or any cake pan. Even you can make cupcakes with this batter. For more lemon flavour and taste spread some lemon glaze on the cake.

Recipe

Whole wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Soybean flour – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Gondhoraj lebu zest – 1 teaspoon

Gondhoraj lebu or lemon juice – 1&1/2 tablespoon

Milk – 1 cup

Oil – 1/4 cup

For glaze

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking pan with oil and dust with little flour.

3. Mix gondhoraj lebu or lime juice in 1 cup milk and keep aside. Milk should be in room temperature.

4. In a bowl sieve whole wheat flour, soybean flour, baking powder and soda.

5. In a large bowl whisk oil, powdered sugar, lemon juice mixed milk and lemon zest.

6. Add sieved flour gradually. Mix well and make a smooth lump free batter.

7. Pour the batter into greased and flour dusted baking pan. Tap the pan on your kitchen counter to remove air bubbles.

8. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 35 – 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Insert a toothpick in center of the cake to check. Let the cake cool down before slicing.

9. Spreading glaze is optional. For lemon glaze whisk lemon juice, powdered sugar and lemon zest. Whisk till smooth.

13. Spread lemon glaze over the cake when completely cool.

14. Slice and serve.

Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes

1. If you don’t have gondhoraj lebu, you can use normal lemon to make this cake.
2. You can also use chopped dry fruits if you want.

3. All purpose flour or any flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour and soybean flour.

4. You can use round, square or any cake pan of your choice.

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Gluten Free Lemon Cherry Loaf Cake / Eggless Cake

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade or make lemon cake 😊

 

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Gluten free lemon cherry loaf cake with Soyabean flour and oats.
A delicious eggless cake with the mixed flavour of lemon, cherry and coconut. Cake is super soft and moist.
Not only delicious but you will love it’s colourful look when slicing.

Planning to make this cake with Soyabean flour. My Pineapple cupcakes with Soyabean flour was a super hit among my family and friends. Loved the texture of Soyabean flour cake. It was super soft and delicious.
When our bloghop member Sasmita suggested this week’s 162 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme #lemonAffair, I immediately made this cake and very happy with the taste.

I have mentioned all the health benefits of Soyabean flour in pineapple cupcake post. So no more health, today I am talking only about taste. Yes no doubt Soyabean is protein rich and nutritious. It will make your cake more delicious, soft and moist than any other flour.

You will also love the taste of cherries in this cake.
There is something about cherries that makes us want to associate it with all things sweet and decadent. When they are not sitting pretty on top of cakes, they are one of the main ingredients in desserts. Sweet, tarty and ever-so delightful, cherries enjoy a massive following across the globe. But did you know that if consumed in the right way, cherries could also prove to be a treasure trove of health benefits? Montmorency cherries, a variety of sour cherry produced in France and Canada, are packed with anti-inflammatory compounds. This bright red variant of cherry is said to be ten times more effective in healing pain than popular pain relievers available in market. The yellow and red ones (particularly sour in taste) are loaded with vitamin C. Cherries also contain significant amounts of melatonin, a unique chemical that can promote sound sleep. Cherries are also extremely high in heart-healthy potassium that regulates heart rate and blood pressure . Not just that, the ruby red delight has anti diabetic properties too. Yes, you heard us! This dessert staple, packs in antioxidants and compounds that could help manage blood sugar levels too.
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So try it and enjoy the lip-smacking taste of this cake. You will love the mixed flavour and taste of lemon, cherry and coconut.
I have used lemon glaze and sprinkle desiccated coconut over it. But its optional. You can serve it as a tea cake without any topping.

Recipe

Soyabean flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Olive oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Cherry juice – 1/2 cup or as require

Cherry – 1 cup, pitted and chopped

For lemon glaze

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup

Lemon zest – 1/2 teaspoon

Desiccated coconut to sprinkle

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 170° for 10 minutes.

2. Grease a baking pan with olive oil and dust with soyabean flour.

3. In a bowl sift Soyabean flour, oats powder, cornflour, baking powder and soda.

4. In a large bowl mix condensed milk, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, vanilla essence and 1/4 cup cherry juice. If you are using canned cherry use the syrup.

5. Whisk everything well.

6. Now add the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well.

7. Add remaining cherry juice and make a lump free smooth batter. Don’t overeat.

8. Pour the batter in greased and flour dusted cake tin.

9. Bake in preheated oven for 30 – 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

10. Every oven takes different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean your cake is ready.

11. Let it cool down completely.

12. For glaze whisk lemon juice, powdered sugar and lemon zest. Whisk till smooth.

13. Spread lemon glaze over the cake and sprinkle desiccated coconut.

14. Slice and serve.
Enjoy the heavenly taste.

Notes

1. You can also make this cake with refined flour or whole wheat flour.

2. I have used canned cherry but if you have fresh cherry, you can use it.

3. I made it in a loaf pan, you can make it in round or any other cake pan.

4. Lemon glaze is optional. You can make it without glaze and enjoy as a tea cake.

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