Chana Madra

Chana madra.
A very popular dish of Himachal Pradesh. No onion garlic rich chickpea curry cooked in yoghurt sauce. Easy to cook yet very flavourful and lip-smacking curry.

Yes after Hariyana we landed at Himachal Pradesh.
This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from Himachal pradesh cuisine. In this group members are paired up every month. And the pairs give each other two secret ingredients. This month my partner is lovely Priya Ayer. Who blog at https://thephotowali.wordpress.com
Priya gave me two interesting ingredients salt and curd And I made this lip smackingly delicious chana madra. Thanks Priya.

And I gave her cumin and tamarind.
Check out her blog for the amazing recipes she shared.

Himachal Pradesh ( literally “snow-laden province”) is a state of India located in North India. Situated in the Western Himalayas, it is bordered by states of Jammu and Kashmir on the north, Punjab on the west, Haryana on the southwest, Uttarakhand on the southeast, and the Tibet Autonomous Region on the east. At its southernmost point, it also touches the state of Uttar Pradesh. The state’s name was coined from the Sanskrit—Him means ‘snow’ and achal means ‘land’ or ‘abode’—by acharya Diwakar Datt Sharma, one of the state’s eminent Sanskrit scholars.
Himachal is well known for its handicrafts. The carpets, leather works, shawls, paintings, metalware, woodwork and paintings are worth appreciating. Pashmina shawl is one of the products which is highly in demand not only in Himachal but all over the country. Himachali caps are also famous art work of the people.
The day to day food of Himachalis is very similar to the rest of the north India. They too have lentil, broth, rice, vegetables and bread. As compared to other states in north India non-vegetarian cuisine is more preferred. Some of the specialities of Himachal include Manee, Madeera, Pateer, Chouck, Bhagjery and chutney of Til.
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You can get some more chickpea recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Tomato coconut chickpea curry

Chickpea potato dry curry

Peas chickpea low calorie salad

This recipe is completely different. Yoghurt based curry flavoured with cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, cloves and bay leaf. I am sure you will love the taste. You can serve it with steamed rice or any bread.

Recipe

Chickpea – 1 cup

Curd – 1 cup

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 /4 teaspoon

Bay leaf – 1

Black Cardamom – 1

Green cardamom – 2

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Rice flour – 1 tablespoon

Chopped coriander or cilantro leaves – 2 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 2 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Water – 2 cup +1/4 cup

Method

1. Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight with 4 cup water.

2. Boil the chickpeas with 1 teaspoon salt and 2 cup water in a pressure cooker.

3. Mix cumin powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, turmeric powder, black pepper powder and curd. Whisk the curd well.

4. Remove the seeds of black cardamom.
Crush Black cardamon seeds, green cardamom, cloves and cinnamon.

5. Mix 1 tablespoon rice flour with 1/4 cup water. Stir and keep aside.

6. Heat oil in a pan.
Add cumin seeds, crushed cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and bay leaf.

7. When cumin seeds starts to splutter add asafoetida or hing.

8. Now add boiled chickpeas with water.
Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Reduce the flame to simmer and add spices mixed curd and salt. Add salt carefully. One teaspoon salt already added while boiling chickpeas.

10. Stir continuously to avoid curdling the curd.
Add chopped cilantro or coriander leaves.

11. Cook on medium heat for 4 – 5 minutes. Keep stirring.

12. Add rice flour mixed water and mix well.

13. Cook for another 5 minutes or until you get desired consistency.
It will become thick when cool.
Switch off the heat.

14. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.
Serve hot with steamed rice or any bread.

Notes

1. You can add 1 tablespoon ghee or clarified butter before removing from heat if you like.

2. If you like your curry hot you can add few slit green chilli.

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Soya Egg Shami Kabab

Soya egg shami kabab.
A delicious kabab without meat.
You can serve it as a party starter. Prepare all the patties shaped kabab in advance and shallow fry just before serving.

This kabab is made of soya granules, paneer or cottage cheese, potatoes, Bengal gram or chana dal, egg, bread slices and spices.
But you can make it without eggs too. It will be delicious with or without eggs both. I have made this in both ways. I am sure you will love the taste of this crisp outside and soft inside delicious kabab.

I have already shared a delicious soya loaf recipe. And my readers liked it. Some of you called meatless meatloaf 😀
Now here is a recipe of meatless shami kabab for you.

This post is going to be a part of #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #bread. We have to make anything using bread.
My contribution is this delicious and healthy soya egg shami kabab.

Protein rich soya has numerous health benefits. Not only protein but you can get vitamins, fibers, minerals and all the essential amino acids. It reduces cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of osteoporosis and cancer. And it is heart healthy too. It may reduce the risk of heart disease.
And we all know that paneer or cottage cheese is also rich in protein and calcium. Its good for heart health, good for bones and teeth, improve digestion and maintain blood sugar levels.

Egg is also a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals.

Now here is a detailed recipe of egg soya kabab. You can serve it with any chutney or sauce.

Recipe

Soya granules – 1 cup

Bengal gram or chana dal – 1/2 cup

Crumbled paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup, tightly packed

Boiled potatoes – 2, medium

Green cardamom – 3

Cloves – 3

Cinnamon – 1/2 inch piece

Mace or jawitri – 2 strands

Black peppercorns – 4 – 5

Ginger – 1 inch piece, roughly chopped

Garlic cloves – 4-5

Salt to taste

Cumin powder – 1 & 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Bread – 3 pieces

Roasted chickpea powder or sattu – 1 & 1/2 tablespoon

Onion – 2 large, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2 – 3 or to taste, finely chopped

Chopped cilantro or coriander leaves – 1 tablespoon, optional

Eggs – 2

Method

1. Soak the soya granules in 2 cup hot water for 30 minutes.

2. Boil Bengal gram or chana dal in a pressure cooker with green cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, garlic and 1 & 1/2 cup water.

3. Open the pressure cooker. Dal should be dry. If it watery, cook without lid till the moisture evaporate and dal become dry. Let it cool down.

4. Dip the bread pieces in water and squeeze well.

5. Peel and mash the boiled potatoes.

6. Drain the water of soya granules. Squeeze it well.

7. In a mixer grinder grind dal along with whole spices, paneer or cottage cheese and squeezed soya granules. Don’t add water. Stir the mixture with a spoon in between to grind evenly.

8. Take out the mixture in a large bowl. Add mashed potato salt, cumin powder, garam masala powder, chopped onions, green chilli, roasted chickpea powder or sattu, soaked, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, squeezed bread pieces and eggs. Mix well.

9. Keep the mixture in refrigerator for 15 – 30 minutes.

10. Make round ball and flatten them with your palm. Make all the round patties.

11. Heat little oil in a pan. Shallow fry the patties from both sides.

 

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Serve hot with sliced onion and any chutney or sauce.

For without egg version

Mix boiled and mashed potato in the ground mixture. Add roasted chickpea powder or sattu. You don’t need to add bread pieces. Mix well and keep in refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Then make round patties and shallow fry.

Notes

1. Instead of roasted chickpea you can use dry roasted gram flour, oats powder or breadcrumbs.

2. If you like you can use minced mutton or chicken instead of soya granules. Boil the minced mutton or chicken with Bengal gram with more water and follow the same process .

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Sugar Free Coconut Raisins Almond laddu / Diabetic Friendly Sweet

Coconut raisins almond diabetic friendly laddu.
One more sugar free sweet recipe for diabetic and diet conscious people. And a guilt free treat for everyone. No artificial sweetener added.
I have sweetened this with raisins and almonds.

This laddu is lightly sweetened and delicious. If you want to increase the sweetness then you can add some more soaked raisins.
But remember diabetic people should take only one piece in a day not too much. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.

These days, diabetics aren’t restricted to the dietary limitations of prior years, and eating fruits such as raisins is completely acceptable even when you’re trying to control your blood sugar levels. The key is to balance your intake of carbohydrates with fat and protein to prevent major blood glucose fluctuations.
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My husband is diabetic and he likes to take little sweet with breakfast. So I have to make some sugar free sweets for him. It helps to resist him from eating sugar laden sweets.
I also love these guilt free sweets. I think these are best for diet conscious people to satisfy their sweet tooth.
You can get some more sugar free recipes here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Milk solid date coconut peda/

Sugar free pineapple sandesh

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge or barfi

Sugar free carrot cake

Coming to the recipe. You don’t need much ingredients to make these delicious laddu. I have made these round shape laddu but you can make it in any shape of your choice.

Recipe

Khoya/mawa or dried milk – 3/4 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1 /2 cup

Raisins – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/2 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Method

1. Soak almonds and raisins in warm water.

2. Peel the almonds.

3. Blend almonds, raisins and dessicated coconut in a food processor or mixer grinder.

4. Add dried milk or mawa and paneer or cottage cheese.
Make a smooth paste.

5. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan.

6. Add the mixture and cook on low flame, stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

7. Cook till it becomes like a dough and comes together.

8. Add cardamom powder and remove from the heat.

9. Let the mixture cool down.

10. Make small size round ball or give any shape of your choice.

Enjoy the delicious guilt free sweets.
You can keep these in refrigerator for 6 – 7 days.

Notes

1. You can add little rose water or essence with cardamom powder if you like.

2. You can use fresh grated coconut instead of dessicated coconut.

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Eggless Litchi Loaf Cake With Whole Wheat Flour And Oats

Litchi loaf cake with whole wheat flour and oats.
A very easy to make, soft and delicious litchi flavoured cake. Perfect to serve with tea or coffee or enjoy with ice cream.

I have wanted to make a cake for this week’s bloghop. But this whole week I was at Kanpur. Returned home at Saturday night. I had no idea what to make. My husband bought some juicy litchis today. Litchi is easily available in this season. And its one of my favourite fruit. So I used these sweet juicy litchis in my cake.

I born and raised in Bihar. And I remember the best litchi I have tasted there from Muzaffarpur.
Muzaffarpur in Bihar is famous for it’s litchi production. Muzaffarpur is known as litchi kingdom because of it’s shahi litchis.

Lychee is a wonderful fruit with plenty of health benefits, including its ability to aid in weight loss, protect the skin, boost the immune system, prevent cancer, improve digestion, build strong bones, lower blood pressure, defend the body against viruses, improve circulation, and optimize metabolic activities.
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Whole wheat flour and oats are always a healthy option to make cakes.
You can get some different flavoured eggless oats Whole wheat flour cake here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Mawa Paneer Malai Cake

Eggless Sugarless Dry Fruit Cake

Banana Cake

Fruit Cake

Chocolate Cake

Sending this post to 145th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #cakes.
The recipe of this cake is similar to pineapple cupcake that I shared earlier. But no its not gluten free. I have changed the flour. Made the cake with oats and whole wheat flour. You can use all purpose flour if you want. Or if you don’t like oats omit it and use 1 & 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or all purpose flour. Or mix of both flour. Choice is yours. Cake will be delicious with any flour. Or you can use any gluten free flour.

I have used fresh litchis in this cake. You can use canned litchi if you don’t have fresh litchi.
Pistachio is optional. You can frost your cake or sprinkle powdered sugar over the cake with a sieve.

Recipe

Whole Wheat flour or atta – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Condensed milk – 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/4 cup

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Litchi juice – 1/4 cup or as require

Chopped litchi – 3/4 cup

Chopped pistachio to garnish, optional

Method

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

2. Grease a loaf pan and dust with flour. Or line with parchment paper.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 1/4 cup milk at room temperature and keep aside.

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

5. In a large bowl mix condensed milk, oil, vinegar mixed milk and litchi juice. If you are using canned litchi use the juice. I have used fresh litchi. Peel, chop and blend the litchis to get juice.
Whisk everything well.

6. Add vanilla essence and whisk again.

7. Now mix all the dry ingredients gradually. Mix well to make a lump free batter.
Don’t over beat.

8. Fold in chopped litchis in the batter. Add 1 – 2 tablespoon litchi juice more if require. Batter should be thick but pourable.

9. Pour the batter in the greased and flour dusted loaf pan.

10. Tap the pan gently. Level the top with a spoon. Sprinkle chopped pistachio over it.

11. Bake in the preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until the 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, its done.

12. Let the cake cool down completely before slicing.
Serve it with tea, coffee or a glass of milk. Or enjoy with ice cream.

Notes

1. Sweetness depends on the litchis. If you are using fresh and less sweet litchi add 2 tablespoon condensed milk more to balance the sweetness.

2. You can use all purpose flour/maida or any flour to make it.

3. If you don’t like oats omit it and use 1 & 1/2 cup flour of your choice.

4. If you don’t like crack on the top and want to make flat top cake use 1/2 teaspoon Baking powder.

5. You can frost the cake or sprinkle powdered sugar over it with a sieve.

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Rasgulla Or Rosogolla With Tips And Tricks

Rasgulla or rosogolla.
A popular dessert made with ball shaped paneer/chhena or cottage cheese dumplings cooked in light sugar syrup.

I love date palm jaggery or khajur gur rasgulla. In winter I usually make it with only date palm jaggery. But this time I have very little jaggery so I have used half gur or jaggery and half sugar to make gur/jaggery rasgulla. See the picture above.

Some of my readers asked for rasgulla recipe. Sorry for the delay. I have wanted to share detailed recipe with tricks and tips. This time I am at IIT Kanpur for few days. My son is a fourth year student here. Enjoying totally relaxing time and enjoying healthy and delicious food of hostel mess. Could not take pictures of every meal. But I wish I could share all food pictures with you.

Here is a picture of yesterday’s lunch platter. But roti, lassi and green chutney not included in the picture.

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So I am utilising this free time and drafting this post with all the tips and tricks of making rasgulla.

And do you know that you can make many dishes with rasgulla? Here is a picture of delicious baked rasgulla made of homemade spungy rasgulla.

You can get some of the recipes with rasgulla here. Click on the name below to get the recipe.

Baked rasgulla

Savoury rasgulla korma

Rasgulla kheer or pudding

Eggless rasgulla cupcake

Kheer Kadam

Making of rasgulla is little tricky. My rasgulla become perfect after few attempts.
Now here is a detailed recipe of rasgulla. If you follow it I am sure your rasgulla will be perfect at the first attempt.
Here are some tips to make perfect spungy rasgulla.

1. Always use cow milk to make chhena/paneer or cottage cheese for rasgulla. And milk should be full cream milk.

2. Mash the cottage cheese well with your fingers and heel of your palm for 4 – 5 minutes or until your palm becomes lightly greasy. You can blend it in your food processor or mixer grinder. Its for spungy rasgulla. If you like your rasgulla soft not spungy then mash only till the cottage cheese becomes smooth. No need to knead till greasy.

3. Use a large and broad pan to make rasgulla. Because these will be double when cooked.

4. There should be no moisture in cottage cheese. It will break in the sugar syrup if it not drained properly.

5. Syrup should be continuously rolling boil. Temperature should not be down.

6. Syrup should be enough thin. Keep one cup hot water handy to add in the middle of the cooking.

7. When the milk curdle immediately drain the whey from it. Over cooking makes the cottage cheese hard. If you use it to make rasgulla, your rasgulla will become hard.

8. Now last one. For perfect drained cottage cheese after squeezing well wrap the cottage cheese in a large clothe. Keep a weight on it and keep aside for 2 hours. No need to hang it for long hours. I have got this trick from Rita Ghosh. Thanks Rita Ghosh for this trick. It really works.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

Lemon juice or vinegar -3 – 4 tablespoon or as require

Sugar or date palm jaggery or khajur gur – 1 cup

Water – 5 cup

Method

1. Place a cheesecloth on a strainer.

2. Heat milk in a heavy bottom pan. When it starts to rolling boil remove from heat. Add lemon juice or vinegar.
Add 1 tablespoon at a time. Stir and add 1 tablespoon more or as require to curdle the milk completely.

3. When greenish whey and cottage cheese separates immediately pour into the strainer. If you boil further after curdling your cottage cheese and rasgulla will be hard.

4. Wash the paneer under running water or dip the cheesecloth in a bowl filled with cold water. Wash the cottage cheese well to remove the smell of vinegar or lemon.

5. You can make cottage cheese with curd in same method. First add 1/4 cup curd then add as require. It will depends on the milk. You need 1/4 to 1/2 cup curd to make cottage cheese.

6. If you are making cottage cheese with curd then no need to wash much. Just deep in cold water to stop further cooking.

7. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.
Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

8. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate.

9. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy. Its for spungy rasgulla but if you like soft rasgulla, then you don’t need to mash or knead much. Just mash till the cottage cheese becomes smooth.

10. Make small balls. These will become double. I have made 7 rasgulla out of this cottage cheese.

11. There shouldn’t be any crack on the balls.
Press the balls between your fingers and palm tightly to make crack free balls.

12. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls.

13. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar or grated date palm jaggery or khajur gur and 4 cup water.

14. When sugar or date palm jaggery dissolved and it starts to rolling boil add the cottage cheese balls one by one. Let it boil on full flame from 2 – 3 minutes.

15. Cover and cook on medium high heat for 20 minutes.

16. Keep 1 cup hot water handy. After 10 minutes add the hot water. Cover again. Don’t stir just shake the pan gently in between.

17. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 3 – 4 hours or until completely cool down.

18. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Notes

1. If you want your rasgulla more sweet. Take out some syrup from rasgulla. Add some more sugar and boil for few minutes or till sugar dissolved completely. Add all the rasgulla with syrup in it and cover. When it starts to boil remove from heat. Cool again to serve.

2. Always use full cream cow milk to make rasgulla.

3. For spungy rasgulla mash the cottage cheese well with your finger tips and heel of your palm.

4. You can make it without any flavour or use flavour of your choice like cardamom powder, rose water etc.

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Batata Bhaji Or Maharashtrian Dry Potato

Batata bhaji or Maharashtrian dry potato.
Whenever we think about Maharashtrian cuisine first thing comes in our mind is modak. Favourite sweet of Ganapati Bappa.
Then pav bhaji, bhelpuri, vada pav, misal pav, thalipeeth, puranpoli, sol kadhi, amrakhand, shrikhand and the list is endless.

I often make pav bhaji and vada pav at home. But when this week our Foodiemonday group decided the theme Maharashtrian cuisine I was little confused what to make for this week’s bloghop.
Mahesh comes to rescue. Thanks Mahesh.
Remember Mahesh? You all liked his ‘Bombay duck fry‘ guest post.
I have requested him for a quick recipe. And he gave me this easy to make but lip-smacking dry potato recipe. According to Mahesh usually people make this dry potato during fasting or to offer Lord Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi. So this recipe is without onion garlic.
You can get some more potato recipes here.

Sending this post to 144 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Maharashtrian cuisine.
Maharashtrian batata bhaji or potato bhaji is a very easy to make no onion garlic and delicious dry curry. You don’t need to use much spices. Only turmeric powder, ginger and green chilli and some tempering or tadka used to make it.

I have added little kashmiri red chilli powder to add some colour. But its optional. You can skip it.
If you want to use onions add 1 finely chopped onion along with curry leaves after tempering. But I loved it’s taste without onion. Ginger and green chilli will make the potatoes spicy and lip-smacking.

You can sprinkle one teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like.
This batata bhaji goes well with puri, roti, naan, paratha or any bread. And you can also enjoy it a bowlful as a snack.

Recipe

Potatoes – 7 – 8 medium

Curry leaves – 15 – 16

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Green chilli – 2 – 3, finely chopped

Rai or mustard seeds – 1 teaspoon

Cumin seeds – 1 teaspoon

Asafetida or hing – a pinch

Chana dal or Bengal gram – a pinch

Udad dal or split and husked black lentil – a pinch

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful, chopped

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1/2 teaspoon, optional

Oil – 2 – 3 tablespoon

Method

1. Boil and peel the potatoes. Make small pieces.

2. Grate the ginger.

3. Heat oil in a pan. Add mustard seeds or rai, cumin seeds, bengal gram or chana dal and split black lentil.

4. When the seeds starts to splutter add grated ginger and finely chopped green chilli. Fry for a minute.

5. Now add curry leaves and asafetida or hing. Fry for few seconds.

6. Add potatoes, salt, turmeric powder and chopped cilantro or coriander leaves. Also add Kashmiri red chilli powder if using.
Mix everything well.

7. Cook on low flame for 4 – 5 minutes or until the potatoes slightly change it’s colour. Stir in between.

8. Remove from heat. Garnish with cilantro or coriander leaves.

Serve hot with puri, paratha, roti or naan.

Or you can serve it with toasted bread or mash and make filling for sandwiches. I love it bowlful as evening snack. Just sprinkle lemon juice and enjoy. Or add chopped onion, cilantro, cucumber or tomato etc just before serving. Choice is your.
Happy cooking 😊

Notes

1. If you want to use onion, add one finely chopped onion before adding ginger and chilli. And fry till the onion becomes translucent.

2. You can can add 1 – 2 teaspoon lemon juice at the end if you like tangy taste.

2. If you are making it for fasting people use rock salt. You can also add roasted or fried peanut.

3. Use chilli according to your taste.

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Eggless Gluten Free Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Eggless gluten free chocolate chiffon cake.
A cake made with sorghum flour or jowar atta. Soft, moist, light, airy and chocolaty cake. You don’t need to separate egg yolks and whisk. Its very easy to make.

I have used sorghum or jowar flour in it. And very happy with the taste.
Sorghum, an ancient cereal grain that’s a staple crop in India and throughout Africa, has long been considered a safe grain alternative for people with celiac disease and gluten insensitivity. New molecular evidence confirms that sorghum is completely gluten-free, and reports that the grain provides health benefits that make it a worthy addition to any diet.
Sorghum has high nutritional value, with high levels of unsaturated fats, protein, fiber, and minerals like phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and iron. It also has more antioxidants than blueberries and pomegranates.
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Our this week’s 143 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is millet. And my contribution is this eggless gluten free sorghum flour chocolate chiffon cake.

Recipe

Sorghum or jowar flour – 1 cup

Oats powder – 1/2 cup

Cornflour – 2 tablespoon

Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Milk – 3/4 cup at room temperature

Warm milk – 1/4 cup

Instant coffee – 2 teaspoon

Vinegar – 1 tablespoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Oil – 1/2 cup

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Powdered sugar to sprinkle, optional

Method

1. Preheat the oven at 180°.

2. Grease a baking pan and dust with sorghum flour. Or line with parchment paper.

3. Mix 1 tablespoon vinegar in 3/4 cup milk. Milk should be at room temperature.

4. Whisk 2 teaspoon coffee in 1/4 cup warm milk and keep aside.

5. In a bowl sieve sorghum flour, oats powder, cornflour, baking powder, soda and cocoa powder.

6. In a large bowl whisk powdered sugar, oil and vinegar mixed milk.

7. Add coffee mixed milk and vanilla essence. Whisk again.

8. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually and mix well. Make a lump free smooth batter.

9. Pour the batter into the greased and flour dusted baking pan. Tap the pan gently.

10. Bake in preheated oven at 180° for 30 – 40 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean.

Every oven take different time so check after 30 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle, if it comes out clean its done. If not bake for few minutes more.

11. Let the cake cool down.
Sprinkle powdered sugar over it. This step is optional. Cake will be delicious without it too.

12.Slice and serve. Or enjoy the soft delicious chocolate chiffon cake with ice cream.

Notes

1. You can frost the cake if you like.

2. You can use all purpose flour or whole wheat flour instead of sorghum flour.

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