Dundee Cake / Eggless Cake

Dundee cake.
My first cake of the year. No not gluten free or dairy free its only egg free.
Mixed taste of almond, lemon, orange, blackberry preserve, cardamom and cinnamon made this cake super yummy and aromatic.

The cake is often made with currants, sultanas and almonds; sometimes, fruit peel may be added to it. The cake originated in nineteenth-century Scotland, and was originally made as a mass-produced cake by the marmalade company called Keiller’s. Keiller’s marmalade company first mass-produced the cake commercially and have been claimed to be the originators of the term “Dundee cake”. However, similar fruit cakes were produced across Scotland. A popular story is that Mary Queen of Scots did not like glace cherries in her cakes, so the cake was first made for her, as a fruit cake that used blanched almonds and not cherries. The top of the cake is typically decorated with concentric circles of almonds. Today, the cakes are often sold in supermarkets throughout the United Kingdom.
The cake was also made and marketed in British India, and in independent India after 1947, by Britannia Industries and its successor firms. However, after 1980 the cake was withdrawn from the market though it continued to be supplied privately as a corporate Christmas gift by the maker. Queen Elizabeth is reported to favour Dundee cake at tea-time.
Source – Wikipedia

I have made it with refined flour or maida but you can use whole wheat flour or atta or any flour of your choice. Or use gluten free flour if you want. If you want to make it vegan then you can use almond milk or coconut milk.
I have used candied cherries, almond and raisins. If you have sultana you can also use it.
Usually we add orange marmalade or apricot jam in this cake. But this time I have got a bottle of English blackberry preserve from Bhuira jam as a gift hamper. So I used it and loved the taste. You can use orange marmalade or apricot jam if you want.

Recipe

Refined flour or maida – 1 & 1/2 cup + 2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 3/4 cup

Butter – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1/2 cup

Almond – 1/4 cup

Candied cherry – 1/4 cup, chopped

Raisins – 1/4 cup

Blackberry jam or preserve – 3 tablespoon

Baking powder – 1 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/2 teaspoon

Cinnamon powder – 1 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Milk – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Orange zest – 1 teaspoon

Lemon zest – 1/4 teaspoon

Vanilla essence – 1 teaspoon

Almond – 25, blanched

Method

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

2. Grease a round cake pan with oil or butter and dust with little flour.

3. Grind the almonds and keep aside.

4. Mix lemon juice in lukewarm or room temperature milk. It will start to curdle.

5. Mix 2 teaspoon refined flour with chopped candied cherries and raisins to avoid sinking at the bottom. You can also add 1/4 cup sultana if you have.

6. Sieve refined flour or maida, baking powder, soda, cardamom powder and cinnamon powder. Add ground almond in the flour mixture.

7. In a large bowl mix butter, oil and powdered sugar. Whisk well.

8. Add lemon juice mixed milk and whisk again.

9. Add jam or preserve, orange zest, lemon zest and vanilla essence. Mix well.

10. Now add all the dry ingredients gradually. First add half of the flour mixture, mix well and then add remaining flour mixture.

11. Make a lump free batter. Don’t over beat.

12. Fold in raisins and chopped candied cherries.

13. Pour the batter into the greased and flour dusted cake pan. Level the top with a spoon.

14. Tap the cake pan 3 – 4 times to remove air bubbles.

15. Peel the blanched almonds and decorate over the cake.

16. Bake at 170Β° for 30 – 40 minutes or till the toothpick comes out clean. Check after 30 – 35 minutes. Insert a toothpick in the middle it should comes out clean.
Every oven takes different time. Mine takes 45 minutes. Keep an eye after 30 minutes. Don’t over bake.

17. Let the cake completely cool down before slicing.
Happy baking 😊

Notes

1. You can use gluten free flour if you want.
2. For dairy free version use almond milk or coconut milk.
3. You can add sultana or any dry fruits of your choice.

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Chocolate Cardamom Fudge Or Barfi

Wishing everyone a very happy new year. Have a great year ahead.
357th post and my first post of the year.
Thanks a lot to all my readers for yourΒ  encouragement, love and support.
First day of the year so sharing a mouthwatering sweet recipe. Chocolate cardamom fudge or barfi.
One sweet with two different flavour and taste. One half is rose and cardamom and other half is full of chocolate flavour. Interesting isn’t it 😊

You may like some more fudge or barfi recipes on this blog.

Chocolate burfi or fudge

Apple coconut fudge

Sugar free carrot bottle gourd fudge

Date walnut fudge

This chocolate cardamom fudge is very easy to make and perfect for your parties or get together. Or make it to satisfy your sweet carving. Homemade is always best.
I have used homemade khoya and paneer. You can use store bought. Just grate before using.

Recipe

Paneer or cottage cheese – 2 cup, crumbled

Khoya or dried milk – 1 cup

Sugar – 3/4 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose essence or rose water – 2 drop

Cocoa powder – 1 tablespoon

Pistachios to garnish

Ghee to greasing the plate

Method

1. Grease a plate with ghee or butter and keep aside.

2. Blend khoya and paneer in a blender. Get the khoya paneer recipe here.

3. Heat a nonstick or heavy bottom pan and add khoya paneer mixture and sugar.

4. Mix well and cook on low medium flame. Stir continuously to avoid sticking to the bottom.

5. When the mixture comes together and becomes like a dough remove from heat. Don’t make it too dry.

6. Let the mixture cool down.
Mix well and Knead with hand to make smooth.

7. Make two part of the mixture.
Add cardamom powder and rose essence or rose water onto the half portion. Mix well.

8. Add Cocoa powder into the other half portion and mix well.

9. On the greased plate spread cardamom and rose essence mixed mixture. Make a layer with a spatula or your hand.

10. Now spread Cocoa powder mixed mixture over it. Press gently with a spatula or your hand.

11. Sprinkle sliced pistachio over it.
Keep the plate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

12. Cut into your desired shape and serve.
Or store in refrigerator for later use.

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Fish caldine

Fish caldine.
A lip-smacking Goan fish curry. Coconut based aromatic thick gravy. You can make it with any fleshy fish. I have made it with rohu fish, which is commonly available here.
According to Wikipedia “The rohu, rui, or roho labeo is a species of fish of the carp family, found in rivers in South Asia. It is a large omnivore and extensively used in aquaculture.”

You may like two more fish recipes here.

Fish Kalia

Masor tenga

One of my reader Francis Dsouza gave me his mom’s recipe to try. I have made it for a small get together in my home. All the guests loved the taste of this fish caldine. Thanks a lot Francis Dsouza for this wonderful recipe.

I have made little changes as per my convenience. I have fried the fish pieces before adding in the curry. I didn’t add curry leaves. And instead of juice of spices I have used ground spices. Original recipe needs cumin coriander seeds but I have used powder. And loved the taste and aroma. But you can try the exact recipe if you want. I am sharing screen shots of recipe which Francis Dsouza shared with me.

To make this fish caldine you have to make a paste of coconut and spices. If you can prepare it earlier then you can make it in a jiffy.

Recipe

Fish pieces – 12

Coconut – 1 cup, grated

Tomato – 2 large, chopped

Onion – 1 large, finely sliced

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece

Garlic – 5 – 6 cloves

Cilantro or coriander leaves – handful

Green cardamom – 3 – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 4

Poppy seeds or khas khas – 1 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – a pinch

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon + 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1 teaspoon

Slit green chilli – 4

Mustard oil – 4 – 5 tablespoon

Salt to taste

Method

1. Marinate the fish pieces with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder.

2. Grind coconut, cilantro, ginger, garlic, poppy seeds, nutmeg powder, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and tomatoes altogether. If you want to make authentic caldine grind with water and drain the juice. I didn’t.

3. Heat oil in a wok or pan at smoking point.

4. Fry the fish pieces. Don’t overcrowded. Fry 3-4 pieces at time.

5. When fish pieces becomes light brown turn over and fry the other side. Fry all the pieces in this way and remove from oil.

6. In the same oil add sliced onion. You can add more oil if require.

7. When onion becomes brown add ground spices, turmeric powder, salt, cumin powder, coriander powder and black pepper powder.

8. Saute till oil leaves the sides.
Add water as require to make thick gravy.

9. When it starts to rolling boil add slit green chilli and fish pieces.
Mix and let it boil again.

10. Reduce the heat and cook on simmer for 10 – 12 minutes.

11. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
Remove from heat and garnish with chopped cilantro or coriander leaves and slit green chilli.

12. Serve with steamed rice, fried rice, jeera rice, pulao, roti, naan, puri or any bread.
Happy cooking.

 

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Gluten Free Rose Flavoured Nankhatai Or Shortbread Cookies

Gluten free rose flavoured nankhatai or shortbread cookies.
Mouth melting delicious cookies with Pearl millet or Bajra flour, almond, pistachio and chickpea flour or besan and flavoured with cardamom and rose water.

Nankhatai are shortbread biscuits popular in India and Pakistan. The word Nankhatai is derived from Persian word Naan meaning bread and Khatai from an Afghan word meaning Biscuit.

You may like some more nankhatai recipes here.
1. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

2. Nankhatai

And bajra or pearl millet cookies recipes

1. Cashew almond honey cookies

2. Pearl millet sesame oats cookies

This week’s our 175 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is Christmas special. And my humble contribution is this easy to make, delicious, mouth melting and healthy nankhatai.

Nankhatai is all time favourite among kids and adults both. I have added little food colour to make it attractive for festive season. But its completely optional. You can skip it. Ground almond and pistachio will enhance the taste of your nankhatai. Serve it on Christmas eve or make it to gift your friends. You can use refined flour or maida instead of pearl millet if you want.

Recipe

Pearl millet or Bajra flour -1 cup

Gram flour/chickpea flour or besan – 1/2 cup

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Clarified butter or ghee – 3/4 + 2 tablespoon, melted

Baking powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Baking soda – 1/4 teaspoon

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Rose water or essence – 1/2 teaspoon

Almond – 2 tablespoon

Pistachios – 2 tablespoon

Red food colour – a pinch, optional

Shredded pistachio to garnish

Method

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

2. Grease or line a baking tray.

3. Grind the almonds and pistachio.

4. In a bowl sieve pearl millet or bajra flour, besan or chickpea flour, baking powder and soda.

5. Cream ghee or clarified butter and powdered sugar. Add rose water and whisk well.

6. Now add flour mixture, ground almond and pistachio and cardamom powder. Make a smooth dough.

7. Make small balls and arrange on baking tray. Place the balls 1 inch apart.

8. Place one pistachio piece on every balls. Press gently with your finger. You can place almond or cashew instead of pistachio.

9. Bake in preheated oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until the edges becomes light brown and cracks appear on the cookies.

10. Let the cookies cool down completely before serving.
Cookies will soft when hot and become crisp after cooling.

Serve with tea, coffee, milk or store in airtight container for later use.

Stay tuned for one more gluten free treat.

Notes
1. You can use refined or whole wheat flour instead of pearl millet.
2. If you like crisp cookies use 3/4 cup ghee and 2 tablespoon milk in the dough. Ghee or clarified butter will make your cookies mouth melting.

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Sugar Free Low Calorie Gajar Halwa / Diet Gajar Halwa

Sugar free gajar halwa or diet gajar halwa or low calorie halwa.
Winter means season of gajar ka halwa or carrot pudding. In India gajar ka halwa is a famous and most popular dessert during winter.

Normally gajar ka halwa made with full cream milk, lots of ghee or clarified butter, khoya or dried milk and fry fruits. Grated carrots cooked with full cream milk till dried up. Then cooked again with lots of ghee and khoya. Yes this halwa must be mouthwatering. But what about diabetic and diet conscious people?
So here is a gajar halwa recipe for diet conscious people.

Its made with toned milk and sweetened with dates and raisins. I have added khoya or dried milk in it which is also made of toned milk. Get the homemade khoya recipe here.

I have used only 1/2 teaspoon ghee or clarified butter for flavour. You can omit it or add more ghee for taste. Choice is yours.

Dates are small and sweet fruits and have a surprisingly low glycemic index. Studies have been done to determine the effects of consuming dates on blood sugar levels. They concluded that eating dates does not cause a spike in the blood glucose levels.

In fact, they are extremely healthy – packed with an array of vital nutrients.
Apart from containing a high amount of fructose, they also contain an opulence of fiber and nutrients like vitamins A, K, and B-complex, iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. The presence of these nutrients in dates helps prevent constipation, heart diseases, intestinal problems, anemia, and diarrhea, among other conditions
Source

Enjoy this winter delicacy but diabetic patients should eat once in a day. Its necessary to eat a balanced diet and just moderate your intake.
You have to make it in a similar way of normal gajar halwa. Just replace sugar with dates and raisins. And use low fat or toned milk to make it. Believe me taste is too good just like with sugar gajar halwa. And its low calorie. So enjoy this gajar halwa without any guilt.

Recipe

Gajar or carrot – 1/2 kg

Toned milk – 3 cup

Dates – 1/2 cup + 3 tablespoon, finely chopped

Raisins – 3 tablespoon

Dry roasted almonds – 2 tablespoon, sliced

Khoya or dried milk – 1/3 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 1/2 to 1 teaspoon, optional

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Fried cashews and sliced almonds to garnish

Method

1. Wash, peel and grate the carrots. Clean and soak the raisins in little water.

2. Mix milk, chopped dates and grated carrots in a heavy bottom or nonstick pan or wok.

3. Cook till milk reduces to half. Stir occasionally.

4. Add raisins and cook till the halwa dried up.

5. Now add ghee, khoya or dried milk, and dry roasted and sliced almonds. Get the recipe of khoya here.
You can add 1 – 2 tablespoon or more ghee if you want. I have added only half teaspoon for flavour. Or you can skip ghee of you are on a restricted diet.

6. Fry the mixture well till dried up completely and colour changed. Add cardamom powder and mix well.

7. Garnish with almond slices and fried cashew nuts.

8. Serve hot or cold. Or keep in refrigerator for later. You can refrigerate it for 8 – 10 days.

Happy cooking. Be healthy be happy 😊

Notes

1. You can use full cream milk if you like.

2. Add any dry fruits of your choice.

3. If you don’t have khoya or dried milk, skip it and increase the amount of milk.

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Chicken Kosha With Whole Garlic And Potatoes

Chicken kosha.
Chicken or mutton kosha is a famous dish of Bengal. You can make this curry with mutton, eggs or any vegetables.
Kosha means bhuna or saute. You have to fry chicken with onion, garlic, tomato and spices on low flame till done. Need lots of patience but the result will be lip-smacking and flavourful.
Posting a non veg dish after a long time. Some of my blog reader requested for a spicy chicken. So here is a delicious mouthwatering dry chicken curry for you. Hope you will like it.

You can get some more chicken and mutton dishes here

1. Zafrani chicken

2. Chicken dak bungalow

3. Chicken chaap

4. Rara mutton

5. Railway mutton curry

If you want your chicken less spicy decrease the amount of chilli but if you want it hot increase green chilli or you can add 1 – 2 teaspoon hot variety red chilli powder in the curry.

I have added potatoes and whole garlic in it. But its optional. You can skip whole garlic if you want. And if you love the taste of garlic then I am sure you will love this curry with whole garlic. If you want you can also make it without potatoes.

Recipe

For marination

Chicken – 500 gram

Onion garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

Turmeric powder – 1/4 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 1/2 cup

Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon

Mustard oil – 1 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

For curry

Onion – 3, thinly sliced

Tomato – 3 chopped

Ginger – 1 inch piece, grated

Garlic – 10 cloves, minced

Green chilli – 3 – 4 or to taste, chopped

Whole garlic – 2-3, optional

Potatoes – 2, optional

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 1 tablespoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Green cardamom – 3 – 4, crushed

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Clove – 3 – 4

Bay leaf – 2

Oil – 1/2 cup

Hot water – 1 cup

Method

1. Clean and wash the chicken pieces. Marinate with ginger garlic paste, turmeric powder, cumin powder, thick yoghurt, lemon juice, mustard oil, salt, red chilli powder and black pepper powder.

2. Cover and keep in refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

3. Peel and cut the potatoes into half. Wash, drain and keep aside.

4. Peel the outer layer of the garlic and wash well.

5. Thinly slice the onions.

6. Heat oil in a pan. Fry the potatoes until light golden brown, remove from oil and keep aside.

7. Add crushed green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves and bay leaf in the oil.

8. Now add sugar and sliced onions. Caramelised sugar will give the curry perfect colour so don’t skip it.

9. Fry for a couple of minutes and add minced garlic, green chilli and grated ginger.
Fry till onions becomes light brown and raw smell of garlic goes away.

10. Add the chopped tomatoes, cumin powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, kashmiri red chilli powder and garam masala powder. If you want your curry hot add 1 – 2 teaspoon hot variety red chilli powder. Fry till the tomatoes becomes mushy.

11. Add marinated chicken pieces along with its spices. Mix well.
Cover and cook on low medium heat. Stir in between to avoid sticking at the bottom.

12. After 10 – 15 minutes add fried potatoes and whole garlic. Mix well. If you like you can omit the garlic or potatoes.

13. Again cover cook on low flame. Stir in between.

14. When oil leaves the sides add hot water and cook till everything becomes soft.

When chicken and potato pieces becomes soft cook on high heat till you get your desired consistency. Curry should be almost dry.

Serve hot with pulao, fried rice, roti, paratha, puri, luchi, naan, steamed rice or any Indian bread or rice dishes.

Notes

1. If you like you can omit whole garlic. Potatoes are also optional.
2. Add chilli according to your taste. You can increase the green and red chilli if you want your curry more spicy.

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Khajur Or Fried Biscuits

Khajur or khajuria from Bihar.

A quick and easy to make delicious sweet deep fried cookie type snack. You can serve it with milk tea coffee or enjoy on your munching time.

This post is going to be a part of 169 #Foodiemonday bloghop #beginnersrecipe theme.

In this theme we have to share our first recipe we cooked. Thanks Amrita for the suggestion. This theme reminds me of my childhood days. A little girl of class 5th as I remember who didn’t know anything about cooking her naughty younger brother Maa Baba. Missing badly those days. Maa baba brother all left me. Its so painful but your memories are a treasure for me.

In school I remember there was a test of cooking. Every student got some ingredients and a dish name to cook. Everyone had to make different dishes. Teacher asked me to make khajur. And I was shocked, my reaction was ‘what’s that’? That time in my knowledge khajur is a Hindi or Urdu word for date. So how could I cook it? One of my friend came to rescue. She said “don’t worry let me make my dish then I will make your too”. And she made both our dishes. Don’t know where is she now. God bless her. That day I learned my first dish and after returning home made it under my mother’s supervision. And I still remember their surprised faces after tasting it. This week our bloghop group made me really nostalgic.

Now coming to the recipe. You need very few ingredients and quick process to make this delicious crispy sweet snack. Just mix everything and Knead a dough. Shape them and fry. Isn’t easy? 😊

I have used refined flour or maida but you can use whole wheat flour or atta if you want.

Recipe

Refined flour or maida – 1 cup

Semolina or suji – 1/2 cup

Ghee or clarified butter – 3 tablespoon, melted

Cardamom powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Powdered sugar – 1 cup

Desiccated coconut – 1/2 cup

Milk – 1/3 cup or as require to make a stiff dough

Oil for deep frying

Method

1. In a large bowl mix refined flour, semolina or suji, sugar, cardamom powder, desiccated coconut and melted ghee or clarified butter.

2. Mix everything well with your palm and finger tips.

3. Add milk slowly and Knead a stiff dough. Don’t add much or the dough will be sticky. But in case your dough becomes sticky, you can add little more flour and semolina.

4. Make small balls. Shape them with your hands or mould. I have used my sandesh mould. Or you can roll with a rolling pin and cut with your favourite cookie cutter.

5. Heat sufficient oil in a pan. When heated lower the flame.

6. Slide 4 – 5 khajur in the hot oil. Don’t over crowded. Fry the khajur on low heat till golden brown.

7. Flip and fry the other side too. Keep the flame low.

8. Remove from oil and let them cool down completely. After cooling khajur becomes crisp.

9. Keep the khajur in airtight container. You can keep them in room temperature for 10 – 12 days.

10. Serve with milk, tea or coffee.

Notes

1. You can fry the khajur in ghee or clarified butter if you want.

2. If you like less sugar add 3/4 cup powdered sugar.

4. You can add powdered almond or cashew in the dough if you like.

5. You can use whole wheat flour instead of refined flour.

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