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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Grilled Potatoes

Grilled potatoes.
An easy and delicious potato recipe. Simple way to cook potatoes. Sharing two different ways and flavours to grill the potatoes. One is on grill pan and for other I have used my halogen oven. If you don’t have halogen oven then you can make it in your microwave or OTG.
Potatoes are available in every season. You can get this vegetable round the year. And its known as a comfort food. Weather you make simple mashed potato or make spicy curry or mix it with any other vegetables it will make your dish delicious.

And potatoes are not bad for our health at all.
Potatoes are naturally gluten-free and they’re packed with nutritional benefits needed for a healthy lifestyle. Potatoes are one of the world’s most versatile vegetables. Foundational in a wide range of international and all-American cuisine, potatoes are the perfect blank canvas for a variety of flavors. This is welcome news when your good health depends on eating a gluten-free diet.
An ideal substitution for some of your favorite bread, grain and pasta-based dishes, potatoes add a boost of nutritional benefits.
Important to a healthy diet, one medium-sized (5.3oz) skin-on potato has:
Just 110 calories.
No fat, sodium or cholesterol.
Nearly half your daily value of vitamin C.
More potassium than a banana.
A good source of vitamin B6.
Fiber, magnesium and antioxidants.
Resistant starch.

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Our this week’s 159 #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #GrilledRecipes.
I am not in a mood or situation to make something fancy because maintenance work is on full swing in our house. But I don’t want to skip. And humble potato comes to rescue. So here is a simple easy and delicious grilled potato recipe for you. I make it so often. Enjoy it as a snack or a side dish.
I have used two different marination for the potatoes. One is with Italian flavour and other is with tandoori masala. Made one in grill pan and one in halogen oven.

Recipe

Potato – 2 large

Olive oil – 4 tablespoon

Salt – 1/2 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Oregano – 1 teaspoon

Chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon or to taste

With tandoori masala

Potatoes – 2 large

Salt – 1/4 teaspoon +1 teaspoon

Thick yogurt – 3 tablespoon

Tandoori masala – 1 tablespoon

Oil for greasing the pan

Method 1

1. Wash and peel the potatoes. You can also make it with skin.

2. Make thick slices.

3. Heat sufficient water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon oil.

4. When the water starts to rolling boil slide the potato slices.

5. Boil for 5 – 6 minutes.

6. Drain the water.

7. Marinate with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, garlic powder, oregano and chilli flakes.
Marinate for 30 minutes.

8. Now heat a grill pan and grease it with little oil.

9. Place the potato slices on it.

10. When it becomes brown flip and fry the other side too.

Serve hot.

Method 2

1. Heat water in a pan. Add 1 teaspoon salt. When it starts to rolling boil slide the potato slices.

2. Drain the water and marinate with 1/4 teaspoon salt, thick yogurt and tandoori masala.
Marinate for 30 minutes.

3. Arrange the potato slices on a baking tray.

4. Grill on 200° for 6 minutes. If its not perfectly brown grill for 1 – 2 minutes more. Every oven takes different time so check after 6 minutes.

5. Flip the potato slices and grill the other side for 5 – 6 minutes again.

6. Take out your grilled potatoes on a serving plate.
Serve hot as a snack with tea or coffee or serve as a side dish.
Enjoy….

Notes

1. Tandoori masala has enough oil so don’t need to add extra oil.

2. If you don’t have halogen oven then you can grill it in microwave or OTG.

3. You can use black pepper powder instead of chili flakes or use both if you want more spicy.

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