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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Komola Bhog Or Orange Flavoured Rasgulla

Komola bhog or orange flavoured rasgulla.
Komola bhog is a popular sweet of Bengal. Just like rasgulla but slightly larger in size and flavoured with orange. These rasgulla are stuffed with pistachio and orange segment. Stuffing and flavour made these rasgulla super yummy.

I have already shared two different flavoured rasgulla here.

Mango rasgulla

Watermelon rasgulla

You may like some more orange recipes here.

1. Kheer komola or orange kheer

2. Chocolate cake with orange crunch and glaze

3. Orange crinkle cookies or nankhatai

4. Eggless orange muffins with chocolate inside

5. Sugar free choco orange mousse with malai or milk topping

Sending this post to 178 #Foodiemonday bloghop harvest harmony theme. My contribution is orange flavoured delicious spongy rasgulla or komola bhog for this festive theme.

Recipe is same as white rasgulla but flavoured with orange and slightly larger in size. I have stuffed this rasgulla with pistachio and little orange segment and added saffron and orange juice in the sugar syrup.

Always use large pan to make rasgulla. Because rasgulla expand in the sugar syrup. If you use less sugar syrup or overcrowded in the pan rasgulla will become flat. Rasgulla need space to retain it’s shape. Here is a picture of flat komola bhog because of wrong size pan.

You can skip orange segment stuffing if you want. Stuff only pistachio or you can stuff the cottage cheese or paneer/chhena balls with small misri/rock candy or ilaichi dana/nakul dana. Or you can make it without stuffing too. I sometimes make it just like white rasgulla with orange flavour and colour.

Recipe

Milk – 1 litre

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

Sugar – 1 & 1/2 cup

Water – 3 cup

Orange juice – 1 cup

Saffron – a pinch

Orange food colour – 1 – 2 drop, optional

Orange essence – 2 – 3 drop + 2 drops for syrup

Orange segment and chopped pistachio for stuffing

Method

Please read all the tips and tricks to make rasgulla here to make perfect orange flavoured rasgulla or komola bhog.

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. Squeeze the cloth well to drain all the water from cottage cheese.

6. Remove the cottage cheese on a large dry cloth. Wrap well and put a heavy weight on it for 2 hours.

7. Take out the cottage cheese or paneer on a large plate. Add food colour if using.

8. Mash with your finger tips and heel of your palm. Mash till your palm becomes greasy.

9. Make 5 – 6 small balls. These will become double. If you want large sized komola bhog make 5 balls.

10. Flatten the balls and place little orange segment and pistachio slivers in the middle.
You can omit orange segment if you want.

11. Close the edges and make smooth ball again.

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

13. Make round ball using your both palm. Make all the balls this way.

14. In a large and broad pan heat 1 cup sugar, 3 cup water, saffron and 1 cup orange juice. Pan should be large. In small pan balls may be disfigured.

15. When sugar 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.

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

17. After 20 minutes switch off the heat. Keep it covered for 2 hours or until completely cool down.

18. You can keep these in refrigerator for 5 – 6 days.
Serve chilled or at room temperature. Try out this komola bhog and enjoy the heavenly taste.

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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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