Friday, December 26, 2014

Oats-Dates Fudge Cake

One full year has passed by, good or otherwise, its still one full year, filled with learning, loss, happiness, vacations, memories, friends. 
At the end of each year, i would always say "This year went by so quickly, this is the first year, i felt suddenly everything slowed down. 
Each month was savored and filled with rich experiences. 
Now i have come to realize that the year did not slow down, its ME who has suddenly slowed down and learnt to live each day completely rather than thinking of tomorrow. 
I am enjoying this new "ME" where i don't just think of endless planning just to be in line with the society.

This new place that i moved to this year, has a very nice and healthy neighborhood. I have made a lot of new friends here. I must admit that good neighbors are a blessing.

This recipe is dedicated to all my lovely neighbors :)


1 Cup Wheat Flour
2 Cup Oats
2 Cups Chopped Dates 
1 Cup Cooking Chocolate
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut 
1 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Boiling Hot Milk
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder

Chopped Nuts
Choco Chips

Baking Method

Heat a kadai and dry roast Oats until you get a nice nutty aroma, Add Wheat flour and roast until the raw smell of wheat is gone. Add coconut. Mix it all together and roast for 1 min. Remove from heat.

Add chopped dates, melted chocolate, butter, sugar, salt, baking soda and baking powder. Mix well with your hands if needed.

Add boiling hot milk and knead the dough well. (Add Chopped nuts now, if adding them)

Grease the baking tray, flattened the dough, Sprinkle choco chips.

Bake at 180 degree for 30 min.

Once out of the oven, make the markings for the squares, it would be difficult to cut it once it cools down.

Crumbly soft, crunchy oats square is ready :)

Baking time : 30 min
20 squares 

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Banana Walnut Cake

Super Soft, Moist fluffy Banana Walnut Cake.... This "NEVER FAIL" recipe was shared by a very dear friend.


1¼ cups Demerara sugar
1½ cups flour
1 large ripe banana, chopped into small pieces (should be about 1-1½ cups)
1 tablespoon butter
½ cup oil
100ml milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Baking Method: 

Grease baking tin. Line base with baking paper.
Add ¾ cup sugar and 1 tablespoon water to a saucepan. Bring to the boil and cook on high heat until the sugar turns dark red. Don't let it burn! - {despite the recipe's warning I have burnt it many times. So far so careful}.
Add the banana pieces, butter and vanilla and cook over low heat until the bananas break down into the caramel. Let the mixture cool completely.
Beat ½ cup sugar with eggs and oil until the sugar dissolves and the mixture turns pale.
Add the banana mixture and milk and beat well.
Sift the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and baking soda.
Fold the flour mixture into the banana mixture. Add chopped walnuts, Give one final mix
Pour the mixture into the tin.
Bake at 160°C / 355°F for about 40 minutes or until the tooth pick comes clean.


Friday, November 28, 2014

Akki Roti (Soft)

The Last time i visited Coorg, I stayed at a home stay and the hostess in that house, made these amazingly soft, fluffy and melt in mouth akki roti. I was always used to eat akki roti loaded with onions and other finely chopped veggies. These vegetables actually make the roti's thick and crispy. I am not a great fan of those.

After much trial and error, of course with a lot of google search's and endless watching of cookery videos on Youtube. I have a easy recipe to the world's best AKKI ROTI :)


Rice Flour - 2 Cups 
Salt - To taste
Oil - 2 Tsp
Butter (Optional)
Water - 2 Cups

Cooking Method

Boil Water in a bowl, When the water is rapidly boiling, Add Salt and Oil.

Slowly add the rice flour to the water, turn the stove off.

Allow this mixture to cool, so that its warm enough for you to handle it. Transfer to a big plate and knead the dough thoroughly, since rice is gluten free, you must ensure the dough is well kneaded to get soft rotis.

Use rice flour for dusting and roll into small discs, the dough will crack in the sides, so take a sharp round plate or lid and cut into circles. so that its all uniform.

Heat a Non-Stick tava, place the discs on the tava.

When small bubbles start to appear, turn to the other side, after 20 Sec, You can place this roti directly on the fire. 

It will fluff up like a beautiful poori. You can omit this set and cook the roti directly on the stove also.

Smear Ghee and store in a casserole.

Keep in mind
Ghee enhances the taste of the roti.
The above quantity makes 20 small rotis.
If you find the dough very sticky, add some more flour and if you find the dough very dry, sprinkle hot water.
The Rotis stay fresh for a day.
The dough can be prepared in advance, rolled, cut into discs and stored in sir tight container in the fridge. The prepared dough stays fresh for 2 days in fridge.