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Dates and Walnut Cake..A vegan recipe

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Hello everyone. I am so glad you have stopped by. I had two very special reasons to celebrate. And I made this delicious dates and walnut cake for the occasion.

One, it was my parent’s marriage anniversary and I wanted to make something special for them. This anniversary is extra special as we celebrated it together after a very long time. Their USA trip is ending soon and I would be so sad when they leave, especially my toddler. Nothing like spending time with your grand parents. It makes me miss my childhood days. Sigh. 😦

Second, my Facebook page just reached 500 Likes. Yay. I am so overwhelmed with all the love I have received in these 5 months. Thanks to each one of you for sticking out with me. I really appreciate that. 🙂

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And now back to the cake. I came across this recipe at Tickling Plates. I was a little skeptical to try it out as it was made with water and had no eggs. I really haven’t had very good luck with eggless cakes so wasn’t very sure about this one. But the final result was amazing. The cake was so moist I couldn’t believe it had no eggs or butter. Thank you Radhika for such a fabulous recipe and I will surely make it again.

Here is my adaption of her recipe

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 2 cups (Feel free to use whole wheat flour if you like)

Pitted Dates – 1 cup, chopped finely

Walnuts – 1 cup, coarsely chopped

Oil – 1/2 cup

Water – 2 cups

Sugar – 3/4 cup

Cinnamon Powder – 1.5 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 2 tsp

Method:

  1. Take a medium sized pan and add in the sugar, chopped dates, salt, cinnamon powder, oil and water. Mix everything well and turn on the stove. Let it come to a boil and then lower the flame and let it cook for about 30 minutes. You are looking for a gel like consistency. 
  2. In the meanwhile, take the flour, baking soda and baking powder and sieve it at least twice. Keep aside.
  3. Once, the dates mixture has cooked well, keep it aside and let it cool completely before adding the dry ingredients. It is very important for this dates mixture to cool down before using further in the recipe. It would take about 2 hours.
  4. Once the mixture has cooled completely, add the sieved flour mixture to this liquid little at a time, making sure everything is well blended. I just used my whisk here. Now add in the chopped walnuts to the cake mix.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350 F and grease your 9 inch baking tray and dust well with some flour.
  6. Pour in the cake mixture in your baking tray and bake for about 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Since all ovens work differently, check around 35 minutes.
  8. Let the cake cool down before cutting it. It tastes even better the next day, if you have any left overs. 🙂

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So that is how I made this delightful and super delicious cake.

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Do give this a try and let me know if you like it.

See you again soon.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Vegan Banana Pecan Bread..A keeper recipe

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Hello everyone. I hope you guys are doing well. I am on a “constant happy mode” these days. Just in case you didn’t know my parents are visiting us here and I am so delighted with all the love, pampering and of course the good food. 🙂

Today I am sharing the recipe of a vegan Banana Pecan Bread. I made this to welcome my parents and they give it a big thumps up. I wanted to make something without egg for them but haven’t really had good success with yogurt or other egg substitutes earlier so was a little skeptical with this one. The good thing was I didn’t add any egg substitute here, expect for an additional banana and it worked like a charm. I would definitely be making this again. I have used Pecans here but you can definitely add walnuts or your choice of nuts or chocolate chips as well.

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Now lets pick up some of those ripe bananas and make this delicious bread 😛

Ingredients:

All purpose Flour – 1.5 cups (Can also use whole wheat flour instead)

Very Ripe Bananas – 4, medium

Sugar – 1/2 cup

Oil – 2/3 cup

Baking Powder – 1 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp

Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp

A pinch of salt

Chopped Pecans – 1 cup

Procedure:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Grease well a 9 inch loaf pan with butter and keep aside.
  2. Peel and mash the over ripe bananas with a fork or use a blender. Mix in the Oil and Sugar to the banana puree.
  3. Sieve the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder and salt. Keep aside.
  4. Take some flour and coat well about 3/4 cup of the pecans. This ensures that the pecan do not sink to the bottom of the pan while baking. We will use the remaining 1/4 cup of pecans for garnish.
  5. Mix the coated pecans with flour mixture.
  6. Now gently mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones, making sure not to over mix. Just use a rubber spatula.
  7. Finally, pour this mixture in your greased pan and give it a gentle tap and shake to take out any air bubbles.
  8. Garnish with the remaining pecans on top of the bread.
  9. Bake it for about 40 minutes, more or less, depending on your oven, until a toothpick inserted at the center on the bread comes out clean.
  10. Let the bread cool at the kitchen counter for 10 minutes before slicing. Enjoy with your favorite beverage.
  11. Any leftovers can be stored in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

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So that is how I made this healthy and delicious bread and welcomed my parents 🙂

I hope you will give this a try and let me know if you like it.

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Thanks so much for stopping by.

Love,

Ritu 😀


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Bhature (or Indian fried bread) Recipe..Best enjoyed with Punjabi Chole

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I am super excited as I write down this post. My parents will be here tomorrow (yayyy). I am so looking forward to their visit and spending some quality time with them. Believe it or not, that is probably one of the best gift a girl can get after her marriage. Super excited 😀 I will also be taking a break from my cooking to enjoy some delicious food by my mom because she is the best cook in the world. No I am serious. I am sure your mom is too. Cause seriously no one cooks as good as our moms 🙂

Today I am sharing the recipe of Bhature, an Indian fried bread, best had with Punjabi Chole. Do check out the recipe, just in case you have missed it earlier.

Chole can also be had with Puri or Naan but my husband is really fond of Chole Bhature so I decided to treat him a few days ago. Chole Bhature is a favorite north indian breakfast but seriously can be enjoyed anytime of the day.

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Here is how I made these delicious treat 😛

Ingredients:

All purpose flour or Maida – 1 cup

Thick Yogurt – 1/4 cup

Baking powder – 1/2 tsp

Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp

Sugar – 1 tsp

Salt to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp.

Semolina or sooji – 1 tbsp., optional (use if you like crispy bhatura)

Water – as needed

Oil for frying

Procedure:

  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl. Add in the salt, sugar and semolina to it. Mix well. Drop in the oil and rub it in the flour.
  2. Make sure you are using thick yogurt and it is at room temperature. Add in the yogurt to the flour and mix well.
  3. Now slowly add water as needed and make a soft dough. The quantity of water will depend on how thick your yogurt is. Make sure not to add too much water. I ended up using a little less than 1/4 cup of water. Try to use a little warm water to knead the dough to make sure its soft.
  4. It is very important to knead the dough well for the gluten to activate. I recommend kneading it for at least 10 – 15 minutes.
  5. Add some oil on the dough so it doesn’t dry up. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and keep it in a warm place. The microwave or oven works best.
  6. Leave the dough to rest for at least 4 – 5 hours.
  7. Now, make small round balls with this dough. You should be able to get about 5 medium sized bhature with this quantity.
  8. Let the balls rest for another 10 minutes, covered. Heat oil in a big wok or Kadai for deep frying the bhature. Make sure the oil is hot to ensure the bhature puff up well.
  9. Now take a ball and roll out the bhatures, either round or oval, based on your preference. (Please do not judge the shape of my bhatura, not everyone is blessed to make round shaped rotis, like our moms) 😉
  10. Stretch the bhatura by hand and drop it very carefully in hot oil. Press it firmly from all sides. The bhatura will puff and once it gets a golden color, flip and cook it from the other side.
  11. Drain the excess oil and take out the bhatura on a paper towel to absorb any oil.
  12. Serve hot with some delicious Chole.

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So that is how I made this delicious treat. It was a pleasure seeing my family enjoying it as much as I enjoyed making them.

I hope you will give this a try and let me know if you liked it.

Thanks so much for reading.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂


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Double Chocolate Banana Bread…A chocolate lover’s dream

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I am not such a big fan of banana. In fact the only way I like to eat them is munching on some banana chips. I have been searching for a good banana bread recipe for a long time to use those over ripe bananas that go bad because no one really wants to them in my house. When I came across this recipe at Bake with Christina, I knew I had to try it. It had double chocolate which means double the happiness for me. What better way to use those over ripe bananas then to hide them in a chocolate bread. This bread came out delicious. Thank you Christina. I cant wait to bring some more bananas just to get them real ripe and make this again.

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Here is my adaption of her recipe.

Ingredients:

All purpose flour – 1 cup (Feel free to substitute with whole wheat flour. The bread would be just more dense)

Cocoa powder – 1/2 cup

Sugar – 1/2 cup (The original recipe said 3/4 cup but my bananas were too ripe and sweet so I reduced it)

Baking Soda – 1 tsp

Salt – 1/4 tsp

Over Ripe Bananas – 3 large

Egg – 1 large

Vanilla extract – 1 tsp

Melted butter or Oil – 1/2 cup

Chocolate Chips – 1/2 cup (The original recipe said 1 cup, I have cut that down so it doesn’t get overly sweet)

A few more chocolate chips for garnish

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Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line a 9×5 inch loaf pan with parchment paper or spray it well with cooking spray.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients – flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. Mash the bananas with a fork or in a blender. It would total about a cup of banana puree. Add in the egg, melted butter, sugar and vanilla extract.
  4. Now mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones, gently with a spatula making sure not to over mix. Just mix till everything is well incorporated and you do not see the dry ingredients any more, then stop.
  5. Slowly fold in the chocolate chips, leaving some for garnishing.
  6. Pour this batter in your loaf pan and sprinkle some chocolate chips on top.
  7. Bake this in your oven for about 55 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center of the bread comes out clean.
  8. Once done, let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan before inverting it out on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  9. Cut this into slices and enjoy. It tastes delicious warm and right out of the oven.
  10. If you do have any left overs, keep it in an air tight container, at room temperature for no more than 4 days. Though, trust me, it won’t last that long.

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So there you have it, one of the most delicious ways to enjoy bananas. And if you like chocolate as much as I do, this is as good as a trip to heaven. Go ahead, make some today. You will love it. I promise.

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Thanks for reading.

Love,

Ritu. 🙂