Category Archives: Vegetarian

Eggless Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake

Hello folks..!!

Happy 70th Independence Day to all of you..!!

On this Independence Day, I bring you a post for a simple yet pretty looking cake with colorful tutti fruity in it. Presenting “Eggless Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake” with orange and green tutti fruity, the colors of our National flag.

Eggless Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake

 

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Lovely colors..!!

Eggless baking has always fascinated me and intimated me at the same time. Initially, in my school & college days, I only used to bake eggless cakes as my father was a pure vegetarian but they never used to turn up soft, spongy & no where close to store bought ones. The cakes used to have a dense texture & never used to rise much. Gradually as time passed, I shifted to baking cakes with eggs post my marriage & then, I never dared to make eggless cakes again. However lately, I have come across a lot of eggless cake recipes & the cakes looked so delicious that I had the urge to try these recipe. But still the fear of getting non-spongy & dense texture deterred me to try them. Then, one fine day I had to put aside my fear of eggless baking.

It was  my father-in-law’s birthday and it being on a Tuesday, I had no option to make a cake with eggs (Yes, we don’t eat eggs on Tuesday for religious sentiments). Hence, I finally thought to bake an eggless cake. As I mentioned earlier, I am always very scared and skeptical of making eggless cake and dread them being not turning up soft and spongy.

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But I knew I had to put my fears aside and try an eggless cake for him. He likes simple vanilla sponge cake with no icing and no chocolate in it, and since it was his special day, I opted to make an “Eggless Vanilla Tutti Frutti Cake” with a hint of pineapple essence..

After having a single bite of the cake, everybody was so amused that it was eggless and that too homemade. Goodbye for forever to the Britannia Fruit Cake after baking this one..!!

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This recipe has been inspired by the very famous recipe of ‘Eggless Vanilla Cake’ by Nita Mehta from her book & “Eggless Tutti Frutti Cake” from Chef and her kitchen. Thanks to her for the no-fail recipe of an eggless cake. I used it as the base recipe and tweaked it a bit by adding tutti fruity and pineapple essence to it. It was genuinely the most soft, spongy & yummy eggless vanilla cake I had baked.
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Moving on to my recipe for the Tutti Fruity Cake, you will need:
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Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Baking Time: 45-50 minutes
Serves: 7-8 people
Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour(Maida)/cake flour (i used homemade cake flour)
  • 3/4 cup powdered Sugar
  • 1 cup Curd, beaten
  • 1/3 cup Tutti frutti (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tbsp vinegar
  • a pinch of Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pineapple essence
  • 1 tsp milk, to brush the cake
  • 1/2 tsp flour, to coat the tin and tutti frutti

Method:

  1. Grease a 7″ round pan or the 4″x7″ loaf tin with oil and dust with flour. Alternatively you can line it with parchment paper.
  2. Preheat the oven at 200 deg C for 12 mins.
  3. Sieve all purpose flour/cake flour for about 5-6 times. This ensures that a lot of air is incorporated in the flour which in turn makes the cake lighter and spongy.
  4. In a bowl beat curd until smooth.Add sugar powder to it and beat again for 2-3 mins till sugar dissolves.
  5. Add baking powder, vinegar and baking soda to the curd mixture and mix well and leave it aside for 2-3 mins. The curd mixture will become frothy and increase in volume.
  6. Now add the pineapple essence and oil to the curd mixture and mix it nicely and gently and make sure that the air in the mixture is not lost.
  7. Add the flour in two batches and gently fold the flour into the mixture until you get smooth dropping consistency. Do not stir vigorously as it will loose air in the batter.
  8. Add the flour dusted tutti frutti to the cake batter and fold it nicely.
  9. Pour this batter into the prepared tin. Reduce the oven temperature to 180 deg C and place the tin in the preheated oven and bake it at 180 deg C for 35-40 mins or till done.
  10. You can insert a toothpick in the centre of the cake to check whether it is done or not.If the toothpick comes out clean with few cake crumbs then your cake is ready.
  11. Brush the top of the cake with milk and put it back in the oven and bake for 2 mins. This gives a shiny look on top of the cake.However this step is optional.
  12. Remove the tin from the oven and let it sit for 5 mins.
  13. Run a sharp knife around the edges of the cake and gently turn it upside down onto a wire rack and let it cool completely.
  14. Once it is completely cooled,slice the cake into the desired shapes.
Super spongy & soft
Super spongy & soft

Note: Cake flour is a little lighter flour to use in cakes. To make 1 cup of cake flour at home, measure 1 cup all-purpose flour in a bowl, now scoop out 2 tbsp of all-purpose flour from it and substitute it with 2 tbsp corn starch/cornflour. Sieve this all-purpose flour-cornflour mixture about 5-6 times to fully incorporate cornflour in all-purpose flour. Your homemade cake flour is ready to be used.

Thank you for reading..!!

Moong Sprouts Salad

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Healthy Moong Sprouts Salad
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Bowl full of health..!! Vibrant colors..

 

Hi Friends..!!

I know I am posting after a very long time & I have not been able to make a post regularly, as my writing had taken a back seat for a while and there was some technical glitch with my blog. I was not able to upload the pictures on the posts. I really apologize for the same and I will try to be more regular with my posts.

Today I am back with a recipe for a very fresh summery salad made with Moong Sprouts. This salad is a great crowd pleaser, so go and make it for your potlucks, dinner parties or lunch parties. This salad is so versatile that it goes well with almost everything and at any time of the day whether you serve it in breakfast, lunch , dinner or with drinks as well. I had made this delicious sprouts salad for a get together of our friends at my mom’s place.

This salad is super simple to make and and no oil in this salad makes it super healthy to eat. You can make this salad with ready made sprouts or you can make your own sprouts at home. I made the salad with the ready made ones. For this salad, we will steam or boil the sprouts till they are tender, but if you like a little crunch, you can leave them half cooked. This salad has its own freshness and crunchiness from all the veggies we add to it. You can get creative and add as many veggies you want & like, but I will be sharing my version here.

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Serves: 4-5 people
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 10 mins

For the recipe, you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Moong Sprouts
  • 1 Tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 Boiled Potato, diced into small cubes
  • 1 Cucumber, finely chopped
  • 1 Green Chilli, finely chopped (optional)
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • A pinch of black pepper powder
  • 1 tsp Chaat masala
  • 1 tbsp Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
  • A few Lemon slices for garnishing

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Method:

  1. Steam/Boil the sprouts in the microwave for 4-5 minutes till they are tender. We have to make them tender for this salad. Strain them and keep them in the strainer and let them cool.
  2. In a bowl, mix all the salad ingredients and give them a nice toss. Do a taste test and adjust seasoning and lemon juice. Garnish with coriander leaves and lemon slices.
  3. Your super simple and healthy salad is ready. Serve it chilled or at room temperature.
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Sprouts Salad..!!

Thanks for reading..!!!

Soya Chaap in Makhani Gravy

Soya Chaap in Makhani Gravy
Soya Chaap in Makhani Gravy

 

Hi friends..!! Today, I have come up with a protein rich dish for all the vegetarians out there. This dish is the healthy & tasty substitute for those meat and chicken gravies.

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Soya is a rich source of protein and the most delicious way to eat soya is in the form of soya chaap. Soya Chaap is the most effective substitute for meat for vegetarians, actually, it is practically a vegetarian’s chicken. The recipe I am going to share with you all today is for the preparation of Soya Chaap in a silky & smooth makhani gravy. It is super soft & has a melt-in-mouth texture. My husband totally loves soya chaaps, soya chunks and soya granules. I make one of these for him every week in some way or the other, sometimes in dry masala and the other times in gravy. He likes soya dishes in all the forms but this one he totally loves & relishes. I will be sharing the other methods & soya dishes in the coming few weeks.

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The makhani gravy I make for this dish is a multi-purpose gravy. (P.S.: I will be making a separate post for the gravy as well). This gravy can be made and stored in advance & can be used for dishes like Butter Chicken, Butter Paneer, Shahi Kofta, Egg Curry, Dum Aloo etc. Wait to see my post on yummy masala pooris which I made from the residual mixture obtained after straining the gravy. Trust me you on this..they were most amazing and crispy pooris I have made so far.

Returning to the Makhani Soya Chaap, this is a perfect dish to serve with jeera rice, pulao, roti or lacchha parantha. A perfect dish to impress all the guests in all those dinner parties you people host.

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Serves: 6-8 people

Preparation Time: 20 mins.
Marination Time: 3 hours
Cooking Time: 30 mins.

For the recipe, you’ll need:

Ingredients:

For marination of soya chaap pieces:

  • Curd: 5-6 tbsp
  • Salt: ½ tsp
  • Degi Lal Mirch Powder: 1/3 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Garlic-garlic-green chilli paste: 1/2 tsp 
  • Everest Tandoori chicken masala: 1/4 tsp
  • Everest Kitchen King Masala: 1/2 tsp
  • Everest Shahi Paneer/Butter Chicken Masala: 1/3 tsp
  • Soya Chaaps: 1 packet (500 gms) containing about 8-10 pieces.

Method:

  1. Boil the soya chaaps in water with ¼ tsp salt for 5-10 mins till they are soft and tender. DO NOT THROW THIS WATER.
  2. Cut the soya chaaps into small pieces. Marinate the boiled soya chaaps with all the above ingredients for 1-2 hours, and keep them aside. DO NOT THROW THE REMAINING MARINADE.

Ingredients for Gravy:

  • Oil: 5-6 tbsp
  • Garlic-garlic-green chilli paste: 1 tsp 
  • Jeera: 3/4 tsp
  • Bay leaf: 1 piece
  • Moti elaichi: 1 piece
  • Cloves: 3 pieces
  • Whole black pepper: 2 pieces
  • Cinnamon stick: 1 small one
  • Onions: 3 chopped coarsely
  • Tomatoes: 5 chopped coarsely
  • Carrots: 2 chopped coarsely
  • Cashewnut powder: 4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder: 1/4 tsp
  • Red Chilli powder : 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala: 2/3 tsp
  • Coriander powder: 1/3 tsp
  • Kasoori methi: 2/3 tsp
  • Amul Cream: 4-5 tbsp (optional)
  • Milk: 5-6 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh coriander for garnishing
  • Honey: 2-3 tbsp
  • Sugar: 1 tsp

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add jeera, bay leaf, moti elaichi, cloves, whole black pepper and cinnamon stick. Once it crackles, add ginger-garlic-chilli paste and onions.
  2. Saute onions till light pink in color and translucent, and the raw smell of the ginger paste goes away.
  3. Add tomatoes and carrots. Add red chilli powder and turmeric powder. Mix well.
  4. Add cashew powder and add water and cover the pan with a lid. Switch the flame to low and cook till the tomatoes and carrots are tender. Do not let the masala dry. We need water to make a smooth puree.
  5. Once masala is cooked and cooled, grind the masala in a blender to a puree. Strain the puree through a sieve to get a smooth silky gravy. (If you want to make use of the residual mixture, you can store it and knead it into wheat flour dough and make awesome masala pooris/paranthas)
  6. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a pan, add the marinated soya chaaps along with all the marination in the pan and cook for a min.
  7. Add the prepared gravy in the soya chaaps and mix well. Add salt to taste, kasoori methi, sugar, milk and honey. Mix well and cover the pan with a lid.
  8. Switch the flame to low and cook the chaaps in gravy for 5-10 mins. Add garam masala and coriander powder.
  9. Switch off the flame and garnish with fresh coriander and a hint of cream. Serve hot with roti or lacchha parantha.

Notes:

  • The above quantity of ingredients may give you more gravy than what you may require for the dish. Add the quantity of gravy in the chaaps as per your preference. Extra gravy can be stored in the fridge and can be used later as per your preference and creativity.
  • You can replace oil with butter to make it more buttery in taste.
  • This gravy is more or less very forgiving and you cannot go wrong with it, only adjust spices as per your liking.
Yummilicious..!!