Wood Apple Jaggery Chutney (No Sugar) | Summer Special Recipe

Think summer and the most popular fruits that come to mind includes – Mangoes, Melons, and Wood Apple. Wood Apple popularly known as bael in the Northern part of India, Wood apple gives you a boost of energy in summers. The high protein content of the fruit also boosts the healing power of your body. I shared some recipes with Woodapple – Woodapple JamWoodapple Summer DrinkWhole Wheat Woodapple Cake, and Spicy Woodapple Chutney made with sugar. Today I am sharing wood apple chutney with jaggery or gur. By adding jaggery this chutney becomes healthier.

Healthy Chutney

 The benefits of jaggery include its ability to cleanse your body, sweeten your food in a healthy manner, and provide good amounts of minerals. This sugar free chutney is spicy and sweet chutney made with wood apple or bael, jaggery, and mix spices. It goes well parathas or with any chaat.

Woodapple Chutney With Jaggery

Wood Apple Jaggery Chutney

Ingredients:
Woodapple – 1 medium
Grated jaggery or gur – 1 cup

Spices:
Black Salt – 1 tsp
Roasted cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method :

  1. Break open the fruit and using a spoon scoop the pulp. Put woodapple pulp with 1 cup of water in a bowl and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes using your palms gather. Squish the pulp to separate the seeds and juice the pulp. Press the juice through a sieve to strain the fibers and seeds from the thick pulp.
  3. Add strained wood apple pulp in a nonstick pan and cook for 10 minutes on low flame.
  4. Add jaggery with all spices and cook for another 10 minutes on low flame. Once chutney starts to thickens switch off the flame.
  5. Allow chutney to cool down. Then add lemon juice and mix well.
Bael Chutney

Tips :

  • Lift chutney with a spatula and pour chutney, it should flow together and not in drops.
  • Pour few drops of prepared chutney on a plate if it spreads then it’s not ready if it stays firm without moving then the chutney is ready.
  • Allow to cool and store in sterilized glass jar.
  • Keep chutney in the refrigerator after every use. Use a clean and dry spoon. It last long for 3 months.

Wood Apple Spicy Dip | Bael Spicy Chutney | Summer Special

The wood apple is a peculiar fruit – it looks like a rotten coconut on the outside, and on the inside, it doesn’t get any prettier. Nor does it smell right – many refer to as a sort of mixed stench of rotten blue cheese with overripe bananas. But much like the stinky durian, we know better not to judge a fruit by its odor. Wood apple gives you a boost of energy in summers. The high protein content of the fruit also boosts the healing power of your body.

Spicy Chutney

The wood apple is actually a popular fruit in Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine, native to those areas and neighbouring Bangladesh and Andaman Islands. Botanically called limonia acidissima, and commonly referred to as the elephant apple, wood apple fruit grows on trees that reach up to nine meters tall, ranging between 5-9 cm when mature. Recently I posted some recipes with Woodapple – Woodapple Jam, Woodapple Summer Drink, and Whole Wheat Woodapple Cake. Today I am going to share a spicy and sweet chutney made with wood apple or bael, sugar, with spices. It goes well parathas or with any chaat.

Woodapple Chutney

Ingredients:
Woodapple – 1 medium
Brown Sugar – 1/2 cup

Spices:
Black Salt – 1 tsp
Roasted cumin seeds- 1 tsp
Black pepper powder – 1 tsp
Fennel seeds – 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Salt to taste

Method :

  1. Break open the fruit and using a spoon scoop the pulp. Put woodapple pulp with 1 cup of water in a bowl and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes using your palms gather and squish the pulp to separate the seeds. Press the juice through a sieve to strain the fibers and seeds from the thick pulp.
  3. Add strained wood apple pulp in a nonstick pan and cook for 10 minutes on low flame.
  4. Now add brown sugar with all spices and cook for another 10 minutes on low flame. Once chutney starts to thickens switch off the flame.
  5. Allow chutney to cool down. Then add lemon juice and mix well.
  6. Enjoy Woodapple Chutney with hot parathas.
Summer Spicy Chutney

Tips :

  • Lift chutney with a spatula and pour chutney, it should flow together and not in drops.
  • Pour few drops of prepared chutney on a plate if it spreads then it’s not ready if it stays firm without moving then the chutney is ready.
  • Allow to cool and store in sterilized glass jar.
  • Keep chutney in the refrigerator after every use. Use a clean and dry spoon. It last long for 3 months.

Whole Wheat Wood Apple Cake (Aata Bael Ka Cake) | Summer Special | No Egg No Maida (APF) No Butter

Bael Fruit also is known as wood apple, elephant apple or monkey apple. It gets the name wood apple because of its hard wooden shell. Woodapple shells are tough, and the inside consists of a brownish pulp and small white seeds.

Wood Apple or Bael Fruit

The wood apple tree is native to India but is also found in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and other regions in the southern part of Asia.  It has a lot of health benefits and it’s very rich in minerals like iron, phosphorus, and calcium. It’s also a rich source of vitamin B and citric acid.

Delicious Summer Cake

I have already posted the recipe for Woodapple Juice and Woodapple Jam. Now this time its a “CAKE ” Yes, tea time summer cake made with whole wheat flour, milk, and wood apple jam. I have added chopped bael candy (Patanjali Product) instead of dry fruits. Glazed with wood apple jam and sprinkle some colored mint flavored fennel. It turned out so moist and delicious. Do try this cake this summer.

Wood Apple Jam

Ingredients :
Whole Wheat Flour – 1 and 1/2 cups
White Powdered Sugar -3/4 cup
Milk – 1 Cup
Baking powder – 2 tsp
Woodapple Jam – 3/4 cup + 3 tbsp
Refined Oil – 6 tbsp
A pinch of Salt
Chopped Bael Candy (I used Patanjali Bael Candy) – 1/2 cup

For Topping: Mint Flavored Fennel – 2 tbsp

Method:

  1. Toss 1 tsp of wheat flour with chopped Bael candy and keep it aside.
  2. Dry Ingredients – Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt and add tossed Bael candy. Mix them well.
  3. Wet Ingredients – In a grinder mix sugar, oil, milk until, woodapple jam, smooth mixture.
  4. Now mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients well.
  5. Spoon about 1/2 cup of the batter into the baking pan. Spoon woodapple jam over the cake batter keeping batter away from the edges of the pan.
  6. Spoon remaining cake batter over the woodapple jam layer.
  7. Tab the cake pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  8. Put cake pan into the preheated pressure cooker and bake it for 1 hour.
  9. When the cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the cake from the pan and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan.
  10. Now take a spoon of woodapple jam and spread with help of butter knife. Sprinkle mint fennel.
  11. Allow the cake to cool completely before slicing.
Summer Tea Time Cake

Tips:

  1. Adjust sugar according to your taste.
  2. Baking time may vary.
  3. If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of milk.
  4. If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 1 hour. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.
No Oven Cake

Pressure Cooker Method:
Grease the baking tin with oil and dust it by sprinkling whole wheat flour over greased surface evenly. Pour the mixture into the greased baking tin.

Important Notes:

  • Use the baking tin of 6 inches in diameter, so that it can easily get into the pressure cooker.
  • Use a 5-liter pressure cooker. It should be big enough to hold the baking pan.
  • Baking Tin should be made of Aluminium.
  • If baking tin comes into direct contact with the base of the pressure cooker, it can burn ( overbake ) the cake. So use pressure cooker container which has big holes in it or any aluminum small stand.
  • No gasket and whistle are needed. Remove them before baking.
  • Don’t add water to the pressure cooker.

How to Bake In A Pressure Cooker?

  1. Heat the pressure cooker on high heat for 2 minutes. Use sea salt or sand as a layer inside a cooker. Put a steel stand on a layer of salt or sand.
  2. Now put the cake tin containing the cake batter ( Do not put water inside the pressure cooker).
  3. Close the pressure cooker lid and do not put the whistle on the lid. Remove the gasket (rubber ring) from the lid.
  4. Lower the flame after 2 minutes. Let it bake for 50 -60 minutes on low flame. After 60 minutes check cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the cake is done.
  5. If batter still sticks to knife then again bake for another 10 minutes. Do not open the lid immediately.
  6. Eggless Pressure Cooker Cake is ready.
Made Cake with Woodapple Jam

Sunshine Summer Spread | Wood apple or Bael Jam | Yummy Summer Treat

Wood apple, also known as “bael” in India, has loads of health benefits. Bael fruit has other names like wood apple, elephant apple, and monkey fruit. Its sweet pulp is filled with nutritious benefits. You can make wood apple juice, wood apple chutney and also wood apple jam. Wood apple jam is very easy and with very few ingredients delicious jam is ready.

Woodapple Jam

Ingredients :
Wood Apple – 1 medium
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Juice of one lemon

Sunshine Summer Spread

Method :

  1. Break open the fruit and using a spoon scoop the pulp. Put wood apple pulp with 1 cup of water in a bowl and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes using your palms gather. Squish the pulp to separate the seeds and juice the pulp. Press the juice through a sieve to strain the fibers and seeds from the thick pulp. It yields around 2 cups.
  3. Add strained wood apple pulp in a nonstick pan and cook for 10 minutes on low flame.
  4. Now add sugar and cook for another 10 minutes on low flame.
  5. Once jam starts to thickens switch off the flame and add lemon juice. Mix it well and cook for a minute.
  6. Allow jam to cool down completely. Then store in sterilized glass jar.
  7. Enjoy woodapple jam with hot parathas or with vanilla ice cream.
Summer Treat For Kids

Tips :

  • Lift jam with a spatula and pour jam, it should flow together and not in drops.
  • Pour a few drops of prepared jam on a plate if it spreads then it’s not ready if it stays firm without moving then the jam is ready.
  • Allow to cool and store in sterilized glass jar.
  • Keep jam in the refrigerator after every use. Use a clean and dry spoon. It last long for 4 months.
Super Healthy Spread

Bael Sharbat (Wood Apple Cooler) – Beat The Heat With This Summer Drink

Summer calls for quenching one’s thirst and drinking beverages which are soothing, colourful, flavourful, tempting as well as tasty, giving a fresh lease of life in the scorching heat. Bael juice is one such refreshing drink and also one of the oldest traditional drinks in India, which has Ayurvedic importance.

Bael Sharbat

Indian bael, originally known as Aegle Marmelos, is a wonderful summer drink that cools us down, rejuvenates, cleanses, and nourishes the body with all the nutrients. This juice is commonly consumed after breaking fasts like on Maha Shivratri. It is easy to digest and is an excellent summer coolant.

Summer Drink

Wood Apple is also known as Bael Fruit. Bael fruit has other names like wood apple, elephant apple, and monkey fruit. Wood apple is an immune booster and fights against bacterial and viral infections caused by them. It is a great reliever for respiratory problems too. Wood Apple contains tannins, phosphorous, fiber, calcium, nutrients, vitamins, organic compounds, protein, and iron.

Woodapple or Bael

Bael Sharbat (Wood Apple Cooler ) – Summer Drink

Ingredients :
Wood Apple – 1 medium
Powdered sugar or powdered jaggery – 2 tbsp ( optional )
Black salt – 1/2 tsp
Roasted cumin seeds powder – 1/2 tsp
Cold water – 2 cups
Juice of two lemons
Salt to taste

Bael Sharbat

Method :

  1. Break open the fruit and using a spoon scoop the pulp and place in a large bowl. Put 1 cup of water and keep it aside for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes using your palms gather. Squish the pulp to separate the seeds and juice the pulp.
  3. Press the juice through a sieve to strain the fibers and seeds from the thick pulp.
  4. Scoop the pulp remaining in the sieve into a vessel and add more water ( 1/4 cup each time). Repeat it and strain till all that remains is the fiber.
  5. Add powdered sugar, black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice to the strained juice and run in a blender with two cups of water.
  6. Serve chilled.
Wood Apple

Whole Wheat Dry Fruits Chocolate Cake | Kadai (Wok) Cake – No Egg, No All Purpose Flour, No Butter | Healthy Chocolate Treat

Cakes are unsurprisingly everyone’s favorite, be it a birthday, anniversary or any other occasion or just have a slice of cake with tea or coffee. This cake is a delicious, sinful cake that is healthier, tastier, and eggless, butterless – Isn’t it wonderful? Made with whole wheat flour make it healthier with the crunch of dry fruits. This cake recipe is easy, super moist, and rich in chocolate flavor. This is everything that makes a cake all the more exciting.

No Egg, No All Purpose Flour, No Butter

Whole wheat flour adds more nutrition, fiber, nutty and tasty flavor, to baked goods and other flours based ( all-purpose flour) recipes. However, this flour can sometimes make the finished product seem drier and produce a coarser texture than using a more refined all-purpose flour.

Healthy Chocolate Cake

Adding the right of liquid is essential when baking with whole wheat flour, as the flour tends to absorb liquid more slowly. The general rule of thumb is to add an extra teaspoon of liquid (water, milk, or buttermilk) for each cup of whole wheat flour used.

Tea Time Cake – Healthy Wholesome Treat

No Egg, No All Purpose Flour, No Butter | Healthy Chocolate Cake

Don’t have an Oven or Microwave? Don’t worry, you can still bake this chocolate cake in your stovetop. Baking at home also gives you control over the quality and quantity of ingredients that go into the making of the cake. This eggless chocolate cake recipe makes it easier and fuss-free to make the classic cake for people with inhibitions over eggs that too without compromising on its flavor. Eggless cakes can be tricky, but they don’t always have to be complicated. This one here is sweet chocolatey flavor and light moist texture make it perfect to celebrate any occasion 🙂

Loaded With Healthy Dry Fruits

Ingredients :
Whole wheat flour – 1 & 1/2 cups + 2 tsp
Brown sugar – 3/4 cup or 1 cup
Cocoa powder – 1/4 cup
Milk – 1 cup
Mix of nuts & seeds – 1 & 1/2 cups
Refined oil – 1/4 cup
Baking powder – 2 tsp
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method :

  1. Dry ingredients – Sieve whole wheat flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt.
  2. Toss chopped dry fruits with flour. Then add chopped dry fruits and mix them well. Keep mixture aside.
  3. Wet ingredients – In a grinder mix brown sugar, oil, milk and grind them until smooth mixture.
  4. Mix both dry and wet mixtures together. Now cake batter is ready.
  5. Put prepared batter into a greased square pan. Add dry fruits of your choice over batter and with help of spatula press nuts gently.
  6. Tab the pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  7. Put the pan into the preheated wok and bake it for 1 hour 10 minutes.
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Tips:

  1. Adjust sugar according to your taste.
  2. Baking time may vary.
  3. If baking in Oven: Bake in the preheated oven at 180 deg Celsius or around 360 Fahrenheit for about 60 minutes. The baking time may vary. So keep checking the cake after 40 to 45 minutes.
Kadai or Wok Cake
HOW TO BAKE THE CAKE IN KADAI (WOK)

In a heavy bottom kadai add a cup of salt or sand. Place a steel stand in a wok. Cover and preheat the kadai on high heat for about 8 minutes. (Adding salt at the bottom ensures that the kadai doesn’t burn. Heavy bottom kadai acts as oven and ensures even cooking from all sides). I never used salt in my baking because I use a heavy bottom kadai (Prestige Brand) and I am baking for the past 2 years in the same kadai. It works perfectly fine. But, it depends on the brand, quality of the kadai.

After 8 minutes, lower the heat and put baking tin in a kadai. Cover a lid and bake bread for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes check cake with a knife, if the mixture does not stick, it means the bread is done. If batter still sticks to knife then again bread for another 10 minutes.

Healthy Slice Of Chocolate Cake

Summer Salad Plate | Green Salad Summer Plate with Lime Dressing | Healthy Breakfast Salad

A salad for breakfast ??? Yes, breakfast salads are a great way to start your day with nutrient-dense foods. They may also boost your mood and productivity, improve your digestion, and even help you lose weight as well.

Summer Salad Plate

Breakfast salads are a super-easy way to load up on fresh vegetables and fruits. You can toss them together quickly and they’re light, fresh while still being filling. As long as you have a good source of protein and some healthy fats on there, the salad will keep you full until your next meal without weighing you down.

Green Salad Summer Plate with Lime Dressing

Antioxidants give fruits and vegetables their different colors so a handy way to make sure you’re getting a good range of antioxidants and different health benefits is to choose those you like from each of the five different color groups – Red, Purple & Blue, Orange & Yellow, White & Brown, and Green. They all have their benefits but today I am sharing a recipe with Green veggies and fruits – Salad Summer Plate with Orange Dressing.

Dressing Ingredients

Green vegetables and fruits are great foods with a wide variety of nutrients, especially nutrient dense dark green fruits and veggies. Green fruits and veggies contain calcium, dietary fiber, antioxidants and a variety of vitamins. This Summer Salad Plate has all my favorite fruits – Avocado, Kiwi, Pear, Green Apple, Cucumber. Toss this salad with homemade fresh lime juice dressing.

Green Veggies & Fruits

Summer Salad Plate | Green Salad Summer Plate with Orange Dressing

Tangy Green Salad Bowl is healthy evening salad recipe. It tastes amazing with the tangy dressing made with the fresh lime juice, crushed pistachios and sesame seeds.

Healthy Breakfast Salad

Ingredients:
Cucumber noodles – 1 big
Kiwi – 2
Green Apple – 1
Avocado – 2 (pit removed, peeled, and chopped lengthwise)
Pear – 1
Sliced Green Grapes – 1/2 cup

For dressing :
Juice of one lime
Crushed pistachios & sesame seeds – 3 tbsp each

Spices for dressing :
Black pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
Red chili powder – 1/2 tsp
Black salt – 1/8 tsp
Dry coriander leaves powder – 1/4
Himalayan pink salt to taste

Green Salad Plate

Method :

  1. For the dressing – Pour lime juice and crushed pistachios & sesame seeds with spices in an airtight container and shake well, or whisk ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Place all veggies and fruits in a large bowl. Drizzle lime dressing over the salad. Serve immediately.
Cucumber noodles