Happy Dussehra | Pumpkin Coconut Fudge | Kaddu Nariyal Ki Burfi | Vegetable Sweet Recipe

People across India celebrates Dussehra today (on October 15, 2021). Also called Vijayadashami, it calls an end to the nine-day-long Navratri celebrations. While North India celebrates Dussehra with Ravan Dahan, Bengalis mark this day with visarjan of the idol of Goddess Durga. While the mode of Dussehra celebration remains unique to each region of the country, what remains common for all food. 

Happy Dussehra

No festival seems complete without some sweets to indulge in. Festive season calls for dessert and sweets to keep the holiday mood going. This  fudge is an easy to make Indian sweet with a twist of pumpkin that makes it unique. Palate is immediately curious about the source of distinct essence and flavor in this burfi or fudge. This fudge can be stored for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Pumpkin Coconut Fudge

Veggies like pumpkin and bottle gourd can make wonderful sweets. Pumpkin, sweet potato, zucchini and bottle gourd are cooked to make wonderful sweets like halwa or burfi. These sweets need less sugar and are unique too. These are root vegetables and also allowed during fasting. So if you are bored of making curry try this sweet recipe.

Kaddu Nariyal Ki Burfi

For this recipe you will need only few basic ingredients that are easily available in most household kitchens or can be easily found in local grocery store.  Enjoy the pleasure of making and sharing your own homemade dessert with pride.


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Ingredients :
Pumpkin – 300 gms (deseeded, peeled and cubed)
Milk – 3/4 cup
Full fat milk powder – 1/2 cup
Desiccated coconut powder – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 1/4 cup
Chopped pistachios & toasted coconut slices for garnishing – 2 tbsp each
Ghee – 3 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

Method:

  1. Cut the pumpkin, remove the peel and the inner seeds and cut into small pieces.
  2. Place the pumpkin pieces in a steamer basket in a pot. Add water to the pot so it reaches to the bottom of the steamer basket and steam the pumpkin pieces until completely cooked through; a paring knife will pierce the flesh easily and it will take about 15 minutes. During the steaming, add more water to the pot if necessary.
  3. Now mashed steam pumpkin with the help of fork or potato masher. You should have 1 cup pumpkin puree.
  4. Line a tray with butter paper and keep it aside.
  5. Heat ghee (2 tbsp) in a nonstick deep pan and add mashed steam pumpkin. Cook till on a low flame for 5-8 minutes.
  6. Then add full-fat milk bring the whole mixture to a boil and then lower the flame.
  7. Cook the mixture on a low flame and keep on stirring in between. When the milk reduced to 75% then add milk powder, dessicated coconut, and sugar.
  8. Mix well and stir continuously. Cook it till the mixture reaches the consistency of making a burfi. Add a pinch of salt, cardamom powder and little ghee(1 tbsp).
  9. Pour the mixture into a greased tray and garnish with sliced pistachios and sliced coconut flakes.
  10. Let it rest for 2 hours in a refrigerator before slicing. Now cut burfi into desired shape.
Vegetable Sweet Recipe

Happy Friendship Day | Blueberry Coconut Cake | Baking with Whole Wheat Flour | No Egg No Butter | Baked In Wok

On the first Sunday in August, National Friendship Day encourages people across the country and world to connect with friends. Make a new friend or reconnect with an old one. Friendships come in many forms, and we begin developing them when we’re very young. Our classmates and neighborhood pals explored the world with us.

Blueberry Coconut Cake

Together we shared experiences and made plans for the future. Eventually, paths diverge and new friends find a place in our social experience. Our world expands and our culture changes. With each new friend, we expand our view of the world. Their experiences contribute to new meaning in our lives. Through friendships, we grow and broaden our horizons. Eventually, the world becomes smaller and more connected.

Baking with Whole Wheat Flour

What better way to express your emotional bond for your friends than by treating them to the warmest and comforting present of all – a nice homemade cake. Happy Friendship Day To my LOvely Friends

Tea Time Treat

This Blueberry coconut cake is bursting with the flavors of fresh blueberries and coconut flavor. This cake is going to be a stunner at your next gathering.

No Egg No Butter No Oven Cake

I am sharing a simple recipe for a Blueberry Coconut Cake. This cake celebrates the flavors of summer on your palate wowed. A delightful and easy whip-up cake, the best part is it includes superfoods like coconut and juicy blueberries. Do try this cake 🙂

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Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup
Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup
Fresh Blueberries – 1 cup
Desiccated Coconut – 3/4 cup
Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp ( 1/2 + 1/4 tsp)
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Refined Oil – 1/4 cup
Milk – 3/4 cup
A pinch of Himalayan salt

Some blueberries & desiccated coconut (2 tbsp) for topping

Method:

  1. Wash blueberries and let them dry. Then toss dried blueberry with 2 tsp of flour and keep it aside.
  2. Dry Ingredients: Shift whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and keep it aside.
  3. Now mix desiccated coconut and salt with dry ingredients.
  4. Wet Ingredients: Now add milk, sugar, oil in a grinder until smooth.
  5. Now mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients. Mix them well.
  6. Put the prepared batter into a greased pan. Add blueberries and desiccated coconut over batter and with help of spatula or spoon gently.
  7. Tab the pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles. Put the pan into the preheated kadai (wok) and bake it for 60 minutes.
  8. When cake is done, allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove cake from the wok and set them on a rack set over a tray or sheet pan.
  9. Allow cake to cool completely before slicing and enjoy.
Happy Friendship Day

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.
Wholesome Baking
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.

Baking In Wok

Whole Wheat Vanilla Coconut Cake | Tea Time Cake | Wholesome Treat

Coconut is commonly used as ingredients in a variety of recipes. Its white, fleshy part is used to prepare various dishes like ice cream, cookies, cakes. It is also used to make gravy for vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. In this cake recipe, I used desiccated coconut with whole wheat flour, sugar, and milk. Desiccated coconut is crisp, snow white in color and has a sweet pleasant with a nutty flavor.

Tea Time Cake

This cake will give you a taste of the tropical and it tastes great with a hot cup of tea or coffee.  This cake has No Butter, No All Purpose Flour and No Egg which make this cake super healthy and a perfect tea time partner. Coconut lovers do try this cake.

Vanilla Coconut Cake

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup
Powdered Sugar – 1/2 cup
Desiccated Coconut – 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup
Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp ( 1/2 + 1/4 tsp)
Baking soda – 1/2 tsp
Refined Oil – 1/4 cup
Milk – 3/4 cup
A pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Dry Ingredients: Shift whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt twice and keep it aside.
  2. Wet Ingredients: Now add milk, sugar, oil in a grinder until smooth.
  3. Now mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients, coconut powder. Mix them well.
  4. Put batter into a greased pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of coconut powder over prepared cake batter and with help of spatula press gently.
  5. Tab the cake pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  6. Put the cake pan into the preheated pressure cooker and bake it for 1 hour.
Cooker Cake

Tips:

  1. Adjust sugar according to your taste.
  2. You can also use brown sugar instead of white sugar.
  3. Baking time may vary.
  4. If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of milk.
  5. 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.
Perfect Tea Time Partner

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.

Choco Coconut Whole Wheat Cake | Bounty Cake | New Friends In Netherlands

Netherlands is one of the most beautiful and clean countries that I have visited so far. It has something for everyone and as it is truly multicultural (With approximately 178 different cultural backgrounds Amsterdam is a blend of people from all over the world). There are certain unique aspects of the country, and only something you can truly understand if you have experienced it by yourself. We moved to the Netherlands in 2018, a new country, adapting new culture, everything is new. Everyone we met in the Netherlands welcomes us with open arms. From making new friends (in dutch class), learning the Dutch language, discovering a new culture, getting used to the new education system, first snow experience, coffee meetups, meeting people from different countries, using a bicycle to commute (back to childhood memories), fall in love with dutch fries, my first baking class, making new chai partners, friends visiting Amsterdam and addition of a new member to our family, “Ray”.

Chocolate and coconut are one of the best dessert flavor combinations and it reminds me of a taste of Bounty chocolate. I made this cake for my friends ( My Dutch language class), it was a huge hit.

Bounty Cake

The texture of this choco coconut cake is a fine crumb and it is very moist. The flavor is simply wonderful, packed with coconut and cocoa, it’s a perfect cake to go with a cup of coffee. Recently, I shared vanilla coconut cake recipe with whole wheat flour. In this recipe, I just add one more ingredient that is cocoa powder and it turned out super yummy chocolate flavor cake. Chocolate lovers do try this cake …..

No Egg, No Butter& No All Purpose Flour

Ingredients:

Whole Wheat Flour – 1 cup

Brown Sugar – 1/2 cup

Desiccated Coconut – 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup

Cocoa powder – 1/8 cup

Baking Powder – 3/4 tsp ( 1/2 + 1/4 tsp)

Baking soda – 1/2 tsp

Refined Oil – 1/4 cup

Milk – 3/4 cup

Choco sprinkles – 1/4 cup

A pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Dry Ingredients: Shift whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt twice and keep it aside.
  2. Wet Ingredients: Now add milk, sugar, oil in a grinder until smooth.
  3. Now mix wet ingredients with dry ingredients, coconut powder. Mix them well.
  4. Put batter into a greased pan. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of coconut powder with choco sprinkles over prepared cake batter and with help of spatula press gently.
  5. Tab the cake pan on a countertop to release any large air bubbles.
  6. Put the cake pan into the preheated pressure cooker and bake it for 1 hour.
Cake With Whole Wheat Flour

Tips:

  1. Adjust sugar according to your taste.
  2. You can also use brown sugar instead of white sugar.
  3. Baking time may vary.
  4. If cake batter looks dry, add 2- 4 tbsp of milk.
  5. 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.
Choco Coconut 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.
No Oven Cake

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.