Monday, July 9, 2012

Ragi Cake

Hi friends, today I am giving yummy and healthy ragi cake.Ragi is rich iron food so definitely we should add our daily diet in any form like idly, dosa, soup or famous food for south Indians is ragi sankhati etc. I am trying different recipes with ragi. My last recipe is ragi dhokla, this is very yummy and tasty too.One day I wanted to make cake with ragi flour.I got a standard formula for egg less sponge cake so I used ragi flour instead of maida(all purpose flour). I tried it and it was successful. Really I was surprised that ragi cake was so soft and yummy. My friends also tasted it and gave good compliments. I think it is very healthy and tasty too. Definitely you can prepare these type of cakes for kids instead of maida (all purpose flour) cakes. It is very easy to make. Actually here I cut the cake into small pieces by using heart shape cookie cutter. You can cut it in any shape. I made it in micro wave oven. You can make it either in oven or pressure cooker. I am giving two procedures. I hope you like it and enjoy cooking............

Wheat flour - 1/2cup
Ragi flour - 1  cup
Sugar - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda - 1/2 tsp
Thick Curds or Yogurt - 5 tsp
Oil - 1/4 cup
Salt - 1 pinch
Vanilla essence - 3 drops
Nutmeg powder - 1 tsp
Coco powder - 4 tsp
Nuts (cashew,almond) , finely chopped - 2 tbsp
Dates, finely chopped - 2 tbsp
Butter for greasing

Oven method:
  1.  Preheat the oven for 10 minutes. 
  2. Cream the sugar and yogurt(thick curd) till the sugar melts.
  3. Add baking powder and baking soda. Mix well and keep aside for 3 to 5minutes till the bubbles appear. 
  4. Add the vegetable oil and essence. Mix well.
  5. Add the sieved ragi flour and wheat flour and mix well but slowly and little at a time ( 2 tbsp at a time) 
  6. Add coco powder,salt and nutmeg powder and mix well.
  7. Add dry fruits and dates and mix gently.
  8. Grease the pan with butter and dusting with flour slightly.    
  9. Transfer the mix into the 6" pan.      
  10. Slowly pat the pan on the floor to remove any air.  
  11. Bake it at 200 degree Centigrade for 10 minutes. 
  12. Then reduce the temperature to 175 degree and bake for 20 - 25 minutes. 
  13. Allow it to cool and turn it on the decorating plate after some time.
  Pressure cooker method:
  1. This cake can also be made in pressure cooker.
  2.  Here we can use aluminum bowl or other than stain less steel.
  3. Grease the pan with butter and dusting with flour slightly.
  4. Transfer the cake batter in to pan.
  5. Keep the empty bowl (any) in pressure cooker in invert position.
  6. Now put the cake pan on it and close the lid without weight.
  7. Keep the flame on high for 5 minutes, on medium for 7 minutes, and on low for 5 minutes.
  8. In meanwhile we can check it once with toothpick. Depending upon quantity sometimes it takes more time to bake.
  9. Allow it to cool and turn it on the decorating plate after some time.   

     Here, I cut the cake into small heart shape pieces by using cookie cutter. Enjoy this tasty and lovely cake with a cup of tea.

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