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Showing posts with label Middle Eastern. Show all posts

Persian Love Cake | Almond Semolina Cake (Eggless)


Rose and Cardamom flavored cake made to celebrate LOVE!!

Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

Happy Valentine's Day people!!!

Okay, I know it isn't Valentine's Day yet, but I'm sure you have already started planning something special for your special someone. Right?

A lot of people shrug away Valentine's day thinking it is only for those newly crazily in love who can't keep their hands of each other types.
But with 10 years of relationship under my belt, I  can tell you it does matter even for those who have quietly slipped away into routine. And may be more than the new found lovers.

When Raj and I started out, we had so much to talk to each other, we did special things for each other, we strived to remember each other likes and dislikes. Roses were given, chocolates too. Gifts and cards and plushy toys. Now 10 years later, conversation usually revolves around what happened in the day or what is happening around the world. We already know so much about each other, nothing is new. In a strange way that is comforting, but there is a lack of surprise. We don't strive to remember the likes and dislikes, because it is now etched away in the subconscious mind. Gifts have less whimsy and more practicality. A lot of people call it the boring married life, I too sometimes. But there is comfort in this "boredom", in knowing there is someone who cares for you. Someone who will be there for you when you need it.

But comfort tends to make one complacent and we miss out appreciating each other as often as we probably should. Hence, days like Valentine's day are required along with anniversaries and birthday, just to celebrate the love you have for each other.

Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

So, I made this Persian Love Cake, a while ago just to celebrate love. I thought it was perfect to share right around this time. It is a delicious cake made with almond flour and flavored with middle eastern flavors like cardamom and rose. This is then topped with a citrus syrup and nuts. You can use nuts like pistachios or almonds. Hazelnuts or cashews may be delicious too. I also added saffron to the citrus syrup to give a more orange hue.

This cake is one of the simplest I have ever made. No whipping, no creaming. Just mix all the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. Allow it to rest. Then bake it. Prepare the syrup while the cake bakes. Brush brush brush and top with nuts. It is a simple yet flavorful cake. My family loved it, and I hope yours does too.

I substituted half the almonds with semolina considering the cost of almonds. To get a richer and gluten free cake, just use almonds.

You can serve this cake with whipped cream or Greek yogurt or your favorite vanilla ice-cream. Or just plain, like I did.

P.S. Not all our gifts are practical. The man got me this little fella from Thailand cause I always wanted a tiger cub!! Isn't he adorable?



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Persian Love Cake | Almond Semolina Cake


Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

Recipe Type:  Dessert
Cuisine:            Middle Eastern
Prep Time:     40 minutes
Cook time:     40 minutes
Yield:                Serves 4-5

Ingredients:


0.5 cups Whole Almonds or 0.75 cups Almond Flour
0.75 cups Semolina Flour (Fine Rava)
1 cup Powdered Sugar
0.75 cup Yogurt (thick Curd)
4 Tbsp Oil
3 Tbsp Rose Water
3-4 Cardamom Pods
0.75 tsp Baking Powder
0.25 tsp Baking Soda
1 Orange
1 Tbsp granulated Sugar
0.25 tsp Saffron strands
Oil and Semolina to dust the cake tin

Method:


Powder the almonds until fine and add to a mixing bowl.
Crush the seeds of the cardamom until fine using a mortar and pestle and add to the mixing bowl.
Add in the semolina flour along with powdered sugar.
In another bowl, whisk oil, yogurt and 2 tbsp rose water until smooth.
Add it to the dry ingredients in the mixing bowl.
Mix well. Cover and rest for 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celcius.
Add the baking powder and baking soda and mix well.
Spray the cake tin with oil or rub oil in it using paper towel or your fingers.
Dust it with semolina flour.
Pour in the cake batter and bake for 30-40 minutes.
Remove from the tin after 2-3 minutes and keep aside.
Juice the orange and add it to a pan on the stove.
Add the remaining rose water.
Add in the sugar and cook until the sugar melts and the syrup thickens.
Add saffron strands and allow to infuse for 1-2 minutes.
Brush the cake with the syrup.
Decorate with chopped pistachios or almonds and serve.


Persian love cake is an eggless rose and cardamom flavored cake made with almond flour and semolina. Brushed with an orange syrup and topped with chopped nuts.

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Grilled Eggplant and Coriander Hummus Rolls


My latest addition to Finger Food that is finger licking good - Grilled Eggplant and Coriander Hummus Rolls. Silky smooth garlicky coriander hummus rolled in thinly sliced grilled eggplant. This recipe is super quick to make and has all makings of a healthy snack.

How to make grilled aubergine or brinjal hummus rolls at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Who is a Hummus fan?? Obviously, Me, well so is Raj, there's Gee too... Well, the whole family is nuts about Hummus. The usual combination for hummus is Pita, but when you are bored to knead dough and roll out those light little pockets of Pita, I recommend trying this simple gluten free option to enjoy that amazing hummus.

As much as I like Hummus, I love Coriander or Cilantro just as much, or may be a little more. A sprinkle of coriander here, a tablespoon of coriander there. I literally, use it in everything I make. That vibrant fresh sprinkling of green, just brightens up any curry. It does the same to this Hummus. This Coriander Hummus is just one level above the regular Hummus in terms of flavor and color. I mean who does not find this lovely green appealing?

How to make Cilantro Hummus Recipe at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

I can eat this Coriander Hummus with anything - crackers, chips, regular bread, chapati, roti, naan. I think I'm only yet to try it with rice. But on days that you are too bored to knead the dough and make your own light Pita pockets or you just fancy going gluten free, try this awesome combination of eggplant and hummus and tell me if you hear complains.

How to make grilled aubergine or brinjal hummus rolls at www.oneteaspoonoflife.com

Ever since I bought my AWESOME new grill pan, I've been grilling EVERYTHING. Paneer, Eggplant, Peppers... this is just a small list. Grilling is so much fun, I love that nice char marks that I get from my new pan. Check out this super delicious Grilled Paneer Sandwich I made using the same pan.

However, I think I should warn you, these rolls are addictive and may never be enough for your family. They are also quite filling.

If you don't want to make your own hummus, you can just use your favorite store bought hummus. Roasted Pepper Hummus will also go great with the Eggplant.

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Grilled Eggplant and Coriander Hummus Rolls


How to make grilled aubergine or brinjal hummus rolls at www.oneteaspoonoflife.comThese Eggplant Rolls are made by grilling finely sliced eggplant and spreading coriander hummus on them before rolling them into bite sized rolls.

Recipe Type:  Appetizer
Cuisine:            Middle Eastern
Prep Time:     15 minutes
Cook time:     30 minutes
Yield:                Makes 13-15

Ingredients:


For Coriander Hummus:


1 cup cooked Chickpeas
1/2 cup Coriander leaves
2-3 Garlic cloves
2 Tbsp Water
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt to taste

For Grilled Eggplant:


1 large Eggplant or Bharta Baingan
Water
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
3-4 tsp of Oil

Method:


To make Coriander Hummus:


Chop the coriander leaves and garlic.
Blend together the chickpeas, coriander leaves, garlic and salt with water and Olive oil until it is a smooth creamy paste.
Add more Olive oil if required.

To make Grilled Eggplant:


Take a large bowl of water and add 1/2 tsp of salt to
Slice the eggplant into fine slices lengthwise and put them in the salted water. Leave them soaked for 10-15 minutes.
Pat the eggplant fry using a tea towel or kitchen napkins and rub them with oil, salt and pepper.
Heat a grill pan or a griddle. Once it is hot place the eggplant slices on it in a single layer without overlapping them.
Spoon oil on the eggplant if required. Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until the eggplant is cooked.

To make the Rolls:


Spread the coriander hummus on the grilled eggplant slices and roll them to make Grilled Eggplant and Coriander Hummus rolls.


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