Thursday, 28 June 2018

Millet and Wholewheat Orange Juice Cake

Millet and Wholewheat Orange Juice Cake
Ayurveda, the ancient food wisdom of India extensively talks about eating food according to season. Since its the monsoon season, I'll talk a little of what I've learnt from my brief knowledge on Ayurveda.

Varshu Rutu or the monsoon season starts from mid June and extends to mid September, during this season it is a good idea to temper your foods with sweet, sour and salty spices to help pacify the excess vata dosha (Vata governs all movement in the mind and body. It controls blood flow, elimination of wastes, breathing and the movement of thoughts across the mind.) in the environment.

Eating smaller portions and lighter meals is advised during this time of the year and fruits, nuts and foods with a little honey make good snack options.

Keeping these parameters in mind, I tweaked my original orange juice cake recipe according to the principles of Ayurveda to create this wholesome and filling Millet and Wholewheat Orange Juice Cake.

Read on for the recipe.

To serve 6,

You will need:

1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup ragi (finger millet) OR jowar (sorghum) OR bajra (pearl millet) flour
3/4 cup powdered jaggery (muscovado sugar)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 + 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice with pulp
1/3 cup ghee (clarified butter) OR any flavourless oil of choice
2 tablespoons orange zest, grated
A pinch of salt

Grease and line a cake tin.

Preheat the oven to 180° Celcius.

In a large bowl mix the wheat flour, millet flour, jaggery, baking soda and baking powders with a dry whisk and keep aside.

To the dry ingredients add ghee (clarified butter), orange zest and a pinch of salt, along 1 cup orange juice.

Stir just enough to combine all the ingredients well. Do not overmix.

Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs.

While still warm drizzle the top of the cake with the remaining (1/2 cup) orange juice.

Enjoy on a rainy afternoon with a hot cup of tea or coffee!

Orange Juice Cake

Orange Cake

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