Healthy and Delicious Atta Cake
It has been proven time and again that the healthiest and most balanced eating is the one that is in sync with nature; Consuming products according to the seasons. This not only makes sure that we get the best produce but also takes care that our body’s immunity stays strong by getting the nutritional benefits at the best time. And it is definitely more environment friendly. In India, we are blessed to have these seasonal changes and with the changes the abundance of seasonal produce. We have summers with its juicy luscious different varieties of mangoes or the sweet exquisite lychees. Winters brings in the best be it vegetables or fruits. One is spoilt for choices!
Whenever we talk about winters in India instantly the image that comes is different festivities related to this time of the year and kinds of food that are enjoyed throughout the country. One of the main attraction is the harvest festival celebrated throughout the country. Makarsankranti/ Lohri/Bhogali Bihu/Uttarayan/Pongal/Poush Parbon different names but one binding factor the celebration of nature’s bounty and blessings.
To Celebrate Mother nature’s bounty of this season and also keeping with the traditions from our seasoned kitchen we bring you our very own version of Atta Cake a wholesome inspiration from the diverse kitchens of India.
1 cup curd
1 cup jaggery(gud) powdered
1.5 cup Atta( wholewheat flour)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bi-carb
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup coconut oil (olive/canola goes well too)
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 tbsp of mix spice powder (dry ginger, cinnamon and cardamom)
1/2 cup mix of walnuts, raisins, dates and almonds dusted with flour.
1/2 tsp of vanilla essence
1 tbsp till (sesame seeds)
Preheat the oven at 170 degree Celsius( temperature may vary for different ovens). Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. We used 9 x 5 loaf pan.
Sift the flour, salt, bi-carb and baking powder for clump free mix. Keep aside. Combine the Gud with curd by whisking well and make a homogeneous mixture then add the oil. To this add in the spice mix, vanilla essence. Add the flour in three parts fold well. Now add in the coconut and dry fruits. Bring it to dropping consistency, by adding milk(room temperature) if needed. Pour into the prepared pan, sprinkle the sesame seeds and bake for 50 mins to 1 hour. Check in intervals, once the toothpick/knife comes out clean its done. Let it cool and then cut. Voila enjoy with your preferred hot cuppa!!!