To get back on track after vacation is one of the toughest task. Although, me and hubby back to office and kids back to school, it takes atleast a week's time to overcome vacation hangover and get back to routine with million things, especially my cooking.
Now with "S" bday around, how can I sit back and laze around. Decided to enter my cooking mode as soon as possible and that led to browsing through my recipe books and bookmarks in search of a recipe to prepare something special for him on his special day. I got charged up as I came across the video bookmarked for later viewing. This video from Anjum Anand with BBC cookery show 'Indian Food made Easy' demonstrated the recipe of "Savoury Semolina Cake". The cake though savoury, I knew it was the perfect treat I could make for the bday boy. Many food bloggers had attempted her recipe which is very easy with use of easily available ingredients and involves simple process of mixing. The best part being the recipe is eggless and is healthy with lots of vegetables and no butter at all. I was damn sure, baking this recipe was the instant cure to my post vacation blues and went ahead to try it. Served the cake slices with hot tea and I am glad that though an unusual way, I could prepare this savoury treat in time to celebrate the occasion at home. We relished having the slices with hot tea and kids with flavoured milk.
The below recipe has been adapted from Anjum Anand video, here and here.
1 cup sooji/ semolina [ I have used the ready to use roasted ones]
1 cup yogurt [fresh and whisked]
1/2 - 3/4 cup water
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp sesame seeds
1 1/2 cup vegetables [ I have used green peas, carrot, brocolli, capscium, baby corn, beans]
1 medium sized onion
1 tbsp ginger
1 tsp red chili flakes [ you can also use finely chopped green chilies or red chili powder]
1/4 tsp of asafoetida
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp mustard seeds
1 sprig of curry leaves
2 tbsp of finely chopped coriander leaves
1 tbsp of finely chopped mint leaves
1-2 tbsp broken cashew nuts, slightly roasted