Eggless Jaggery and Sesame Cake

I have been wanting to take another shot at another eggless cake for a while now.      My housekeeper is a pure vegetarian, and whenever I bake, she takes stuff back home for her kids (they eat eggs and meat) but she never gets to eat some herself. So I was looking for a simple recipe that would give me a chance to share some cake with with her.

Then I discovered Poornima and her delicious blog, and found the most wonderful eggless cake recipe. What’s better, it called for wheat flour and jaggery! Jaggery is kind of like molasses, except that it is lighter brown, rather golden syrupy in colour. Basically, sugarcane juice is boiled down for hours and hours till you get a viscous liquid and when this hardens, you get jaggery. (Source.) Jaggery is used widely in Indian cuisine, and in Kerala, where I come from, it is used to make all kinds of sweets and payasam. I’ll put up a detailed post on payasam later. Rather strapped for time now.

Anyway, I tweaked the recipe by adding some black sesame seeds to it…Ellunda or jaggery-sesame balls, which are eaten in every corner of Kerala, taste pretty great, so I figured that the combo would work in cake too. Lemon and poppy seed in the West, jaggery and sesame in Kerala!

The wheat flour and jaggery lent quite a nice colour to it. Just look at how gluteny the batter looks!! (If you are on a gluten-free diet, please run.)

EGGLESS SESAME AND JAGGERY CAKE (Adapted From Poornima’s Tasty Treats.)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup wheat flour ( I used Ashirwad atta)
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup black sesame seeds
  • 1 cup jaggery, grated
  • 1 cup milk (I used lukewarm milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 180 C and grease a baking dish or loaf pan and keep aside.
  • Sieve together the wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl.
  • Add in the black sesame seeds and swish them around.
  • Add the grated jaggery and mix gently.
  • Add the milk, oil and vanilla extract and mix well with a spatula or wooden spoon.
  • Pour batter into a greased baking dish or loaf pan and bake for 30-40 minutes at 180 C or until a toothpick or knife inserted comes out clean.

I was skeptical because the last time I tried something eggless it was less than perfect, but this cake was a winner. My husband ate one-fourth of the loaf as soon as he got back from work and he is  not too big on sweet stuff.

It’s got a great consistency- not too crumbly, not too chewy, a little sticky…and the colour!! Oh it is beautiful. It’s because of the jaggery no doubt. And the sesame seeds just make it more fun!

So now I am off to celebrate my son’s first birthday. When he turns 2, I will be seeking the advice of Ameena, who sure knows how to throw a phancy birthday party.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

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