Friday, February 27, 2009

Cucumber cake

At my aai's place we call this Dondhas/tavsalli.Its made of a larger cucumber available in mumbai during the month of shrawan.Its made with jaggery but I sometimes substitute it with brown sugar.My aai made it in similar way but she would cook the rested batter for a while and then bake in a vessel with a hole at its center on the gas stove.This vessel acted like a oven and she always baked her cakes in it.Some steam the batter rather than bake,I prefer the second method.


2 cups grated cucumber
1 cup semolina/Cream of wheat/sooji
3/4 to 1 cup grated jaggery/brown sugar (adjust as per taste)
1/2 cup coconut milk
1/2 tsp cardamon powder
1tsp baking soda
1tbsp ghee
pinch of salt
Powder sugar for garnishing (optional)


Roast the semolina in ghee until aromatic.In big bowl add all the ingredients except baking soda,mix well.Break all the lumps and keep aside for an hour.Add in the soda mix and pour in a greased container.Bake in an preheated oven at 375Deg F for 20-25 mins or until you succeed in the toothpick test.Unmold and when warm garnish with powdered sugar and serve.

Note:You could also add nuts of your choice to the batter.

Best eaten when warm.


Asha said...

That is very unique kind of Cucumber bread, looks perfect! :)

Madhumathi said...

This is new to me..Love the cake..Its simple.. looks moist n yummy :)

Asha said...

Send this to AFAM Cucumber event, Ankita. I just saw event announcement, details on my side bar! :)

Madhu's cooking gallery said...

New to me ..looks delicious!

Cham said...

Very unique bread! Lovely idea.

Superchef said...

very new to me..cucumber in bread..but looks very moist, im sure its delicious! thanks for visiting me :)

Preety said...

wow such an interesting cake with unique ingredients combination..