Sometime in January, I attended Ayurvedic Cooking Class. One of my takeaways from the course was beet-pumpkin gravy. I loved the texture as well as the color it renders to any gravy dish. However, it did not go down well with my Darling Husband and Daughter Delight. I had one bowl of this Beet and Pumpkin puree with me, and I am not the kind who wastes food.
Used the puree to make a colorful beet-pumkin cake. It tasted good and my Family loved it.
I involve my Daughter Delight whenever I bake a cake. I could say we bond very well over baking and she enjoys the process too. Its very therapeutic though it gets a bit messy when you work with children. Here is the recipe for the same.
- Wheat flour ( I use whole wheat flour, I get it pounded ) – 1.5 cup
- Curd (freshly prepared ) – 1/2 cup ( I warm 1 cup milk and to this I add a 1 tbsp sour curd. I leave it for 20 minutes for it to curdle.)
- Oil – 1/3 cup
- Lemon juice – 1 tsp
- Beet-pumpkin puree ( both the vegetables were steamed and pureed using the hand electric blender, I wanted to taste pumpkin bits) – 1 cup
- Soda powder – 1/2 tsp
- Baking powder – 1 tsp
- Salt – a inch
- Vanilla extract – 1 tsp
- Sugar ( I used brown sugar Organic Tatva) – 1/2 cup
*You can always cut down on the sugar if the beet-pumpkin puree is very sweet. The natural sugar is always better.
Sieve wheat flour with salt, soda and baking powder for a couple of times. Prepare the baking tin by greasing it with oil and wheat flour. ( I used a round tin. ) In a mixing bowl, add the curd, sugar and lemon juice and mix well till the sugar dissolves.
Now add the beet-pumpkin puree and mix well, you get a wonderful deep raspberry color. I used a hand whisk because my daughter was the one who was mixing it. At this point taste the mixture, for sweetness. Add some more sugar if you want to.
Add oil, vanilla extract and mix well. Once the mixture is well blended, slowly fold in the wheat flour little by little. Here use a spatula to fold in the mixture.
Add a bit of milk , if the mixture is thick.
I had pre-heated the oven at 120 degree centigrade and baked the mixture for 50 minutes.
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