GAJAR KA HALWA CAKE – INDIAN CARROT CAKE -INDIAN FUSION CAKE

Technically, summer is here, and no was ready to eat the leftover gajar ka halwa, and well I brainstormed and layered it with a cake!
This Indian fusion cake is incredibly moist with soft crumbs, layered with an Indian sweet inspired melt in your mouth cream and then topped with a classic Indian dessert – Gajar ka Halwa.

I had already made a fusion cake in the past – MOTICHOOR CAKE (INFUSED WITH ROSE FLAVOUR ), EGGLESS CHOCO RASMALAI CAKE,

If you are a fan of Indian sweets or desserts then this Gajar Halwa Cake is a must try. Here is how to make Indian carrot cake from scratch:

INSTRUCTIONS:

INGREDIENTS:
For the Cake Base

  • 1.5 cups All purpose Flour/Maida
  • 1.5 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Milk
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Rabdi Essence 

Sugar Syrup

  • 3 tbsp Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Hot Water

Gajar Ka Halwa

  • 200 gms Gajar halwa
  • 2 tbsp chopped salted pistachios
  • 2 cup Whipped Cream Filling and Frosting
  • 1/4 tsp Rabdi Essence

For Cake Decoration

  • Chocolate Ganache, Fresh Flowers,  Chocolate Spheres, Rose Petals and Crushed Pistachios

INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1 – For the Cake Base

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients – Flour, Baking powder, Baking Soda, Salt and keep aside
  2. Mix sugar and milk in a bowl until homogenous. Whisking continuously add the oil to help it emulsify. Next, add the yogurt and essence and combine together.wp-16138980004938558957085137890335.jpg
  3. Add the sifted dry ingredients into the wet in two batches. Combine to form a smooth batter
  4. Divide the batter evenly between three 6 inch pans that have been greased with butter and lined with parchment paper. Approximately 275 gms in each tin.wp-1613898001193608997646282241255.jpg
  5. Bake in a preheated oven of 180°C for 35-45 mins or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  6. After 5 mins, invert the cake pans to release the cake. Remove the parchment paper and allow it to cool completely.

Step 2 – Sugar Syrup

  1. Mix the sugar in the hot water until completely dissolved.
  2. Set aside to cool completely.

Step 3: Whipped Cream for filling and frosting

  1. Add the whipping cream, and rabdi essence in a mixing bowl And set aside.

Step 4: Gajar Ka Halwa

  1. I have a detailed post on how to make gajar ka halwa .Gajar (Carrot) Ka Halwa You can refer that or simply use your mom’s recipe or you can also choose to buy from the market.
  2. You would need 200 gms of halwa for filling and 25 gms for filling the chocolate spheres if you are following my way of decorating the cake.

Step 5 : To Assemble

  1. Start by trimming the top caramelised portion of the cake even if you get flat tops.
  2. Soak the cake with prepared sugar syrup
  3. Add 1/3 of the whipped cream filling and spread to an even layer
  4. 100 gms of gajar halwa goes next. Spread it out too.
  5. A layer of chopped salted pistachios
  6. Then comes the middle cake layer.
  7. Repeat the steps till you reach the very top – sugar syrup, whipped cream, 100 gms halwa, chopped pistachio and the final (third) cake layer.
  8. Crumb coat the cake with the remaining whipped cream to get the rustic look.
  9. Finally pour ganache over it and decorate with white chocolate flakes and bowl and gajar ka halwa .

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NOTES:

  • Allow the cake, sugar syrup, gajar halwa to cool completely before assembling the cake.
  • Soaking the cake with sugar syrup keeps it moist for 3 days. At the same time, do not soak too much or else the cake would become wet rather than moist.
  • Salted pistachio cuts down the sweetness of the cake.
     

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EGGLESS RABRI FLAVOUR FLOWER COOKIES

Simple and easy to make, eggless  cookies shine with the flavor of Rabri.
These cookies are light and airy, with a slight crispiness in the texture. They go so well as an afternoon snack or a with a cup of coffee. An effortless recipe which can be ready in just 30 min 
For these cookies here, I used rabri essence and well the result was amazing, so yes I do believe fusion is fantastic.

I used https://www.uniwraps.com/ Ecobake parchment paper is ideal for multiple uses in cooking and baking making the process simpler,convenient& hassel free.It is better than other parchment papers as they are reusable multiple times & are biodegradable.

you can also try my RED VELVET COOKIES, COCONUT AND CARDAMOM WHOLEWHEAT COOKIES, EGGLESS DRYFRUIT RASMALAI COOKIES,

CHOCOLATE COOKIES (eggless slice and bake cookies), ,WHOLE WHEAT HEARTY NICE BISCUITS(Hearty whole wheat flour cookies),EGGLESS FRUIT COOKIES (TUTTI FRUTTI COOKIES )

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 and 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup mix dry fruit powder
  • 1/2 cup room temperature butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1-2 tbsp of room temperature milk ( if required )
  • 2 tsp Rabri essence

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Whisk room temperature butter and powedered sugar together until smooth and creamy ( about 2 minutes )
  2. Add Rabri  essence and give it a mix.wp-16143588961421494519301861221410.jpg
  3. Sift dry ingredients into the mixture.
  4. Make a soft dough. If required, add a tbsp of milk ( I did not have to ).
  5. Wrap the dough in a cling foil and refrigerate for about an hour. You can avoid this refrigeration time and directly make the cookies too. I
  6. used a cookie stamp, so I refrigerated for a more stiffer dough for easy impression.wp-16143588959782584693579130104565.jpg
  7. Divide the dough into equal parts.
  8. roll the dough and and cut them using a cookie cutter.(I used my fondant cutter here for making flower shape )
  9. bake at 350F / 160C for 15-18 minutes.
  10. Or, you can also roll the dough and cut them using a cookie cutter.I used my fondant cutter for flower shape.wp-16143588963533873128044596039155.jpg   
  11. Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes on a cooling rack before enjoying. They will crisp up as they cool down.
  12. I dipped them in some melted chocolate and garnished with chopped almonds.

    NOTES:
  • If you want make chocolate cookies, add 2 tsp of cocoa powder and a tbsp of milk and make the dough.
  •  You can add flavorings of your choice, like orange zest, chai masala or cardamom
  • Chilling the dough is optional unless the weather is hot
  • These cookies wont spread much so make them into the desired shapes you want.
     

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ZARDA PULAO/MEETHE CHAWAL/KESARIYA BHAAT

Happy Basant Panchami
Vasant or Basant Panchami is a festival that marks the beginning of preparations for the king of all seasons, Spring.

For many Hindus, Vasant Panchami is the festival dedicated to goddess Saraswati who is their goddess of knowledge, language, music and all arts. She symbolizes creative energy and power in all its forms.

There is a significance of wearing yellow, and eating yellow food on Basant Panchami as it is goddess Saraswati’s favorite color. So presenting to you here is my aunt Kalpana bhandari’s recipe, she is an amazing cook and I have learnt so many dishes from her.

And well, basant panchami is also my birthday according to hindu calendar, so a celebration to that and meethe chawal are a must!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp desi ghee
  • Soaked saffron strands in 1 tbsp luke warm milk
  • A pinch of yellow saffron food colour
  • 1 tbsp sliced almonds
  • 1 tbsp sliced cashews
  • 1 tbsp raisins
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cloves

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Gently wash the rice and soak in water for 1 hour. Strain and keep aside.
  2. Heat 4-5 cups water in a pan.add 2,3 drops of food colour .wp-16134761414904167583208312694153.jpg
  3. When it comes to a boil, add the soaked rice.
  4. Cook till the rice is done. Strain in a sieve and mix a tsp of ghee in the rice and keep aside.
  5. Heat the  ghee in a pan.
  6. Add almonds, cashew nuts, chironji and raisins and fry till golden brown. Add cardamom, black cardamom and cloves and fry for a few seconds.wp-1613476141711155524458960166036.jpg
  7. Add sugar and some soaked saffron water and  Simmer the heat and add the rice and mix gently. Add cardamom powder . Cover and cook on low heat for 10-12 minutes.
  8. Now cover and keep aside for 10 minutes and enjoy tasty and meethe chawal .

NOTES:

  • The rice doesn’t cook once sugar is added to it. So make sure the rice is cooked properly before adding sugar to it. But also make sure to not overcook the rice. It will result into a mushy Zarda Pulao.
  • You can also skip adding the yellow food color to Zarda and only stick to Saffron. In this case, soak the saffron over night in milk to get the bright yellow colour.
     

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HIDDEN HEART CAKE

I have wanted to make this cake for a long time now. I finally tried it out and the result was amazingg.

Hidden Heart Valentines  Cake shows your love in every slice; a heart in every serving! This Valentines cake is a surprise cake. It’s fun and will thrill your Valentines!

The best part about this cake is that, no one can tell there is something hidden inside the cake! The surprise on my husband’s face when I made him cut the cake, was very satisfying for me! 

The only thing I did not like about this cake, was that, there is too much of wastage! Almost half of the cake baked for the heart shape goes waste. You can choose to make cake pops or truffles of the leftover cake.

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Vanilla flavour

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HIDDEN HEART CAKE

For the red heart cake

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1½ cups All Purpose Flour or Maida
  • 1 cup curd or yoghurt
  • 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 cup vegetable Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C or 350 F. Line a muffin tray with cupcake liners or grease and flour well.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the curd and sugar until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the baking soda and baking powder. Let rest for 5 minutes while the mixtures bubbles up.
  4. Whisk in the oil and vanilla extract until smooth.
  5. Sift in the flour and whisk until smooth.
  6. Transfer the batter to the loaf pan and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. The cake is done when a tooth pick or skewer comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
  8. Once the cake is completely cool, cling wrap the cake and keep it in the refrigerator until we start the chocolate cake.
  9. Before starting the chocolate cake, remove the red cake from the refrigerator and slice the cake evenly. Take a heart mould and cut out hearts from each slice of the cake.

For the chocolate cake :

INGREDIENTS:

  • all purpose flour (maida)2 cup
  • 100 gm butter
  • Milk powder 1/2 cup+1/3 cup
  • Powdered sugar 1 Cup 
  • Coco powder 2 tblsp
  •  baking powder 1tsp
  •  Baking  soda 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tea spoon coffee powder (heaped)
  •   1 cup milk
  • 1/2  cup curd
  •  1/2 cup water
  •   1 tea spoon vanilla essence

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Mix flour with baking powder, soda, coffee and coco powder and sieve it thrice.
  2. Take a bowl, add soften butter and sugar, beat till light
  3. Now add milk powder and curd beat thoroughly. Add essence.
  4. Add Sieved flour (with baking powder and soda,coffee and coco) gradually with milk and water and fold the batter with the help of a spatula. Do not beat much at this point.
  5. Fill 1/4 of the greased loaf pan with the chocolate batter and tap well to even it out.
  6. . Now place the hearts next to each other. Pack them close. Leave a bit of gap at both corners for the chocolate batters to flow through and hide the hearts.
  7. After the hearts are placed, add the remaining chocolate batter over the hearts and around the hearts. Fill the pan, and tap gently so that the batter flows all around the hearts.
  8. Bake in the pre heated oven for 30-40  mins.
  9. The cake is done when a tooth pick or skewer comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then remove to a cooling rack.
  10. Frost the cake as you wish. You can use a thick ganache over the loaf. I used only a chocolate Ganache  to pour over the loaf cake.
     

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STRAWBERRY SHAHI TUKDA

Shahi tukda is one of the most popular Indian desserts.
It is a rich, royal Mughlai dessert of fried sugar syrup coated bread topped and soaked with fragrant creamy sweet thickened milk or rabri and garnished with dry fruits. My twist to this recipe-addition of strawberries, an innovative twist to the traditional Indian dish.
Thoda khatta, thoda meetha- best combo.

Recipe courtesy: Chef sanjeev kapoor

INGREDIENTS:

  • Strawberries 16-17
  • White Bread Slices cut into roundels 8
  • Oil /ghee to deep fry
  • Sugar 1 cup
  • Saffron (kesar) a pinch
  • Rose essence 1 teaspoon
  • Rabdi as required
  • For garnishing
  • Few pistachios

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat sufficient oil/ ghee  in a kadai and deep-fry bread roundels till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.
  2. Cook together sugar and 1½ cups water in a non-stick pan. Add saffron and allow the mixture to come to a boil.
  3. Roughly chop 11-12 strawberries and grind into a purée. Add the purée to the sugar syrup and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Switch off the heat. Add rose essence and mix well.
  4. Add the bread slices to the pan and allow to soak till they become soft.
  5. Finely slice the remaining strawberries.
  6. For each portion place a soaked bread slice on a serving plate. Arrange strawberry slices on it and place another bread slice on them. Arrange some more strawberry slices. Top it with some rabdi. Garnish with pistachios and serve.wp-16102110756615804907463964759992.jpg 

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STRAWBERRY MILK FUDGE

STRAWBERRY MILK FUDGE  is  a delicious and easy recipe that is made with few  Ingredients. It is a great way to enjoy strawberries in the season and eat your fudge too! You will surely bookmark it for later. This is one of those dishes which uses very few ingredients to create a beautiful piexe.It has that element of charisma in it.

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in this fudge . The amazing quality just enhanced the taste of the Fudge and made my innovation a success.

SOME STRAWBERRY  RECIPES FROM MY BLOG ARE –
Strawberry Recipe Collection from the BLOG STRAWBERRY SHEERA.  STRAWBERRY YOGHURT STRAWBERRY RABDI STRAWBERRY SHRIKHANDSTRAWBERRY SABUDANA KHEER /STRAWBERRY SAGO PEARLS PUDDING

INGREDIENTS:

  • Strawberry Pulp – 1 cup
  • Milk powder – 2 cups
  • Sugar – ½ cup
  • Elaichi / Cardamom powder – ¼ tsp
  • Almond flakes and crushed Pistachio for Garnish!

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take a heavy bottom hard anodized pan. Add Strawberry  pulp, Milk powder, Elaichi powder and sugar to it.
  2. Cook it on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes and stir often.
  3. Take it off the heat, once the Strawberry and milk mix leaves the sides and gathers in the middle.
  4. Take a 6 inches wide rectangular pyrex or any other brand glass container and line with parchment or butter paper.wp-16094110472286123580294230397419.jpg
  5. Spread the Strawberry milk mixture evenly in this container with a spoon.wp-16094110474063977404963807250497.jpg
  6. Sprinkle the top with some sliced almonds and pistachios along with a pinch of cardamom powder. Press the garnish down lightly on the surface of the fudge.
  7. Refrigerate it for 2-3 hrs.
  8. When ready to serve, take it out. Cut it out into 1×1 inch pieces with a sharp knife.
    Serve it chilled.wp-16094110466145229903032398272280.jpg

NOTES:

  • Keep it refrigerated since it is a soft fudge and serve it chilled. It will stay well for a week in the refrigerator.
  • You may add some dry fruits if you want .
 
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