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For me, earlier baking meant only all-purpose flour and refined sugar bakes. Now I know baking is such a wide term and cakes can be healthy too. A cake baked from healthy ingredients is going to be guilt-free indulgence just like this egg-less millet and sesame seed cake.
I have used millet flour, jaggery, sesame seed and home-made ghee in this cake. For additional flavor and to make it more interesting for kids, I have added pomegranate syrup as well.
Millet flour, jaggery, sesame seeds, pomegranate are iron-rich ingredients. Hence, this cake is a good one if you are looking for iron-rich recipe.
So without any delay here is the list of ingredients I have used in millet and sesame seed cake.
- Millet (bajra) flour: 1 cup
- Whole wheat flour: 1/3 cup
- Jaggery: ¾ cup
- Ghee (clarified butter): 2/3 cup
- Milk: ¾ cup
- Almond extract: ½ tsp
- Black sesame (kala til) seeds: 2 tbsp
- Baking powder: ¼ tsp
- Baking soda: ¼ tsp
- Dry roast sesame seeds on low heat for a minute and crush it coarsely.
- Take both the flours, add baking powder, baking soda and sieve three times.
- Take grated jaggery, melted ghee, almond extract in a bowl. With the help of electric beater beat it for 5 minutes, and you will get a liquid with smooth consistency.
- Add sieved flour into this mixture and make a quick whisk by beater.
- Add warm milk in it to get pouring consistency of batter.
- Add crushed sesame seeds and gently fold it in batter.
- Pour this batter into a greased tin and bake it in pre-heat oven at 180° C for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, check by inserting a toothpick in center. If the toothpick comes clean it means cake is cooked or else cook for another 10 minutes at 160° C.
Wait for 15 minutes before you invert cake on wire rack for further cooling. Attempting to unmould in hurry can break the cake.
This cakes tastes good all by itself but combination of pomegranate syrup made this humble millet cake a bit glamorous. After all who doesn’t like a bit of glamour in life. 🙂
Ingredients for pomegranate syrup:
- Pomegranate juice: ½ cup
- Sugar: ½ cup
- Water: ¼ cup
Add all the ingredients in a heavy bottom vessel and keep on a medium flame. Reduce the liquid to half. It will take roughly 20 minutes.
I had kept syrup for boiling while I was baking cake kept an eye on both.
If you bake cake regularly you will notice difference in texture of this cake as compared to refined flour cake. Millet flour gives it a slight airy feel.
Add small amount of pomegranate syrup once the cake has cooled. You can even add syrup just before serving.
This cake stays good in refrigerator for 3-4 days. Meanwhile, if you are looking for other options in healthy cakes, you can also have a look at cottage cheese muffins and egg-less banana and walnut muffins.
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