Egg-less Ragi Flour Orange Cake

Most of us look for ways to make food more nutritious and healthy. Cakes are liked by all and it’s an easy way to incorporate some multigrain flours. Multigrain flours like ragi, bajra definitely make cakes healthy compared to refined flour (maida).

However, initially I was quite skeptical how multigrain flour will taste in baked items, but trust me they add amazing texture and taste to cake and cookies. Egg-less millet and sesame seed cake that I shared here few days back was appreciated and liked by many of Bhailis.

So, here I’m sharing nutritious ragi orange cake. Ragi is also called nachni and is called Finger-millet in English.

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Health benefits of Ragi

Ragi is a whole grain that is gluten-free and a staple in South India. This wonder grain is full of iron, calcium and other minerals. That’s why this grain must be included in diets of individuals with iron and calcium deficiency.

Additionally it’s rich in fiber and fiber-rich grains are always good for heart. It also helps in weight-loss. The more overweight a person is more likely chance to develop heart diseases. So even a slight reduction in weight can reduce risk of heart diseases.

Is Ragi flour good for Diabetics?

Of-course yes! The low glycemic index (GI) of ragi controls blood glucose levels. A low GI indicates that the food is slowly absorbed, preventing the spike in insulin level. Hence consumption of ragi flour is suitable for diabetics.

The more overweight a person is the more likely he/she is to develop heart diseases. So even a slight reduction in weight can reduce risk of heart diseases.

Also, when Vitamin C is combine with ragi it helps in better absorption of iron in body. Hence I have used fresh orange juice in this nutritious ragi cake. Have served this rich cake with orange marmalade.

healthy-ragi-cakeI would like to add I’m no medical expert, and these are some healthy tips that I have learned over the period of time. The golden rule is, anything in excess is harmful while moderation is always beneficial. Coming back to my healthy ragi cake. 🙂

Ingredients for ragi orange cake:

  1. Ragi flour: 1 cup
  2. Whole wheat flour: 1/3 cup
  3. Fresh malai: 2/3 cup
  4. Orange juice: ¾ cup
  5. Coco powder: 2 tbsp
  6. Palm sugar: 2/3 cup
  7. Orange extract: ¼ tsp
  8. Baking powder: ¼ tsp
  9. Baking soda: ¼ tsp
  10. Orange zest: ¼ tsp

Procedure

  • Bring together both the flours, baking powder and soda, coco powder and sieve thrice.
  • Extracting juice from two medium size orange it will give you ¾ cup juice.
  • In a bowl add malai, orange extract, palm sugar and beat for 2 minutes.
  • Add dry ingredient in bowl and give a quick blend with beater.
  • Pour orange juice, orange zest and using spatula fold in to get smooth consistency batter.
  • Pre-heat the oven at 180° Celsius. Grease and line the baking tray.
  • Pour the batter in mould and bake for 35 minutes at 180° Celsius. After 35 minutes continue baking for further 10 minutes at 160° Celsius.
  • Check by inserting toothpick at the center of cake. If toothpick comes out clean, cake is baked and allow it to cool. If the toothpick gets sticky, it means cake requires further baking.
  • Allow cake to cool in the tin for 10-15 minutes and then transfer it on cooling rack for further cooling. Slice the cake once it has cooled completely.

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If you are looking for healthy recipes you will surely like egg-less cottage cheese muffins and Egg-less banana walnut muffins. Egg-less banana oats pancake makes a easy and healthy lunchbox recipe.

P.S: Instead of malai you can very well use ghee (clarified butter), butter or oil of your choice.

I have used fresh orange juice, however packed juice can be used as well. Make sure all ingredients used are at room temperature.

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Egg-less Millet and Sesame Seed Cake

This Bhaili blog has opened a whole new window for me. I started writing on my blog to share what all I was doing, and eventually it also became a medium to see what amazing things others are doing too.

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.

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Process:

  • 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. 🙂

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Ingredients for pomegranate syrup:

  • Pomegranate juice: ½ cup
  • Sugar: ½ cup
  • Water: ¼ cup

Process

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.

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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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