A healthy indulgence

A healthy indulgence

I developed a passion for cooking only after marriage. Though I can’t clearly remember the dish that I had first made, I can vaguely recall that it was some potato gravy with rice.

Hailing from Punjab, I enjoy cooking anything that is authentically Punjabi. For many, cooking is a stressbuster and the same holds true for me too. When you are cooking, your entire focus is on making that particular dish as tasty as possible and giving it your best shot, even if you are just making a simple ‘dal’ or ‘sabji’. As you get engrossed in the process, you tend to forget everything else and I find this process relaxing.

 Nowadays, a number of cookery shows have come up on television and they really help one learn. I particularly like watching Sanjeev Kapoor’s ‘Khana Khazana’ as it has helped me learn more dishes.  I also enjoy watching shows like ‘MasterChef’ and feel that they give a platform to those who are passionate about cooking.

I like to experiment as much as possible with my cooking and come out different variations of the same recipe. My family and friends relish the ‘rajma chawal’ and ‘chole’ that I make.

Of late, I have developed a love for baking. Though it started slowly, it soon it turned into something that I loved spending all my free time on. Now, it has become a passion and I can’t get enough of it. It has been a year and a half since I started baking and I want to learn as many techniques of baking and various types of cakes. I would love to open a store of my own in future someday.

At times when I am stressed out, baking a simple cake or a few cookies helps me relax. I just love the entire process — from making the batter to seeing the cake rise and giving the finishing touches.

As someone who believes that healthy eating is the key to a healthy life, I am into healthy baking. The main ingredients that I use for the cakes are ‘ragi’ and whole wheat flour.

The recipe that I am sharing is that of ‘whole wheat chocolate cake’, which is healthy and not very sweet. A cake like this can even be consumed by the diabetic as the sugar content is minimal and the wheat provides a lot of fibre.

Whole wheat chocolate cake

Preparation time:
30 minutes

Ingredients
n Whole wheat flour (‘atta’)- 1 cup
n Sugar - 1 cup
n Refined oil - 1 cup
n Milk - 1 3/4 cup
n Coffee powder -
Half teaspoon
n Cocoa powder- 2 teaspoons
n Baking powder- 1 teaspoon
n Walnuts - a handful
n Chocolate vermicelli

Method:

Pre-heat the oven at 180 degree celsius for 15 minutes. Grease a seven-inch pan and keep it aside. Sieve together all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add oil and milk and beat with a beater until everything is perfectly mixed. Now add the walnuts and stir with a spatula. Put the batter into the baking pan and top it with walnuts and chocolate vermicilli.

Tip:
Always line your tin with butter paper. If you see the top getting more brown reduce the temperature and then bake. 

Anukampa Bhasin (As told to Surupasree  Sarmmah)

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