Almond Cake ( Desert Recipe )

Serves : 10
Preparation time : 25 min plus 1 hr cooling

Ingredients :

225gm Butter softened(plus extra for greasing)
55gms semi sweet chocolate, broken into pieces
1tbsp Strong Coffee
1 ½ cup Maida (Self raising flour / refined flour)
1tsp Baking powder
1 cup golden superfine sugar
4 eggs, beaten
½ cup ground almonds
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence

Method :

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fah/180 Deg Fah. Grease a 1.7 lit ring mould. Place the chocolate and coffee in a heat proof bowl and set over a pan of gently simmering water until the chocolate has melted. Stir until smooth & let cool. Sift the flour and baking powder into separate bowl.

2.Add the butter , sugar, eggs, ground almonds and milk. Beat together thoroughly until smooth.

3.Transfer one half of the cake batter to another bowl and stir in the vanilla extract. Stir the melted chocolate into the other half of the cake batter. Place spoonfuls of the 2 cake batters alternately into the prepared mould, then drag a toothpick through to create a marbled effect. Level the top. Bake in the oven for 50-60 min or until well risen and tip of a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Let stand in the pan for 5 min, then turn out into a wire rack to cool completely.

4.To make the frosting, place the chocolate, butter and water in a heatproof bowl and set over a pan of simmering water until melted. Stir until smooth, then pour over the cake, working quickly to coat the top and sides. Let set before serving .

5.Serving with chocolate toping is optional. Since I find them very filling, I prefer without them.

6.Another variation is if you don’t have ring mould, 9 inch deep round cake pan.

Karai Kozhambu ( Tamil Masala Gravy )

A slight drizzle is all that requires to make this recipe.It  has been raining since yesterday and I had set my dinner menu. Kara Kozhambu  was accompanied with Udal dal Kootu , Omellette and Applam.I plan to post on the Kootu preparation soon. This is a typical spicy and tangy recipe out the books of my Mom's recipes. I haven't seen the slightest variations in flavour even when she makes it now ! However, The same does not apply to me who likes to experiment in kitchen, so I do change the proportion of ingredients at times... However this one is original. I will share other ways you can just do some variations later.If you have your masalas prepared its probably a time saver to make it. I have also shared my  the Kara Kozhambu Masala we use at home.I make and store them in pouches for 6-8 months in fridge. Infact I make all the other common masalas like Sambar, Mutton , Rasam in advance and store them. Storing in  fridge saves the flavour !

Lets look at what takes it to make a Kara Kozhambu !

Ingredients :
Tamarind - 1 lemon sized ,soaked in 1 cup water
Onion - 1 (fine chopped)
Tomato - 2 (fine chopped)
Curry Leaves - for sauting
Garlic- 100 gm ( peeled)
Small Brinjal - 250 gms
Kara Kozhambu masala - 3 tsp ( for moderate spice)
Oil - Til oil (I prefer sesame oil)

1.Heat Oil in a pan ( oil should be a little more than what we generally use for gravies)

2.Add mustard and methi seeds. Allow to splutter.

3. Add peeled garlic pods to it and fry well.

4.Add onion to this and cook for sometime, add tomato, curry leaves. Allow to cook. Add Brinjal and cook till the brinjal is almost done.

5.Add the tamarind water to this gravy with turmeric powder and Karai Kozhambu Masala.

6. Cover and allow to cook till brinjal is all done.

7. Remove from fire and add 2 tsp of gingelly oil to the gravy.

8. Serve hot with steam rice and Applam(Pappad).

Related Links : KaraiKozhambu Masala

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