20 May 2011

Mango Paneer Cake or how we make the HOT summers bearable

So how have you been? It's been quite hot in my neck of the woods, so I have nearly giving up on cooking and also, my outdoor runs. Any sliver of training that was falling in place for the marathon next year has been abandoned until the weather gods turn kinder or until I move to cooler climes. Oh yes, a move is in the offing. I started this food blog when I was in Bombay, then we moved to Hyderabad in November 2008 and it's time to move again. This time, hopefully a permanent move, to Bangalore.

I'm looking forward to this move, more than anything else for the vegetables I will be growing in our terrace garden, the beautiful kitchen with a space for a table where I can chop vegetables, drink tea (or wine, depending on time of the day) and write while looking out from the kitchen window and of course a *big* oven in which lots of baking will happen. I am also happy to report that I have rounded up some enthusiastic food bloggers in the vicinity of my new home and we are going to have some fun food times together. Nandini, Archana, Monika, I hope you girls are gearing up!

Ooh and as some of my friends are teasing me, I am now a "posh girl" after Roshni Bajaj featured me in her story on The Food Network in the Vogue magazine (May 2011) along with friend Madhu Menon. Check the PDF version of the story here (Page 1 and Page 2).

Getting back to the recipe I want to share with you today, it is a seasonal modification of the paneer cake that I blogged about sometime ago, a recipe I found in an old-fashioned cookbook while browsing through a little bookshop in Pondicherry. If you are a mango lover (like a certain Ms. Katrina Kaif, in the literal sense), you can add mango to any dish, be it rice, dal, veggies, brownies, cake and you'll be sure to love it. I'm not crazy for mangoes, in the sense that I wont feel lost at sea if I do not eat mangoes every single day of the mango season. Believe me when I tell you, I know people like that. They cannot go one day without eating a mango or half a dozen of them when they are in season. But yes, I do love the flavour boost a ripe, fragrant mango adds to simple dishes and takes them to another level. So here is the recipe for you. I do hope you get access to beautiful, ripe mangoes wherever you are and when you are tired of eating them as it is, use one of them to make this simple cake.

Mango Coconut Paneer Cake
Low-fat teatime treat
Printable Version of recipe here

This is a variation of the Paneer Cake, using the mangoes that are in season.

Grease three 450 ml aluminium foil tins or an 8-9” round tin.
Preheat oven at 180C.

Grind to a puree
-pieces from one large mango
-½ cup paneer or than from ½ L milk.
-¾ cup sugar
Remove to a large bowl. Whisk in in ¼ cup oil, 2 tbsp vinegar and ½ cup whey water.
Add ½ tsp mango essence or vanilla extract

In a large bowl, sift 1 cup all purpose flour, ½ cup whole wheat flour (atta), 1 tsp baking powder, ½ tsp baking soda and pinch of salt. Mix in ¼ cup dessicated coconut with a fork.

Add the dry ingredients to the wet. 
Add handful of pumpkin seeds or flaked almonds, a few spoons of colourful tutti-frutti and mix until combined. 

Thin with some reserved whey water if batter is too thick.
Divide batter into the three foil tins or one round tin.
Sprinkle some coconut flakes on the top.
Bake at 180C for 20-40 minutes (20 for the smaller foil tins and 40-45 mins for single large tin) until a tester comes out clean.
Serve warm with honey or marmalade if you want it sweeter. It is a very flavourful cake but low on sugar, perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee.


Apu said...

Congrats on being featured!! The cake looks fab!!

Saee Koranne-Khandekar said...

What a lovely cake! I like the crumb--very unusual of eggless cakes. Bookmarked!

Suparna said...

congrats!! well deserved!!
The cake looks moist and devourable!!

Kamini said...

You are indeed posh!! Congratulations!
And good luck on your move - it looks like you have a lot to look forward to.

Jayashree said...

You are moving to Bangalore? Do get in touch once you are here.....would love to meet you.

Nags said...

how did i miss this? paneer in cake! must try, for sure!

Chitra said...

wow that's gr8 Congrats for being featured...

ur paneer mango cake is so unique recipe..

M@nju's said...

Hi! the cake looks lovely :)
Can you tell me how to modify the settings if i want to make this in a microwave??

Miri said...

Congratulations on the article! And best wishes on your move- I can see that in your mind, you have already moved :-)

Rinku Naveen said...

Interesting combo! Would love to try it..

Saraswathi Iyer said...

Looks delicious and tempting. will try soon nandita.

Charishma said...

looks yumm,love mango
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Manju said...

Nandita - its been a long time since i came here, was here looking for thalagam recipe :D paneer in a cake? Now, I must definitely try that! And congratulations on the feature :)

? said...

Bookmarked this recipe! I got to enjoy the mangoes in India this time! :-)

utbtkids said...

Awesome cake!! I dared to try it without a oven. Started off baking the cake in electric rice cooker. Gave up and finished cooking it in pressure cooker. The taste was very nice and if I hadn't experimented and baked it in an oven it would have been even more awesome. Thanks for the recipe.

VS said...

Congrats! Paneer in cake? Interesting. Have bookmarked this post.

rahul said...

Its a lovely combination of paneer and mango.
And mango is the king of fruit and every indian love to eat mango so its very nice cake with mango flavor I love it .

Preeti said...

Hi Nandita... I made this cake yesterday... followed your measurements to the T but even after baking for 45 minutes, the tester did not come out clean. The cake sank, although the top had a lovely brown color... so I thought it hadnt cooked enough and covered the top with foil and increased the time to another 10 minutes. But even after that, the cake didnt cook. After taking it out of the oven, cooled it and when I cut it, the entire inside was still raw :-( I am so disappointed. Is there any way I can rectify the cake? Can you tell me what you think I did wrong? THis is the first time this has happened to me :-( boo hoo....

Jamie said...

Wow, congratulations on the feature! How exciting is that? And I have been dreaming of another move but we haven't decided yet. But one thing is for sure, the next place we live will have a garden (for herbs and veg) and a huge kitchen! Good luck on your exciting move! Love the idea of paneer in a cake. I'll bet that makes it moist and flavorful. I am not a fan of mango (I know...) but love fruit in a simple cake like this, too. Great recipe!

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