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Spicy semolina loaf with vegetables

 

Steaming hot! spicy and fresh! Just out of the oven!! What’s stopping you from making it right now? Go on then! Get your apron on and start baking…

A beautiful looking and a gorgeous recipe made primarily out of semolina, vegetables and yoghurt. Well, sort of like semolina ‘upma’ but yet very different and before you move away from this page, let me shout out aloud, that this is a very, very forgiving recipe…So, without further ado, lets walk towards your kitchen.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup (around 160 grams) semolina /sooji
  • 3/4 cup chopped beans
  • 1/4 cup peas
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup grated zucchini/courgette (all excess water, squeezed out)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 heaped teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 green chilli chopped
  • 3 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • some curry leaves
  • 1 dry red chilli (optional – if you like it fiery, go for it!)
  • 1/4 tsp of sugar (doesn’t make it sweet, don’t worry – just further adds to the flavour)
  • 3/4 cup thick yogurt or simply greek yoghurt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon soda bicarbonate or 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-2 teaspoon white sesame seeds
  • Salt as per your taste

PROCEDURE

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degree C. Oil the sides and base of an standard size loaf tin, or core it with parchment paper. In fact, even easier work with a silicone dish, and it will take the ‘sticking fear’ out of baking
  • You can use the vegetables recommended (beans, peas, zucchini/courgette and carrot) or feel free to use any other vegetables, just ensuring that it does not increase the moisture level in the bake
  • Mix together semolina ,vegetables, ginger, spices and salt
  • Add yogurt and water and mix to make a thick batter. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Keep aside
  • Separately, heat oil in a small pan and throw in mustard seeds. When they start to crackle, add the curry leaves and leave it on the heat for about 5 – 10 seconds, for the oil to absorb the flavours
  • Stir this oil mixture (also referred to as tempering) in to the batter
  • Now stir in the soda bicarbonate and mix well. (Do this only when you are ready to bake or else…)
  • Pour the batter very, very quickly into the prepared loaf tin. Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top of the cake batter
  • Bake in the preheated oven for about 35-40 minutes or till a tooth pick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean

Let it cool in the tin and then take it out on a wire rack to cool (to avoid a soggy bottom!). Once, it is at room temperature, enjoy with a cup of chai. Thank you Anjum Anand and Coloredgrain for the inspiration. So, what do you think?

Shilpa xx