Thursday, May 26, 2011

QUINOA CAKE STIX

I came across the term MAITRI ... When I was blog walking like always.. and was so excited to know a fun thing was going on.. I kept shooting emails left and right to Priya and Reshmi ... The hosts of the show... Then they replied , explaining the terms and conditions of the game.. 




Its actually a friendship chain where a person is matched with another to surprise them with a secret ingredient... and u get the fun of cooking and blogging about it.. isn't this exciting ?? Just another way to enjoy blogging.. Come join this chain with us..



I received a package from a very Dear Blogger Friend of mine - Sathya.. I was so anxious to open up only to be surprised with something gift wrapped in it.. A very beautiful gift.. Measuring Spoons.. That was really toughtful and sweet.. She has a wonderful space and do definitely visit her for wonderful recipes from her kitchen..and there was my mystery ingredient in a ziploc bag..quinoa seeds.. I could just guess it right away..




U believe me? NAH, I thought it was black sesame seeds and started browsing for recipes and even shortlisted some of them.. Then when I sat to email Sathya, to let her know I received the package and thank you n all, I also wanted to confirm if the ingredients is what I thought it is.. She replied with a smiley saying it is quinoa.. Then I silently replied her Thanks and was puzzled on what is quinoa.. Now I have to learn and cook quinoa.. Thanks to her , I am learning a brand new Ingredient..


When I started browsing for recipes , I was surprised by the fact that quinoa was commonly made and found and loads of recipes on them.. Am i the only one new to this Ingredient..? Well, not anymore..

Quinoa , is cooked more like rice.. Soaked for an hour and cooked with two portions of water.. When fully cooked it looked like Takamaria when soaked.. After some research on how to face quinoa.. I settled for a something close to a cake recipe.. Quinoa had a interesting texture and flavor, Slightly bitter in taste and so smooth when pureed.. Now , lets get baking..




Ingredients 


All Purpose Flour - 1 cup
Quinoa - 3/4 cup cooked
Baking Powder - 1 tbsp
Eggs - 4 no.
Banana - 2 no. [pureed]
Sugar - 1 cup
Fat Free Milk - 2 oz or 1/4 cup
Rose Essence - 2 drops


Pre Preparation
  • Soak quinoa for an hour and cook with double the portion of water.. 
  • Puree quinoa with little milk..
  • Puree banana with some milk..
Preparation
  • Beat eggs and Sugar for a minute or so.. fold in the flour , baking powder, banana puree and quinoa puree and milk one at a time.. beating the mixture smoothly..
  • Add drops of essence and blend in everything very well with no lumps.
  • Pre heat the oven for 350 degrees 
  • Grease the baking pan with cooking spray and pour in the mixture and bake for 30 mins..
  • Let it cool and turn it upside down to cut into pieces and serve with caramel sauce..
Tips & Tricks

1) Quinoa need to be soaked and rinsed thoroughly to remove the exterior skin.. to avoid a bitter taste..
2) Quinoa gives a bitter taste and flavor , so u need something to mask it, like a caramel sauce, essence or so..

47 comments:

Priya said...

After oats, quinoa is my fav grain,this healthy quinoa cake looks super delicious,amazing creation dear...

Madhura Manoj said...

Wow...Looks so soft & tempting.
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Rani acharyulu said...

Wav,so soft and spongy cake looks delicious.Wonderful idea of making healthy cake recipe.

Sadhana Valentina said...

Looks soft and delicious dear.

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Hi dear I could almost imagine your stony face when Sathya told you that it was quinoa :-) Enjoy your useful gifts by her. Cake looks spongy and obviously healthy too

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

sangee vijay said...

quinoa cake looks so good,soft n perfectly done...very healthy cake recipe..great job dear!!!

Nandini said...

Nice recipe...Very soft snack!

Laxmi said...

I have never tasted this. Looks delicious.

Reva said...

That is one healthy dish.. very nice writeup:) Loved it

SravsCulinaryConcepts said...

so soft and looks so wonderful and delicious !!

Marnely Rodriguez said...

Wow, I've never cooked with quinoa but will soon after this post!

Anjali Bapna Shukla said...

You are not the only one who didn't know about this grain... :)
I loved the healthy version of cake with it...a must try! :)

Prathima Shivraj said...

Delicious, soft & spongy cake, looks inviting.

Parsley Sage said...

I, too, am new to quinoa :) This looks like a great starter recipe! Thanks for sharing

Junia said...

i LOVE the idea of quinoa stixs! this is one of the most unique recipes i've come across using quinoa. usually people use it for salads or pilafs. most people use quinoa flakes for porridge or baking! LOVE this!!!

Suja said...

Healthy cake looks fabulous...soft and moist

Sunithi Selvaraj, RD said...

Will try this out .... seems like very healthy recipe .... one I would recommend Nutrient analysis for ;) Want to take me up on it ??

yummylittlecooks said...

I have never tasted this,and not even know what it is.Know I knew,you made it looks so soft and delicious.

Madhu said...

I have never tried anything with quinoa but cake looks awesome!

Prabhamani said...

Cake luks very soft da., nice presentation dear :)

Raji said...

Spongy, delicious, nutritious and interesting quinoa cake. Very unique recipe.

Sathya Sankar said...

Cake with quinoa sounds delicious! Hope you had fun cooking with it!

Saranya said...

Looks so soft and yummy cake..
Saranya
http://www.foodandtaste.blogspot.com/

Vimitha Anand said...

Looks so soft and moist... Yummy stix...

Sobha Shyam said...

Interesting recipe..cake looks delicious..very soft..

Food Glorious Food! said...

Quinoa... yummy! Love anything made from it!

Vardhini said...

Healthy quinoa .. looks good .. cakes sounds yummy too.

Vardhini
VardhinisKitchen

Deeksha said...

cake looks delicious! gr8 job done!

Aruna Manikandan said...

sounds interesting dear...
looks healthy and yummy :)

Mamatkamal said...

Thanks for leading me to your lovely blog! I don't know Quinoa but the cake looks delicious soft and moist! Have a great day!
Cheers

Ambreen said...

Healthy & yummy looking cake, so soft and moist!

Adelina said...

a nice surprise, I personally love quinoa- one of the few out there to give you a complete protein!

Quay Po Cooks said...

I have not tried quinoa cake before. Your quinoa cake looks moist and delicious. Got to give this a try some time. BTW, many thanks for your visit to my blog and take time to leave a comment. I appreciate your following and hope to see you around often.

Vegetarian Zest said...

A very interesting recipe. Thanks for visiting my place. You have an awesome space.

muppy said...

thats fantastic, I love quinoa :)

aipi said...

A great use of the wonder grain ~ nice work dear :)
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Krishnaveni said...

Wow, that looks amazing, thanks for visiting my blog

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Hi Jabeen, wow girl, great job with those cake stix. Very new recipe and I am glad that you were part of MAITRI and that through this you learnt a new ingredient :)

Priti said...

This looks yum ...thanks for visiting my space :)

1-2punch said...

What a treat, my son just came home from one of his yard jobs and told me of the lunch he had eaten, prepared with quinoa, now I will surprise him with this thanks!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

Yum!!! I love quinoa, these look great :-)

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I will definitely be back to yours!

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

Love Quinoa and black sesame seeds too!! j just ordered both in bulk!!

Get Skinny, Go Vegan. said...

I used to buy red quinoa but now they tripled the price on it!! I never see black quinoa!!!

Heather Iacobacci-Miller said...

I love to use quinoa in my veggie burgers or in lieu of rice. I've yet to try the black quinoa though

Daksha said...

Hi! I'm first time here u have lovely space too dear:).I have not tried quinoa cake before. ur quinoa cake looks nice and so moist and delicious. try some time. thanks for stooping my space and follow me. i will definitely be back ti urs.

MissCakeBaker said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I love quinoa so great to read about this cake.

ANU said...

my first time here....

awesome recipe..Love it! will surely try it.

Happy to follow you...

chk out my space too:
http://anuzhealthykitchen.blogspot.com

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