Sunday, 5 August 2012

Tavsalli (Cucumber Cake )


       First of all I would like to wish all my blogger friends a :


                        "Very Happy Friendship day "






I would like to celebrate this day by sharing with all of you today's special sweet called ( Tavsalli )
Tavshe  is a type of  cucumber which makes its appearance in the markets during monsoons. This being the auspicious month of Shravana  many dishes are prepared using this cucumber like tavshe thalipit, tavshe idli, tavshe dosa etc. It is much larger than the usual cucumber and the skin also is dark green coloured.
It lends its own peculiar flavour to these dished but if you don't get it in your area , you can always use the normal cucumber. The taste will of course vary a little bit . One more unusual ingredient in this recipe is the use of Haldi paanna (fresh turmeric leaves). In the NKGSB community we normally observe a fast on every Shravani Sunday and each sunday a special sweet is prepared .




                                                   Tavshe (dark green skinned cucubers )


                                                                             
                                                      Haldi paanna ( Fresh Turmeric leaves )




Ingredients :


Very finely chopped tavshe (cucumber)- 1 big bowl
Semolina (rava )-1 big bowl
Grated fresh coconut - half bowl
jaggery - 3/4 the bowl
Fresh turmeric leaves (haldi paana) - 2 to 3
milk
cardamom powder - 2 tsp
cashews -optional
baking powder - 2 tsp
baking soda 1/4 tsp




Method :

Dry roast the rawa till it slight pinkish and gives out nice aroma, let it cool.


Mix the chopped cucumber with cut pieces of jaggery and coconut and keep aside for 1 hour.
See whether the jaggery has melted , crush the unmolten jaggery pieces by hand as they would have become softer by now.



                            Add rawa, cardamom powder, cashews and again keep for 1 hour.
                                       It the mixture has become too dry add little milk .




                   Line the cake container with turmeric leaves. this lends a beautiful flavour to the cake.
                                Add baking powder and baking soda to the mixture and mix well.




  Put the mixture in the container and bake in a pre heated over at 180 degrees for 45 to 50 minutes.






                                                 Insert a knife to see if the cake is baked.




                                    Invert the cake and remove the turmerice leaves.





                                        While serving add a tsp of ghee on the cake slice .
                                                              This enhances the taste.








 I am sending this entry to the event   know-your-natural-sweetness- jaggery    An event hosted by Archana from  tangyminds and  owned by Jagruti  from Jagruti's cooking odyssey






This entry is also off to the event    celebrate-month-of-shravan  hosted by Sangeetha of spicytreats



9 comments:

  1. very interesting and new recipe

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  3. Thank you everyone for the lovely comments and encouragements .........

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  4. Wow awesome and super idea dear .Lovely dear.

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  5. Wow another new dish really nice and healthy too.....can i use another leafs like coconut or spinach? It's Maharashtrain dish?

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    1. Hi Daksha ,

      Thanks for your kind words of appreciation.

      Turmeric leaves have a unique flavour which makes the dish more tasty. Coconut and Spinach won't lend that flavour to this dish

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