Hello, Foodies and Buddies!
Dish of the Week is back and on this edition, we have Chef Sunita Gadapu’s famous Whole Wheat Jaggery Cake which is the perfect combination of delicious and healthy!
If you are wondering what the dish is exactly, Chef Sunita explained, “This is a tea cake made with multigrain atta and jaggery as it’s main ingredients. The cake goes well with tea/coffee/milk or as an all-day snack.”
The healthy aspect of this dish is what holds a special significance for Chef Sunita. She said with a smile, “This cake helped me to let people know that a healthy cake isn’t a myth. There were many people who couldn’t believe that a cake without refined sugar and maida can be tasty. I received an overwhelming response from everyone, especially the Moms. They were happy that the kids are liking this healthy cake. One of my patrons rightly said ‘Tummy bhi khush and Mummy bhi khush'”
Chef Sunita also called this one of her favourite dishes and said she can eat a whole loaf guilt-free!
We asked Chef Sunita how she learned to make this dish and she said, “With increasing awareness on the side effects of using refined flour, sugar, etc in our diet, I wanted to try a cake which has jaggery. I wasn’t sure how the cake would turn out as jaggery has a sticky nature, unlike sugar. Nevertheless, I did try making the cake with jaggery, multigrain atta and threw in some nuts and voila, it came out to be yummy! I would like to give the credit of this push to use jaggery in my cake to my father and my neighbour uncle who are the health ambassadors around me!”
Chef Sunita described how to make this special Dish. She said, “After a few permutations and combinations, I could arrive at the final recipe. The recipe includes mixing an equal quantity of atta, jaggery, milk and half the quantity of oil/butter. You should mix it with pieces of desired nuts and bake it at 180 degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes.”
She also warned us about the challenges associated with this dish. She said, “It’s a myth that we should keep mixing the cake batter for a long time to get a softer cake. But over-whisking the batter would give a chewy cake and not a soft one. So the right amount of mixing of ingredients is the key here.”
When quizzed on what other dishes she was looking to make famous on FoodyBuddy, Chef Sunita said, “I love baking and I would like to introduce more and more healthy items which are tasty. Another dish which is going well from my menu is the Ragi-Atta-Jaggery cookies. These work as a nice accompaniment with a cuppa and are a good snack for kids.”
Here are some of Chef Sunita amazing baked creations:
And in closing, Chef Sunita said, “I am very happy to be associated with the FoodyBuddy platform since it gives me immense self-gratification by making healthy meals for the Foodies. It is helping me to take my passion for baking to the next level.”
Thank you so much for being such a pioneer of healthy desserts on the FoodyBuddy App, Chef Sunita, and we would like to wish you all the very best going forward 🙂
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