The nine-day festival of Navratri is dedicated to the nine forms of Durga, Shailputri, Brahmacharini, Chandraghanta, Kushmanda, Skanda Mata, Katyayani, Kalratri, Mahagauri and Siddhidatri. This Tuesday marks the seventh day of the Hindu festival when devotees worship Maa Kalratri and offer jaggery or food made of jaggery as prasad to this incarnation of Durga.
Needless to say, our mouths are already thinking of all the sweets that are making their way from the kitchen to the temple. As the festive and traditional fervor is at its peak this Navratri week, try these recipes of Rasmalai Cake and Kuttu Atta Dry Fruit Cake as they are essential sweets to boost your energy.
Ingredients for Rasmalai Cake:
1/2 cup curd
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup oil
1/3 cup milk (room temperature)
5-6 threads of saffron soaked in milk
1 cup flour
1/4 cup cornflour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
Ingredients for Soaking:
1 cup milk
1/3 cup sugar
some varieties of saffron
Materials for decoration:
Whipped Cream – 1/2 cup
How to make Rasmalai Cake:
Mix curd with sugar and oil until you get a smooth batter. Now add milk and saffron soaked in milk to this mixture and mix well. Then add all the dry ingredients i.e. all purpose flour, cornflour, baking powder, baking soda and a pinch of salt.
Mix everything together and transfer the mixture to the baking dish. (Avoid using a cake tin as we will be collecting the cake only in the dish). Preheat the oven at 180 C for 10 minutes and then bake this cake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 35-40 minutes.
After 25-30 minutes, insert a skewer in the center of the cake and if it comes out clean, it means that the cake is ready. Now let the cake cool down at room temperature for at least 30 minutes.
Boil the milk along with the sugar and some saffron strands for 10 minutes or till it reduces slightly. Note that the rasmalai soak is a bit thin, so you don’t need to reduce the amount of soaking too much. Switch off the gas after 10 minutes and our rasmalai soak is ready.
After both the cake and the soak are ready, pierce the cake with the help of a skewer and pour 1/3 of the soak over the cake until it is completely soaked in the rasmalai soak. Now garnish with whipped cream and pistachios on top and let everything cool in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours.
After both the cake and the soak are super chilled, it’s time to serve the cake. Place a cube of cake in the center of the plate and soak around the cake in the plate. Garnish it with some pistachios and rose petals (optional) and our rasmalai cake is ready.
(Recipe: Kuljyoti Dhingra)
Buckwheat Atta Dry Fruit Cake
Buckwheat flour – 1 cup
Baking Powder – 1/4 tsp
Baking Soda – 1/4 tsp
Smooth paste of 1 banana
Curd – 1/4 cup
Powdered sugar – 1/4 cup
cooking oil – 2 tsp
Milk – 1 cup
Chopped nuts – Cashew nuts, almonds and raisins.
Take 1 bowl and add buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and mix well. Dry ingredients are ready.
For wet ingredients – take 1 bowl and add smooth banana paste, curd, powdered sugar, cooking oil and mix well. wet ingredients ready
Then add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and give a good mix. After that, gradually add 1 cup of milk and mix well so that a smooth consistency batter is formed.
When the batter becomes smooth, add chopped nuts and mix well. After mixing well, your Kuttu Atta Dry Fruit Cake Batter is ready.
Pour the batter into the cake tin and spread evenly. Garnish the batter with chopped dry fruits. Dried fruits can be of your choice.
Bake the cake in a pre-heated kadhai on medium flame for 30-40 minutes. After 30-40 minutes your deliciously delicious Kuttu Atta Dry Fruit Cake is ready.
(Recipe: Aman Singhal)
‘new‘means nine more’Shivratri‘ means nights. Therefore, the festival of Navratri is a Hindu festival that lasts for nine nights and ten days where devotees worship the nine incarnations of Durga. It symbolizes the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura, who symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
In the northern and western parts of India, Ram Leela (repetition of Ramayana mythology) is held and the celebration ends with Dussehra where effigies of Ravana are set on fire to mark the victory of Rama over Ravana. Fasting is observed by the devotees, either on all nine days or in pairs, in the first two or last two days of Navratri, to please Durga and seek her blessings.