Diwali Cake

Wishing all my readers a very Happy & Safe Diwali. This year too I am taking a Diwali themed cake to a potluck party at a friend's place. Diwali is a time of lights, colors, family, friends and fun.

This cake is to depict all the fun and festiveness of Diwali.

It's two tiered Strawberry cake with vanilla frosting. The decorations are Fondant cutouts with buttercream designs. The diyas (lamps) are all hand-made and are completely edible.

Moong Dal Upma

The temperatures are dropping here in our end of the world, looks like Winter is just around the corner. Chilly weather calls for warm comfort food, which make you feel good from within and keeps you full.

On one such chilly evening, I made Moong Dal Upma. It needs a little bit of prepping ahead of time, but once that’s done it comes together fairly quickly.

You will need:

½ cup Yellow Moong Dal
2 tbsp Urad Dal

For the seasoning:
3 tbsp Oil
1 tsp Mustard seeds
1 tsp Urad Dal
1 tsp Chana Dal
Few curry leaves
6 green chillies, slit
1 small onion, chopped
Salt to taste
3 tbsp Grated fresh coconut
1 tsp Lemon juice

Soak moong dal and urad dal in water for 2 hours. Rinse well, drain and then grind to a chunky paste using water as required – the dals must be broken and the paste should be grainy. The batter should be of pourable consistency but thick like idli batter.

Pour batter into greased idli plates and steam for 8 minutes until the ‘idlis’ are done. Remove from plates and let cool completely. Once cooled, break the idlis between your fingers.

Heat oil in a pan. Add the mustard seeds and when they begin to splutter add the urad and chana dal. Add the curry leaves and green chillies. Saute for a few seconds and then add the chopped onions. Saute until soft, now add the powdered idlis. Also add the grated coconut and combine well. Season with salt. Cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice. Serve while still hot.

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