Protein cup cakes, kids love attractive looking food – this variation of the traditional gujarati snack uses mixed flour and bottle gourd batter baked in muffin moulds. A yummy and protein rich treat that aids in their growth and development.
For The Batter 1/2 cup rice (chawal) , soaked and drained 1/4 cup toovar (arhar) dal , soaked and drained 1 tbsp urad dal (split black lentils) , soaked and drained 1 tbsp green moong dal (split green gram) , soaked and drained 1 tbsp chana dal (split bengal gram) , soaked and drained 1 tbsp whole wheat (gehun) , optional 1/4 cup sour curds (khatta dahi) 3/4 cup grated bottle gourd (doodhi/lauki) 1 tsp oil 2 tsp lemon juice a pinch of soda bi-carb 1 1/2 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp chilli powder 1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi) 1 tsp ginger-green chilli paste salt to taste
Other Ingredients 2 tsp oil 1/2 tsp mustard seeds (rai/sarson) 1/2 tsp sesame seeds (til) 1/4 tsp asafoetida (hing) 1/2 tsp oil for greasing Method For the batter Combine the rice and dals and blend in a mixer till smooth. Add the curds and mix well. Cover and keep aside to ferment overnight. Add the bottle gourd, oil, lemon juice, soda bi-carb, sugar, chilli powder, turmeric powder, ginger-green chilli paste and salt and mix well.
How to proceed Divide the batter into 8 equal portions and pour each portion into greased moulds or cups. Heat the oil in a small non-stick kadhai and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds and asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds. Pour the tempering over the batter in each cup. Cover with aluminum foil and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200ºc (400ºf) for 15 to 20 minutes or till they turn brown in colour.
Handy tip: To make sour curds, set them for 8 to 10 hours and then use in the recipe.
How to pack Cool slightly, unmould and wrap in an aluminium foil or cling film and pack in a tiffin box.
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