Recently, I was invited to a cake mixing session at The Leela and the festive spirit in me got awakened. Christmas is that one festival in the year which gets me excited because as a kid, Santa visited me with lots of presents. So I’m already all set for a marathon of Christmas baking but before that I forgot that Diwali arrives before.
(Hence you also notice I have used a Christmas table cloth in the picture below :p)
Growing up in a Catholic household, my knowledge of the festival of lights is quite minimal. Thankfully, interacting with people over the years, it has grown. But unfortunately I have never fallen for the Indian ‘mithais’ (sweets). In a way, I feel it is a good thing as somewhere I get to cut down on my calories.
I just got back from a short yet crazy holiday and I’m all game for some baking this Diwali. I hope you enjoy the recipes that I will be posting here too.
To start it off, here’s my Almond and Jaggery Loaf catering to all the health freaks out there. I’ve heard that a lot of dry fruits are consumed during this festival and I love the addition of seasonal ingredients into my recipes so I had a blast developing this one.
Jaggery is such a beautiful ingredient to work with especially if you’re looking for a healthier substitute for sugar. A bit on the heavy side and has a much more sweeter taste so you don’t even have to add too much.
Also known as ‘Gur’ in many other parts of the country, Karnataka is home to jaggery. It is basically unrefined sugar which is obtained from raw sugarcane. The list of health benefits goes on but more than that it leaves such a wonderfultaste in your mouth. Yes, im totally in love with jaggery.
A few things to keep in mind while making this loaf, follow the recipe to the t as consistency is the key. I’ve used quite a few heavy ingredients such as wheat flour and jaggery so make sure the fats balance out the batter. Hence, I also added milk to it. It stays moist even after 2-3 days.
So put on your aprons and get to work. You’ll have so much fun this Diwali.
Happy Baking! 🙂