Date and Apricot Loaf

Apricot & Date Loaf 1

Date and Apricot Loaf

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
2 tbsp soft butter
¼ – ½ cup sugar
¾ cup orange juice
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ cup dried apricots cut into small pieces
½ cup dates cut into small pieces
½ cup walnut pieces (optional)

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Cream sugar, butter and egg in a bowl.
Stir in orange juice and vanilla.
Add flour and stir until just combined.
Fold in apricot, dates and nuts.
Pour into a greased baking pan.
Bake in a preheated oven at 160 degree Celsius for approx. 40 mins.
Cool in pan for 10 mins, invert to wire rack and cool completely.
Slice and serve.


Dahi Aloo (Potatoes in yogurt gravy)

Dahi Aloo 1

Dahi Aloo (Potatoes in yogurt gravy)

2 medium potatoes boiled
1 cup yogurt
½ cup water
2 tsp chickpea flour (besan)
½ tsp ginger grated
1/8 tsp Asafetida
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 ½ tsp chili powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp fennel seeds
1-2 dry red whole chilis
Few curry leaves
2-3 tbsp chopped coriander leaves
2 tbsp oil

Cut boiled potatoes into small pieces.
Whisk yogurt, water and chickpea flour well and keep aside.
Heat oil and add mustard seeds.
When it splutters, add cumin, whole chili, and fennel seeds.
Add ginger, asafetida, turmeric powder, coriander powder and chili powder, curry leaves and stir.
Add potatoes and mix well.
Take the pan off fire and add yogurt mixture and mix well.
Put the pan back on fire and let it simmer. Add more water if required.
Stir in coriander leaves and take off fire.
Serve with chapathis.

Dahi Aloo