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22 Apr 2009

Jaggery / Sarkkara Carrot Cake

All of my baking equipments are packed and thrown to the upper part of the cupboard. Hope I can restart my baking experiments once after the house renovation is done.
This Carrot Sarkkara Cake which I had tried a few months ago, kids thought it is chocolate, seeing the outer part! The carrots disappeared when the cake was done, so there was no worry for them about eating it. Everyone who tasted the cake couldn't find the carrots in it.. :) I hope, this would be a healthy option for those who try to avoid ordinary sugar in their cooking. Moreover, addition of carrots make it more healthy..



What I used for making this Carrot sarkkara cake
Carrot 2 cups grated
maida 2 cups
baking powder 1 3/4 tsp
jaggery 4 big blocks
ghee or butter 3/4 cup
eggs 2
cardamom powder 3/4 tsp
cashew nuts few
essence as per taste



How I prepared
Melt jaggery in very little water. If impurities are there, strain and allow to cool.
Beat egg and ghee / butter together. Add baking powder , maida, carrots,cardamom powder, essence and melted jaggery into it and mix together in the food processor without forming lumps.



Grease a non stick pan.Add the above mixture into it and place the cashews over it.
Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes in 175 degree C. Or bake until done.



Enjoy! :)

37 comments:

  1. This cake looks so wonerful Seena. I love how you used jaggery instead of sugar. Your combination of ingredients sound so tasty.

    Amazing cake! :-)

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  2. Beautiful color from the Jaggery. Never thought of using that instead sugar or honey. Delicious Seena, good job! :)

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  3. Wow i have neve rmad cake with jaggery and thisone look so so yummy delicous.
    Really perfect and beautiful.

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  4. Very healthy cake Seena, I love the idea of using jaggery instead of sugar, looks so delicious :)

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  5. Hi seena, never heard of carrot and jaggery combination....Kollaam... Does it taste somewhat like kinnathappam?Now feel like having it...Love anything that has jaggery...U really are a great Cook.
    Pinney driving padanam addi aadi nadakkunnu...Monte idayil evide nadakkaana..

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  6. That should be a flavorful cake! I love jaggery and the cake has come out very nice seena!

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  7. seens,aa cake kandal carrot mathramalla paavakkayum pilleru kazhikkum...wonderful pictures..appo ini enna baking punararambhikkunne ?

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  8. ee cake adipoli.this is healthy for kids

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  9. Wow the cake looks so delicious Seena :) I have tried carrot cake but not with jaggery..this looks tempting..Great post :)

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  10. Hi Seena, hope you are fine. Haven't been to your blog for a long time. In fact, to many blogs:(
    Did i tell you that I love your new layout? It looks clean and professional. Well done!

    And your carrot cake looks very delicious.

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  11. Cake with jaggery , very different recipe.Looks moist ur piece!

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  12. seriously??!! u tred cake with sarkara??!! yummy!! and soo very innovative!

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  13. Hi seena am Sakshi your little poetess fan. I must say you have a wonderfully talented daughter. Just love going through her blog.
    You have a yummy blog with all my fave malabar dishes..Njandu roast, koonthal, masala egg vada etc are some of ur recipes i have in mind to try out. Irumban puli achar makes me so nostalgic..I used to pick them and eat then and there and in the end would end up with a sour mouth..Guess it would be out of question even to search for it here in USA. Will be back on your blog and my love to Farha..

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  14. hi seena
    i wanted to make this cake my son but little confused with quantity of jaggery.can you make it clear.

    thanks in advance
    sindhu

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  15. HI Sindhu,
    Glad to know you are going to make it! about jaggery , usually it is availale in block form. I don't know how you get there. Here we get bigger than the sarkkara blocks we get in Kerala. So if you get small pieces, use double amount. It may be approx. one cup , I think. :)

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  16. oru slice ingu porattei!!;-D

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  17. wonderful. did u try this inspired by the kalthappam? i add dates also to the carrot cake.

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  18. wonderful........cake looks so tempting! Baking is my favourite!

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  19. That looks wonderful. I had once tried using melted jaggery for baking cakes but it didnt turn out well. So thought jaggery cant be used for baking. Yours' look so yummy! :-)

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  20. Wow,that carrot cake looks so yummy and moist. It is interesting coz you used jaggery in it. Good one:).

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  21. The cake looks delicious..i am drooling here..

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  22. I like your idea of using sharkkara instead of other sweeteners.

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  23. The cake looks so moist and yummy!

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  24. wonderful...neva thot of using jaggery in cakes..grt job..will keep visitinng

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  25. Dear Seena,

    Since I dont have an oven at my home , is der any other option, rather than baking it in an ove?

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  26. I think you should use an oven for making this.It is difficult to get the same texture if you cook on ordinary stove top..

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  27. want to make this as yr cake looks so great. How many grams would 4 bog blocks be? We get jaggery in small blocks here or large balls. thanks.

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  28. i tried this cake and it came out well. my husband and his friends liked it a lot. thanks for the recipe

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  29. Patience and gratitude, sorry I couldn't see your query.I think 4 big blocks will be approx.equal 1 cup powdered jaggery. Though not sure.. :)

    Thanks anonymous, pls post comments with a name.. :)

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  30. Seena, How many kgs is 4 blocks of jaggery that you used?
    Thanks
    Binca

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  31. Bincy, sorry am not sure, it may be approx. 250 gms I guess.. Any way add according to the sweetness you need.. :)

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  32. cakes can be baked perfectly in a pressure cooker.
    pre heat an empty cooker for 5 minutes ,place the cake pan inside--keep on high flame for 5 minutes & then bake on very low flame till done.

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  33. Hi Seena ,I jst loved the idea of substituting sugar with jaggery.I am a beginner in the baking area.This will be my first ever baking experiment. May I kw whether I can use any other flour instead of maida.Will it cum out good? Thanks :)

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  34. Wonderful.. thanks so much.. i was browsing and suddenly landed here.. very happy to see that .. i can make cakes with out white sugar.

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  35. hi seena i haveno oven can i make it on low flame or in cooker ,replay pls

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