There are variation of steamed cake or poda pitha which is a traditional pitha of odisha. .As all we know bottle guard/Lauki or Lau in Odia is a very healthy vegetable.i tried this cake is sugar free which is sweet naturally…


 PREPARATION STEP BY STEP WITH PHOTOS..

  • Rinse bottle guard and peel off its skin. Remove all seeds and chop in cubes. In a steam pot boil all bottle guard cubes along with little water into it. Cook until soft.
  • In a pressure cooker over high flame cook for 2 to 3 whistles .Cool it .
  • Bottle guards is a vegetable that high in water and vitamins too.So after boil it leaves lots of water,discard them in a pot for later use in the dish.
  • After use rest of the water you can drink by adding little salt,very healthy for our body.Which i suppose to do.
  • Blend to form a puree of boiled bottle guard pieces.
  • Use little warm water of bottle guard and blend raisins,cashew to fine puree.
  •  In a small pan pour 1 tsp. ghee and fry cashew nuts. Keep them aside. In a mortar crush peppercorn and fennel seeds. Grate ginger and keep a side. Now all ingredients are ready it’s time to combine all one by one.
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  • The mixture should be slightly thin and thick consistency.In a large bowl pour puree and rice combine together with adding little Lauki water.
  • Add coconut, ginger, pepper, fennel seeds, and cardamom into it. Stir it
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  •  Add raisin  and cashew paste, salt, soda, 2 tsp. of ghee and combine the mixture to form a slightly thin batter not a runny consistency.
  • If you would don’t like to add baking soda, then increase the amount of bottle guard puree than rice.Or decrease the quantity of rice than puree.
  • Sit the mixture for 10 minutes.
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  • Grease a non stick pan,pour 2 to 3 tsp ghee and pour the mixture.
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  • You can garnish with some cashews or decorate as you like.
  • Now cover it with air tight lid and bake on lower/medium flame.it will take 1 hour to bake.
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  • Poke a tooth pick should come out without sticking mixture.
  • It leaves the side of pan.
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  • Off the gas and leave to cool it.
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  • Cut into your own shapes and Enjoy!!

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