Matcha /Green tea Chiffon cake


I have been keeping the Matcha powder I got from Japan like a little piece of jewel for the past few months.
Every time I see it in the cupboard, I just open it ,smell it ,close it tightly  and dare not to use it .. I paid quite a hefty price for the small can of Matcha powder.
In the past 3 months I just used 1 tspn of it for making a batch of cupcakes.
So this weekend I decided to bake something with the fragrant matcha powder and the dice fell for the Chiffon cake

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Who doesn’t love the soft, fluffy, melt in your mouth chiffon cakes.
This one has a teeny tiny hint of bitterness from the Matcha powder and it has an amazing fragrance!

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Matcha /Green tea Chiffon cake

Ingredients- for 6 inch Cake
2 Eggs
20 ml Milk
20 ml Oil
40 gms Self raising flour
70 gms Caster Sugar
¾- 1 Tbspn Matcha Powder
Pinch of Cream of Tartar

Beat the egg whites until foamy, add the 50 gms sugar and cream of tartar and continue to beat until still peaks are formed.
Add the remaining 20 gms of sugar to the egg yolk and beat well.
Add the matcha powder, oil,milk to the egg yolk mix and mix well.
Folk in the flour to the mix.
Lastly fold in egg white into the egg yolk mix in 3 batches.
Pour the batter into a chiffon tin .
Bake in a 170 degrees preheated oven for 35 min.
Remove from oven and invert the cake as quick as possible on to a cooling rack.
After 10-15 minutes you can gently remove the tin, the cake will fall off by itself.

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Tofu Veggie Scramble

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This is the best  vegan alternative to egg scramble..
The best thing about tofu is that it is mostly like a sponge, it absorbs the flavors soo well.
You can throw in the spices and veggies of your choice and prepare this easy recipe in few minutes
Here I added some Chili powder and Garam Masala to give the scramble a hint of spiciness
I served the Spicy Tofu scramble with some warm Naan and we loved the combo!

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Tofu Veggie Scramble

100 gms Firm tofu
1 Carrot grated
1 Onion finely chopped
2 tomatoes-pureed
¼ Cup Green peas
Few mint leaves
1/2  tspn Turmeric power
½ tspn Chili powder
½  tspn Garam Masala
½ tspn Ginger Garlic paste
½ tspn Cumin seeds
1 tspn Oil
Salt to taste

Pat dry the tofu using some kitchen towel and crumble it using a fork
Heat the oil in a wok. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds.
Add the ginger garlic paste and sauté for few seconds
Now add the onions and sauté until the onions turn translucent.
Add the purred tomatoes and the spice powder-salt,turmeric power, chilly power and Garam masala.
Add the grated carrots , peas and Tofu.
Add two tablespoons of water and cover and cook for about 10 minutes.
Add the mint leaves and mix well.

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Corn Juice/Corn Milk

Corn Juice does that sound weird to you?
Then you have to trust me on this recipe! This  drink is just awesome, a healthy ,power packed juice
I had it during my last visit to China. During one of the dinners we noticed that the corn juice is among their specials.
Although the menu said it is a Corn juice, it tasted more like a Corn milk.Whatever the name may be, it tasted awesome!

Corn Juice/Corn Milk

2 Sweet Corns
½ Cup Soy Milk or regular milk
1 tspn Sugar
1 Cup water

Wash and peel the corn. Transfer the corn to a large pot, cover with enough water and bring it to a boil
Simmer for another 5 minutes and  let it cool down
Once cooled down, slice the corn kernels from the cob.
Add about 1 cup water and the kernels to a blender and puree it.
Sieve the juice. Now add the juice, milk, sugar-optional to a pot and bring it to a boil.
There you have the nutritious corn juice /corn milk.It is best served cold.

Matcha /Green tea Cupcake with Red bean Filling

Back to blogosphere after another long breakJ
After settling my work related stuff in Shenzhen, we travelled around Guangzhou a bit.I have to admit I had a tough time finding vegetarian Chinese foodL
12 days in China, I could eat Chinese food for only 1 meal. Rest of the days I ate all cuisines Italian, western, Japanese, Mexican..basically everything except Authentic Chinese food!!
I managed to go the infamous toilet restaurant as well. After reading the reviews and seeing the funny pics, I just had to go there!But once I saw the menu and the toilet seats and not to mention the items on tables around I was taken back…a lot!
I chose to stick just to the dessert and a drink. To be honest, that itself was bit too Argghhhh for me.
Here are few picksJ

If I managed to disgust you enough! Let me come back to Matcha Cup cakes!
The fluffy ,moist and Green tea cupcakes is one of the best cupcakes I made till date!

Matcha /Green tea Cupcake with Red bean filling

110 gms Flour
50 ml milk
100 gms Caster sugar
50 gms butter
2 tspn Matcha powder
½ tspn baking powder
1 egg+1egg white
Red bean paste about ¼ Cup

Sift together the dry ingredients- Flour, baking powder and Matcha powder
Cream the butter and Sugar together until it is light.
Add in the eggs and mix well.
Add the milk and dry ingredients in two bathes and mix well.
Now add a spoonful batter to the cupcake liners , pipe a small amount to the red bean paste followed by another spoonful of batter.
Bake in a 170 degree preheated oven for 15-20 minutes


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