Friday, July 5, 2013

Sujee Cake


Whether you like or not, you can't detach your husband's family and sister-in-laws. Perhaps distancing is possible but really you can't especially with sister-in-laws for your husband will get damn angry. For him sisters are everything. Never mine if they come in different sizes, shapes and characters. You have no choice. You have to be there for every other family function with them. So too when its a pot luck gathering. Expect a call to tell what to cook not to ask because the rest would have decided what they are bringing especially their mom's tastiest mutton curry, chicken rendang or even plain dhal curry.  


Whatever you cook will never be impressive compared to their dishes. Of course your dish will be on the table. Perhaps can impress the men but they can't comment. How can they?? Remember the wives are around watching from near or keeping an eye from far. Anyway leave the men alone. Pass the alcohol or beer cans for they happily will be drinking while discussing politics and world issues. 

For you its crucial to praise the dishes while eating. Throw some flowery words and that's how to get into your sis-in-laws good books. Ask for the recipes and they will be super happy. I wasn't like really impressed with the sujee cake. Perhaps a pass. I didn't ask for the recipe. Still I had to shake my head as though agreeing. Back home, don't know why I kept thinking about baking the cake. Then somehow after asking around, my colleague printed out the recipe from Mesra.net. Tweeted by reducing the amount of plain flour for I added almonds. What I learned is that soaking sujee flour in milk is essential. Otherwise after baking, the cake will be grainy-dry and not simply soft, delicately coupled with rose essence and almonds. 

Ingredients
250 g butter
200 g sugar
4 eggs
100 g sujee/semolina flour
150 g milk
100 g crushed almonds
150 g plain flour
1 tsp rose essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
Method
Soak sujee in milk for an hour.
Cream butter and sugar till fluffy. 
Add eggs, one at a time and continue to cream
Fold in flour gradually.
Add essence, almond and sujee mixture.
Fold/ gently mix to incorporate these ingredients inside.
Put cake mixture into a greased pan.
Bake at 170C for 1 hour 10 mins or until cake is cooked.
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46 comments:

  1. HaHa, the first line speaks the truth but I really hope your sister-in-law doesn't know about your blog!!
    The cake texture is perfect , the color is divine, I have to say I'm drooling, I only got a cup of tea nearyby. The tip to soak sooji in milk, is a saver.
    Love the tieeny tiny pink candy flower at the top!
    How I wish I had a conventional oven at home to whip up such recipes, and answer back as to how it turned out.
    Let me get back to work and then will invest in one!! I think OTG should work too for such cakes, is that right?

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  2. tat luks superb,.....ya its a challenge to impress sis-in-laws

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  3. I am the great fan for sooji cakes Nava, loved ur version, so colorful n soft :-)

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  4. I was lol when reading about sil... Very true very true.... Even the men in the family can't support either one if both of us cook... Btw ur sucker cake looks so fabulous

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  5. Sis in laws are smaller version of MIL, so it comes with that , and yes I hate it when husband praise someone's dish in front of all. I just can't take it, thank GOD that not the case with me otherwise he is in big trouble. halwa looks yummy, you should parcel this to your SIL.

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  6. cani hav eggless sugeecake recepi

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  7. Suzi cake looks fabulous ! And all about sis in laws , I can't say anything coz I don't have one. But it's true that one can't impress a women relative from cooking.

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  8. Nava, love sujee cake and your look fab. Lovely read.

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  9. Hi Nava, I agreed with you regarding the SIL thingy. It happen to my family too whenever there is any gathering or potluck. The MIL and their husband all on their side... oh well, just close one eyes. They forget.. they also got SIL to deal with in their husband family. LOL SIL are the hardest person in the family to please, they are always on the right.

    Your sujee cake look so soft and moist. Thanks for the tips. The first time I made failed, second times too dry and grainy. Look like my 3rd attempt I shall try your method.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  10. Cake looks delicious but the intro is even better.. :p
    Keep in touch
    www.beingbeautifulandpretty.com

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  11. enjoyed u r writeup.sujee cake looks excellent.lovely color

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  12. Hi everyone,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and you beautiful comments.
    Thavamani - will try a cake recipe without eggs and certainly to be share with everyone.

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  13. wow.. Very tempting cake and beautiful clicks..I love your semolina cake... I am going to try it..

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  14. Ha haa SIL woes are very true !!! and men with booze don't care for desserts he heee..
    Sujee cake looks beautiful!!

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  15. Thankfully I'm blessed vit gud SILs so wudnt comment much...love the way that cake looks really moist...cud have a part of it rite away!! :)

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  16. Looks awesome esp love those cute flowers on top

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  17. this looks awesome Nava. love those little cute flowers on top. are they edible? i totally agree with you about the women in the family. I have seen appreciating others only here in blogging world. Rest everywhere there is mere competition to excel the other one, which is totally irritating ! As Pavithra told, hope ur SIL does not follow ur blog :)

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  18. looks very colorful and delicious!

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  19. That's true Nava, Baking well needs practice, and you learn more from your mistakes than your successes. I have learnt this hard lesson after being gluten free. Your suji cake reminds me that I have to make Polenta cake. I will try the soaking tip.

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  20. Oh this looks so yummy.lovely presentation.

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  21. wow it looks very soft and spongy nava.. wish to try some..

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  22. Looks moist and the color so inviting :) need a fork now !!

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  23. Ah what lovely cake. Sure I think I am gonna try this and will keep you posted.. Thank you for sharing the recipe Nava :-)

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  24. Oh god I know what you mean O.O Can't blame the man for being silent and just nodding quickly. lol Ok Ihave never baked with semolina, I have only cooked with it yet. That's a brilliant idea with the soaking in milk! Will let you know of course when I make this. Have a nice weekend! ;)

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  25. looks so soft & moist..love the color

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  26. He he :) Loved that intro Nava :) Fortunately, my husband has two brothers only ;) The colour of that cake is so inviting. Lovely texture too!

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  27. It's amazing how one small step/trick can make a big difference in the end result, huh? I learn many tricks from my Mom and Aunt in Chinese cooking and baking as well. Good I don't have any ladies in the house to compete with me! hahaha....

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  28. Love this cake . Very nealthy made . I also have some suji left in my home , So i will make this cake soon
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  29. What a lovely color cake.....sujee makes it more healthy in place of fine flour.
    A perfect cake recipe.
    shobha
    www.shobhapink.blogspot.in

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  30. Love the amazingly soft texture of the cake. On my must try list.

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  31. That's really nice that you took the task of impressing the inlaws, which can be challenging. I've baked this with mango in it, I might try it plain sometime.

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  32. very true! in laws always have (claims to have) the best...

    i will certainly give this a try. been baking quite a bit these days. Sujee is something I have never attempted.

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  33. The cake looks amazing...I've learnt another new and wonderful dish from u :)I guess women can never appreciate each other easily :)

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  34. Oh I love this cake! My version is slightly different with yoghurt in it. But nevertheless this looks melt-in-your-mouth. The little flower decorations are so cute too. I agree with your post...that made such a fun read:-)

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  35. Lol.. That was a good one, leave alone SILs.. When it comes to married women & cooking there is always a tuff competition !! Love the texture & color of ur sujee cake.. Looks damn good with the cute lil flowers on top :)

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  36. :))))) Lovely sujee cake and i appreciate the effort that u took to try this cake to become perfect. Satisfying "ladies" in 'in-law' family is the biggest challenge that I've ever seen in my life. :)

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  37. Lovely cake....one of my fav too....yes mine turned out quite well on first
    attempt n i must say tq to the recipe owner for the tips on soaking the sugee for two hours before baking....it does wonders!! :-)
    Ur cake looks soft n nice colour too.
    Nice write up on sil...i dun have one n im glad! :-)

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  38. haa ha..so true of the big family . agree..one hundred percent. and ..wow!! yes, nice recipe, dear..thanks for sharing.

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  39. Looks delicious......

    xoxo
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  40. oh don't know how I missed this,looks fabulous

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  41. LOVE this recipe...it's a keeper. I've tried it...so moist and tasty.....everyone loved it....thanx so much for sharing the recipe.

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  42. Madam nava,do u hav eggless sugee cake recipe,tq

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  43. Hi Anonymous,
    Sorry, I don't have a recipe for an eggless sugee cake. But I do have a couple of eggless cakes recipes. Will post on my facebook page. Do Check out yea.

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  44. So lovely looking n sure to be yum....

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  45. Waiting to try a Sooji cake soon and this recipe looks perfect for me !!

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