Steamed Chocolate Cake
One of my fondest childhood memories is my summer holidays spent with my aunt, in a quaint little village, tucked away in the hills. Now we are talking about a place where most of the cooking happened with firewood in mud chambers. Only very few households had gas stoves and cylinders. My aunt used the firewood chamber only to boil water but she always kept it on, just to keep the place warm. My favourite pass time used to be sitting next to it and watch my aunt cook. She made all types of delicacies - from spicy fritters to pressure cooker cakes. The cakes she made were buttery, soft and had a special charm. She never measured anything, really. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, and the result would be a delicious, fluffy cake. So when I really needed something chocolaty on a lazy afternoon, but no oven, I exactly knew what to do! I was going to make this in a pressure cooker initially, but changed my mind and used my idli cooker instead. This recipe makes a really fudgy cake. It is best eaten warm!
INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoon flour 1/4 cup sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/4 teaspoon baking powder A pinch of baking soda A pinch of salt 1 tablespoons warm water 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee powder 1 tablespoon yogurt 2 tablespoons vegetable oil METHOD Pour water into a steamer / idli cooker and bring it to medium heat In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt Now add oil, water, coffee powder, yogurt and mix well Oil a steel coffee mug / cup Pour the batter and cover it with an aluminium foil Steam it for 12 - 15 mins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean