Monday, 3 December 2012

Mere Attithi Series #5

The first time I saw this comment as Runner Girl in the Kitchen I was curious. What a curious way to describe oneself I thought!   Immediately I had visions of someone who is a control freak. Control oil, calories, measure what goes in your mouth.

I never give it a thought of what enters my maw,  should I not do so especially when my body is constantly protesting these days I thought. So I decided that I need to follow this lady, for the healthy recipes that she will be making. I expected salads, soups and all the stuff that I knew I should be eating but cannot get myself to. Boring but needed!

Can you imagine my surprise when I saw delicious food, mostly Indian everyday food   no compromise on flavours but cooked in a healthy way. She also uses sugar!!! I need to learn quite a few things from her.

Who is this she? None other than Gauri Shirke who introduces herself as   Runnergirlinthekitchen!

Gauri has moved to Bangalore 2 years ago. In her own words “joblessness was getting to me; giving me ample of time to cook and experiment in the kitchen. At the same time the sportsperson in me was nudging me to do something about the piling up kilos, which is when I started training for a half marathon. I thought I could combine both my experiences and share it with people with similar interests – with a blog!”

Gauri has started blogging fairly recently in fact since March 2012. She basically blogs about her two loves about food and running. She very candidly admits “since I mostly run to eat!” Well that is really commendable Gauri!  I live to eat! And sit to increase my woes atleast you are burning it all off!! Way to go dear!!

The most popular post on her blog is Masala Bread Recipe which quite a few friends and a fellow blogger tried it out and loved it.

Gauri’s personal favourite is  about her other love, you guessed right the first time she conquered the distance you and I get tired of journeying in a car in the blazing sun and she says “this is just the beginning!”Hats off to you lady!

It’s not unusual to dislike some foods so do you overcome some dislikes as you blog? Well according to Gauri “Not really, I really have a difficult time ‘not liking’ something .. hehe now you know why I ‘have’ to run. This post on Soya Stir fry comes close – Was not a big fan of Soya granules, especially due to the smell.. but this stir fry was really tasty!”

We do have memories and some of them are attached to our food. What takes you back to childhood Ahh!! Those happy happy days!  Visit Gauri’s childhood with this Plum chutney!!

When you blog it’s a addiction a high that you get from meeting new people
Very few will be able to kick this blogging habit! So also Gauri she plans for blog for a Long Long time…!  Cheers to that!!

In her closing note Gauri, I think I should call her the Runnergirl she will be happier and I think of her many times as such says, “I have met (virtually) so many talented cooks with whom I connect on the same level that’s it’s difficult to choose one… I feel lucky to have steeped into this world and have an opportunity to get to know so many wonderful people!”

Our sentiments exactly Runnergirl!! Our sentiments!!

My personal favourites at her place are Besan Ladoo, Sugar Hurdle, Spicy Colocasia.....  the list is endless!!

So what is Gauri sharing with us today for she is My Attithi today. In fact I asked her to be my guest a long time ago but as I could not type she was very patient and caring!! She let me take my own sweet time to write this post.

Thanks a lot Gauri! Some how this is inadequate but Thanks!

So enough of my bak bak and  let us all go to see what yummy treat Gauri has in store for us here today!

Chocolate n Coconut Cake

I always go for tried n tested recipes when I am asked to make something sweet for my friends and family. My experimentation be it with new flavours, food combinations is limited to my family member’s who are more than happy to ‘critique’ my food.
So trying a cake with dry coconut was not what I was thinking about when my dear friend / neighbour / sometimes guinea pig asked me to bake a cake for her office gang!
She wanted something different which was not available in stores; the cake had to have something ‘hatke’/‘different’.
With only one entire day to try out a new recipe I was a bit worried to whip up something to her liking; without further delay I removed all my cook books, flipped through pages, dug out old recipes and after hours of thinking; discussing with her various pairing, her dear hubby came to our rescue and finalized a Coconut n Chocolate Cake from the book Chocolate and Baking By Gina Steer.
I was a bit wary of this… I mean why not oranges, pears, apples, almonds, walnuts or lots of rum, vodka (hic hic), why coconut??
With some doubts, crossed fingers and a great opportunity to try something new I started baking. As soon as the rich, moist, dark, coconut cake came out of the oven all my doubts were put to rest, it was completely sinful!!
As soon as the cake was cut in office the next day, my friend tells me it was polished off in minutes and the combination was SUPER HIT.
Well after such rave reviews I could not think of a better recipe to share with Archana at her Mad Scientist Kitchen.

All Purpose Flour (Maida)
160 grams
Plain Dark Chocolate
120 grams
Castor Sugar
175 grams
Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
175 grams
Desiccated Coconut
50 grams
Cocoa Powder
2 tbsp
3 nos
Baking Powder
1 tsp
 A pinch

For the Icing:
Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
125 grams
Icing Sugar
125 grams
Thick Coconut milk
2 tbsp
Toasted desiccated coconut
2 tbsp

Makes: 8-10 slices
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes @180 degrees celsius

Method for the cake:
  • Chop the chocolate into small pieces and melt in the microwave or in a small bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. The base of the bowl (in which the chocolate is placed) should not touch the water.
  • Once the chocolate is melted, stir until smooth and set aside to cool.
  • In a large bowl, beat together unsalted butter and castor sugar till light and creamy.
  • In another small bowl break the 3 eggs and beat them with a fork, add these beaten eggs to the butter and sugar mixture.
  • Then add the melted chocolate, beat this mixture on low speed with the hand beater / stand mixer till well incorporated.
  • Sift flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder together, add desiccated coconut and mix all the dry ingredients.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mix till well incorporated with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula.
  • Grease a 10 inch tin and pour the mixture into the tin, bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees celsius or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted into the center of the cake.
  • Once baked; allow the cake to cool completely, before icing it.

For the icing:
  • Beat the unsalted butter and icing sugar till light and creamy.
  • Add the thick coconut milk and beat again.

Icing the cake:
  • After the cake is completely cooled, gently scrape the top layer of the cake.
  • Now evenly spread the icing on top and garnish with toasted desiccated coconut, or pipe the butter cream icing and decorate with different designs.
  • Sprinkle with toasted desiccated coconut, its ready to serve!
  • You can also cut the cake horizontally into 2 parts and use a portion of the icing in between the halves to make it softer and creamier.


I used plain dark chocolate; you can use plain milk chocolate as well.
If you do not like butter cream, use whipped cream to decorate the cake.

Here are my links t the first three in this series

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  1. Nice post..loved your introduction of Gauri

  2. Love this...

  3. Delicious the clicks...

  4. hi archana, yes i agree with you the list is endless-- where was i???
    o ya, your new icon-
    you are a beautiful lady with beautiful eyes.
    heh heh wonder why a beauty like you called your blog 'the mad scientist' :) i dare say this cos you have a great sense of humor. have a nice day

  5. Such an exotic cake, chocolate and coconut am loving this combo.

    Glad to know more about Gauri.Beautiful guest post.

  6. Thanks for sharing this Archana and Gauri. I always love Gauri's recipes since they are unique and different

  7. Nice post! I also follow Gauri's blog. I have taken up running in the last 3 months although 5k is the furthest I have run to date, unlike Gauri's 1/2 marathon. It seems somehow running and cooking go together; something to do with needing more fuel for running, I think!

  8. Thank you , Thank you.. u have written this so humbled!
    Loved reading every word of this!


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