You will ask me why this is an important picture. I will tell you a small story – when I moved to Bangalore 6 years ago, I had no plans to expand or even do anything much beyond what I was doing , with Ovenderful. Then my baby was born. I continued with my full time role from home. And the spark I needed to start the fire called Ovenderful arose. In the middle of a sleepless night as I watched my son, with a niggling worry about how I will manage .
Poornima was my house help when I first shifted to Bangalore. The first thing I did next morning was to ask if she wanted to help me with some small stuff related to baking by staying for an extra hour after her work finished. What started as an additional source of income for her became her passion.
She learnt how to mix and bake an entirely healthy cake, different cookies by working side by side with me. She would pick up my baking books and open a page that she liked the picture of and sit in front as I read the recipe written in English for her to write down in Kannada. She took my small oven when I switched to a bigger one despite electricity issues where she stayed.
Today when she sent me a WhatsApp message asking me about how I am, as I responded I saw her display picture – a super awesome cake she had baked . I felt like a proud parent – to an enterprising girl who was following her new found passion and skill.
Married early. 2 small kids. Not allowed to complete her studies. Unsupportive husband. NOTHING can stop you if you are the FORCE yourself.
On that note let me share another favourite of mine –
A Jowar-Wholewheat Sweet Lime and Fig Teacake( with a hint of coconut)
1 cup Jowar
1/2 cup Wholewheat
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
Fresh figs -chopped into tiny pieces
1/2 cup freshly squeezed sweet lime (mosambi) juice
1/4 cup milk or coconut milk
1/4 cup flavourless oil
Method – Beat the eggs until frothy. Add the coconut sugar, oil, juice and beat until they mix together. Add the dessicated coconut and stir. Add flour mix which has been sifted well with the baking powder. Add the flour and milk alternately. Fold the figs in.
Put into a prepared baking pan. Bake at 170 degrees C for 30 minutes or until it comes through clean. You can top the batter with chopped figs / almond/dessicated coconut before baking.