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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Date and Walnut Cake (Sugar Free)

Walnut and date cake is one of my favorites and I used to make it in a traditional style with maida and sugar until the idea of making a healthier version of it came to my mind and I replaced them with wheat flour and khejur gur(Date Palm Jaggery). Didn't expect it to come out so well. Since the cake was moist enough next time I would try it with even less oil(1/8th cup).

For those who don't know much about Khejur Gur (date palm jaggery), it is made from boiling the sap from date palms and is very popular in Bengal during the winter months. It is also commonly called "Notun Gur" ( literally, "new jaggery") or "Nolen Gur". It is not easily available, but to my surprise I found it in the Indian store(Apna Bazar, Jersey City), I'll soon try other traditional recipes of it and post.

Wheat Flour: 1 Cup
Dates(Khajoor): 10 -12
Milk: 3/4 cup milk
Khejur gur
(Date Palm Jaggery): 180gms (Alternate 3/4 cup sugar)
Oil: 1/4 cup 
Baking Soda: 1 Tsp
Chopped Walnuts: 1/4 Cup

1. Heat milk and add coarsely grated gur to it and stir.
2. Then add the washed dates(remove seeds if they are not pitted) to the milk and let it cook for 2-3 mins.
3. Let it cool a little and then grind it to a smooth paste. The dates might not grind properly, this is absolutely fine.
4. Add oil and mix.
5. Sieve together flour and baking soda and pour the date mixture to the flour and mix well. If the mixture is very thick you can add little more milk, but make sure not to make it thin in consistency else the walnuts would settle down while baking and will not be evenly spread out.
6. Add chopped walnuts and mix well.
6. Preheat the oven at 350F(175 degree C). Bake the cake in a greased oven proof dish for 30-35 mins (or until a knife inserted in the cake comes out clean).

1. Bake the cake immediately after preparing the mixture so make sure the oven is pre-heated by the time mixture is ready.
2. Instead of grinding the dates with milk you can also chop and add them if you would like the prominent taste of the dates.
3. Kajoor ka gur is available in Indian stores and in case you don't have it handy you can replace it with sugar.

Sending this to Nivedita's and Pari's event "Only Original Recipes" from along with Bread Chowmein

Dates- on Foodista


briarrose said...

This looks delicious. What a beautiful cake.

Santosh Bangar said...


Eat Hearty said...

Thanks Santosh....this is an old recipe from my mom's cookbook, I altered it a little by using wheat flour and gur instead....Just saw your recipe it is different then mine, I don't use baking powder, please do try once and let me know if you like it....
And yes sure your site looks great and will definitely visit... :)

Srivalli said...

Ankita, cake looks superb..and so wonderful to know that there is no egg and no butter also? wow..welcome to the ICC..glad to know you..

Medifast Coupons said...

I absolutely love date and walnut cake and haven't had a good one in forever. I look forward to getting in the kitchen and making up your cake, thanks so much.

Indian Cuisine Blogroll said...

Nice to know about this cake with date palm...looks delicious..

Steve said...

Hi there!

My name is Steve Walters and I recently started blogging at, which is currently being updated with recipes, but in the next few months will be my vehicle for covering the food and restaurant scene in Bangkok Thailand.

I am now in the process of meeting as many food bloggers as I can and I found your site
recently and was pretty impressed. I've added your site to my Foodie Blogs list here: and would also like to add you to my blogroll.

If you could add my site to your blogroll and write back to let me know it has been added I will add you to mine as well and the exchange would be greatly appreciated!

As you might imagine I am very excited to get moved to Bangkok and get started on covering the food scene there as I feel it is an area that isn't well covered by English speaking bloggers. I plan on adding loads of great reviews, pictures and even video and will be holding contests as well. It should be fun, entertaining and informative for everyone that visits.

Thank you so much in advance for adding me to your blogroll and I look forward to reading your posts (I've subscribed!) and maybe even featuring some of your own posts as I do plan on a weekly roundup of Thai themed recipes and posts from other food bloggers.

Warm regards,

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Alisa said...

I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this dates widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes with dates,Thanks!

Nithya said...

Super delicious cake. Looks really good. I have a lot of walnuts at home and was wondering what to use it in. Bookmarking your recipe now :)

Minu said...

Lovely recipe. this is one of my fav cakes

sharada said...

the cake looks delicious and healthy ...gonna try 'em with jaggery.
You have a lovely space & happy to follow u dear:)

Smita P said...

cake looks yumm !!

Parita said...

Hey..i love love the texture of this cake! Looks fantastic...I am forever in search of good eggless recipes, definately planning to make this one soon..will let you know the outcome!
Thanks for sharing!

Parita said...

Hey..its me again..can u pls let me know how much is 1 cup flour in gms? thanks!

Eat Hearty said...

Hey Parita, 1 Cup all purpose flour is 110gms.

Blogger NJ said...

a tempting description !!

m gonna try dis out soon.. n ll update ya ab8 it ;)