All my readers and blogger friends who come here regular, must be wondering if I vanished into thin air !!! I was in Kolkata for Durga Puja celebrations. When I landed there, first thing that struck me was the humidity which seemed to suck the energy out of me. But then better things started to happen like watching the beautifully decorated Pandals with Gorgeous Idol of the Goddess and her Children, gorging on to delicious and inviting food during the course of pandal hopping and taking hundreds of photographs of the Puja Celebration. For those who have not seen the way Kolkata dresses up during the Pujas, I highly recommend that even for once you visit this city during Durga Puja period and I assure you that you would be impressed by the enormity of the celebration.
|Deshopriyo Park Takur Protima|
Other highlights of Pujas are Pushpanjali ( Offerings to the Goddess hymns) mantra on loudspeaker, the rhythmic beats of the dhak ( large drums) , enormous hoarding from Corporates. I am enclosing some photos for your viewing. Hope you like them.
|Bag Bazaar Durga Protima|
|The theme of Hindustan Park i was 'KAANCHER SWARGO' i.e Glass Pardise |
The hint of tanginess coming out from buttermilk makes this more alluring to the tastebuds. The gorgeous texture and melt in mouth bite of this yummy cake is sure to rule your heart. Unlike plain vanilla cake it doesn't crumble and hold its shape.
2 1/2 cups All purpose flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp Baking soda
1 cup powdered Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 cup Oil
2 tsp Vanilla essence
1 cup Buttermilk (instant)
It's very easy to make buttermilk at home, all you need is 1 cup milk and 1 tbsp White Vinegar. Just pour vinegar in 1 cup milk and let it stand for 10-15 before use and its ready !!
Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Prepare the baking pan by greasing with little butter and dusting. Keep aside.
Sift together flour,sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda and set aside. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients, add beaten eggs, oil, vanilla essence and buttermilk. Beat this on medium speed for a minute. Pour this batter on prepared pan and smooth surface with a rubber spatula. Bake 30-35 minutes at 180 Degree Celcius for 35 minutes or until a long toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and place the pan on a cooling wire rack.
Talk about a slice of heaven ...?