Carrot Pola or Carrot Egg Cake- Malabar Dessert
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
  • Carrot, medium sized- 2, cut into rounds
  • Eggs, large- 3
  • All purpose flour- 4 tbsp
  • Sugar- 4 to 5 tbsp
  • Vanilla extract- 1 tsp
  • Ghee- 2 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts or pecans or almonds- 2 tbsp
  1. Peel the carrots and cut them into 1 inch rounds. Place the carrots in a saucepan cover with 1 cup water and cook covered till carrots are fork tender. Drain the water and rinse the cooked carrots under cold water.
  2. Into a blender, add cooked carrots, eggs, flour, sugar and vanilla extract.
  3. Puree till a smooth paste has formed.
  4. Place a small round non-stick sauce pan over LOW heat. Add 2 tbsp ghee and swirl the pan to evenly coat the sides and bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour the pureed carrot-egg mixture into the pan.
  6. Evenly spread nuts of your choice over the mixture.
  7. Cover the pan with its lid and cook over very LOW heat for a few minutes.
  8. Cook till the top of the carrot pola has set well and a fork inserted into the center of the carrot-egg pola comes out clean.
  9. Make sure you cook over very low heat, else the bottom of the pola will get browned or burnt.
  10. Uncover the lid of the pan, cover the pan with a plate and flip the plate over so that the bottom side of the carrot pola will now be the top part on the plate. The bottom side of the pola will have a nice golden brown color.
  11. Using a spatula, gently slide the carrot pola (without breaking it) into the pan so that the other side should be at the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook over low heat for a few minutes.
  12. Again, cover the pan with a plate and flip it over. The carrot pola will nicely fall onto the plate.
  13. Let cool down. Using a knife cut into wedges and serve immediately.
  14. You could even chill the carrot pola in the refrigerator and serve for brunch or as an evening snack.
Use a small non-stick pan, you will get a small cake shape and it won't stick to the pan.
I repeat: Cook over very low heat else the carrot pola will get browned fast without cooking well.
Make sure the center of the pola has set well (a fork inserted should come out clean) before flipping it over.
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