Solving a riddle is fun,if you manage to solve the riddle,that is!!When I saw the announcement of Open Sesame 2,posted in TOI,I wondered how I missed OS1.Anyway,better late than never-did not waste any time and went to the site,chose my preferred box,that was box#1.Promptly,Siri sent me the riddle-
"A moniker in my name for a city
A phrase with me will make you cherished
I am so good for you in my utter simplicity
In Medical dictionary the fact so furnished
I am so famous in the world of bytes
Known for many aspects of usage
I am fat and rotund and make crunchy bites
My fame known from many religious traditions - right from the old age
Am, I forbidden? Or mystical ?
or the eternal giver of Youth
I consists of five internal carpels
Am good for good health of your mouth
I am as basic a fruit as you can think of
Or as hard if you dont try enough
If You eat me on a day to day basis
Then you dont have worry about anything - be it cold or dry cough."
I read it once and the word "forbidden" gave me a hint that it could be Apple.Tried to think the rest of the riddle matching it with Apple and it matched-Fat and rotund,Crunchy bites,Religious traditions,Cold&Cough-I really hoped that it was Apple and sent my reply to Siri and Bingo!!she said it was the right answer!!I was sooo soo excited!!I had to prepare a super duper dish with Apple.Had already prepared a Jam for MEC-Bottled,so was wondering what to make this time.A friend suggested that I make Apple Kheer,but I was not so sure about that.Kept the recipe of Kheer for another time and again scanned my cookbook.I saw a recipe for Eggless Apple cake and got very excited.At the back of my mind,I got warnings saying that since I am making it in the MW it wont have a brown crust etc etc.But I avoided all those warnings and went ahead with the recipe,and I am so glad I did!!
Eggless Apple cake with Apple Jam
1 apple - peeled & grated
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup(or more if required)
Sift maida,baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and keep aside.
Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add grated apples and milk-beat again till mixed well.
Now fold the dry ingredients into this by adding 1 tbsp flour at a time.
Grease a MW proof dish with butter and pour the batter into it.
MW on 80% power for 8 minutes.
Leave in MW for another 5 minutes.
Serve with a dollop of Apple jam(optional).