Although, the title of this post calls this a cake- it is nothing but an oversized Idli steamed in a cake mould.
The giant Idli was made of Barnyard millet and was fermented overnight. The orange colour was because of mashed carrots and the green hue came from ground coriander leaves. I added the carrot and coriander leaves to the batter and layered it just before steaming. The white portion, of course, is the uncoloured Barnyard millet batter.
This idli, that does look like a cake- is however very nutritious. Barnyard millet, from which it is made has a good amount of macronutrients and dietary fibre. 12% of barnyard millet is fibres. 4% of which are soluble ones. Barnyard millets, in addition, also have a low glycemic index (41 - 45) since they are low in carbohydrates. In a study (1) published in 2014, it was noticed that people who consumed barnyard millets for 28 days showed a significant reduction in blood- glucose. cholesterol and triglyceride levels making it an ideal grain for people with type II diabetes. Despite being nutritionally one of the most superior cereals, its use in everyday cooking remains abysmally poor, just because of the lack of awareness.
Barnyard millet is also a hardy crop and grows on hilly slopes where nothing else grows and needs very little water too .
The idli additionally had whole carrots and coriander which gave it a lovely subtle taste and a fascinating colour.