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Flour - 2 cups
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Baking soda- 1/4 tsp
Ground nutmeg - 1/2 tsp
Ground clove -1/4 tsp
Ground cinnamon -1/2 tsp
Brown sugar - 1/2 cup
Almonds - 1/2 cup (blanched and sliced)
Raisins - 1 cup
Peanuts - 1/2 cup
Glazed peels and cherry - 2 cups
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 3/4 cup
Honey - 1 cup
Eggs - 3


  • Beat butter and brown sugar till fluffy, add in beaten eggs.
  • Mix sifted flour, baking powder, soda, salt and spices together.
  • Then mix honey and fruit, dusted with flour.
  • Line the loaf tin with greased brown paper and in it pour the cake mixture.
  • Bake at 350 F till wooden pick comes out smoothly.
  • Cool cake on wire rack and peel off paper.
  • Store in a tightly closed cake box.
  • Serrve it without icing with morning tea.
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Dondakaya Masala (Gherkins Masala) curry

Dondakayalu - 250gms
Onions - 2
Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1tsp
Tamarind juice - 2 tsp
Turmeric - 1/4tsp
Salt to taste

For Masala paste:
Peanuts -1 tbsp, Red Chillies - 3 no.'s, Gingely seeds - 1tbsp, Coriander seeds - 1 tbsp, coconut powder - 1tbsp,  cumin seeds - 1 tsp

Cut the onions into small pieces. Slit the dondakayalu into 4 long pieces. Dry roast all the masala ingredients and grind to make fine powder. Heat the oil add jeera when it crackles add onions. Fry onions for 5 minutes add dondakayalu, turmeric and salt. Cook for another 5 minutes the add the masala powder, tamarind juice and some water. Cook the curry till the oil floats. This curry goes well with rice and roti.