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Ekadasi Recipe: Apricot-Ginger Cake

by Sarojini dasi

As my Ekadasi cake recipe always seems to get lots of hits on Ekadasis, I thought I would add another recipe, this time without the coconut and with more of a gingery flavour (the addition of chopped crystallised ginger would make it even tastier!). You could make it vegan but still suitable for Ekadasi by substituting the cows’ milk for almond milk and the butter for coconut/peanut/sunflower oil.

Cake on Ekadasi? I hear you cry — well why not? It is quick and easy, and could form the basis of a meal with fruit and yogurt, so you won’t be spending too much time in the kitchen.

400g buckwheat flour
200g light brown (demerara) sugar
70g (approx.) chopped dried apricots
4 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda (not baking powder)
6 teaspoons powdered ginger
400ml cows’ milk
150ml melted unsalted butter
100ml lemon juice

  • First combine all the dry ingredients, tossing the apricot pieces in the flour first to stop them sticking together.
  • Next mix the milk and butter together
  • Stir the lemon juice into the dry mixture, followed by the milk and the butter.
  • Beat well for about a minute — you will probably notice air pockets forming as the bicarb. and lemon juice combo starts to work.
  • Put the mixture into a prepared 10″ or med. rectangular/ square cake tin.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes (or until a thin skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean) in an oven pre-heated to 180C.
  • Cut into squares and serve with fresh fruit and/or yoghurt.

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31 Responses to Ekadasi Recipe: Apricot-Ginger Cake

  1. Admin November 20, 2011 at 9:45 PM #

    Prasadam is proof that God exists.

  2. Pandita dasi November 20, 2011 at 10:12 PM #

    Ekadasi preps recipes, such a good and welcoming idea!

    Especially for encouraging new people to follow ekadasi easily, heartily, and tastefully, and thus Increase their sukriti.

    Is there any replacement for sugar for those who do not take sugar?

    • Bhakta Svarupa dsa February 25, 2013 at 6:22 PM #

      stevia, natural sweetner but at the same timeanatural healing medicine didi

  3. Nandalal November 21, 2011 at 12:40 AM #

    I’m not sure here, is the ingredient buckwheat not a grain and isn’t that the item to avoid on Ekadasi, enlighten me please, for I suffer from being totally dumb, old, worn out and useless to anyone. Hare Krishna.

    • Visnave Swami Maharaja November 21, 2011 at 4:17 AM #

      All Glories to my siksa guru, HDG Srila Narayana Goswani Maharaja. Without your mercy, and “zapping-me” with shakti (How do you do that?), my life would have been finished. I really miss your vapu Gurudev, but I read your books constantly and they are like a constant stream of Nectar.

      To “Buckwheat” (Nandadula), Tell me the answer please and stop stealing “my lines”.
      All Glories to the Devotees

      • Nandalal November 21, 2011 at 5:57 AM #

        The only thing I steal is ‘bhakti’, that is not a thief that is an addiction, but isn’t buckwheat flour grains and that is what someone fasts from on ekadasi, that is all I ask, nothing more, nothing less.

    • Raghava November 21, 2011 at 10:31 AM #

      Here’s the information from (calendar):


      The essence is to eat simply, once or twice, so that one can spend as much time as possible hearing, chanting and remembering Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. Never eat meat, fish, eggs, onions, garlic, carrots, red lentils (masur dahl), green flat lentils, mushrooms or products thereof.

      Restricted foods on Ekadasi:

      Tomatoes, eggplants, cauliflower, broccoli, bell peppers, beets, bitter melon (karela), loki, parmal, toroi, kunli, drumsticks, bindi (ladies’ fingers) and banana flowers
      Peas, chickpeas and all types of beans, including products made from beans (e.g., papadams, tofu, tempeh)

      All leafy vegetables (e.g., spinach, salads, cabbages) and leafy herbs like parsley, coriander leaves, celery and curry leaves
      Grains (e.g., millet, barley, farina, pasta, rice, corn) and all types of flour made from grains and beans (e.g., rice flour, chickpea flour, urad dahl flour)

      Starches from corn or grains, and products made from or mixed with these starches like baking soda, baking powder, certain soft drinks with corn syrup, custard, certain yoghurts and puddings, certain varieties of cream and cottage cheese, certain sweets and candies, and tapioca balls

      Oils made from grains (e.g., corn oil, mustard oil, sesame oil) and products fried in these oils (e.g., fried nuts, potato chips and other fried snack foods)
      Honey, and sweets made with starches

      Spices used on Ekadasi:

      Black pepper, fresh ginger, pure salt and fresh turmeric, all taken from a new and clean package
      Spices not used on Ekadasi: hing (asafetida), sesame seeds, cumin, fenugreek, mustard, tamarind, fennel, cardamom and nutmeg

      Foods that can be taken all days of the year, including Ekadasi and Caturmasya:

      All fruits (fresh and dried), all nuts and all oils made from nuts
      Potatoes, pumpkin, cucumber, radish, squash, lemon, avocado, olives, coconut, buckwheat, all sugars

      All pure milk products (except yoghurt during the 2nd month of Caturmasya and milk during the 3rd month

      • mathuranatha das November 21, 2011 at 2:14 PM #

        Dandavats – black pepper that is already ground when you buy it may have been ground in a mill or processed and handled by equipment used for grinding grain or other non ecadasi spices . the same possibility applies to buckwheat flour . Also merchants may cut the ground black pepper or buckwheat with a cheaper flour or substance to increase profits .Apparently ground black salt is also at risk of contamination for the same reasons . Whole black pepper or buckwheat is safer . radhe!

  4. Akhileshvari dasi November 21, 2011 at 11:11 AM #

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe, Sarojini didi. I might give it a try tomorrow. We are following Ekadasi tomorrow in this corner of the globe! (Australia)

    To reply to Nandalal Prabhu, buckwheat is indeed acceptable to offer and honour on Ekadasi days as it is in fact not a grain but technically a dried fruit. So, buckwheat porridge, buckwheat pancakes, buckwheat halva, buckwheat cheesecake base, buckwheat puris and even buckwheat chapattis are all wonderful acceptable alternatives to grains on this holy day.

    To Pandita Prabhu, may I suggest fruit concentrates or boiled dates as a sugar alternative, you will just need to reduce the amount of liquid from the recipe. Date palm sugar may also suit some people.

    Happy baking everyone!

    Jaya Sri Radhe!

    • mathuranatha das November 21, 2011 at 2:20 PM #

      Dandavats , buckwheat that is already ground when you buy it [buckwheat flour] may have been ground in a mill or processed and handled by equipment used for grinding grain or other non ecadasi foods . . Also merchants may cut the ground buckwheat with a cheaper flour [like wheat or rice flour] or substance to increase profits . Whole buckwheat is observably a whole lot safer . Radhe !

  5. Snigdha dasi November 21, 2011 at 11:37 AM #

    Thanks for sharing the recipies! To question about buckwheat – this is not grain and this is allowed.

  6. Bhanumati dd November 21, 2011 at 2:31 PM #

    Hari bol everyone! We tried Sarojini didi’s recipe which turned out great!

    Jai Ekadasi

    Jai Srila Gurudeva


    • Admin November 21, 2011 at 2:57 PM #

      I attest to that 108% – thanks Bhanu, thanks Sarojini

  7. Madhukantha das November 22, 2011 at 2:10 PM #

    Can we Please have some clarification on why tomato’s apparently appear in both lists as the
    tomato is a pure fruit and not a vegetable

    can we have some Shastrik conformation, or clarification on why tomato’s are listed as Restricted foods on Ekadasi days, Quotes from our great acaryas,links to books ect… .

    Thanks, Sarojini dasi for the loverly recipe.I agree would be nice to see more people post their
    must have recipes here on Ekadasi and Caturmasya Days.

    • tarunkrsnadas November 23, 2011 at 12:50 AM #

      Whilst it might be possible to construct an argurment that the calf is the fruit of the union between the cow and the bull, and that mushrooms are the fruit of a mycelial organism, etc,and therefore OK on Ekadasi, in all seriousness the question as to whether tomatoes are a fruit or a vegatable is possibly answered by two considerations:

      1) most, if not all fruit plants are perennials, whereas tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants, etc (and similiar members of the solanacae plant family) are annuals, at best biennials if encouraged to survive over winter.

      2) tomatoes are generally utilised in the same way as a vegetable, ie, used in vegetable dishes rather than served with fruit (cucumbers tend to offer a similar connundrum, as I have noticed that they are sometimes served to the deities with the fruit offering).

      Nevertheless, if Srila Gurudeva wishes us to uphold the tradition of avoiding consumption of tomatoes during Ekadasi fasts, it makes sense that this is the way for us to go. Sri Guru, like the customer, is always right, so if avoiding tomatoes on Ekadasi does not present any danger besides a slight inconvenience for the palate, it is in our best interest to avoid them. Besides, learing to control the senses is a part of our pathway to bhakti.

      Hope this helps.

  8. tarunkrsnadas November 23, 2011 at 12:57 AM #

    Well, aren’t we a pack of servants of the tongue, unfortunately, myself included. Thanks very much for this recipe.

    As for Raghava’s “Prasadam is proof that God exists.” EVERYTHING is proof that God exists.


    • Admin November 23, 2011 at 8:59 AM #

      the tongue is the quickest way to our experience of it though

  9. Jambavan December 5, 2011 at 11:56 PM #

    Sarojini, as far as I know, carob is a fruit not a grain.

  10. Jambavan December 5, 2011 at 11:57 PM #

    Sarojini, as far as I know carob is a fruit not a grain

  11. January 7, 2012 at 8:38 PM #

    Nitaï Gaura premanande… Jaya Sri Guru. Jyotirmayi dd told me they were 4 reasons 2 follow ekadasi. Esoteric, economic, health, don’t remember the 4th one. I still do not understand why brocoli, bell pepper, honey, green leaf vegetable, eggplants… should not be used. I do not want 2 b a blind follower. One prabhu told me about green leaf, but I forgot. The explanation must have been a bit 2 elaborate 4 me. If anyone can answer, thx a lot. It is quite difficult 2 follow ekadasi without association. Haribolo, Radhe Radhe

    • Kasturi vaillant April 3, 2012 at 3:51 PM #

      Chère didi,

      Ecoute bien mes avis éclairés. LOL
      J’ai lu hier soir le petit opuscule (très bien fait) deKBdd et me suis posée les mêmes questions; donc après reflexion je me suis dit que tous ces légumes cités devaient être en plus des céréales etc… des refuges pour papa Purosha ! de même que les épices et pour le miel j’ai pensé que l’on ne sait pas trop ce que les abeiles butinent.
      Bref pour conclure je demanderait à Madhava Maharaja quand il viendra dans une semaine. Jaihoo

    • dayanidhi April 7, 2012 at 12:30 AM #

      Some times we must accept higher authority because we do not have access to the information in our present state of material contamination. Our great Guru varga has determined these things, how they affect us with a vision into the subtle realm, we accept because their characters have no tinge of deception, in this you can have firm faith.
      i hope this finds you well,
      your well wisher

    • Visnave Swami Maharaja August 15, 2012 at 9:05 AM #


      Dandavat Purnams!

      All Glories to Sti Sri Guru & Gauranga

      Srila Grudev must have really liked you!!! Do you know who your name is? Contact me if you would like to know. visnaveswami@rediff****.com


  12. Narasingha das August 10, 2012 at 7:29 AM #

    OK – I saved this recipe for Janmastami – and wasn’t really thinking about it while following its specifics … or I would have questioned 4 tsp Baking Soda as a serious typo!? I was surprised by the couple of devotees who also followed the recipe and said it turned out great – our experience was that the huge (relatively) amount of baking soda more than overwhelmed it and rendered it inedible … so, what is the actual amount of baking soda to use?

    • Bhanumati dasi August 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM #

      Hare Krishna Narasingha das,

      I have prepared this cake 3 times using 4 tsp of baking soda and each time the cake was perfect. Once I did not have as much ginger powder as it called for and it also turned out great.

      Please check if you are using baking powder or baking soda – you should be using baking soda.

      Happy Baking for Krishna :)

      Jai Janmastami!

      • Admin August 10, 2012 at 11:08 AM #

        Maybe better to clarify WHAT exactly is a tsp …. is it a tablespoon? teaspoon? other spoon … ?

      • Narasingha das August 10, 2012 at 1:02 PM #

        Well then, we must remain baffled! We used regular Arm & Hammer, yellow box!, Baking Soda …?

        • Bhanumati dasi August 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM #

          tsp = teaspoon and I also used Arm & Hammer (orange box)

          • Bhanumati dasi August 10, 2012 at 4:02 PM #

            baking soda

  13. mathuranatha das August 19, 2014 at 12:06 PM #

    What about sunflower seeds ? I think I read not permitted but cannot find the reference , anyone know ? Radhe Radhe !!

    • Raghava Pandit das August 19, 2014 at 12:10 PM #

      I think you are correct Mathuranath prabhu, but I cannot confirm this with reference quote. Anyone knows?

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