Before I get to the connection between a Blender Cake & Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750, let me ask you something. Can you think of a South Indian kitchen without a mixer-grinder? Think Idli, Dosa, Vada, Kozhukottai, Chutneys, Chutney Powders, Sambhar, Kootu, Avial, Olan, and even coconut milk Payasam. The list of South Indian dishes requiring wet or dry grinding are endless.
All this grinding is where the Tecnora bit comes in. Tecnora recently approached me to review their 750w mixer-grinder. Having previously used their 550w mixer-grinder and Espresso/ Coffee Maker, I knew this was worth taking on. I have been using a 750W mixer-grinder for over 4 years now. The powerful motor makes short work of all my kitchen grinding jobs. I use it to make my spice pastes and powders, chutneys, blending soups, sauces and shakes, crushing ice, batter, making my own peanut butter, etc.
The Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750 was a pleasant surprise at first sight. The shape and the red and white colour of the base/ motor housing of the mixer-grinder was some what familiar. It brought back childhood memories of my mother’s Sumeet mixer-grinder. We were living in Africa in those days and that “mixie” was close to heart. So much so that she insisted on bringing back the 18-year old appliance when we moved back to India. As it turns out, this model is Tecnora’s tribute to the legendary S. P. Mathur, the founder of Sumeet. Hence the abbreviation LSP in the model name.
A lot of people swear by wet grinders for making Idli/ Dosa batter and they have a point. I had a wet grinder myself but it proved too big for a family of two. That’s when I switched to a 750W mixer-grinder that is perfect for the smaller quantities of batter I now need.
So what’s special about the Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750? For one thing, I was quite happy with how it performed on all the tasks I put it through. The Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750, as the name suggests, has a 750 Watt (1 H.P) Dyna-Torque Motor. The mixer-grinder comes with 3 jars, and has unique patented safety mechanisms in all jars. There’s a double lock system, one that locks the jar to the base and the other locking the lid to the jar. So if the dome lid is not locked on properly, and the jar isn’t locked in place on the base, the motor will not run. The clip-on lids ensure hands free operation of the mixer-grinder. The machine is also child safe.
The jars are made of smooth tube stainless steel so have no screws inside the jars. There are no brass parts in the jar assembly that come in direct contact food making them completely food safe. All the blades can be removed after use making it easier to thoroughly clean the jars. Something that is really worth mentioning is that the polycarbonate lids on the Grinder Jar and Chutney Jar come with stirrers. This ensures that you can mix whatever you’re grinding without opening the lids. The stirrers also help wipe down food that splashes on the lid while grinding, back into the jar.
This may sound technical but the chutney jar comes with full sized bearings. Practically, this means that the chutney jar is competent to handle heavy duty grinding required for Indian spice pastes and powders. This mixer-grinder also comes with an all-purpose removable blade, interchangeable whipping blade, a spatula and 2 year warranty. The jars and the lids (minus the gaskets) are also dishwasher friendly. On top of all this, the Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750 is quieter to operate and takes up minimal space on the counter.
Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750 – Specifications at a glance :
|Number of Jars||3|
|Removable Blades + Spatula||Yes|
|Knobs/ Buttons for Operating||Rotary Knob|
|Operating Speed||3 speed + pulsing/ whipping|
|Locking/ Safety Mechanism||Yes|
|Overload Cut Off||Yes|
|Space Taken on Counter||Minimal|
|Colour||Red & White|
This table gives you an approximate idea of some grinding jobs and time the Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750 takes to do them. (Source: the Tecnora website):
|Dry Grinding||Dry Chana Dal||150gms||2 minutes|
|Wet Grinding||Soaked Urad Dal||150gms||1 minute|
|Ice Crushing||Ice Cubes||2 trays||15 seconds|
As I mentioned earlier, the Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750 did an excellent job. I made Idi & Dosa batter, Coconut Chutney, spice pastes for my daily cooking, Kariveppilai Podi (Curry Leaf powder), Peanut Butter, blended Soup, Mango milkshake, and batter for a Blender Cake. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced 750W mixer-grinder, I would definitely recommend taking a look at the new Tecnora Revvolution LSP 750.
Today, I’ll share the recipe for my easy Blender Cake with Mocha Frosting. A Blender Cake is one where the batter is mixed in the blender. So this recipe requires no creaming of butter and sugar, adding flour and liquids in multiple increments, etc. Just drop the ingredients in the jar, run a couple of times and you’re good to go. You must take care to not over blend though, as the batter does not require aeration. So pulsing the batter a few times at lowest speed is all it needs. Baking a cake couldn’t get easier than this. It’s easier than a One Bowl Cake!
This recipe makes a blender batter for a Vanilla Coffee Cake with Mocha Frosting. You can experiment by changing flavours with this basic cake recipe. For example, add lime/ lemon juice for a Lime/ Lemon Cake. Unsweetened cocoa powder will make a Chocolate Cake. Just remember to adjust for the liquid and dry ingredients depending on the changes you make.
For the Blender Cake :
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsps vanilla essence
- 1 cup water hot not boiling
- 1 1/4 cups sugar granulated
- 100 gm butter melted
- 2 eggs
For the Mocha Frosting :
- 45 gram unsalted butter soft at room temperature
- 3/4 to 1 cup icing sugar30 gram dark semi-sweet chocolate chopped coarsely
- 1 tsp instant coffee granules
- 1 tsp hot water
For the Blender Cake :
- Gently whisk together all the dry ingredients and set aside. Add all the wet ingredients except the eggs to the blender and blend on slow speed, till smooth. Now blend in the eggs.
- Add the dry ingredients to the blender and blend on slow speed again, preferably pulsing the mixture a few times till just smooth. You might need to scrape down any flour that sticks to the sides of the blender jar. Do not over blend! The cake batter does not need aeration.
- Pour the batter into a well greased and floured 8" bundt or tube cake pan. Bake at 190C (375F) for about 40 minutes or till done and a skewer comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting it.
- and serve, or decorate if you wish.
Make the Mocha Frosting:
- Melt chocolate in medium heatproof bowl in the microwave or over medium saucepan of simmering water (don't let water touch base of bowl). Cool the chocolate for about 10 minutes. Beat butter in small bowl with a hand held electric mixer until pale and creamy. Gradually beat in sifted icing sugar, chocolate and combined coffee and water.