New Delhi: Celebrate International Carrot Day with some self-made delights using innovative recipes.

Chef Sahil Wadhwa, Director at Wadhwa Baker and Chef Sharad Dewan from THE Park Kolkata have listed recipes to brighten up a carrot lover's day:

 * Carrot Cake

Ingredients: For 4 cakes

For the Batter

Flour (maida) 1 kg, Brown sugar 1 kg, Butter 1 kg, Eggs 30, Cinnamon Powder 2 tsp, Raisin 200 gm, Baking powder 2.5 gm, Nutmeg half (grated), Carrots 1 kg, Yogurt 375 gm.

 

For the Icing

100 gm Butter, 200 gm icing sugar, 100 gm cream cheese.

 

For Garnish

Orange colour fondant or marzipan

 Method for batter: Combine sugar and butter together until creamy. Add eggs one by one so that they can emulsify properly with the sugar mixture. Grate the carrot and sequence all the excess water from the grated carrot and then add to the cake batter by using cut and fold method. Add yogurt.

Add all the dry ingredients, flour, nutmeg, baking powder, cinnamon powder to form cake batter. Grease properly the round tin mould and pour the carrot cake batter. Bake in the oven at 200 Degree Celsius for 35 to 40 minutes.

Method for icing: Combine sugar with butter, once creamy add cheese cream.

Method for garnish: Make small shape carrots from the fondant for the garnish. Spread the icing on the cake and garnish it with small carrots.

 

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Moscow, Dec 4: About 2,500 seals have been found dead on the Caspian Sea coast in southern Russia, officials said Sunday.

Authorities in the Russian province of Dagestan said it was unclear why the mass die-off happened but that it was likely due to natural causes.

Regional officials initially reported Saturday that 700 dead seals were found on the coast, but the Dagestan division of the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment later raised the figure to about 2,500.

Zaur Gapizov, head of the Caspian Environmental Protection Center, said in a statement that the seals likely died a couple of weeks ago. He added that there was no sign that they were killed or caught in fishing nets.

Experts of the Federal Fisheries Agency and prosecutors inspected the coastline and collected data for laboratory research, which didn't immediately spot any pollutants.

Several previous incidents of mass seal deaths were attributed to natural causes. Kazakhstan, which has a long Caspian coastline, reported at least three such incidents this year.

Data about the number of seals in the Caspian vary widely. The fisheries agency has said the overall number of Caspian seals is 270,000-300,000, while the Caspian Environmental Protection Center put the number at 70,000.