Sunday, December 15, 2013

Orange Cake or A Brittania Fruit Cake

Sometimes, you want to do so many things in your 24 hours, but you cannot do it, as you are running out of time. I do not know about you guys, but for me, it always happen, and then in the end of the day, I feel the day is over and I haven't done things which I wanted to do. 

Well, few of those things are cooking special things. When, I started my life as a mother, I met a lady in Gym. She was a mother of two, her hubby was a chef in a renowned Hotel in Delhi. Everyday, when I am working out we use to talk, and every time she will give me some useful tips, about managing Kitchen, some great tips for cooking, and some ultimate tips for baking. But, then I was not equipped with great utensils and I definitely wasn't having perfect equipments to bake, and it never occurred to me how to use existing equipments. 

My life as a home maker and a baker started few years back. Slowly, baking became my passion. I started experimenting new things. Copying and following the recipe, anyone can do. The thing is there when you actually wants to experiment things on your own, and see what is the outcome.

Here is my story of this cake. We were in Walmart, and you know how beautifully they keep things in their aisle. I got this Orange as my little one was screaming in the market , that she wanted one. I knew she is not going to eat this orange, as it will taste bitter. So, I said no to her. But, she was adamant that she wanted that particular big orange. After coming home, she do not want even to look at it. Hmmmm, I knew it, so thought a bit and came up with the idea of making Orange Cake.
While I was mixing ingredients, I heard a big knock at my door. It was so hard, I actually dropped the open bottle of honey in the batter. It was a UPS guy, came to deliver stuffs which I got online. Cursing him, I started my work again, but it seems very difficult to remove extra honey from the batter. So, planned to go ahead and see the outcomes. The out come was really delicious. And, I remembered, the Brittania Fruit Cake, which as a kid we always use to ask mom to buy it for us, when ever we are in grocery store.

So, I again tried the same recipe to determine the exact quantity of all the ingredients. And, here is the exact quantity of ingredients and recipe for you to try - 

Ingredients -
  1. Orange ( big, full of juice)- 1/2
  2. Orange peel (scraped) - 5-6 tbsp
  3. Lemon juice - 1 tbsp
  4. Honey- 4 tbsp
  5. Sugar - 3/4 cup
  6. Cooking Oil - 1/2cup
  7. Baking Powder - 1 tsp
  8. Baking Soda- 1/4tsp
  9. Maida (All Purpose Flour) - 2 cups
  10. Milk Powder - 1 cup
  11. Milk as required
  12. Dried Cranberries/ Raisins/ Almonds (cut in small pieces) - 1/2 cup
Directions -
  • Mix Maida/ All Purpose Flour, milk powder, baking soda and baking powder in 1 bowl.
  • in another bowl, mix orange juice, lemon juice, honey, sugar and oil. Beat.
  • Now, mix dry mixture in wet mixture.
  • Mix and then add orange peel. mix for a while. I mixed it with hand for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Add milk, if required to get a desired consistency.
  • Add all dry fruits, mix and transfer the batter in a baking dish.
  • Leave it aside for 5 minutes.
  • Heat the oven and bake the cake at 350 degrees.
  • Cake will be done in 30-35 minutes. Take it out, insert a toothpick and check if the cake is done.
  • Cool and enjoy.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Spinach Bread Pizza

Some kids just hate veggies, and they eat only when they are forced to eat those. Well, my LO is one of those kids, and it takes a lot of patience and lots of convincing to make her eat veggies. So, I tried my hand on some dishes in which she really do not have to get to know whats in there. One of my those favorite dish is Spinach Bread Pizza. Now, it's been 3 years, she is still eating these bread pizza but still doesn't know what all is in there.

Ingredients - 
  1. Bread slice- 1
  2. Shredded Cheese  - 1/4 cup (to spread)
  3. Butter- 1/2 tsp
  4. Spinach( thick Gravy)- 1 tbsp
  5. Tomato Sos/ Pizza Spread - 1 tbsp
Directions - 
  • Heat oven to 350 deg. 
  • In a slice of bread, spread a layer of Spinach thick paste.
 
  • Then a layer of Butter, than a layer of Pizza spread.
 
  • Cover it with shredded cheese. 
 
  • Make a face with any veggies on the top.
  • Bake it in preheated oven for 10 minutes or till the cheese starts bubbling.
  • Perfect piece of bread pizza for your kid's lunch.


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Dal Palak (spinach cooked with Lentils)


I love Spinach (Palak). My menu always has Spinach in some or the other form. I make it a point of eating Spinach 2-3 times in a week. And I especially want my kiddo to eat it. We do know Spinach is a healthy choice for us, but do you know what are the health benefits of Spinach.
  • Great Source of Vitamin- C, which in turns helps support immune system and protects from viral infection, promotes wound healing.
  • benefits of spinach in nourishing the eyes and building bones. What few know is that it also very good for digestion. Spinach eases constipation and protects the mucus lining of the stomach, so that you stay free of ulcers.  It also flushes out toxins from the colon.
  • benefit of spinach is its role in skin care. The bounty of vitamins and minerals in spinach can bring you quick relief from dry, itchy skin and lavish you with a radiant complexion. Regular consumption of fresh, organic spinach juice has been shown to improve skin health dramatically.
Now, I tried a recipe to make the meal more healthier. Here, is a recipe for you to try -

Ingredients for 4 people-
  1. Toor Dal - 3 handful
  2. Fresh Spinach - 1 bunch (finely chopped)
  3. Garlic - 3-4 pods
  4. Onion - 1/2 (chopped)
  5. Tomato - 2 (small, chopped)
  6. Green Chilli - 2 (slit)
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp
  9. Coriander Powder - 1tsp
  10. Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  11. Cumin Powder - 1 tsp
  12. Garam Masala - 1tsp
  13. Aamchur Powder - 1tsp
  14. Cooking Oil - 1tsp
Directions -
  • Boil Toor Dal with little salt.
  • Heat oil, add chopped garlic, let it turn golden brown, then add chopped onion and fry till it turns translucent in color.
  • Now, add chopped tomatoes and green chilli, and fry till tomatoes turn soft.
  • Add all the spices, with a 1/2 cup of water, and fry.
  • Now, add chopped spinach and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add boiled Dal in this mixture, let it boil, then reduce the flame, cover and let it cook for 15 minutes.
  • Keep the consistency of Dal as you desire. 
  • Enjoy it hot.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Corn with Paneer

Being a mom, I want to feed nutritious food to my child. After doing course of child nutrition I learned, every meal of child is very-very important, and we need to make it nutritious as well as tasty. As far I know my kid, she do not eat the food which she do not like it. 

All my friends and family knows my kid loves Paneer. I always make Paneer with some veggies, like Mutter-Paneer, Paneer- Shimla Mirch, Aloo Mutter Paneer and Palak Paneer. This time I wanted to try something new. And I came out with this recipe. Simple and Quick yet nutritious recipe.

We all like to eat good food, but we do not even give a thought about its nutrition. So, I would like you guys to know the nutrition points of this curry. After reading this facts, I am sure you will definitely want to give it a try. Enjoy....
  1. Corn is nutritious, providing fiber, which aids in digestion, plus folate, thiamin, phosphorus, vitamin C, and magnesium (about 10% of the daily value for each). The folic acid in corn is now known to be an important factor in preventing neural-tube birth defects. It's just as important in preventing heart disease, according to studies that show folic acid can prevent a buildup of homocysteine, an amino acid, in the body.

  1. Paneer is very light, easy to digest, and absolutely loved by kids. Its high on calcium, and thus
    helps in building strong teeth and bones. Paneer also has a health benefit of reducing the development of insulin resistance syndrome. This syndrome is associated with obesity,
    hypertension, glucose intolerance and Type 2 diabetes mellitus.


Ingredients for 4 people- 
Preparation Time - 10 minutes
Cooking time - 15 minutes
  1. Paneer - 1/2 block (200 gms)
  2. Corn - 1 cup ( frozen or fresh)
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Turmeric Powder - 1/2tsp
  5. Coriander Powder - 1/2 tsp
  6. Red Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp or according to taste
  7. Cilantro Powder - 1 tsp
  8. Onion - 1/2 (big slices)
  9. Garlic - 4-5 pods
  10. Ginger - 1/2 inch
  11. Yogurt/Dahi - 1 bowl
  12. Heavy Cream - 1 tbsp
  13. Ghee/Oil - 1tbsp
  14. Cardamom - 2
  15. Cumin seeds- 1tsp
  16. Black Pepper-  4-5
  17. Cloves (laung) - 2-3
Directions - 
  • Blend Onion, garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom and black pepper together.
  • On the other side, heat a pan, add ghee/oil 1tbsp.
  • Add the blended mix in the oil, and stir on medium flame for 5 minutes.
  • Add all the spices except yogurt, heavy cream, paneer and corn.
  • Stir it, till all the spices are mixed properly.
  • After few minutes, this mixture will start leaving oil.
  • At this point, add yogurt, mix and then add 1 bowl of water.
  • And let it come to a boiling point.
  • Add paneer and corn, stir slowly, so that you do not break the paneers. 
  • Reduce the flame, cover and cook it for 5 more minutes.
  • Add cream, stir.
  • Your curry is ready to serve.
NOTE -  I keep the consistency of the curry completely depends on your liking. I prefer gravy little liquid. 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Methi Thepla



Methi Thepla - Read about it so many times, but never gave it a thought of making it at home. After moving to Noida, me and my mother, we use to go together for shopping. We love the Local market (Atta) of Noida. It's been 10 years now, but I still remember, our those amazing days. There was a shop of a lady, who use to sell homemade theplas, and we make it a point (every time), that we are going there. We use to enjoy it so much, and mostly with tea. We use to get 2-3 packets extra every time, and we are done with it in 4-5 days max. I loved it, but then after marriage It totally slipped from my mind. And now few days back, I saw it in a friend's timeline, "METHI THEPLA". So, here I am presenting you most amazing dish of Gujarat, which is very easy to make.

Ingredients- 
  1. 1cup whole wheat atta,
  2. 1/3 cup besan,
  3. Aijwain - 1tsp
  4. Haldi- 1/2tsp
  5. Red Chilli powder - 1/2tsp
  6. Hing- 1tsp
  7. Salt to taste
  8. Curd 
  9. Little milk

Directions - 
  • Mix all the ingredients to make a soft dough.
  • Use only curd for kneading and no water as curd will keep the thepla soft when it is cold. 
  • Make small balls and roll out into small chapati form n roast it on low flame with ghee/ oil..
  • I did it with Ghee and it turn out to be awesome. 
  • Enjoy it hot or cold in anyway you want. I like it cold and with tea.
 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Cheese Sandwich Bread Pakoda for Kids

Everyone has emergency in their lives. My emergency is mostly because of my Little one. This one I mean this sandwich, was developed in emergency. And I am glad my little one liked it. It is something different, and it tastes different too. This is yesterday morning's story. Hehehe, ya that's true every morning is a story at our house. So it goes like this. I got up 10 minutes late from my usual time. Thought do not have much time to cook for my little ones lunch so I can make an emergency lunch for her and that was butter and cheese sandwich. And I was all set, and woke her up. When she was only 15 minutes left to leave for bus and she asked me whats for lunch today. And I told her "Hey it's your favorite today." And when she got to know it's a butter and cheese sandwich, and she bluntly said,"No Mamma I don't want to take this today for lunch. Give me something else". 

Now, trying convincing her was a wastage of time, so the first thing I did was look around in the Kitchen. And then I saw Besan (gram flour) sitting on the shelf. Actually I was planning to make khadi in the lunch, so last night I took it out and kept in on the Kitchen Shelf. I immediately made the batter, switched on the stove with a pan and very little oil. By the time, it was heated my batter was ready, and I dipped the sandwich in besan batter and fried them. And, here you go my "Cheese Sandwich Bread Pakoda" was ready in less than 10 minutes. And we were ready to go.


Though it was made in an emergency, but it does taste too yummy. I did made it for myself second time and yes it is definitely something which I will recommend everyone to give it a try once for your child.

The recipe goes like this - 

Ingredients for 1 Cheese Sandwich Bread Pakoda - 
  1. Bread - 2 slice
  2. Cheese Slice - 1
  3. Butter to spread
  4. Besan (Gram flour) - 1 tbsp
  5. Suzi (semolina) - 1tsp
  6. Salt to taste
  7. Turmeric Powder- 1tsp
  8. Cumin Powder - 1tsp
  9. Cilantro dry leaves - 1tsp
  10. Oil - 1cup
Directions - 
  • Spread butter on one slice of bread. Add a slice of cheese and cover it with another slice of bread.
  • In a pan heat 1cup of oil.
  • Mean while, in a different bowl, add besan, suzi with salt, cumin powder and turmeric powder, mix properly with little amount of water, to make a smooth batter, no lumps and pouring consistency.
  • Dip the bread and fry on medium flame till the pakoda are light brown in color on either sides.
  • Take it out, let them cool down for 2 minutes( i didn't as I was running out of time) cut in triangular shape and serve or pack.

Soya Twist

Some people says Facebook is just wastage of time, but I say it is a wastage of time only if you are not utilizing the information in a correct way. So I learnt a recipe from a facebook friend or I should lots of recipes, but other recipes will come eventually by time. But today I am going to share one of the easiest recipe which you are gonna love it.
When I fist ate it I went crazy for it and the recipe is just so easy and cooking time is only maximum 10 minutes. What say???? Lets give it a try.
The recipe includes Soyabean/Nutrella. Many of you must be knowing it is a good source of protein and we should definitely include it in our meals. Now, I want to share some more good points of Soyabean/ Nutrella-

Complete Protein

Meat alternatives that come from soy beans are complete proteins. This means they have all the essential amino acids present. Amino acids are the building blocks that create protein. Protein is a macronutrient that the body needs in large amounts for cell repair, immune function and muscle growth. A 3.5-ounce serving of soya chunks contains over 54 grams of protein. This is more than the same serving size of meat and eggs. The recommended daily intake of protein is 56 grams for men and 46 grams for women.

Carbohydrates

What separates meat alternatives from actual meats is their carb contents. Regular meat is carb-free, but soya chunks contain a high amount. This is because they derive from beans, which are carb-containing foods. A 3.5-ounce serving of soya chunks contains just under 30 grams of carbs. The recommended intake of carbs for the average adult is 130 grams. Carbs are a primary source of fuel for the body. Athletes who train rigorously for an extended period of time need a higher amount to meet these demands. A daily intake of 250 grams is more optimal.

Calories

The calories in a food derive from protein, carbs and fat. Because soya chunks have only a negligible amount of fat, the calories come from the carbs and protein. A 3.5-ounce serving has about 336 calories. Based on a 2,000-calorie diet, this comprises about 18 percent of your total intake.

Iron

Iron is an electrolyte mineral needed for oxygen transport in the body. Being deficient in iron can lead to physical weakness, fatigue and a compromised immune system. Soya chunks have a very high concentration of iron. A 3.5-ounce serving contains just over 21 milligrams. Males aged 19 and older and females 51 and older need 8 milligrams a day. Women from 19 to 50 however, need 18 milligrams a day. One serving of the chunks provides more than 100 percent of the recommended daily intake for both genders.

Calcium

Calcium is another electrolyte that helps strengthen bones and teeth and also aids in muscle contractions. Soya chunks contain over 530 milligrams of calcium per 3.5-ounce serving. The daily recommendation for this mineral is 1,000 milligrams for men 19 to 70 and women 19 to 50. Women aged 51 and older, and men aged 71 and older should get 1,200 milligrams a day.
Ingredients for 3 people:
  1. Soya Chunks - 2 cups  
  2. Capsicum - 3-4  
  3. Onion - 2  
  4. Soya Sauce - 2 tsp  
  5. Vinegar - 2 tsp  
  6. Tomato Ketchup - 2 tsp  
  7. Sesame Seeds - 1/2 tsp  
  8. Salt to taste  
  9. Red Chilli - 1/4 tsp  
  10. Oregano - 1/2 tsp 
  11. Oil - 2 tsp

Directions to prepare -
  • Wash soya chunks. Put 3 cups of water, 1 tspn of salt and soya chunks in a pressure cooker.  
  • After 2-3 whistles drain out extra water. Squeeze the chunks.   
  • Put oil in a pan saute onions and capsicum, after 5-6 minutes add soya chunks, red chilli, tomato sauce, soya sauce, vinegar, sesame, oregano, salt and mix it well.   
  • Keep it on high flame for 2 mins. Enjoy it with garlic bread of fried rice. Simple and healthy.



Saturday, October 5, 2013

Potato mixture for filling with no onion and garlic

Navratri is one of the most important festival in India. I discussed about this festival in one of my post " Navratri Puja". It is celebrated differently in every part of India. Many worshipers believe in fasting for the all 9 days, and do not eat anything other than fruits and dairy products. But some worshipers like me, they eat one time food without onion and garlic, and in the rest of the time they eat fruits and dairy products. Now, my this recipe is for those people who restrain themselves from eating onions and garlic's for these 9 days of Navratri.

Enjoy your puja and  meal.
" HAPPY NAVRATRI TO EVERYONE"

Ingredients - 
  1. Cabbage - 1 cup (chopped)
  2. Potato - 2 (big boiled)
  3. Green Chilli  - 1 (sliced)
  4. Rock Salt to taste
  5. Turmeric Powder - 1/2 tsp (optional)
  6. Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
  7. Ghee - 1 tsp
Directions - 
  • Boil chopped cabbage in a pan for 5 minutes. Let it cool for few minutes, and remove the water by strainer.
  • In a pan, add ghee and when hot add cumin seeds and let it crackle.
  • Now, add the boiled cabbage and fry on medium flame for a while till it turns light golden color.
  • Add mashed potato, with salt and turmeric powder and mix properly.
  • Add 1/4 cup of water and stir on high flame.
  • All the water will be absorbed, leaving behind the potato mixture ready to be used in the Aloo Parantha, Potato Sandwich, Masala Dosa.
  • If you are making this mixture for filling in Parantha then do not add water just mix the ingredients on high flame and it will be ready.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Stuffed Rice flour balls with lentils ( Dal-pitha)

Dal pitha is a traditionally food of Bihar, India. This is something which we are eating from our childhood. There are always few memories which you never forget from your childhood. It's from
one of these wonderful memories.

I remember, my mom working in morning 3-4 hours continuously, to make this dish for afternoon. And then, she is tired, and will sleep after lunch for a hour. When she goes off to sleep, we siblings, act as a bunch of chicken, who are tied in a cage, and they are set free suddenly. We do all mischievous works in this 1 hour. And, when our mom is awake, we act as if we did nothing, except study.

So, one day, I was all set to go in the store, and was waiting for mom to sleep. After she went to her room, I tiptoed to the Kitchen, and straight went where the sugar containers are stored. I use to love eating sugar. Oh, I can never forget that moment, when I was looking at the open full container of sugar, and the door behind me got closed. Initially, I thought it is because of the wind, but then I realized," NO, all the outside doors are closed, so there is no wind inside the house". I tried opening the door, but couldn't. Imagine a situation, of a small 10 year old girl, whose mother has told her not to eat sugar, and she is locked inside a Kitchen, with the open container of sugar, which she even didn't know how to close. So, after few minutes, my mom opened the door. My mother didn't say a word to me that day, but I stopped eating only sugar from that day.

I never gave it a thought of how it is made, until I got married. Few things, which I got to know about Dal-Pitha is it is made in the peak winter season. In our household, 2 or 3 types of pithas are made at the same time. It takes about 2-3 hours to make. And when you make this Pitha, with more helping hands, the process of making Pitha becomes a fun.

Here, is the recipe of making the Pitha.

Ingredients -
  1. Chana Dal (soaked for 30 minutes) - 2 handful
  2. Cumin Seeds - 1tsp
  3. Hing - 1pinch
  4. Salt to taste
  5. Ghee - 1 tbsp
  6. Turmeric Powder  - 1tsp
  7. Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
  8. Garam Masala- 1tsp
  9. Rice Flour - 3 cups
  10. Water as required
Directions -
  • Boil Chana Dal as usual, with salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and garam masala.
  • In a pan, add ghee, when heated add cumin seeds, hing and then boiled dal. Stir continuously, so that all water of Dal is dried up, leaving behind dry Dal powder.
  • Now, in another Pan, fill 2 glasses of water.
  • Boil the water, close the flame, and slowly add rice flour in the water, continously stirring.
  • Transfer the flour in another bowl, and let it cool a bit for 5-7 minutes.
  • Now, by adding little amount of cold water, make a dough not to tight nor to soft.
  • Knead the dough for minimum 5 minutes, to get a right texture. (More you knead, more soft Pitha will be).
  • Take dough equal to the size of peach, make an impression in center and convert it in a shape of small bowl. Fill the Dal Mixture, and close the mouth of dough, by pressing it with both hands.
  • Apply 2 drops of Oil in both the palms, and press the dough ball from both sides, and give it a shape, you want for your Pitha. I like Oval Shape, so i made it in this form.
  • Now, in another pan, fill enough water, so that all pithas can get dipped in it.
  • Boil the water, add pithas in it, and let it get cooked for a while.
  • When the Pithas, will be done, it will start floating on the top of the pan.
  • Enjoy it hot with Alu-Dum.


Monday, September 9, 2013

Spicy Crispy Masala mirch

A friend is one with whom you are comfortable, to whom you are loyal, through whom you are blessed, and for whom you are grateful. This quote is by William Arthur Ward  , but it actually applies to me and I am glad, that I am blessed with enough friends around me, who makes me feel special and needed every single day. 
This recipe is for those Spicy people who just cannot live without Spices in their lives. I have some of friends, who love spices, but believe me without them my life would have been replica of a winter tree, which has no leaves and is standing alone. I am very thankful to God, for sending those amazing friends to me.
This Masala Mirch is an amazing side dish, which goes with rice as well as chapati. My hubby is very much found of Chillies. But, excess consumption of red Chillies results in Stomach problems, like gastric, heat and ulcers, etc. So, to avoid excess use of Red Chillies, I made this "Spicy Crispy Masala Mirch".
So, here is the recipe of Spicy Crispy Masala Mirch for you guys. Enjoy this amazing side dish with any Main Course of your choice. 
Ingredients - 
  1. Green fat Chillis - 15-16 
  2.  Hing  - 1 pinch
  3. Panch Poran - 1tsp
  4. Mustard Oil - 1tbsp
  5. Salt to taste
  6. Chilli Powder - 1/4 tsp
  7. Saunf -  1tbsp
  8. Rice floor - 1tbsp
  9. Aamchur Powder - 1tsp
  10. Lime Juice - 1tbsp
  11. Sugar - 1/2 tsp
Directions - 
  • Heat mustard oil, add hing and panch phoran. Add chopped green fat chillies (moti mirchis). 
  • Add salt, chilli powder , saunf powder. Sauté on high heat. 
  • Add rice flour and cook. Squeeze lime juice and add little Aamchur powder. 
  • Add sugar, and Cover to cook till the rice flour is cooked. 
  • Keep stirring and let it all dry up. 
  • Chatpati (spicy) chilli  is ready to serve.
     

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Banana Bread


It's being too hot outside. These are the days of cold fruit smoothies. When we talk about fruit, not every fruit is kids favorite except one and that is banana. This fruit seems to be favorite fruit for most of the family members. Lots of people think banana can only provide us fat. Well, I will say there are more other benefits of banana which should be considered first. Some of them are listed below-


  1. Reduces depression.
  2. Regulate the Bowel system.
  3. Reduce blood pressure and heart of disease.
  4. Help our bones grow stronger.
  5. Help individuals to quit smoking.
  6. Help prevent anemia.
  7. Provide us with energy.
  8. Reduce menstrual pain.
  9. Power our brain.
  10. Help prevent ulcers.
There are many varieties of ways in which we can include banana to our diet everyday. Fruit Custard, Banana Smoothie, Malpua, Banana Bread, etc. Banana bread tempt me most, and I love it most. Last time I made it, it didn't came out well. It tasted too good, but it was very dense. I have a problem, if food doesn't look good, I cannot eat it. So, it was very difficult for me to consume it. So, this time I was much careful while making this bread. And I am real happy, when it came out so good. And believe me, it tastes as wonderful as it looks.

Here, I want to give my special thanks to a friend, Anshie Dhar, who also runs a blog Spiceroots, and a brilliant cook. Thanks Anshie, for your Support.


Ingredients -
  1. Banana - 2 Ripe Bananas
  2. All Purpose flour - 2 1/4 cups
  3. Milk powder - 1 cup
  4. Sugar - 1 cup
  5. Baking powder - 1tsp
  6. Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
  7. Cooking Oil/ melted unsalted butter- 1cup
  8. Pinch of salt
  9. Honey - 1tbsp
  10. Cinnamon  Powder - 1/4 tsp
  11. Nutmeg Powder - 1/4 tsp
  12. Whipped Cream- 3-4 tbsp
  13. Milk - 1/2 cup 
  14. Almonds - 1/2 cup (broken)

Directions - 

  • In a bowl, mix all purpose flour with baking powder, baking soda, milk powder and salt.
  • In another bowl, mix oil with sugar, stir and dissolve all crystals of sugar.
  • Add mashed banana in the sugar mixture with cinnamon powder and nutmeg powder, mix and make banana completely dissolved.
  • Add flour mixture to oil mixture slowly and keep on stirring to mix  flour.
  • Add milk and mix so that no flour lumps in the batter.
  • Add almonds and stir.
  • Transfer the batter in a loaf pan.
  • Bake it for 35-40 minutes at 350 degree F.
  • Check after 30 minutes.
  • Insert toothpick in the center on cake to see whether it's done or not.
  • Cook it for another 5 minutes. Repeat the process of toothpick.







Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Janamasthami

Krishna Janmashtami or Janamashtami, is also known as Krishnashtami. It is celebrated in different regions of India by differnet names like Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, etc. It is an annual commemoration of the birth of the Hindu deity Krishna.

This festival is celebrated on the eighth day (Ashtami) of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) of the month of Bhadrapada which every year falls in the month of August or September. God krishna was famous for his Ras Lilas. The term Ras means Aesthetic and Lila means play or dance, which roughly translates the meaning of Ras-Lila as " Dance of Divine Love". While the Rasa lila re-creates the flirtatious aspects of Krishna's youthful days, the Dahi Handi celebrate God's playful and mischievous side, where teams of young men form human towers to reach a high-hanging pot of butter and break it. This tradition, also known as uriadi, is a major event in Tamil Nadu on Gokulashtami. 

Krishna was the 8th son of Devaki and Vasudeva. And was born to kill Mama Kans.
Mathura (in present day Mathura district, Uttar Pradesh) was the capital of the Yadavas, to which Krishna's parents Vasudeva and Devaki belonged. King Kansa, Devaki's brother,had ascended the throne by imprisoning his father, King Ugrasena. Afraid of a prophecy that predicted his death at the hands of Devaki's eighth son, Kansa had the couple locked into a prison cell. After Kansa killed the first six children, and Devaki's apparent miscarriage of the seventh (which was actually a secret transfer of the infant to Rohini as Balarama), Krishna was born.

After his birth Vishnu ordered Vasudeva to take Krishna to Gokul to Nanda and Yashoda where he can live safely,away from his evil Uncle Kansa.So Vasudeva took Krishna with him and crossed Yamuna to reach Gokul .There everyone was asleep,so he quietly kept him there and returned with Yashoda's daughter.Kansa,thinking her to be Devki's eight child,threw her on a stone.But she rose in air and transformed into Yogmaya(who is Vishnu's helper)and warned Kansa about his death.Then she disappeared.Krishna grew up in Gokul with his brother Balram. Then he returned to Mathura and killed Kansa with the help of his brother,Balram.

In many regions of India, Janamashtami is celebrated by fasting and staying up until midnight, the time when Krishna is believed to have been born. In some parts of India, it is celebrated as Dahi-Handi. The handi is a clay pot filled with buttermilk that is positioned at a convenient height prior to the event. The topmost person on the human pyramid tries to break the handi by hitting it with a blunt object. When the handi breaks, the buttermilk is spilled over the entire group, symbolizing their achievement through unity.


There are few foods made especially for this vrat -


Happy Janamasthami to all

Monday, August 19, 2013

Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka- One of my favorite dishes. In my college days, whenever we are eating out, it's one of the dishes we like to order in starters. Never given a thought about how it is made. 

4 years back, my husband got relocated and we came to a new place. Everything was new. New place, new house, new friends, I was liking it there, but I was missing my lovely family back at home. Days passed, and one day during an evening walk, I met a girl (later she became 1 of my good friend). We always use to go for a long walk, long girl friend chats. I read some where few days back, "Eating Healthy helps keep our body healthy, but Woman brains stay Healthy, when they meet their  Girlfriends. "

Ingredients for 4 people-
  1. Paneer cubes - 1/2 kg
  2. Garlic Paste - 2tsp
  3. Ginger paste - 2tsp
  4. Chaat Masala - 1tsp
  5. Chilli Powder - 1 tsp
  6. Tandoori Masala - 1 tsp
  7. Black Pepper powder - 1tsp
  8. Salt - 1tbsp
  9. Yogurt - 3 tbsp
  10. Oil for brushing
  11. Lemon - 1 (quartered)
  12. Onion Sliced into rings - 7-8
  13. Green Bell Pepper - 7-8 ( cut in squares)
Directions - 
  • Mix all ingredients except lemon and oil and leave it aside for 2 hours, and keep it inside the refrigerator for 8-10  hours. 
  • 20 minutes before serving, place the paneer, onions and Green bell peppers on a baking pan, brush it with oil and bake it in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes.
  • Turn it over, again brush it with oil and cook on another side for another 5 minutes.
  • Serve the Tikkas hot, garnished with lemon, onion rings and green bell peppers. 

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