Banana & Walnut Muffins


When you have ripe bananas in your fruit bowl and your neighbor gives you some more then you make the best use of those bananas by trying out new recipes.Have made muffins earlier too. These bananas ripened overnight and taste wise they were too sweet and that’s when I decided to bake these muffins.
I have added a bit of jaggery to get the right texture.They turned out awesome both in taste and texture.


Ingredients:
Whole wheat flour – 1 cup
Bananas – 5 ( small ellakki bananas)
Baking powder – 1/4 spoon
Baking soda – 1/4 spoon
Jaggery powder – 1/4 cup
Curd – 1/2 cup
Walnuts – 1/4 cup(bits)
Vanilla essence – 1/4 spoon
Oil – 1/4 cup
Method:
Preheat the oven for 10 minutes setting the temperature at 180 degrees Celsius.
Take a deep bowl and mash the peeled bananas one by one.
Add in the curd to which a few pinches of salt is added.
Add the oil and jaggery powder and mix well.
Now take a big bowl and pass the baking soda, baking powder and the whole wheat flour through a seive.
Slowly spoon in the mixture into the curd and jaggery mixture using the cut and fold method.
Add the vanilla essence and the walnut bits and then mix it lightly.
The batter should be of thick consistency.You may add a table spoon or so of milk if the mixture is too thick.
Lightly grease the muffin pan and spoon in the mixture into the moulds one by one.
Bake for about twenty minutes at 180 degree Celsius.
I could make 6 muffins from the above given measure.

Coconut and rose flavoured milk rolls.

This year during Deepavali , a Festival of Lights, I tried this new recipe which turned out delicious. The roasted desiccated coconut gave a lovely flavour to the roll.The rose syrup and the glazed cherry bits gave the love polish hue to the roll.

Ingredients:

Desiccated Coconut roasted – 1 cup

Milk powder – 1.5 cups

Glazed cherries -5-6 pieces.

Cashew powder – 2 table spoons.

Milk – 1/2 cup

Ghee – 3 table spoons

Rose syrup – 1 spoon.

Method:

I’m a bowl add the milk powder and a spoon of melted ghee and rub the mixture lightly with your finger tips. Add about 2 to 3 table spoons of milk and rub them all together with light finger movements.

Now add the rest of the milk, roasted desiccated coconut and cashew powder and prepare the dough kneading lightly.

Heat a non stick pan and add a spoon of ghee and the dough. Keep moving your hands quickly for 5-6 minutes until the dough begins to form a ball.

Now add in the cherry bits and the rose syrup and mix well.

Take an aluminium foil and apply some ghee to it.

Put the mixture on rhe aluminium foil and try to make a thin roll along with the foil. Tuck the edges and refrigerate it for 40 minutes.

Open the foil and slice the roll into thin slices. The knife may get sticky so wife it every time you slice it in order to get perfect slices. Now lightly press the pistachio slivers over each slice lightly and enjoy them.

Since both the dessicated coconut, milk powder and rose flavour are sweet in nature., I have not used any sugar or sweetener .

If you wish it to be sweeter then you may add in a table spoon of icing sugar.

Home Made Sambhar Powder

Home made Sambhar is the best as all the spices are roasted to perfection.

I prefer using mung dal or tuvar( split pigeon peas) instead of chana dal as its lighter on the stomach and digestion.

Well it’s a matter of choice and taste!

Also I use more dal in the powder so that the Sambhar is thicker.

It’s always better to spread the ingredients in several plates and keep it under direct sunlight.

This way the spices remain crisp.

Ingredients:

Red chillies.

1.5 cups.

3/4+3/4 – Guntur and Bedgi chillies.(for the spice and colour)

Pepper corns-1 table spoon

Tuvar dal -3/4 cup

Urad dal-1/4 cup

Coriander seeds-1 cup

Jeera/cumin-1/2 cup

Fenugreek/Methi seeds-3 table spoons

Asafoetida/Hing-1 table spoon

Turmeric/Haldi- 1 table spoon

Mustard-1/2 table spoon

Coconut oil-1 spoon.

Method:

1.Just rub some oil to your palms and move your hands amongst the crisp sun dry chillies so that they are coated lightly with oil.

Now in a heavy bottomed pan roast the red chillies on medium flame until they turn crisp.

2.Now one by one roast the coriander,cumin, Methi and pepper corns until you get a nice aroma.

3.Take care to see that they are roasted uniformly on medium flame and don’t get burnt.

4.Finally roast the dal followed by urad dal.

Allow tocool and dry grind them to not so smooth or coarse texture.

5.Mix in the turmeric and asafoetida powder and store in an air tight container.

Cook sambhar with love and Enjoy home made Sambhar with family…

Pulikoddel Masala

This is a traditional Konkani cuisine made from spices which are roasted along with sesame, dals and coconut.

Puli meaning sour and Koddel in Amchi means gravy based curry.

This curry is usually made during festivals and traditional functions.

The aroma of the masalas just fills the home. Most of the ingredients are roasted individually in ghee or oil and then powdered coarsely or ground adding water little by little.(that is if you are cooking it by preparing the fresh masala)

Then the masala is added to the cooked ash Gourd along with tamarind pulp and jaggery and after a proper boil it’s seasoned like the usual Konkani curries .

To make the cooking process easier I thought it best to roast all the ingredients and prepare the pulikoddel masala.

Here is the recipe for the Masala.

Ingredients:

Chana dal-9 spoons

Urad dal-9 spoons

Rice-3 spoons

Red chillies-Around 24.(12+12ie Bedgi and Guntur chillies)

GratedCoconut-6 table spoons

Sesame seeds-9 spoons( you could ad 6 white sesame and 3 spoons of black sesame)

Curry leaves–2 sprigs

Asafoetida-1 small spoon

Coriander seeds-9 spoons

Fenugreek/Methi seeds-3/4 spoon.

1 to 2 spoons of oil(preferably coconut oil)to dry roast the ingredients one by one until it lets out an aroma.

1.Now roast all the above ingredients except asafoetida, using very little oil until they let out a pleasant aroma.

2.Cool the roasted masala and dry grind them to a slightly coarse masala.

Store in air tight container.

Mango Ice cream

 

 

Ingredients:

Mango-2 small(skinned and Pulped)

Cream -200 ml

Condensed milk-2 table spoons.

Full cream milk.1.5 cups.

Method:

1.Boil milk and add condensed milk and cook until it thickens.

2.Allow to cool.

3.Now in a blender mix all the ingredients and pour it in a container.

4.Cover it with foil and then the lid.

5.Freeze for 2-3 hours and then repeat the blending process once again and freeze for another 5-6 hours.

6.Mango Ice cream is now ready to be scooped and served.

 

Apple & Cinnamon Ice Cream

Lovely combination of Apple and Cinnamon which leaves you wanting for more …Enjoy it as is or on a sizzling brownie.

Ingredients:

1.5 cups milk.

1 Apple skinned , steamed and made to paste.

Custard powder- 1 tablespoon

Cream-1 pack (200 ml)

Sugar-1/ 2cup

Cinnamon powder-2 pinches.(just for the flavour)

method:

In a heavy bottomed pan add sugar and slightly caramelise it and as it gets caramelised, add milk and cook till it thickens.Allow it to cool.

In a mixer blend the steamed apple with custard powder, cream and 1/4 cup milk.keep it aside.

Once the milk cools blend all the ingredients in a blender and freeze it for 3 to 4 hours.

Now blend the partially set ice cream again in the blender and add the cinnamon powder and mix well and freeze again to set for another 5-6 hours and enjoy the ice cream which is yummy and soft.