Best ever banana bread

I had some bananas left over and while wondering what to do with them, I decided to try me some banana bread.

So after looking up a few recipes online I came across this one from a site called baker chick.

It was a simple recipe with no additions, but it was absolutely delicious. This is one of those go to recipes that once you try you will come back to it again and again. I followed the recipe to the T except that I added half the quantity of white sugar as I didn’t want my banana bread to be too sweet. The next time I try it, I would definitely add some cinnamon and throw in some walnuts as well.

Recipe Source: Best ever banana bread

Ingredients:

100 gms melted butter(salted)

1/4 cup white sugar

1/2 cup brown(demerara) sugar

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla essence

1 and 1/2 cups maida flour(white flour)

1 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

200 gms curd or yogurt

3 ripe bananas mashed.

Bake for 25 minutes at 180’c in a 9 X 13 inch baking tray. Preheat oven to 180’C for 10 minutes.

I started off by melting butter and adding it to the white  and brown sugar and whisking it well.

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I then added the 2 tsps of vanilla extract and mixed in the eggs one at a time stirring well after each addition.

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Add the flour, baking soda and salt and stir to mix until just combined. Do not overmix.

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Add the mashed banana and mix. Pour into a 9 by 13 inch baking tray.

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Banana Bread Recipe

Bake at 180’c for 25-30 mins.

Wait to cool until slicing and eating. As you can see here, I clearly didn’t(couldn’t) wait.

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Throw together a pizza

This is a recipe for when you don’t want to order those caloric filled pizzas and want to make a ‘healthier’ version at home.

Its also a great way to utilise any leftover roast chicken or veggies.

I started by sauteeing around 200gms of white button mushrooms, 1 onion and a green bell pepper in a tbsp of butter. I  first sauteed the mushrooms and when they released water, I added the onion and bell pepper and cooked them through.

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Homemade pizza Homemade pizza

I used two store bought pizza crusts and added a thin layer of store bought ketchup and a mix of chilly ketchup.

Homemade pizza

I then added a generous sprinkling of pizza spice mix or oregano mix which is readily available in most supermarkets. I topped both the pizza bases with the sauteed vegetables, roasted chicken and cheese. I used a cheese cube for each pizza.

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Homemade pizza

Bake in the oven at 180’c for 15 mins.

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This recipe is truly delicious and way better than ordering or calling for a pizza!

Its easily customizable, you can pretty much put any topping you like!

 

 

 

 

Delicious Chocolate Chip Cookies

After watching loads of videos of chocolate chip cookies, it comes as no surprise that I wished I could jump through my pc screen and gobble some of them straight up!

So I decided to hunt through loads of recipes to find a good one and I came across a recipe with the title

‘BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE(SERIOUSLY)’

and its the seriously that pulled me in. I decided to bake these and they were seriously awesome!

Recipesource:Chocolate Chip Cookies 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup (66 g) granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (104g) regular brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups (186g) all-purpose flour(I used maida flour)
  • 1 1/2 cups (255g) chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)( I used 4 52 gms packets of cadbury dairy milk cut into chunks)

I started by melting my butter.

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I then added 1/2 cup of brown sugar(packed) and 1/3rd cup of granulated sugar and beat it well.

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To this I added an egg and a tsp of vanilla.

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Add 1/2 tsp of baking soda and 1/2 tsp of salt. Beat this well, and then add 1 and a half cup of maida flour. Do not overmix the flour.

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Fold in the chocolate chunks.

Chocolate chip cookies

Make it into rounds of around two tbsp each and cover in cling film to chill. I chilled the dough for 6 hours. It is imperative that you chill the dough.

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I baked the cookies at 180 degrees C for 20 minutes. Every ovens temperature is different so I recommend checking after 12 minutes. Allow to cool for atleast 15 minutes before taking a bite. The inside should be slightly soft and chewy.

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Hakka noodles

This is one of those meals that you put together in a hurry when you open up your fridge and realize you got nothing to eat!

I just chopped up a couple of onions, a handful of garlic(that was already pre chopped and stored) and a small handful of prechopped carrots.

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Heat up two tbsps of oil in a wok and fry up the garlic till golden brown. Then add the onions and carrots and saute well.

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Add around half a cup of cocktail sausages and a tbsp each of soya sauce, red chilly sauce, green chilly sauce, ketchup, chilly vinegar. Stir well with two tbsp of water.

 

hakka noodles Add around half a cup of cocktail sausages and a tbsp each of soya sauce, red chilly sauce, green chilly sauce, ketchup, chilly vinegar. 

In a utensil add around a litre of boiling water and soak the noodles in this water for 5-7 minutes. Drain and add to the wok. This is the brand of noodles I used and I used the entire packet.

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Hakka noodles  Hakka noodles 

Mix the noodles well with the vegetable and cocktail sausage mixture and enjoy!

Hakka noodles 

 

GUJURATI DAL

At home we have always had a standard way of making dal and never with a tadka!

Just make a ‘bagar’ of jeera,mustard seeds, green chilly,onion,tomato and curry leaves and cook the dal in one pot. No putting a ‘tadka’ to the dal.

Now don’t get me wrong, while this method turns out delicious(check out blog post), I was bored and ready to try on something new and thankfully I came across this particular recipe for dal watching a youtube video.

This recipe is a gujurati dal recipe and it turned out tasting great, slightly on the sweet and sour side which was something different.

Do try it and let me know what you think!

I started out my washing and soaking 1/3rd cup of dal.

Gujurati dal recipe

I pressure cooked this with 4 parts of water, 1/2 tsp of turmeric powder and a tsp of salt for 3 whistles in a pressure and let the pressure release on its own.

Gujurati dal recipe

I then set aside a tsp of cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 dry red chilly, a pinch of hing(asafoetida). Hing mimics the flavour of ginger-garlic as no ginger and garlic will be added to this recipe. Chop one medium tomato

Gujurati dal recipe

In a small utensil or tadka pan, I heated 2 tbsp of ghee and once it was heated up, I added the cumin seeds, red chilly and mustard seeds.

Gujurati dal recipe

Once the cumin seeds started crackling, I added half a tsp of turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp of hing, 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder, and a pinch of pepper powder. After ten seconds( make sure the flame is low and the spices do not burn) add the chopped tomato,8-10 curry leaves and 1 tbsp of jaggery powder. Fry for 2 minutes.

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Add the mixture to the dal and give a good stir. Adjust for salt.

You can add a bit of coriander leaves at this point although I did not.

Gujurati dal recipe

Sprouted Kala Chana recipe

Black gram or kala chana is a much more heartier version of chickpeas. It has a comparatively higher fibre content and a higher nutrient value, not to mention it is tastier too!

The way I like to make these is to sprout them! So what I do is, I soak the beans overnight and then rinse them the next morning and place the beans in a colander for around 24 hours.

Sprouted beans are tender and healthier than their non sprouted version.

This is what the beans look like once sprouted.

Kala Chana Recipe

The recipe I use to make this is very simple and it’s more of a dry beans recipe.

I start off by chopping one onion and around 10-12 garlic cloves.

Kala Chana Recipe

I heat up 2 tbsp of ghee in a pressure cooker and add a tsp of cumin seeds and let them crackle. I then add the garlic and let it turn golden brown before adding the chopped onion. Saute the onion till it turns translucent. To this I add a half tsp of turmeric powder and 1 tsp of everest kitchen king masala. I find that this imparts great flavour.

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Kala Chana Recipe Kala Chana Recipe

Saute the masala for 30 secs. Then add the sprouted kala chana and 1 and a half tsp of pink himalayan salt. Stir well and add 1 cup of water.

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Kala Chana Recipe Kala Chana Recipe

Pressure cook for 3 whistles on low flame. Switch the flame off and let the pressure release naturally before opening.

Kala Chana Recipe

Enjoy! I urge you to try this recipe, it truly is delicious.

Kala Chana Recipe

Paneer curry in a hurry

What else can I say about Paneer except that I love it! I usually prefer to make paneer at home and the recipe that I almost always make with home made paneer is paneer bhurji but this store bought fresh paneer was equally good and I decided to make a quick and easy paneer gravy to go with it.

I started by lightly browning the paneer with very little oil just so that it gets a nice golden colour. This makes it look very appetizing as well.

Paneer curry, cottage cheese gravy

In a pan I added a chopped onion, 2 chopped medium tomatoes, half a green chilly, 10 small cloves of garlic and a cup of water and let this come to a boil and simmer for ten minutes.

Paneer curry, cottage cheese gravy

 

I let this mixture cool down and pureed it into a fine paste.

Paneer curry, cottage cheese gravy

In a pan I heated two tbsp of ghee and added half a tsp of cumin, two cardamon, small piece of cinnamon and two cloves and fried the whole spice for 30 secs.

Paneer curry, cottage cheese gravy

I added one chopped onion and sauteed till translucent.

Paneer curry, cottage cheese gravy

To this I added half a tsp each of turmeric powder, chilly powder, cumin powder and coriander powder and fried the spices for a minute.

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I added the puree to this and cooked it down on a low flame for 5 minutes.

Paneer curry, cottage cheese gravy

I then added half a cup of water and a tsp of garam masala, tsp of sugar and salt to taste(about 1 and a half tsp) and mixed well. I then added the paneer pieces and covered and cooked on a low flame for ten minutes.

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I finally finished it off by adding a tbsp of kasuri methi. I recommend not skipping this step as it adds amazing flavour to this dish. Serve hot with parathas or chapatis.

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Vegetable and Pasta bake

This is an all in one meal! Its a more amped up version of your classic Mac and cheese.

Its loaded with mushrooms, cauliflower, boiled eggs and gluten free spinach pasta for a healthier kick.

Start by sauteing mushrooms and 1 medium onion in 1 tbsp of butter.

 

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Vegetable bake

Cut a medium cauliflower into small florets and cook it in a half cup of water till the cauliflower becomes soft. Season with salt

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Boil 6 eggs to the hard boiled stage. Cut into halves and season with salt and pepper

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Cook one cup of pasta as per packaged instructions. Here I added the pasta to boiling, salted water and simmered for ten minutes, then drained.

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Now for the most important part, that is the rue.

Take 3 tbsp of butter and let it melt in a pan. Keep the flame on low to medium. Add 3 tbsp of flour(maida flour) and saute for 2 minutes stirring well till the raw smell disappears. Add 3 cups of milk. Add the milk 1 cup at a time stirring well after each addition to insure that there are no lumps.

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VEGETABLE BAKE MAC AND CHEESE

Simmer for ten minutes till you can draw a line at the back of the spoon and the sauce holds the line.Meaning it should be thick enough that its not runny.

At this stage turn the flame off and add a cup of grated cheese. Here I have grated 3 amul cheese cubes. Stir this in till the cheese is melted. The sauce will thicken even more after this.

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Mix the cooked pasta, sauteed mushrooms and cauliflower in the sauce and stir till well incorporated.

Arrange in a 9 by 13 inch glass baking dish and place the cut hard boiled eggs on top. Sprinkle the top with breadcrumbs and bake at 180 C for 25 mins.

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One pot Dal

Dal is that quintessential dish in every Indian kitchen. Usually every family has their own unique spin on a dal recipe and this one is one where all the ingredients for the tadka and the ‘bagar’ is cooked together with the dal.

Here I am using equal parts of the pro nature 5 in one dal alongwith regular moong dal for the meal to be a little more nutritious.

Dal recipe

Wash and soak dal and keep aside. Then cut 2 medium onions, 1 tomato, 10 cloves of garlic, 1 inch piece of ginger and 2 green chillies. You can add less or keep the chilies whole without cutting them if you don’t like the spice

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In a pressure cooker heat 2 tbsp of ghee and add a tsp each of cumin seeds and mustard seeds. Let them crackle and then add the garlic,ginger,green chillies and 8-10 curry leaves.

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Dal recipe

Once the garlic turns golden add the chopped onions and saute till translucent.

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Add the chopped tomato and cook till the tomato turns mushy.

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Add 1 tsp of turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp of pepper powder, 1/2 tsp of red chilly powder and saute for 2 minutes.

Dal recipe

Then add the washed dal to this and stir for a couple of minutes. Add 2 tbsp of chopped coriander leaves and mix. Now add 3 and a half parts of water to the dal and stir well.

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Dal recipe

Then add 1 1/2 tsp of salt( salt to taste) and 1/2 tsp garam masala. I used the badshah garam masala.

Pressure cook for 3 whistles on a low flame and let the steam depressurize naturally.

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Your dal is ready to serve!

Mutton curry for beginners

This is a simple and tasty mutton curry that is perfect for someone who is just starting out with cooking.

It is easy to make and turns out delicious. There is no coconut milk, yogurt or grinding required.

Clean and wash 500 gms of mutton. Salt it and add two tbsp of ginger garlic paste, 1 tsp of haldi powder, 1/2 tsp of pepper powder and 1 tsp of everest meat masala. Set aside.

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Chop 4 medium onions, 2 smal green chillies(cut in half), 1 tomato and a small bunch of coriander leaves.

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Take a pressure cooker and heat 2 tbsp of ghee. Add 1/2 tsp of jeera and 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds and let it crackle.

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Add the green chillies and the chopped onions. When the onions turn translucent add the chopped tomato.

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mutton curry

When the tomatoes turn mushy, add 1/2 tsp of cumin seed powder,1 tsp of coriander powder and 1 tbsp of garam masala powder. Stir for 2 minutes till the raw smell disappears.

Add the mutton and stir for 5 minutes till the mutton changes colour.

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Then add the chopped coriander leaves.

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mutton curry

Stir this well and add a cup of water. Cover with lid and pressure cook and keep the flame on high till you hear the first whistle. After this turn the flame to medium and cook for 12-15 minutes after the first whistle.