Sunday, September 30, 2007

BANANA MUFFINS.....


BANANA MUFFINS OR CUPCAKES
 
Banana is my favorite fruit; I can eat it at any time of the day and if it’s sweet enough even 3 at a time.
I experimented with the regular cake and added some mashed bananas into the cake batter and made these muffins but they came out to be really very very tasty…



INGREDIENTS
 
125gms plain flour
100gms unsalted butter
100gms caster sugar
3 medium sized bananas mashed (bananas should be very ripe and mushy)
11/2 tsp baking powder
3 large eggs
½ sp baking soda
Vanilla essence (some prefer cinnamon, nutmeg combination)
You can add finely chopped almonds or cashew nuts in the batter this is optional.

METHOD

In a bowl mix together butter and sugar with a whisk or electric blender
Then add one egg at a time and whip, let each egg get well incorporated in the mixture
Add the baking powder and soda
Then add the mashed bananas and mix
Add the plain flour to the mix and mix with the cut and mix method.
If you find the mixture is a bit dry you can add a little milk
Add the vanilla essence and the cashew and almond mix
Preheat oven to 180 C
Fill small muffin cups which are greased beforehand
Let them bake for about 15-20 mins
Remove and eat hot.


THIS IS MY ENTRY FOR JFI - BANANAS THE DETAILS YOU WILL FIND HERE

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

INDIA WINS.....

FINALLYOURYOUNGINDIANPLAYERSWINTHECUP






PICTURES TAKEN FROM THE LIVE TELEVISION TELECAST on ESPN

WOW...


India has won the " TWENTY 20 " world cup yehh.....
I am so excited about the match that i could not stop myself from sharing my happiness with all you indian bloggers....

Monday, September 17, 2007

GANESH UTSAV IN PUNE.....

My brother was in Pune over the weekend for ganesh utsav and to visit my cousin who stays in Pune. Pune is the hub of ganesh chaturti celebrations and there is so much fun,frolic and the whole atmosphere is of gaiety and celebrations


my brother has just sent me these photographs which he clicked in Pune over the weekend he wants me to share them with you , so all you punekars who are not in pune ENJOY!!!


I was in pune last year , but could not go this year so if you want to know what i did last year

you can check that out here


regarding what i ate there which is also very important check out here
how i wish i could be in Pune, its really so alive and fun in pune during ganesh chaturti.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

CHAWLI UTTHAPPA.......

Chawli Utthappa (I think the name Utthappa is influenced by the great game our indian cricketer Utthappa is playing .I used to called a Utthappa , Uttappa earlier)



This is a new type of Utthappa recipe given to me by my friend Minal , it was my first try at making it and it came out really good . This is a very nutritious Utthappa which does not have too much soaking time and is quite nutritious.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup chawli or black eyed beans soaked for 3-4 hours or overnight
½ cup fine rava or semolina
1 finely chopped green chili
1 small onion finely chopped
Coriander finely chopped
I always add 1 tsp jeera powder or whole jeera to the batter but its optional.

METHOD

Grind the soaked chawli beans to a fine paste
Add rava and keep it aside for half hour
Add the onions, chilies, jeera and coriander leaves
Mix with salt and water to form a thick batter enough to pour on a griddle or tava
Heat tava, when hot pour a ladle full of batter on the tava.
Cook till brown on both the sides
Serve with a dollop of butter or dahi or chutney.

THIS IS MY ENTRY FOR " RCI:KARNATAKA"

DADPEE POHE...

Poha or beaten rice is a breakfast item very commonly prepared in India, especially in the state of MAHARASHTRA where I live. Usually it’s done with onions potatoes and the flaked rice or poha which is washed and allowed to stay for sometime, so that it becomes soft by absorbing the moisture used to wash the poha.
Each family has their special way of preparing a poha dish. I am going to post the recipe which is a favorite of both me and my son.
In goa, on diwali morning the lady of the house gets up early and makes 5 types of poha and I feel it’s so unique and always enjoy such an experience. I have mentioned goa as it’s a tradition in goa but we follow the same practice here in Mumbai too.



DADPE POHE

I am writing the whole procedure with the ingredients.

METHOD

Take a thick bottom pan or kadai, dry roast 2 cups of thin poha, when they start to curl on the sides take them out on a plate and keep aside.
In the same pan , take 2 tbsp oil (oil required is a bit more as this what gives this poha the required moisture) add 1tsp mustard seeds,1/2 tsp jeera , 1 tsp hing, 2 green chilies chopped, some curry leaves (this is like the normal tempering for vegetables) and 1 tsp haldi powder..
Put in finely chopped onions in the tempered oil and stir till the onions turn soft add the required amount of salt and 1 tsp sugar.
Pour this onion mixture on the poha which is kept aside on a plate
Now put in 1 tsp lemon juice, ½ cups grated coconut (you can use more as this too helps to moisten the poha) and lots of finely chopped coriander.
Let the mixture cool a bit and mix with your hands till it is incorporated.
The dadpe pohe are ready to be enjoyed , its better to eat as soon as you mix them.
TRY THESE POHA RECIPE ITS QUICK, FILLING AND TAKES AROUND 10 MINS TO MAKE YOU CAN ADD FRIED PEANUTS FOR ADDED TASTE.