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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Eggless Banana Cake


Ingredients:

Overripe Banana - 2 medium sized
All Purpose Flour(Maida) - 1 3/4 cup
Wheat Flour - 1/4 cup
Buttermilk - 2 cups
Powdered Sugar - 2 cups
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder - 1/2 tsp
Butter - 1 cup
Milk - 1/2 cup
Vanilla Extract - 1/2 tsp
Walnuts - 1/4 cup, chopped

Method:

  1. Blend bananas into smooth paste.
  2. Sieve all purpose flour, wheat flour, baking powder and baking soda 2-3 times.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, take butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and beat well until it is fluffy and starts forming small peaks.
  4. Add blended banana, butter milk and continue beating the batter for 2mins.
  5. Now add sieved flour and beat well adding enough milk to adjust the consistency of the batter.
  6. Add chopped walnuts.
  7. Pour this on a cake mould and bake.
  8. To check if the cake is baked enough, insert a tooth pick. When removed, it must come out clean.
  9. Cut and serve or do the icing as required.

Pigeon Peas Fry

Ingredients:

Fresh Pigeon Peas - 1 cup
Onion - 1 large, peeled and chopped
Tomato - 1, chopped
Fenugreek Leaves - 1 cup
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Turmeric Powder - 1 tsp
Rasam Powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tbsps
Mustard Seeds  - 1 tsp
Black Gram - 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds  - 1/2 tsp
Dry Red Chillies - 2, cut into pieces
Curry Leaves - 8


Method:


  1. Boil pigeon peas in some water and salt until it is cooked.
  2. In a pan, heat oil, add cumin seeds, black gram, mustard seeds, dry red chillies and curry leaves.
  3. When mustard seeds start to splutter, add onion.
  4. Saute until onion turns translucent and then add tomatoes.
  5. Saute until tomatoes turm soft and mushy.
  6. Now add fenugreek leaves, rasam powder, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt.
  7. Mix well.
  8. Now add cooked pigeon peas and mix well.
  9. Cook for 3-4mins.
  10. Serve hot with steamed rice.

Apple Jalebi

                      
Ingredients:

Apple - 2, peeled
All Purpose Flour(Maida) - 1 cup
Sodium Carbonate - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Yellow Food Color - a pinch
Ghee/Oil for deep frying

For Sugar Syrup:

Sugar - 1 cup
Water - 1 cup
Lemon extract- 1 tbsp
Saffron - a few strands soaked in 1tbsp milk.

Method:

  1. Boil sugar and water until one thread consistency.
  2. Add lemon extract and saffron milk.
  3. Make thin horizontal slices of the peeled apples.
  4. Carefully remove the seeds from the centre of each slice.
  5. Mix all purpose flour with a cup of water, sodium carbonate and salt.
  6. Dip a slice of apple in this batter and deep fry in ghee/oil until it is golden brown.
  7. Soak this deep fried apple in sugar syrup for 2-3mins.
  8. Remove from syrup and place on a plate.
  9. Serve hot.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Easy Bhendi Fry



Ingredients:

Ladies Finger(Bhendi) - 15
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Curry Leaves - 8
Red Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Coriander powder - 1 tsp
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Salt to taste
Oil - 3 tbsps

Method:

  1. Wash ladies finger and wipe them dry with a clean towel.
  2. Cut them into 1 inch long pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds and curry leaves.
  4. Add ladies finger pieces and cook covered on low flame.
  5. Once the ladies finger pieces are cooked(do not over cook), add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, cumin powder and coriander powder.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Serve hot.