Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Eggless Banana Loaf Cake | Perfect Eggless Banana Bread


Banana is one of those healthy fruits which is commonly available everywhere. This nutritious fruit can be eaten as it is and also can be used in preparing ice-creams, cakes and delicious desserts. It works as egg re-placer for some cakes and hence, is good for egg-less baking.
When I find over ripened bananas in my pantry, either I will prepare Banana Rotti or go for baking something. Over ripened bananas are perfect for preparing cakes and muffins. I had posted Banana Cupcake / Muffins recipe some time back. Here is the recipe of perfect Banana Bread..hope you like it!


Preparation time: 10 - 15 minutes
Baking time: 45 minutes
Yield - 1 loaf (serves 5)
Difficulty level: Medium

Ingredients:
Over ripened banana - 1 (equal to 2 cups of puree)
All purpose flour - 2 1/2 cup (175 gm)
Salt - pinch
Sugar - 1 1/2 cup
Curd - 1/2 cup
Melted butter - 1/2 cup
Baking powder - 2 tsp
Baking soda - 1 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1 tsp

Method:
Pre-heat the oven to 175°C.
Cut the peeled banana into medium size cubes. Combine sugar and banana pieces in a blender or mixie and prepare the puree.
Melt the butter in a bowl and allow to cool.
Sieve together all purpose flour, salt and baking soda and keep aside.
Take the banana puree in a mixing bowl. Add melted butter, baking powder and vanilla essence. Mix it gently.
Fold in the flour mixture little by little and mix it well without lumps.
Transfer the batter onto the greased loaf pan and spread it evenly.
Bake it for around 45 minutes or till done. Keep an eye on the loaf after baking for 35 minutes.
Take the loaf out of the pan before it cools down completely. Put the loaf on a cooling rack to allow proper air circulation.
Cut down into slices once it is completely cool and enjoy it with a cup of hot coffee or tea!


Tips: 
If you want to avoid using butter, just replace it with cooking oil. 
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Monday, 13 April 2015

Hibiscus Juice | Hibiscus Cool Drink | Dasavala Hoovina Juice


Hibiscus is one of the most common garden plants which is easy to grow and lasts for years. We can find varieties of hibiscus plants everywhere. This plant has got lot of uses. People use hibiscus flowers for offering to God. Hibiscus leaves are good for hair growth and remedy for all hair problems. We can prepare Juice and Tea using hibiscus flowers, which is good for health.
We had a Hibiscus plant in our backyard. It was full of flowers all the time except during peak winter. We used to pick the flowers daily for offering to God. Kiddo also wanted some flowers for playing and she never missed her share :) Even after picking so many flowers, we could see many flowers still on the plant.
These days, I have learned a new recipe using hibiscus flowers. Hibiscus Juice is damn easy to prepare and tastes really yum! I just love that sparkling red color of this juice. Ingredients for this juice are also simple..one can give it a try anytime!


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Difficulty level: Easy

Ingredients:
  • Red hibiscus flowers - 3
  • Ginger - 2 inch (sliced)
  • Sugar - 4 tbsp or according to taste
  • Water - 1 1/2 cup (1 cup = 400 ml)
  • Lime - half piece


Method:
  • Heat water in a vessel. Add the ginger slices and hibiscus petals and boil it for 8 - 10 minutes.
  • Filter the boiled water using a tea strainer. 
  • Add sugar and lime juice according to taste. You can see the color of juice changes to sparkling red now.
  • Make it cool before serving. Also, you can refrigerate it or add ice cubes if desired.

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Ganike Soppina Chutney | Kage Soppina Chutney


Ganike Soppu, also known as Kage Soppu in Kannada, is a medicinal plant which is not familiar to many people. Scientific name for this plant is Solanum Nigrum (Black Nightshade). Leaves of this plant are used as a good remedy for cold, cough, mouth ulcer and stomach related problems. Kids love to eat the small, black colored fruits of this plant. 
I use Ganike soppu as medicine for my daughter whenever she gets cold. I will crush the leaves with little water, collect about 2 table spoons of extract, then mix it with sugar / jaggery and make her drink. This works really well for her. I have few Ganike Soppu plants in my backyard just for kiddo. She loves to pick and eat those small berries from these plants daily!
Few days back, I was talking to Mom something about my plants. She told me that delicious Chutney can be prepared using Ganike leaves. I just tried her recipe and it tasted really well. Its so easy to prepare and also good for health.
Sharing the Ganike Soppina Chutney with you now..hope you like it!


Time required: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 - 7 
Difficulty level: Easy

Ingredients:
  • Ganike / Kage leaves - handful (I have used 30 - 32 leaves here)
  • Grated coconut - 1 1/4 cup
  • For seasoning:
          Oil - 3 tsp (divided)
          Green chillies - 2 (adjust according to taste)
          Cumin seeds - 1 1/4 tsp
          Sesame seeds - 1 1/4 tsp
          Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Tamarind - gooseberry size (around 1 1/2 tbsp)
  • Salt to taste
  • Water for grinding

Method:
  • Heat 1 1/2 tsp of oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add cumin seeds and sesame seeds and roast them till nice aroma comes. 
  • Then add the cleaned Ganike leaves. Saute them for 1 - 2 minutes till it changes the color and switch off the flame.
  • Grind together the roasted ingredients along with grated coconut, tamarind and salt to taste into fine paste. Add water as required.
  • Heat oil in a heavy pan. Add mustard seeds and when they start crackling, switch off the flame. Add this seasoning to the ground paste.
  • Delicious Chutney is ready now. Serve it as a side dish with rice.


Tips:
  • Instead of 2 green chillies, 2 red chillies and 1 green chilli can be used here.
  • If you don't want to preserve it in the refrigerator, heat the Chutney nicely and it will be good for few more hours.
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