Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Eggless Banana Walnut Bread

For the final day of cooking for BM#55, under Bookmarked recipes, I remembered a very old recipe that I had been wanting to bake since the moment it was shared. While I wanted to make another gravy and make it a series of gravies as well, I was compelled to make something else as well. Amma had two big bananas that were fast becoming very ripe. She sent them across and before I could even think, the bananas were going black.

So I chopped up the banana, add a tsp of sugar and refrigerated, hoping I will bake by night. Day simply flew and it was almost next day that I finally baked it. Hubby dear loved it so much. Infact when I was asking him if he would want a banana walnut cake, he said he remembers me making it already. I was much happy that he was also thinking about the blog!

Anyway I said this recipe that I wanted to try is a different combination that I haven't shared yet. so I set out to make. As I said planning to make something takes more time than the actual cooking time these days and I quickly wanted to bake it right then. The cake turned out so delicious, with just the right sweetness and so much like the tea cakes I am so fond of. Infact I felt I just couldn't stop with one slice!

Even though it had walnuts in it, kids loved it too. So its a recipe worth making again and again.

When Bharathy had posted it many years ago, I loved her set up and the way the loaf had turned out. I am so glad I finally made it. Looks like this recipe has traveled across many spaces. And it joins my Banana Bread collection.

Eggless Butterless Banana Chocolate Muffins
Eggless Banana Chocolate Chip Mini Muffin with Flax Seed
Eggless Banana Fruits and Nuts Cake
Eggless Honey Banana Wheat Loaf
Eggless Chocolate Chip and Banana Squares
Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Bread
Eggless Wheat Banana Tea Cake

the most quickest of all
Microwave Banana Muffins

Banana Walnut Bread

Preparation time - 10 minutes
Baking time - 35 minutes +/- (it took me 40 mins)

Ingredients Needed

Ripe bananas - 3 small (or 2 large)
Maida / All purpose flour - 3/4 cup
Wheat flour - 1/2 cup
Brown sugar - 3/4 cup (I used 1/2 cup B sugar and 1/4 granulated sugar)
Milk - 1/4 cup
Oil - 1/4 cup
Curd - 2 tbsp
Cooking soda - 1 tsp
Vanilla essence - 1/2 tsp
Walnuts - 10

How to make the Banana Walnut Bread

Sieve maida, wheat flour and cooking soda together and keep aside.

Chop bananas into small pieces and grind it along with sugar and  milk into a smooth paste. Next add vanilla essence and curds and grind again.

Transfer the ground mixture in a large mixing bowl. Mix in oil. Finally fold in the sifted flour mixture into it.

Chop the walnuts and mix them into the batter.

Preheat the oven to 185°C.

Grease a bread tin with butter and dust all purpose flour evenly. Pour in the batter into the bread tin and bake at 185°C for 40 mins.

Remove from oven and allow the bread to cool on wire rack for a while before cutting out slices.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dhabe de Chole | How to make Punjabi Dhabe de Chole

For the next day of cooking from my bookmarked recipes, I picked up Vaishali's Dhabe de Chole. This recipe is supposed to the Punjabi Dhaba style of making Chhole. I have always been obsessed with Punjabi food, more-so with Dhaba dishes. So the moment I read that it was Dhaba style, I had to make it.

Since most of our Sunday Breakfast is Poori Channa, I thought it would be a good thing to change the channa and see if the kids like. It was a super duper hit and kids enjoyed their meal. I was so happy that I was including yet another chhole recipe to my collection! Vaishali says she got this from her Punjabi friend's mom, so its authentic recipe and not much of a fuss in making it.

Since I skipped using tea bags, my chhole is not as dark as Vaishali's. I am sure that also lends some taste to the greavy. Since we don't stock tea bags, didn't have any on hand. However taste wise its very delicious.

If you are fond of chhole, then you must try this.

While I was making this, Veena pinged me asking for my chhole recipe links. She said she wanted to make for fourth week. I was grinning and told her that its funny that I should be also be trying a channa recipe from Vaishali and she was doing from mine!

Well back to the recipe, you make and enjoy with pooris!

Dhabe de Chole

Ingredients Needed:

For the Chole

Kabuli Chana - 1 cup
Potato cubed - 1
Onions sliced 2 medium
Ginger - 1"
Green chilly sliced 2 -3
Coriander - Cumin powder - 2 tsp
Black salt 1 tsp
Roasted cumin pwd 1 tsp
Black pepper pwd 1/4 tsp
Tea bags 2 -3 (I skipped)
Salt to taste

Soak the chana for 5-6 hours or overnight. Change waters couple of times.

Put everything in pressure cooker and cook for 3 whistles or till the channa is soft. I PC channa first for 2 whistles and then add all the ingredients and PC for one more.  Let the pressure fall down.

Meanwhile you can make for the masala for tempering

Spice Masala

Ghee - 2 tbsp
Oil - 2 tbsp
Bay leaf - 2 
Black cardamom 1
Red chilly pwd 1 tsp
Coriander - Cumin Powder 1 tsp
Black pepper pwd 1/4 tsp
Aamchoor pwd 4 tso
Garam masala 1 tsp

Heat oil and ghee. Add bay leaf and black cardamom. green chillies.

Add all the spices and roast for a few minutes.

When it starts becoming aromatic, add to the channa in the pressure cooker.

Once again pressure cook these for a whistle.

After the pressure falls, remove the tea bags, bay leaf and the cardamom.

Serve hot with ready kulchas/bread /pav/rice /bhatura.

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