Saturday, 21 November 2015

Eggless Dairy Free Whole Wheat Banana Quick Bread

It has been cold and drizzly outside for the past couple of days. All one wants to do is curl up on the couch and watch something on TV while all the house work gets done magically.I can only wish this happens.

But when we are sure something like this is never going to happen, it is nice to get cooking something tasty and best if we get down to baking something warm and delicious.

Last evening I set aside my laziness of wanting to sit and watch back to back episodes of one of my favorite TV shows and got down to baking this delicious loaf of Banana quick bread.

It has been a while since I baked anything and I knew the kids would be excited. When they came back from school they guessed correctly that something was in the oven and the kids could not wait to take a bite.

This is one of the easiest and tastiest bread I have ever baked and it is a keeper for sure. I have adapted this recipe from Veg Recipes of India and made a few changes to suit my taste.

I have used coconut blossom sugar for the sweetener and added chocolate chips to please the kids which can be avoided if you are looking for a vegan quick bread.

The best part of this quick bread is that it is made of whole wheat flour, has bananas and chocolate chips, vegan ,soft texture and extremely addictive!!!

We finished the loaf within a couple of hours and kept aside just 2 slices to share with my parents!So that does say how tasty it was!!!

This goes to the Recipe ReDux group where the theme this month is Creative quick breads.I am not sure how creative this !All of my bakes are eggless and I use yogurt or milk or butter in them but here I have made a vegan version and also happens to be a dairy free one [if you leave out the chocolate chips] and also I have used coconut blossom sugar for the first time in baking.So in my terms I would count these as being creative :)

I used:
Adapted from - Veg Recipes of India

Whole wheat flour - 1 1/2 cups
Banana - large [Iused Morris variety]

Coconut blossom sugar- 1/2 cup
Vegetable oil - 1/2 cup [I used sunflower oil]
Baking powder-1 1/2 teaspoon
Baking Soda- 1/2 teaspoon
Vanilla essence - 1 teaspoon
Salt- a large pinch

Chocolate chips - 1/4 cup[ optional / leave out for vegan version or use chopped nuts/ use vegan chips if available]

Roughly chop the banana and take in a blender and add coconut blossom sugar and puree.

Transfer this onto a bowl and add oil and vanilla essence and give it a mix.

Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt right over the wet ingredient bowl.Add the chocolate chips and mix well to combine. Pour into a greased loaf tin and give it a good tap on teh counter top. Top with a little more chocolate chips. Bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degree C  for 25 minutes or till a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.[The timings will vary. check after 20 minutes and bake accordingly]

Once done, remove from oven. After a few minutes, remove from loaf tin and allow to cool on a wire rack. Once cooled, slice and enjoy.


You can use regular sugar/ palm sugar/ jaggery instead of coconut blossom sugar.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Creamy Pasta with Mushroom and Capsicum

I was under the impression that I would find more time to do stuffs after Lil Dude started school. I used to dream about having loads to time to blog everyday, blog hop and try out loads of new dishes.Of course this would be in addition to the other actual house works.

Well, after he started school,I have come to realize that my impression was wrong all along!!!Now I hardly have time to sit with the laptop ,let alone post recipes everyday!

Earlier, I used to blog regularly -almost everyday and blog hop on regular basis too. Though Lil dude used to tag along while cooking and clicking ,I got a lot of work done on the blog front.

It was kind of thrilling and challenging with him around and now when I have the house all for myself for almost 8 hours, blogging has taken a back seat!! So much for my illusion!!

Why this rant you might ask! This post is a day late even though the pics were ready last month. As I said earlier, I just did not 'find' time to edit and post it as scheduled. So my blogging marathon friends will probably understand this and brush aside my tardiness this time again .And hopefully[keeping my fingers and toes crossed] I too will get back my mojo for blogging on time :)

Coming to the dish of the day-This pasta dish was made for dinner one night and the kids being a fan  of all that was used in this dish made sure to lick the plate clean.

We are into the final day of Blogging Marathon #58,Week 2,with the theme - Pasta dishes.
Also sending this to Srividhya who is hosting Srivalli's Kids Delight event, with the theme Pasta for kids

I used:

Pasta- 1 cup
Capsicum-1, chopped
Mushroom - 150 grams, chopped
Milk-2 cups
All purpose flour- 1 tablespoon
Grated garlic- 1 teaspoon
 Kitchen king masala- 1 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Red chili flakes to garnish
Oil-1+1 teaspoons

 Take the pasta in a vessel and add plenty of water to it.Add salt and a teaspoon of oil, give it a mix and pressure cook for 5 minutes or 2 hisses/ till cooked. You can also cook it on the stove top as you normally do. Once the pressure releases, remove from the cooker and drain the excess water and keep aside.

Heat a teaspoon of oil in a pan and add the garlic. Saute it for a few seconds. Add onion,mushroom, capsicum and stir . Cook till onion is soft. Add the APF and mix well. Saute till the flour coated veggies turn light brown.

Add milk and whisk well so that there are no lumps.[You can do this when the mixture is simmering / remove pan from heat and whisk]

Add salt and cook till the mixture coats the back of the ladle. Tip in the cooked pasta and mix well. the pasta will absorb the sauce. Add more milk / water if needed. I added kitchen king masala for an Indian flavor.This masala is optional. Mix well and cook till you get the right consistency.

 Serve garnished with red chili flakes.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#58

Bon Appetit....

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Pasta Pakoda | Crispy Fried Pasta | Easy Kids Snack Recipe

I guess my little girl has inherited my love for books. It is a complete pleasure to surprise her with books and I really enjoy watching her face light up when she sees the new book that I got for her.

So last month I ordered a loot of a bookstore from an online shop and I had a few books ordered for the kids as well.I wanted to surprise them with a snack made from their favorite ingredient as well . u

I had some cooked pasta from the night before waiting to be used. So I turned that into a snack. This is something that kids and adults would love to munch on.

This dish goes to  Blogging Marathon #58,Week 2, Day 2 with the theme - Pasta dishes.

Also sending this to Srividhya who is hosting Srivalli's Kids Delight event, with the theme Pasta for kids

I used:

Cooked pasta
Bajji Bonda mix- as needed[see note below]
Oil to deep fry
Curry leaves - a few[optional]
Chaat masala as needed

TAke the cooked pasta in a bowl and add the bajji bonda mix.Toss to coat and sprinkle water little by little and mix gently with a fork so that the powder coats the pasta.

Heat oil for deep frying and drop a lump -about 4-5 pastas into hot oil. Deep fry till crisp.[ It took a little longer to cook than the normal pakoda].Drain.Repeat for the remaining pasta.

Into the same oil put in the curry leaves. It will splutter a bit, so be careful. Switch off the oil as soon as you drop in the curry leaves. It will turn crisp immediately. Drain.

Serve the pasta pakoda garnished with fried curry leaves a dash or two of chaat masala.

Need I tell you that the kids fell in love with the snack and the books :)


If you don't have bajji bonda mix, add 1/4 cup besan and 1/8 cup rice flour, salt, red chili powder and a pinch of asafoetida powder. Make a mix of these ingredients and add to the pasta. The quantity of flour mix will vary on the quantity of pasta used.Adjust accordingly.

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM#58

Bon Appetit....