Simple and Easy Banana Bread Recipe


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Ingredients

  • All purpose flour / Maida – 2 cups
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Milk – 1/2 cup
  • Vegetable/ corn / canola/ olive  oil – 1/2 cup
  • Over riped bananas – 2 large
  • Eggs – 2
  • Vanilla essence – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 1 1/4 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Walnuts/ pecans chopped – 1/2 cup

Method

  • Sieve together all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mom would always sieve 3 times.
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl and keep aside.
  • Preheat oven at 180 degree centigrade or 350 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Liquidize eggs and sugar along with vanilla essence with the help of a whisk in a large bowl. Eggs should be at room temperature.
  • Add bananas and oil and  mix in the same bowl.
  • Now add half of the dry ingredients and milk and fold in. Now add the other half and fold in again.
  • Add  walnut or pecans and mix slowly.
  • Grease a bread tin with butter and dust with all purpose flour so that the bread comes off easily once baked.
  • Pour the batter into the bread tin.
  • Place in the oven (middle rack) and bake for about 60 to 75 minutes depending on the oven until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  • After about 30 minutes of baking, cover the top of the tin with aluminum foil so that the bread doesn’t brown too much on top.
  • Remove from oven and place it on a wire rack and allow to cool before cutting.
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Paneer Burji Samosa


Did someone say ‘samosa’?! Mum would make the most delicious samosas during Ramzan and whenever we craved for the yummiest snack ever 🙂

Here’s Paneer Burji Samosa that you can make when you have friends or family visiting you or when you just want to enjoy your Sunday evening tea 🙂

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Ingredients:

  • Paneer crumbled  – 1 cup
  • Finely chopped onion – 1 medium
  • Finely chopped tomato – 1 medium
  • Finely chopped green chilies – 2
  • Finely chopped green pepper/ capsicum – 1 small
  • Green peas – 1/4 cup
  • Finely chopped Methi/ fenugreek leaves – 1/2 cup
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves / cilantro – 1/4 cup
  • Ginger garlic paste- 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Black Pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Oil – 2-3 tbsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Heat oil. Add onions and fry till slightly brown. Add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell goes.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till soft. Add all the powders, salt and fry well until the masala is done and oil starts to separate.
  • Now add methi leaves and fry. This is totally optional. Add green pepper and peas. You can also add red and yellow peppers if you wish to.
  • Don’t forget the green chilies to spice it up a little more. Cook for another 2 minutes.
  • In the end add the crumbled paneer and toss it well in the masala. Sprinkle some finely chopped coriander leaves.

 

Dough:

  • Add the flour and salt in a bowl
  • Mix water needed to make a stiff dough
  • Grease your hands with a little oil and knead the dough
  • The dough should not be too soft

 

How to make the samosas:

  • Make small even sized balls from the dough
  • Roll it with a rolling pin into a circle
  • Cut the circle into 2 halves
  • Make a paste with 1 tbsp flour and 2 tbsp water. Apply it on all the sides
  • Bring both the ends of the semi circle to form a cone
  • Hold the cone upside down and fill it with paneer Burji. Then seal it completely
  • Continue the same with the remaining dough
  • Refrigerate for half an hour. This makes the samosas crispy
  • Heat oil in a Kadai for deep fry. Once the oil is hot, deep fry the samosas until they turn slightly golden brown on low heat
  • Serve the hot crispy samosas with pudina chutney

Papdi Chaat


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Ingredients for Papdi:

  • Maida/All purpose flour – 1 cup
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp

Method:

  • Add salt, cumin seeds and oil to maida and knead to a hard dough with water
  • Roll dough very thin and cut into small rounds or roll dough very thin, cut into strips and then into diamonds
  • Deep fry on medium heat till golden brown

Ingredients for Potato and chickpea mixture:

  • Boiled kabuki Chana/chickpeas – 1 cup
  • Boiled potatoes – 2 medium sized
  • Yogurt – 2-3 cups
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Red chili powder -1 tsp
  • Salt as required

Method:

  • Beat Yogurt
  • Add salt, cumin powder and red chili powder
  • Cut the boiled potatoes into cubes
  • Add the potatoes and chickpeas to the yogurt and mix till combined

For serving:

  • Keep Papdi in a plate. Pour the potato and chickpea mixture, date and tamrind chutney, green chutney
  • Add some finely chopped onions and sprinkle a little chaat masala, cumin powder and red chili powder
  • In the end, add sev and enjoy

Masala Vada Kadhi


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First prepare the Masala Vada. 

Ingredients 

  • Chana dal – 1 cup
  • Dill leaves – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5
  • Ginger – 1 inch piece
  • Onion- 1 medium sized
  • Curry leaves – 7-8
  • Coriander leaves
  • Salt as required
Method
  • Soak Chana for about 3 hours
  • Grind 1 tbsp Chana dal, green chilli ,ginger and salt into smooth paste
  • Coarsely grind rest of the Chana dal. Finely chop the onion, dill leaves, coriander leaves and curry leaves and add it to the ground Chana dal.
  • Heat oil in a kadai. Make small balls out of the mixture and flatten them. Deep fry on medium heat on both sides till golden and crispy.
  • Drain and Keep aside.

 

Then prepare the Kadhi.
Ingredients
  • Sour yogurt – 2 cups
  • Gram flour / besan – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder- 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala – 1/4 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp
  • Mustard seeds- 3/4 tsp
  • Methi seeds – 5-6
  • Curry Leaves – 6-8
  • Oil- 1-2 tbsp
Method 
  • Mix yogurt, besan and all the powders and whisk well.
  • Heat 1-2 tbsp of oil in a kadai, add mustard seeds , methi seeds, curry leaves  and ginger garlic paste
  • Sauté for a minute. Add  the yogurt mixture.
  • Cook for sometime until it thickens, stirring continuously on low flame. You can add a little water if you don’t want it too thick.
  • Once the kadhi is done , add the Masala vada and serve immediately  with hot rice.

Palak (Spinach) Pakoda


Tempting Palak Paokdas to go with your evening tea!

Try it out 🙂

Palak Pakoda

Palak Pakoda
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Palak/ Spinach – 2 cups
  • Gram flour / Besan – 1 cup
  • Onion thinly sliced  –  1 small
  • Rice flour  – 2 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds/ jeera – 1/2 tsp
  • Green chillies – 3-4
  • Coriander leaves – 2 tbsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt as required

Method

  • Wash the spinach thoroughly and finely chop it. Thinly slice the onion
  • Heat oil in a Kadai for deep fry
  •  Mix the gram flour, rice flour, cumin seeds, green chillies, turmeric powder and salt in a bowl
  • Add hot oil to this mixture. ( the hot oil and rice flour helps in making crispy pakodas)
  • Add the spinach, onion and coriander leaves ( finely chopped) to the bowl and mix
  • The spinach will leave some water so add water if required
  • Make sure the batter is not watery. It should be of dropping consistency
  • If the batter becomes a little water add a little gram flour. Make the pakodas immediately after mixing the batter
  • Prepare  the pakodas by dropping the mixture little by little into the Kadai and deep fry till golden brown.
  • Serve these crispy pakodas with tomato ketchup or pudina chutney.

Chatpata Aloo Chaat!


Craving for something chatpata?

Here’s Mum’s Aloo Chaat! Mum would try a variety of mouth-watering chaats for us on weekends. From Bhel, to sev, Dahi Puri and Aloo Chaat!

Do try it out!

Chatpata Aloo Chat Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Chatpata Aloo Chat
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients
  • Baby Potatoes – 12 -15
  • Red Chili Powder – 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Dry Mango Powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Chaat Masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tbsp.
  • Yogurt  – 1 cup
  • Sev – 1/2 cup
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 medium
  • Green Chutney
  • Date and Tamarind (sweet) chutney
  • Salt – as required
Method
Frying the Baby Potatoes:
  • Boil the potatoes in a pressure cooker, peel and cut each of the baby potatoes into half
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a kadai and add the potatoes and fry for 2 minutes. Then add salt as required and all the powders and fry  till the potatoes are well coated with the masala and  are slightly roasted
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool
Green Chutney
Ingredients
  • Mint leaves – 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves – 1 cup
  • Green chillies – 5-6
  • Lemon juice – 2 tbsp.
  • Cumin seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Ginger – a small piece
  • Black salt – 1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Salt as required
Method:
  • Grind all the ingredients with minimum water
  • Adding lemon juice gives the green colour to the chutney
  • You can add a small onion too if you like, it increases the quantity of the chutney
  • You can refrigerate this for a week without adding onions
  • Best to prepare fresh and serve it with chaat or any snack
Date and Tamarind (sweet) chutney
Ingredients 
  • Dates – 20
  • Tamarind pulp – 1 cup
  • Cumin seeds – 2 tsp
  • Jaggery –  1/2 cup
  • Red Chili powder – 2 tsp
  • Black salt – 1 tsp
  • Salt – as required
Method
  • Wash the dates , remove the seeds  and chop them
  •  Dry roast cumin seeds , cool slightly and crush with a rolling pin to make a coarse powder.
  •  Mix together dates, jaggery, tamarind pulp, cumin powder, red chilli powder, black salt, salt  and 3-4 cups of water
  • Cook on medium heat till it comes to a boil, reduce heat and continue to cook for sometime till it becomes thick
  • Remove from heat , cool and serve
  • Refrigerate it in an air tight container and use it whenever you like
  • Make sure to use a clean and dry spoon whenever you want to serve
Chatpata Aloo Chat Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

Chatpata Aloo Chat
Image Credit: Mujahid Khaleel

To Serve:
  • Place some baby potatoes on a plate
  • Add some yogurt to it
  • Then add the green chutney and Date and Tamarind chutney
  • Add some finely chopped onions and some coriander leaves if you like
  • Then sprinkle some chat masala
  • Top it with Sev and Enjoy

Yummy Vegetable Cutlet


Mum would make yummy cutlets with spicy mint chutney and we would enjoy every bite!

Perfect for an evening snack, do  try out this heavenly vegetable cutlet. You will love it 🙂

Vegetable Cutlet  © Mujahid Khalee

Vegetable Cutlet
© Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes – 4 medium sized
  • Beans – 1/4 cup
  • Carrot – 1/4 cup
  • Peas- 1/4 cup
  • Cabbage – 1/4 cup
  • Cauliflower -1/4 cup
  • Green chilli and ginger paste – 1 tbsp
  • Onion finely chopped – 1 small
  • Red chilli powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Jeera powder – 1/2 tsp
  • Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Turmeric powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Bread slices – 2
  • Corn flour – 1 tbsp
  • Semolina/ rava – 1/4 cup
  • Oil – 1tbsp + for shallow fry
  • Salt – as required

Method

  • Boil, peel and mash the potatoes and keep it aside. Steam the vegetables.
  • Heat oil in a Kadai.
  • Add the green chilli and ginger paste. Sauté for a few seconds.
  • Add the finely chopped onions. Sauté till pink and translucent.
  • Add the steamed vegetables and fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the mashed potatoes.
  • Add all the powders and fry for about 3-4 minutes.
  • Remove it from heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes.
  • Take some water in a bowl. Dip  1 bread slice into it.
  • Remove immediately , squeeze the water and add to the vegetable mixture. Repeat the same for the second slice too.
  • Add corn flour. (Corn flour and bread slices helps in binding the mixture). Mix well. Shape them into cutlets.
  • Add the rava to a plate.
  • Coat the cutlets with rava. This again help in binding and gives a crispy texture.
  • Shallow fry on a Tava or grill them by adding some oil.
  • Serve with pudina chutney, slices of cucumber and tomato.

Diamond Cuts


Snacks to munch at home!

Mum would make Diamond cuts and this would make for a crunchy evening snack when watching TV with the family 🙂

Diamond CutsImage Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Diamond Cuts
Image Courtesy: Mujahid Khaleel

Ingredients

  • Maida – 2 cups
  • Oil – 2
  • Salt – 1/2 tsp

Method

  • Mix maida, salt, oil and make into stiff dough with water
  • Roll dough very thin, cut into strips and then into diamonds
  • Deep fry the diamond cuts till slightly  brown and crisp
  • Serve with powdered sugar