Banana Yum

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I am always guilty of buying more than I should when it comes to fruits. I just want to have all of them in my fruit basket cause they look so pretty and fresh . And then days pass and they lie there bored !! It shows on their skin which is getting crumpled and losing its sheen. I can hear them screaming their lungs out..”do me a favour and eat me before I’m gone ”  And the poor fruit that goes through this torture more often than not in my home , is the humble BANANA!

So I thought , it’s time I gave it more respect. So the usual scene enacts in the kitchen ..iI can sense the signal the bananas are giving me ..with their sweet aroma.

It was time for a Banana Chocolate Loaf!

Mashed Bananas , Butter(1/2 cup)  , Milk ( 120 ml with a teaspoon of lemon juice) , my favorite Vanilla, mixed with flour(2 cups) , cocoa (1/4 cup) sugar ( 1 cup)  and chocolate .  Add baking powder and baking soda and watch the magic  in an 180 degree oven for 55 minutes .

You get the most moist , just the right sweetness , indulgent loaf. Its just the right mate for your coffee. Go ahead give it a go , its worth it !

love M
XX

Stir Fry Mushrooms

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I am a big fan of quick cooking . It’s non fussy , quick , easy and tasty. When laziness sets in , stir fries are the perfect solution . What I like most about them is they look so fresh , colourful and delightful to the eye , cause its not cooked fully . The bite is still there but not totally raw. It gives you a great canvas to merge different ingredients and create new flavours.

In my recipe of Stir Fry mushrooms today I combined Indian and South Asian flavours.  Indian Spices combined with Soy Sauce , Vinegar and a Hot Chilli Sauce. It felt really warm and spicy on the palate . The sinking couch , my dreams , and a nice stir fry . Its my world right there . I sound a bit gloomy today just like the weather :)) Yeah one of those days when silence and thoughts are my happy space!

Love XXX

M

Spice is Nice

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Of all the tastes , I am naturally attracted to the spicy one. It’s sort of kick that no taste for me can replace. A sudden burst of energy , a spring in my step and what I hate most is for that taste to slip away . I love to have that taste with me …it reminds me fondly of the meal.

So I got inspired by a dish from Maria Goretti. An actress, VJ and now a chef. Her cookbook is just so heart warming because the dishes  really spell out one word – Comfort.

The dish really is Chillies Stuffed with Mushroom Masala .
Onions and tomatoes and Mushrooms fried in sizzzling oil and flavoured with robust Indian spices like chilly , tumeric , coriander and garam masala.  Once stuffed sear it or let the chillies stay raw and then dig into spice heaven .

Beer , Stuffed Chillies . Netflix ! Yea… my kinda perfect

Cya lovelies xxx

 

C is for Coastal Food

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Coastal Food in India is all about the coconuts! It finds its place in almost every dish that the region has to offer- whether it’s savory or sweet.  It gives a nice touch to the dish , although I cannot stand its overuse.  It makes the coconut redundant and ordinary.

It’s dinner time , there’s Wimbledon on the telly and there’s my loving hubby for company . It called for a weekend indulgence.  Rice and Chicken it was.  But not any Rice and Chicken . A nice coconut rice dish and some spicy chicken curry .

Today to my rescue came Chandra Padmanabhan  She’s written some amazing books on recipes from South India . Her recipes always turn out sumptuous . Infact her books have helped a great deal to help me learn South Indian cooking .

This week for me has started on a sad note to see my favorite tennis player Rafa Nadal crash out of Wimbledon . But cooking food and a good Harry Styles song always makes me feel better . 🙂 By the way , I am near obsessed with his song Kiwi these days . :):)

Till next time then XXX

 

Rainy Day is Brownie Day!

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Yes , the rain gods have been in overdrive for the past couple of days in Mumbai . These are the days when the body and the bed become best mates and don’t seem to leave each other 😉 The tummy longs for not so healthy versions of foods and the chocolate cravings are messing with your rational being

And Boom! Chocolate Brownies from Donna Hay  to the rescue. Frankly I wasn’t in the mood for some fancy recipe . All I needed was a bowl , a spatula and an oven to work up the magic for me . Chocolate , sugar , brown sugar , cocoa , eggs , flour and milk . I like to add a bit of instant coffee for that extra kick , and top it with coffee ice- cream.
Donna’s recipes are my best friend on such days 🙂

So as the rains were quenching the earth ,  Chocolate took an immaculate form in brownies to satiate my soul.. Whew that was heavy!! i love chocolate…that’s simpler isn’t it. You get the drift , don’t ya ?

XXX

Yummy Treats for Eid!

Eid ul-Fitr “festival of breaking of the fast” is an important religious holiday celebrated worldwide that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. It’s the time when relatives and friends get together and enjoy scrumptious feast. Sweets and desserts make for an important part of the feast and often take centre stage on this auspicious day. On this occasion, FunFoods by Dr. Oetker recommends tasty desserts which are mouthwatering, easy to make, and would allow you to enjoy the festival as well with your loved ones.

Strawberry and Dates Roll

Strawberry and Dates Roll Recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar, Creative Kitchen, Dr. Oetker FunFoods

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

10-12 nos. Dates, seedless

75 g (5 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Strawberry Dessert Topping

50 g Almonds, chopped

50 g Cashewnuts, chopped

5-6 nos. Marie Biscuits, crushed

50 g (3 tbsp) Desiccated Coconut Powder

Directions:

  1. In a blender jar, add dates and 2 tbsp strawberry dessert topping. Blend for 20-30 seconds or until you get a coarse paste.
  2. Take out above mixture in a bowl and add nuts. Mix well, make small round balls and shape them into cigars or cylinders.
  3. In a bowl mix together biscuits and 2 tbsp coconut powder.
  4. Dip above rolls in remaining strawberry dessert topping and finally put them in biscuit mix to get good coating all over.
  5. Put remaining coconut powder on top of rolls and serve cold.

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

 

 

Shahi Lucknowi Seviyaan

Shahi Lucknowi Seviyaan Recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar, Creative Kitchen, Dr. Oetker FunFoods 

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

500 ml Full Cream Milk

50 g Almonds, chopped

50 g Cashewnuts, chopped

60 g Roasted Vermicelli

1 tbsp Condensed Milk

1 tbsp Sugar

50 g (3 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Milk Shake Mix Kesar Pista

½ tsp Kewra Water

1 tbsp Pistachio, chopped

Directions:

  1. Heat saucepan (low flame) add milk, almonds, cashewnuts and vermicelli. Let it cook for 5 minutes or until milk starts to boil.
  2. Add condensed milk, sugar and milk shake mix. Cook for 5 minutes or until Milk shake mix is dissolved completely and mixture is thick in consistency.
  3. Pour kewra water and mix well. Garnish with pistachio and serve.

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time: 10 Minutes

 

 

Mayo Phirni

Mayo Phirni Recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar, Creative Kitchen, Dr. Oetker FunFoods

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 Litre, Full Cream Milk

90 g (6 tbsp) Rice Flour

140 g Sugar

1 tsp Green Cardamon Powder

8-10 nos. Cashewnuts, chopped

5 nos. Almonds, chopped

60 g (4 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Veg Mayonnaise

Directions:

  • Heat milk in a pan (medium flame) until it comes to boil and then simmer for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add rice flour, sugar, cardamom powder and cashewnuts. Stir continuously to prevent lumps.
  • Continue stirring on low flame for 6-7 minutes or until it begins to thicken. Finally take it out from flame and let it cool down.
  • Add mayonnaise to above mixture and mix well.
  • Pour the mixture into serving bowls. Refrigerate it for 2 hours, garnish it with almonds and serve.

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time:  25 Minutes

 

Gulab Kheer

 Gulab Kheer Recipe by Chef Ranveer Brar, Creative Kitchen, Dr. Oetker FunFoods

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

1 Litre, Full Cream Milk

100 g Rice, washed and soaked for 30 minutes

100 g Sugar

1 tsp Green Cardamon Powder

8-10 nos. Cashewnuts, chopped

60 g (4 tbsp) Dr. Oetker FunFoods Milk Shake Mix Rose

5 nos. Almonds, chopped

Directions:

  • Bring milk to boil in a large saucepan.
  • Add rice, sugar, cardamom powder, cashewnuts and rose milk shake mix. Simmer over low heat until the mixture thickens and the rice is cooked completely.
  • Pour the mixture into serving bowls. Refrigerate it for 2 hours, garnish it with almonds and serve.

Preparation Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Time:  25 Minutes

 Hope you enjoy these yummy treats this EID.:) 

 

Mumbai Monsoon Essentials

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Seems like the monsoons have finally hit Mumbai. Yea , the usual follows ….Oooh Romantic walks , the romantic talks , traffic , potholes , train delays , flooding , intense conversations with self , sudden energy after the sapping heat .,,,Lonavala , …and then therez food!! . The rains bring in a very weird mix of problems and mush.

As cliche as it may sound the Vada Pav , Bhajiyyas and Samosas , get a sudden boost of  popularity during this time of year. Not that they don’t sell during the rest of the year . Its just that the rains confer on them almost a “must-do” kind of aura . Yes and they are paired of with tea, which sounds very wine pairing-ish. (Although , it’s a sure formula for crazy acidity) , But because tradition demands to be followed we do .

Today I want to feature the Vada Pav and the Moong Dal Bhajjiya from Chembur 🙂 Its a roadside stall that sells only for a couple of hours . Its almost like your life depended on it if you don’t get your share of his wares. It feels like the Zara of street food!

But we all love it , with whatever gastronomical discomforts our street food gifts us ..Coz therez always Digene!

Soak yourself . Have the time of your life . Loads of love XX