Thursday, 7 November 2013

Banana pancakes from leftover bananas !!!

You know how crazy my hubby is about pancakes ....I have already shared with you the usual pancake recipe here...
The other day I had these bananas going overripe and I was not in a mood to bake a bread (which is my fav from ripe bananas ) I tried making pancakes with bananas and to my surprise they were better than what I had expected...the texture was fluffy and the pancakes looked great and tasted much more better than the plain ones.
So the next time you have overripe bananas don't even think twice before trying these pancakes which are so easy and ready in a jiffy.
While the weather is all cold and grey these pancakes will surely lift up your try these and lemme know how you liked them.

Here's the recipe


1 cup flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1 tbsp melted butter
1 ripe banana(mashed)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Combine flour,sugar,baking powder and salt.In a separate bowl mix together egg,milk,vanilla extract and mashed bananas.
  • Stir the flour mixture into the banana mix and add melted butter.
  • Heat lightly oiled griddle or pan and pour in the batter using a laddle. Flip it when bubbles appear and cook well on both the sides.Serve warm with maple syrup or honey .
  • Enjoy these fluffy pancakes with fruits and for a guilty version you can even serve it with whipped cream. !!!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Celebrate Halloween with butter free whole wheat squash bread !!

Gone are the bright sunny days ...gone are those barbeques and picnics ...gone are those summer dresses....its fall time !!
Well the fall season heralds the winters...and brings back your jackets and sweaters out...and so I hate that.I needed some baking to uplift my spirits and what better than a seasonal squash bread with the goodness of whole wheat and flaxseed. 

This bread was a surprise winner ,one coz its guilt- free, and second its perfect for this season.
So this  halloween try this beautiful recipe and surprise your guests with this guilt free version. 


1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup squash puree *
2 eggs
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup ground  flaxseed
3/4 cup muscovado sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp maple syrup(or honey)
3 tbsp chocolate chips (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 180 C.
  • Combine flour,salt,baking powder,baking soda and cinnamon and keep aside
  • Mix water and flaxseed and keep aside for 5 minutes.
  • In a bowl mix sugar,oil,eggs,squash puree and  maple syrup until blended.
  • Add flour and mix till combined.Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a loaf tin and bake it for 45-50 minutes.

*For squash puree chop squash into small pieces and oven roast in a lined baking tray for 30-35 minutes at 200C. Allow it to cool and then blend into a smooth puree.

Enjoy this comforting bread with a cuppa !!!

Monday, 16 September 2013

Creamy cannellini bean hummus

Both hubby and I love trying out new cuisines and we have our favourites for a period of time ... and then once we are bored we try out another cuisine.Our current favourite is middle we are trying all kinds of dips with pita bread and pair it with salad and chicken wings which makes a complete meal.For the last month our friday dinners have been like this and we are just loving it !!
Hummus is one of the most popular dishes of middle eastern cuisine...the best thing is that it can be prepared in a jiffy and goes well with pitas,oatcakes,crackers,chips..!!
I used to make hummus using garbanzo /chickpeas but somehow could'nt get the same taste I enjoy at restaurants when I tried it with cannellini beans to finish off a can lying in my store cupboard,I was really pleased with the result.
This is perfect for picnic,parties and even your mid-evening snacking !!!(and its low cal too)

Here's the recipe 


1 can cannellini beans
2 garlic cloves chopped
3 tbsp tahini paste
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 lemon(juice from 1 lemon)
Red chilli powder to sprinkle
Salt to taste
Coriander for garnish (optional)


Put the beans into a mixer.Add lemon juice,garlic,tahini paste and salt..slowly pour in the olive oil and process until smooth and thick.Sprinkle red chilli powder and garnish with coriander.Refrigerate it and serve with pitas.

You can even use it as a sandwich spread ..I'll be sharing that sandwich recipe very soon stay tuned :)

Friday, 6 September 2013

Soft and scrumptious coconut buns!!

Well you know how much I love coconut... even my first recipe on the blog was of coconut laddu. I like it in all forms-fresh coconut,dry coconut,coconut water,coconut sweets,coconut in curries almost everything!!
But I had no idea that adding coconut to buns would give such an amazing flavour until I tried these.Fresh baked breads have their own charm...the heavenly smell..the soft dough..all this just lifts up your spirits !!
We had these yummy buns for breakfast and they just got finished in minutes...soft,fluffy with a little sweetness and a touch of coconut.This is a perfect treat to welcome winters :)

This also goes to my entry for Bloggers Buzz Photography Club Assignment 1.


4 cup white bread flour
1 egg
2/3 cup coconut milk
2/3 cup warm water
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp milk powder
2 tbsp dessicated coconut
3 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt

  • Add yeast in a bowl of warm water and let it rest for 5-8 minutes till it activates.In a large bowl add milk powder,sugar,dessicated coconut,flour,beaten egg,salt,melted butter,coconut milk and yeast mixture.
  • Mix well to form a dough and knead for 7-8 minutes till it forms an elastic ball.
  • Cover it with cling film and rest it for about two hours until the dough has doubled in size.
  • Gently press down knead a few minutes and rest for 10 minutes.Divide into small portions and shape into buns.
  • Arrange in a baking pan and brush it with egg wash.Bake it in a preheated oven at 180 for about 20-25 minutes.

I promise your home will smell like heaven !!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Celebrate rakshabandhan with indian shortbread cookies ~ Naankhatai

Though I may be far
But we are close in each others thoughts
In each others prayers
that's the way we are always together
Happy Rakshabandhan !!

This greeting goes to my brothers in India :)

Festivals and Celebrations bring out so much fun and excitement in our lives and though we are far away from our country I never miss a chance to celebrate every little festival in our own sweet way.
Rakshabandhan back home was always so much fun, specially when you are a sister you are being bestowed with all gifts and given so much love.
As a food blogger ,festivals give a chance to try out something sweet.So for this ocassion I have made nankhatais ~ a traditional indian shortbread cookie.


1 1/4 cup Gram flour
1/4 cup Suji
1/2 cup All purpose flour
1/2 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup Butter
A pinch of Salt
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp cardamom powder
10-12 halved almonds


Preheat oven to 180 degrees and line a tray with baking paper.In a bowl whisk sugar and butter till light and creamy.In a separate bowl sift together gram flour,suji,all purpose flour,salt ,cardamom powder and baking powder.Now mix the butter mix in the flour and form a dough.Knead for a couple of minutes and keep it in the fridge for about half an hour.Take it out and form into round shaped discs.Place an almond half on top and bake these goodies for 15-18 minutes till they are done.

Enjoy the aroma filling your home.This nankhatai is sure to raise a festive spirit in your home so go ahead and try these goodies !!
Wishing everyone a happy rakshabandhan !!

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Kick start your day with pesto tomato and mozzarella sandwich

What's a typical British meal? Sandwich!! I read somewhere that around 12 billion sandwiches are eaten every year in the UK....just imagine !!
When it comes to sandwiches I am not very fond of the cold ones we get here...I like the toasted and grilled ones better.We have been grown up eating potato and paneer sandwiches and then came the era of coleslaw sandwiches during college days.Grilled sandwiches were a specialty of some places only and I remember how I used to love these sandwiches at the mathura road branch of Haldiram's in Delhi.
The best thing  about sandwiches is that they are simple to make and you can play around with a number of options depending upon the available ingredients.Well,pesto is our favourite thesedays and so I made this sandwich for the first time on hubby's b'day and we loved it so much that since then its weekly in our menu.
I used Sacla basil pesto sauce for this recipe....I was never a fan of bottled sauces until I tried this pesto is as fresh as homemade pesto. Try making this sandwich with seeded bread it does makes a lot of difference in taste as well as health quotient.I have used Hovis Seeds sensation which is a staple in our home thesedays.I have tried so many varieties of bread in this country but when it comes to seeded breads this one is the best .

Here comes the recipe :


1/4 cup Sacla Classic Basil pesto
1/4 Red pepper(cut into long strips)
Half Tomato(cut into pieces)
1/4 cup Mozzarella 
Salt to taste 
1/4 tsp Pepper
4 slices of Seeded bread(I used Hovis Seed Sensation)
Butter for toasting 


In a pan roast red pepper slices til they are a bit charred.(You can even do this in oven)Take pesto and spread on the bread slices.Put tomato pieces and capsicum strips.Sprinkle salt and pepper and add crumbled cheese.Cover it with a slice of bread 
Heat butter in a pan or a griddle.Toast or grill  till it is brown on both sides and cheese is melted.Cut into two and serve hot !!!
Enjoy this scrumptious sandwich with your morning cuppa or pack it for tastes great either ways !!!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Butter free lemon cake...perfect treat for summers !

Well summers have been here for a while, and this year with all records broken there have been days when we were reminded of Indian summers.But now for the past one week its still better, with temperature averaging 24-25 its the best time of the year and I am just loving it !!
During all these days our meals have been more of pitas,sandwiches and salads which are light on stomach and refreshing to eat.I had been trying not to bake any cake for health considerations but couldn't stop myself when I came across a butterfree cake recipe....some of you will laugh over it, but that's how food bloggers are, they just need an excuse to cook ;)  and the excuse was my baby Ishaan's four month b'day. Yes, I bake a cake  every month to celebrate his birthday (though he still can't have a bite ).But this is how I celebrate his milestones... his new expressions....his new activities...his new developments every month :)

Now what can I say about this lemon cake ...its  just perfect for summers...light refreshing and moist !! Its prepared  with just a handful of ingredients, so  go ahead and make it a part of your summer party.


1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
Lemon zest from 2 lemons
2 tbsp lemon juice
1/2 cup yoghurt
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4  tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 180 C and grease a loaf tin.Sieve together flour,baking powder,baking soda and salt and keep it aside.In a bowl mix in lemon zest and sugar till it resembles wet sand.Whisk in yoghurt,lemon juice and eggs.Mix in the dry ingredients along with oil.Pour the batter in a pan and bake it for 45 minutes or until the skewer comes out clean.
I just loved the lemony aroma filling my house.
Enjoy this lemony cake with a cuppa !!

Handy Tips 

  • When purchasing lemons look for fruit that feels heavy for its size with a bright shiny skin and small points on each end.
  • To store lemons for up to a month,rinse them in water and store in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator.Once it is cut it must be used within a few days.
  • To get the most juice from lemons,first prick the skin with a fork,then place in microwave for 15 seconds in this way more juice can be squeezed.
  • While grating lemon zest make sure to remove only the coloured part of the skin,the white pith is bitter.


Friday, 2 August 2013

Spicy Okra with chickpea flour

Okra or Ladyfinger as we call it is one of my favourite vegetables since childhood. It brings back all the memories of those summer afternoons when me and my cousins would sit together and enjoy the homely Daal rice and bhindi...yeah those were some carefree days!
And now when I am in London,I would say I am lucky to get such nice okra here. Its made quite often in my kitchen as hubby just loves it,specially the spicy version which I am sharing with you all today.
There are different ways of cooking okra, stir fry,deep fry or even a curry...but I like it spicy with a touch of chickpea flour which gives a nice flavour and aroma.

Do you know that okra is an excellent source of folate,Vitamin K and Vitamin C.It is low in calories and a good source of dietary fibre. With so many nutritional benefits its great to include it in our diet.
So without much ado here's the recipe for you:


400 gm Okra 
1/4 cup chickpea flour (besan)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder 
1 tsp cumin powder 
1 tbsp coriander powder 
1 tsp  amchur powder 
1 tsp garam masla
1/2 tsp red chilli powder 
1 small onion
Salt to taste


Trim the Okra and make a slit on one side.Take turmeric powder,garam masala,cumin powder,coriander powder ,amchur and red chilli in a small bowl and mix.Fill this mixture into the slits.Mix and set aside.Heat oil in a wok,add chopped onions and saute till light golden.Add chickpea flour and saute for a couple of minutes.Add stuffed okra and mix.Lower the heat,cover and cook,stirring occasionally,till the ladyfingers get cooked .Add salt and cook for a minute keeping the lid open.
Serve hot with rice or chapatis.This tastes great even with puris and parathas.
This dish keeps really well so its great for packed lunches and picnics.

Handy tips

  • While purchasing okra make sure it has firm pods and should snap easily in half.The best varieties are a rich green colour. Avoid pods that are dull or blemished.
  • Store in a paper bag in the warmest part of refrigerator,as temperature below 45 degrees can damage okra.Do not wash until ready to use,or it will become slimy.

Till we meet next have a spicy weekend !!!

Friday, 5 July 2013

Black forest cake for hubby's bday

Birthdays are always special to me...I remember how I used to be crazy about birthdays... from birthday dress to birthday cake ...just everything.And now after marriage making hubby 's bday special is always exciting...!!
He is so fond of the cakes and cookies I bake for when it comes to his bday cake it has to be special and definitely best out of the rest !!!...Infact every year the cake which I bake for his birthday is the best out of all the bakes in that year !!!Last year I made this.....and this year it was double celebration as my son Ishaan also completed his three months the same day :) after much deliberation I finally  decided for a traditional yet one of the most amazing black forest cake.
The cake turned out really well with the fresh cream icing and cherries ...hubby just loved it !!
So it was a great start to his bday ...for breakfast I replicated his favourite sandwiches from Pret a manger...pesto and mozerella ...would soon share the recipe on blog.For dinner we went to a place called Kenza suggested by one of our friend.Let me tell you the place was  just awesome...  amazing Mediterranean food ....lovely  ambience ..!!!
Here are a few clicks .... 

Now comes the recipe for the cake


175 gm butter
200gm dark chcoolate
300 gm plain flour
300 gm sugar
25 gm cocoa powder
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 eggs
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
200 gm yoghurt
1/4 cup boiling water

For icing
1/4 cup Sugar syrup
300 ml whipping cream
Glaced cherries
1 bar of dark chocolate


Preheat oven to 180 C and grease two cake tins.Take a microwave safe bowl and melt butter.Now add the chocolate pieces and let it melt in the butter.
Mix together the flour,cocoa,sugar,bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
Whisk eggs ,vanilla essence and buttermilk in a bowl.Now add in the melted chocolate and butter mixture.Now mix in dry ingredients into the this mix and add boiling water.Mix till it is lump free
and divide the mixture and bake it for 20-25 minutes or till the skewer comes out clean.
Once the cakes are baked let them cool down .then prepare a sugar syrup and add cherries and whip cream to stiff peaks .
Now prick the cakes and drizzle over the sugar syrup...spread over cream and cherries..stack the cake and coat it with icing.Pipe it making the design you wish and place the cherries..decorate it with chocolate curls...I just made them by scraping a dark chocolate bar.Let it chill and then you are all set to cut the cake.


  • You can even use fresh cherries...I found  glaced cherries better for this cake.
  • I didn't use rum ...but traditionally it is used.
Till we meet next HAPPY COOKING !!

Friday, 21 June 2013

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and arrival of our little bundle of joy !!

I am proud to announce the arrival of our bundle of joy -Ishaan .
Yaay!! I am a mommy now and the feeling is just amazing..Life has a new meaning  and with the little one around our days are brighter and happier !Touchwood !The feeling of motherhood...the excitement of watching our baby making different moves ...doing new activities is so overwhelming .....:)God's creation sometimes amazes ...and makes you fall in love with your child  again and again... Every minute...every day the bond of  love grows stronger !!!
Thank you God for everything !!!

Now coming  to food blogging, though I wasn't blogging much  I was very much reading all your lovely blogs .and was also fortunate to be a part of the Bloggers Buzz event which was held in February 2013...just a month before my due date :)..All thanks to hubby who encouraged me to attend the event and all you lovely ladies of Bloggers buzz who made such a memorable experience for me...!!

So here I am, back to blogging.. !! I made these quick and easy cookies when Ishaan was taking his afternoon nap :)
These oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies are  a great source of fibre and nutrition  and go wonderfully well with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee !
These are really quick ...with the ingredients in hand its just a matter of mixing ...and they are ready in minutes :)

So here 's the recipe for you :


1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup butter 
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups oats 
11/2 cups plain flour 
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped nuts


  • Preheat oven to 180 C.
  • In a large bowl stir brown sugar and butter until blended.
  • Mix in vanilla extract and eggs until light.
  • Stir in oats,flour,baking soda and salt.Then add chocolate chips and nuts.
  • Line a tray with baking paper and scoop out the cookies (Forgive me for the shape...i did everything in a hurry as baby was asleep so they were different in shape can say a bit rustic ;)
  • Bake for  10-15 or till golden brown.
  • Let it cool and enjoy !