August 17, 2014

Whole wheat Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

I made these banana chocolate chip muffins couple of months ago and they were a hit with the kids. I have bananas at home all the time and the last couple overripe ones are the most neglected ones. So I'm looking for recipes to use them up. This recipe is from King Arthur Flour's 'Whole Grain Baking' cookbook.
Whole wheat Banana Chocolate-Chip Muffins

August 13, 2014

Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 2/ Day 3
Theme: Navarthri -- Festival Special
Dish: Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)
Here's another simple sweet dish that is made for festivals. Kesari can be made with either sooji/ semolina or godhuma rava. I like the fine godhuma rawa/ dalia because texture-wise it is like sooji, but with the added goodness of the wholewheat instead of refined sooji.
Rava Kesari (Godhuma rawa Kesari)
Since my husband is milk-phobic, I usually skip it or add only just a little bit to give the kesari/ halwa some creaminess. It takes about 12~15 minutes total to make this dish and all you need is 3~4 ingredients.

August 12, 2014

Bellam Payasam (Dairy-free Rice Pudding with Jaggery)

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 2/ Day 2
Theme: Navarathri -- Festival Special
Dish: Bellam Payasam (Dairy-free Rice Pudding with Jaggery) 
For the second day of Festival special, I have a dairy-free rice pudding recipe made with jaggery. Bellam payasam was one of the dishes that is made during navathri. I wasn't sure how this was different from bellam paravannam. As I was discussing this with my mom, she remembered a similar sweet preparation that was made by one of my neighbors, it was made with just jaggery and rice -- no milk is added. Since my husband is milk-phobic, my mom decided to make this dish for him.
Bellam Payasam (Dairy-free Rice Pudding with Jaggery)

Chillu Garelu (Minapa Vada)

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 2/ Day 1
Theme: Navarathri -- Festival Special
Dish: Garelu (Vada)
My theme for this week is dishes made for Navarathri. I planned on having all the dishes ready while on vacation in India, but the last week got too hectic and I couldn't get the posts ready on time.Thanks to my mom who made 2 dishes for me, I have the pictures ready. We are back home now and slowly getting back to routine.
After signing up for this theme, I called my cousin for suggestions for dishes that are typically made for Navarathri. She immediately emailed me the list of dishes that are made on each of the 9 days during Dasara celebrations. I will post that list soon.
Chillu Garelu (Minapa Vada)

August 08, 2014

American Style Irish Soda Bread

Keeping with the theme of the week, Bread baking, today I have a quick bread recipe that I made from the King Arthur Catalog. This is American version of Irish Soda bread. Traditional Irish soda breads are made of flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. This version is slightly sweeter than the original, but not cloyingly sweet. It has currants/ raisins that gives a nice mild sweetness to the bread.
American Style Irish Soda Bread
I'm going to keep the post short since we are going back home this weekend and it's going to be a hectic day tomorrow with packing. Will miss home and mom. Hopefully I can come back real soon.

August 04, 2014

Eggless French Toast (with Custard powder)

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 1/ Day 3
Theme: Tame the Yeast
Dish: Eggless French Toast
For the final day of this week's marathon, I made a simple eggless French toast using this No-Knead Light Whole wheat bread. I love French toast, be it with egg or without. I like the puffy slightly sweet bread drizzled with some maple syrup or honey.
Eggless French Toast (with Custard powder)
It's been a while I made French toast and wanted to make it with the first batch of whole-wheat bread, but that loaf was all gone in a blink of an eye. So I baked another loaf and told my mom clearly that the leftovers were for French toast and nothing else. Thankfully I had a few end slices left to make this yummy treat that can be served for breakfast or as an evening snack.

August 03, 2014

No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

Blogging Marathon# 43: Week 1/ Day 2
Theme: Tame the Yeast
Dish: Varada's No-Knead Whole-wheat Bread
For the second day, another one of our resident expert bread baker, Varada, shared her No Knead Light Whole wheat bread with the group. Back in US, I use my stand mixer to mix the dough for all my breads. Here in India, I didn't have my special equipment, so I was elated when Varada sent her no-knead bread recipe over. I knew this will be perfect to make in India and already made it twice and got rave reviews from family and friends.
No-Knead Light Whole Wheat Bread

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