Saturday, January 28, 2012

Eggless Milkpowder Cake

The weather was cold and drizzly last weekend and it was perfect for baking a cake.But I ran out of eggs and even condensed milk to bake an eggless cake.The only thing I got was a tin of milkpowder which I had bought to make angel burfi.So I googled and found the recipe for eggless milkpowder cake from Divya's blog .She had made a marble cake.But I made it just plain and slightly adapted the recipe.It was moist,fluffy and delicious.

Thanx Divya!!


All purpose flour - 1 1/2 cup

Milk powder - 4 TBSP

Baking powder -2 tsp

Baking Soda -1/2 tsp

Melted Butter-1/2 cup

Sugar - 3/4 cup

Milk - 1 cup

VAnilla extract - 1tsp


Preheat the oven to 330deg F.

Grease a round cake pan and dust with some flour.Sift together flour,baking powder,baking soda,milkpowder.

In a bowl cream the butter and sugar and add the vanilla extract.Add the dry ingredients.Then add milk gradually and mix a little bit.
Bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Healthier Banana Bread

I had lots of bananas sitting on my counter top.I wanted to bake banana bread,but a healthier and guilt-free version.So when i was searching for a low fat banana bread recipe,I stumbled upon this recipe in had no butter,and the amount of sugar used is almost half compared to other recipes and best of all whole wheat flour is substituted for half of all purpose flour.


All purpose flour - 1 cup

Whole wheat flour - 1 cup

Baking soda - 3/4 tsp

Salt-a pinch

brown sugar-1/2 cup packed firmly

Corn/Canola oil - 1/4 cup

Vanilla essence -1 tsp

Buttermilk - 1/2 cup
(I made my own butter milk by mixing 1/2 cup of milk with 1 1/2 TBSP of lemon and allowed it to stand for 5 minutes.Then it can be used in the place of regular butter milk)

Bananas - 2 mashed

Egg - 1 at room temperature


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8 1/2 inch x 4 1/2 inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Stir in brown sugar.

In a medium bowl, combine oil, egg, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add these ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir in mashed bananas.

Pour batter into the loaf pan and bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes, until a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Subz Shahjahani

Subz Shajahani is a rich,creamy and an aromatic side dish of the Mughlai cuisine.Mughlai cuisine is known for the unique usage of ground spices.The spices are usually fried in little bit of ghee or oil,powdered and then added .No wonder this cuisine is popular in the restaurants.Ive adapted this recipe from Tarla Dalal's website.


For the paste:

Grated fresh coconut - 4 Tbsp

Cashewnuts - a handful

Cinnamon - 1 inch piece

Cloves - 3

Cardamom - 2

Bayleaf - 2

Ghee - 2 tsp
Combine cahsew nuts,coconut,bayleaf,cinnamon and cloves in a mixie and grind into a smoothe paste.

Other ingredients:

Boiled mixed vegetables - 2 cups(a combination of carrot,beans,peas,potato)

Cumin seeds - 1tsp

Chopped onion - 1 cup

Finely  chopped ginger - 1tsp

Finely chopped garlic - 2 tsp

Chilli powder - 2 tsp

Kitchen king masala - 1 tsp

Curd - 2Tbsp

Milk - 1/2 cup

Oil - 4 tbsp

Salt to taste


Heat oil in a pan.When hot add the cumin seeds.When they splutter add the ginger and garlic.Saute for few seconds.Then add the chopped onions and saute for few minutes.

Add the chilli powder,kitchen king masala,boiled vegetables,curd and mix well.

Finally add the milk,prepared paste,1/4 cup of water and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.Serve hot with roti or rice.