VAZHA /RAW BANANA PODIMAS

Hi. So people who know me know that I am a talker. I like to talk to people to know about their culture, style, hobbies and most importantly their food. And so it happened one Saturday morning when I came to buy veggies from the veggie van that visits my building I met a neighbor friend who was buying raw bananas. While talking I came to know about this awesome recipe known as ‘podimas’. I was curious and wanted to try it.

20170813_120329 - CopyINGREDIENTS:

Raw Banana – 2

Onion – 1 medium

Green Chilli – 2

Grated ginger – 1 tsp

Grated coconut – 1/4 cup

Curry leaves – 1 stem

Coconut Oil – 1 tblspn (Preferred)

Mustard Seeds – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp

Urad Dal – 1 tsp

20170813_120323 - CopyINSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pressure cooker take the Raw banana with little water and pressure cook for 1 whistle. (Yes with skin on.)
  2. Once the pressure has settled, peel the raw banana. Using a grated with big holes grate the banana and keep aside.
  3. In a pan heat oil.
  4. Add urad dal.
  5. Splutter mustard seeds.
  6. Add finely chopped onion and green chilli and saute well.
  7. When the onion turns translucent add curry leaves.
  8. Add finely chopped ginger. Mix well.
  9. Now add the grated banana.
  10. Add turmeric powder and salt and mix well.
  11. Add grated coconut and mix well.
  12. Cook for another minute and then switch off the flame.

Serve with rice.

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BANANA CHOCO CHIPS LOAF CAKE

1Holla. So what’s new at your end? Well there is something new at my end. I got to meet similar kind of people in a class I had taken on food photography. I know what you are thinking. Yeah I am not master at food photography but I loved sharing my knowledge that I gained in last 8 months. And it was lovely to see women doing all kinds of things – from baking to having a orchid garden to jewelry making to being an entrepreneur. All this along with tons of other work in hand.

So coming to today’s recipe. This is your go to recipe if you have bananas going black and squishy. I shared this cake with some of my neighbors and they loved it to the core.

Recipe Source here

2INGREDIENTS:

All Purpose Flour / Maida – 2 cups / 240 grams
Sugar – 1 cup / 200 grams
Banana – 1.5 cup mashed
Chocolate Chips – 1 cup (use milk, semi sweet or dark)
Baking Soda – 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder – 1 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Vegetable Oil – 1/2 cup / 120 ml
Eggs – 2

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree C / 350 degree F.  Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan with oil and dust it with flour. Coat it on all sides and set aside.
  2. Sprinkle a tblspn of flour over the chocolate chips and toss well. Set aside.
  3. Take oil, sugar, eggs, mashed banana and mix well.
  4. Add in flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix well.
  5. Add in the chocolate chips and fold gently.
  6. Spoon this into the baking pan. Smoothen out the top of the batter with spatula. Gently tap the pan to remove any gaps.  and bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 mins. Insert a toothpick to check whether the cake is done. If it comes out clean then it is done.
  7. Remove it from oven and cool it in the pan for 15 mins. Now un- mould it and cool it down.3

BANANA WHEAT FRITTERS

2Hey There. How was your Christmas? Hope you all had a blast. Well I did. Spending quality time with family are the most precious moments of life. These days due to nuclear family concept kids don’t get to stay with their grandparents mostly. Hence planning small weekends where they can be together makes both kids and grandparents happy. Even if they are old they would do everything  for their grandchildren. I think as parents we don’t get to spend time much with kids especially if we are working. So when parents becomes grandparents they devote all their time for grandkids.

Grandparents are the bestest friends child can have. They have lots of experience, patience, love and only good wishes for kids. They never complain instead they are always giving. Even when unwell they will hide it from everyone and smile and share tales.

3I recently saw this malyalam movie ‘Oru Muthassi Gada’. I love the movie for the positive attitude and the way the story was handled. It was about a grandmother who is quarrelsome and meddlesome. How her life changes and how she takes charge of her life is the story line. It dealt with a strong message of how our grandparents or parents feel lonely and left out these days. Watch the movie whenever time permits. It is lighthearted but with a strong and clear message.

Moving on to today’s recipe. This is a quick fritter. If you have some overripe banana’s leftover (which usually is at my home) then this is the go to recipe. A very simple snack for your tea time hunger.

4INGREDIENTS:

Over ripe bananas – 2 small (1 cup puree)

Wheat flour – 1 cup

Cardamom powder – 1/4 tsp

Sugar/ Jaggery – 1 tbsp

Baking Soda – a pinch

Salt a pinch

Oil for deep frying

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make a puree of bananas.
  2. In a bowl take wheat flour, cardamom powder, sugar, baking soda and salt and mix well.
  3. Add the pureed banana and mix well.
  4. Add little water if required to make a semi thick batter.
  5. Take spoonful of batter and drop it in hot oil.
  6. Fry till nicely browned and drain.

Enjoy with your evening tea or pack it for kiddo’s snack box. 1

 

FRUIT NUTS PARFAIT

1Please don’t judge this recipe as “difficult” or “out of the world ingredients” by the name. I am saying because if you had mentioned this title to me around 3 months back I would have rejected it outright giving any or both the above reasons.

But I assure you this is super simple recipe – read 10 minutes maximum. I assure you this is super healthy recipe – read healthy yogurt bacteria with your favorite nuts and fruits. I assure this is easy recipe – read readily available ingredients. I assure you this is perfect snack to fight quick hunger – read tummy full and happy.

Let me get straight on to it. Promise me you will try or else you will be missing on a lot.

2INGREDIENTS:

Flavored Thick Curd or Yogurt – 2 packs (I used store bought mango yogurt & strawberry yogurt)

Chopped nuts of your choice – Almonds/ Cashew/ Walnut

Fruits of your choice – I used banana and pomegranate

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take a glass.
  2. Layer the bottom of the glass with yogurt say strawberry first.
  3. Now layer of fruits say banana.
  4. Next layer with yogurt this time say mango.
  5. Now layer with pomegranate.
  6. Now layer with your chopped nuts.

4TIPS:

  1. You can drizzle honey if you want extra sweetness.
  2. You can use any many layers of fruits and nuts as you want. But it will be heavy so simple will be good.
  3. You can also crumble biscuits or corn flakes for the crunch.
  4. Take chilled yogurt if you like it cold.

5HOW TO EAT:

Well take a long spoon. Put it right till the bottom of the glass. Scoop it up such that a little portion of each layer comes out. Put this heavenly bite right into your mouth and enjoy. 6

 

 

UNNAKAYA WITH A TWIST

1Today’s recipe is originated from the Malabar region of Kerala and a favourite during weddings, Iftar and other festivities. Its main ingredient is ripe plantain (Long bananas) from Kerala. Basically Unnakaya is ripe bananas that are steamed and then mashed and stuffed with coconut and nuts. They are then given desired shape and then deep fried.

I first had this when my colleague got it in office after Eid. It was over in minutes. It is very rich and sweet.I have tweaked the recipe a bit and scraped the coconut and instead of deep frying I fried it with minimal oil in my paniyaram pan. Nevertheless it still tastes yummy.

2INGREDIENTS:

Ripe Plantain – 2

Nuts – Walnuts/ Almonds/ Cashew – ½ cup

Oil – as required

4INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take plantain, trim the ends and steam it in a steamer with the peel on.
  2. Once soft, remove the plantain and allow it cool.
  3. Remove the peel off and mash the banana.
  4. Crush nuts into coarse mixture.
  5. Heat a paniyaram pan with 1-2 drops of oil in each well.
  6. Oil your palms well.
  7. Take small amount of mashed banana in your hands and make a ball.
  8. Make a small hole to stuff the nuts.
  9. Once stuffed, smoothen out the ball and drop it in one of the wells of the paniyaram pan.
  10. Repeat the same with remaining stuff.
  11. Turn the banana balls to brown on each side.
  12. Once evenly browned, remove from pan.

For the stuffing you can also add coconut or aval/ flattened rice.  Enjoy it hot.

Do try it as a healthier option for deep frying. If you don’t have this pan then give the shape of small tikkis  and fry it in pan. 3

 

ETHEKYA APPAM STICKS/PAZHAMPURI STICKS/BANANA FRITTERS

1Kerala’s famous snack is Ethekya appam or pazham puri. “Pazham” means fruit and puri means like snack. “Ethekya” is the name of the banana that is used for this. It is not the usual banana like Robusta. It is thick and lengthy banana that is used for this snack. A perfect ethekya appam is like a bite full of happiness. Its outer is crispy and inside it is sweet and soft.

The ethekya appam you get these days in shops is nasty. It is flourier and the banana is not ripe. They use raw banana, steam it and make this snack. I hate it that way. My mom makes super ethekya appams. Whenever we have guests during tea time, she makes this snack and the plate always comes back empty. Even diabetes patients can’t control the urge to taste this snack. And once tasted you cannot stop your fingers from finding another piece and popping it in your mouth.

My colleague’s parent’s has a farm where they grow fresh vegies. Frequently he gets it for us. These days I get bananas from him without the fear of pesticides. So I decided that its time my son tasted ethekya appams.

I made it in stick or finger food form so my son can grab it and eat it easily. So here goes the recipe. Do I need to tell you that it was over within half an hour of preparation? 🙂

2INGREDIENTS:

Ripe Banana (Ethekya) – 1

All purpose flour/ Maida – 1 cup

Turmeric powder – 1 pinch

Cardamom powder – ½ tsp

Oil- to deep fry

Salt- To taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Prepare the batter by mixing Maida, turmeric, cardamom, salt and water. The batter should be lump free and semi-thick. It should not be too watery.
  2. Slit banana length wise.
  3. Cut it into equal pieces. Slit again at the middle.
  4. Heat enough oil in kadai to deep fry.
  5. Dip the bananas in batter.
  6. Once oil is hot, drop the batter coated bananas into the oil. Do not overcrowd the oil.
  7. Fry it in medium heat.
  8. Toss and turn to fry all sides equally.
  9. Once browned remove from oil and drain it in tissue paper.

Serve hot.

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