Friday, May 18, 2012

Eggless Banana Muffins

This is my second attempt in baking a muffin. My first one was a disaster because of the high oven temperature and the wrong oven rack. Silly me and metric conversions !
The eggless banana recipe that I got from here is a very easy breezy one and you can make it in a jiffy. I didnot like my muffin shape though..thanks to the mismatch between my oven tray & paper cups.

  • 1.5 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar(original recipe calls for half a cup)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/2 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • Pre heat oven to 180 degree C
  • Mix the flour,baking powder and baking soda
  • Put the butter in a mixing bowl and mix the sugar with it thoroughly
  • Mix it with mashed banana and milk
  • Now add the flour mixture slowly in parts to the wet banana mix and turn it so that all the ingredients are blended.
  • Do not over mix.
  • Pour in the muffin trays till half and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes clean.
  • This yields 12 small muffins
Serving suggestions
  • Serve warm with honey or cream
  • Take the muffins out from the tray after they are cooled completely
  • Remove the muffins from paper cup only after they are fully cooled

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Dum Briyani(Layered Briyani)

Dum Briyani is layered rice, where rice and vegetables are cooked separately and slow cooked to diffuse the spices into them. It has a unique flavor compared to the normal vegetable pulav that we make as a one pot meal.
I had always wanted to try this at home but it seemed like a big process whenever I intended to do it. But it is not that tough as it looks like. But today I finally made it from this recipe with little modifications.The preparation time is more only because of the slow cooking that we do. So you can easily sit back with a book when that is going on :-)

  • 2 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup of veggies cut length wise 
  • 1 onion(cut length wise)
  • 1 tomato
  • Spice powders- a tsp each of chilly, coriander & turmeric powders
  • 1 tbsp of garam masala
  • 1 tsp of chopped ginger garlic
  • a cup of curd/yogurt
  • whole spices(Bay leaf, cinnamon,pepper,jeera & cumin seeds)
  • one bunch of pudina
  • 2-3 green chilies slit
  • few strands of fresh coriander leaves
  • salt to taste
  • First wash the rice and drain the water. Let it sit for around 20 minutes.
  • Take the yogurt in a large bowl and add all the spice powders,half of the garam masala and little salt.
  • Mix thoroughly and add the vegetables to it.(Add water if your yogurt is thick)
  • Refrigerate this for 30 minutes
  • Take a stock pot/pressure cooker and fry the whole spices with ghee/butter.
  • Add the rice and fry again for a few minutes.
  • Add salt & water required for the rice.(1:2 ratio)
  • Cook till rice is done(you can pressure cook it too).Rice should be fluffy and not sticky. Keep aside and do not cover it.
  • Take a kadai and add little ghee or oil, add ginger garlic and fry for a few minutes.
  • Add pudina leaves , green chilies and onions one by one.
  • Cook till onions are golden brown.
  • Now add the tomatoes and fry for a few minutes.
  • Then put in the veggies along with the yogurt.
  • Cook covered in medium heat till the veggies are tender.Add the remaining garam masala & enough salt for this mixture.When this is done, then comes the fun part of layering !
  • Pre heat oven to 150 degree Celsius and line a baking tray with aluminium foil.
  • Add half of the rice, then the vegetables and then the remaining half of rice on top.
  • Press firmly so that everything sits tight. You can sprinkle some fried cashews or fried onions on top.
  • Cover the tin with aluminum foil again and keep in the oven for around 30 minutes.

Serving suggestions
  • Serve hot with raitha of your choice
  • The oven time varies depending on your quantity and flavor. Adjust accordingly.
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