Monday, October 1, 2007

Banana Blueberry Muffins

Agian this is a late entry for Ahaar
But Better Late than Never!!

My Children love muffins, and I prefer homemade from scratch ( no mixes) than store bought..
so here is a recipe which i took from here and changed it a bit.....It came out quite well

Banana BlueBerry Muffins

Blueberries ( I used Frozen) 1 Cup
Bananas 2
All purpose flour 2 and 1/4 cups
Butter 3 tbsp
Canola Oil 3 Tbsp
Cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp
Brown Sugar 2/3 cup packed
White Sugar 1/4 cup packed
Salt 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder 2 tsp.
Eggs 2

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Mix in everything and spoon it in your molds or wax paper muffin cups about 2/3rds full and bake for about 14 mins.

What I changed:
I used egg replacer instead of eggs. ( I bought this in Whole Foods, costs about 7 dollars for a pound, it is actually a soy product)
I used part Canola oil part butter instead of using 6 tsbsp butter ....
And I mixed in the topping sugar in the mix (made a mistake) but went ahead and baked it, and it came out fine and it bakes in 14 to 15 mins.
I used the wax muffin paper cups so it will be easy to clean up....


Vazhaikai (Raw Banana) Podimaas

I made this for Ahaar...... but this is a late entry...... did not realise that I had to post it in september in my blog....

To make this I generally use the green bananas, not the plaintain variety which you would use in India. When my mom used to visit me in the US, she always used this instead of the plaintain. She would say that the the plaintains you get here are very dry. So here goes....

You need, About 6 Raw green Bananas

1 handful of coconut grated
1 tsp urad dal
1/2 tsp mustard seeds

a pinch of asafoetida

2 Whole red chillies

3 green chillies chopped
1/2 inch piece of ginger chopped
some curry leaves

some coriander

1 to 2 tsp salt

and oil about 2 to 3 tsps

Take a pan and add water to it. You are going to add all the bananas (cut in half) to this, so make sure it will hold al of them. Let the water boil, then add the bananas, with both top and bottom cut off and cut in half, and let it be in the boiling water for about 10 mins.

You have to make sure the bananas are raw otherwise they may get mushy and don't taste as food.

After this process, drain all water and peel the skin, and grate the bananas

In a pan, add oil, and mustard, and once mustard starts sputtering, add the urad dal, asafoetida, red chillies and green chillies, ginger and saute it, while keeping the fire at a low flame. once the urad dal starts to get red in color, add the cocnut and then the grated bananas and add salt as needed.

and garnish with curry leaves and corainder.

This goes really well with Vatha Kuzhambu or Mor Kuzhambu or even Sambar......

Variations... You may use, boiled and mashed potatoes if you wish and call it Potato Podimass...