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Moist Banana Muffins-for Diwali

Diwali is almost here, literally knocking on the doors and I cannot contain my excitement. Since childhood this has been my favorite festival, and I look forward to it every year. The lights, sweets, everyone in their brightest attire, I love it all. So what am I serving my guests this Diwali, apart from the candied walnuts we made last time? Some warm muffins, yes moist banana muffins. Time for some new ideas, and muffins it is.

The good part, they have fruit in it, I make it with brown rice flour, (you can use whole wheat or all purpose too) and raw sugar, so it’s definitely healthier than the store bought options, and the kids just love it. It’s a great breakfast and snacking option. And believe me your guests will bless you for serving something different this festive season.

Let’s dive into the recipe.

 Moist Banana Muffins


1-1/2 cups brown rice flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

4 ripe bananas, mashed

¾ cup raw sugar

⅓ Cup olive oil

1 egg

½ cup chocolate chips (optional)


Preheat the oven at 170 degrees C, and line your muffin tray with muffin cups or grease with butter.

Mix together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Then mix together the wet ingredients, banana, oil, egg and the sugar. Fold the banana mixture with the dry flour mixture gently, till all is incorporated well. Add the chocolate chips.  Put the mixture in the muffin tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes. You can check by inserting a toothpick in the middle, it should come clean, that means your muffins are done.

Moist Banana Muffins

Moist Banana Muffins

Candied Walnuts-Diwali beckons

You know it’s Diwali around the corner when you suddenly notice twinkling lights everywhere around. Shops start screaming discounts, and all around there is lots, I mean lots and lots of sweets. But when it comes to food the traditional is becoming passé and more and more we are moving towards purchasing Diwali sweets. Traditionally our moms used to make mithai at home, and I know that with our busy lives its not always possible to do that all the time. But what if I told you could make something sweet at home literally in 5 minutes, sweet and unique! Candied walnuts; dry fruits anyways have become a part of gifting in Diwali. Yours would be different and way better.



The great part about this recipe apart from the fact that how quickly you can make it, is that it’s a great snack, is awesome with salads, can be put in small glass jars and can be a very thoughtful diwali gift too! And I like it better than caramel popcorn. You just cannot stop at one, I challenge you.

Recipe-Candied Walnuts


1 cup walnut
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp butter


Put a non stick pan on the gas; add the butter, followed by the sugar and walnuts. Keep on stirring everything over medium heat for 5 minutes. When the sugar starts melting, stir well so that all the nuts are coated properly.

Once done, transfer immediately to a parchment paper, and start separating the nuts so that they do not stick together. You will have to move quickly otherwise you will end up with a big blob of nuts. And yes the parchment paper is a must, if you want to avoid a sticky mess.

Once it cools, you can store in an airtight container.

Candied Walnuts

Candied Walnuts




The complete beginners guide to carrot cupcakes

Well it’s high time the blog had a dessert recipe and we will begin with the easy carrot cupcakes. Many a TV shows like masterchef or top chef, the cooks hate to make dessert and would rather run than make dessert. What is it about desserts that scares the most hardened chefs run in the opposite direction, forget about rank amateurs. Well for starters in today’s world of instant gratification and instant sharing, it has to look pretty, No longer does a jalebi can be just the wiggly shapeless thing that it used to be, or a gulab jamun can be just a gulab jamun; for all you know they may be served with raspberry coulis or some chocolate foam. But you get my drift; the need to complicate simple things is endless.

I am a simple home cook, who only endeavors to make food tasty and healthy, and if its comes out looking camera friendly that’s a bonus for my blog. So in ode to home cooking and cooking simple and delicious food is this next recipe. My mother makes great food, and like any other mother of her generation she learned on the job, that is before marriage she never even had probably boiled an egg. One of the earliest food memories that I have is during our summer vacations she would cook and play ludo or snakes and ladders with us. We would peel garlic or pop peas out their shells to help her out in the kitchen. It’s a different matter that a lot of the peas went into our stomachs.

Now when we talk desserts chocolate is forever and ever green, and who can resist a chocolate cake! But there is more to cakes than just chocolate and  I have fond memories of the carrot cake my mother used to bake when we were young.

So as the seasons are changing and soon the juicy carrots are going to disappear from the local markets its time to whip up some carrot cake. Carrots are one the most versatile vegetable and can do justice do both savoury and sweet dishes alike.The best part is that this is probably one of the easiest and simplest cake recipes that you will come across, hardly any work. But the results are finger licking, trust me you will thank me for the recipe.

Carrot cupcake
Ingredients for Carrot cupcakes

4 eggs

2 cups sugar

1 cup olive oil or any vegetable oil

2 cups all purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 cups grated carrot

Some roughly chopped walnuts


Start by blending 2 cups sugar, 1 cup oil and the four eggs together.

Then add all the dry ingredients together, the flour, baking soda and powder, the salt and the cinnamon powder.

Mix the dry and the wet ingredients and then add the carrots and last the walnuts.

Butter your baking tray and bake for 15 to 20 minutes at 175 degree Celsius. You can make a full size cake or about 15 to 18 standard cupcakes with this batter. Cake will obviously take a longer baking time.

Happy Baking!




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