Blueberry Lime Bread

Lately, I have observed one thing about me that from just liking blueberries, I have become obsessed about them. Any time I open my fridge, I want them right in front of my eyes on the very top shelf. If I can’t see them there, I start worrying about what to put in pancakes, in smoothies, in breads, in muffins. Ohh myy… I have so fallen in love with that natural deep purplish color that I want it in all my recipes.

So I decided to dedicate one delicacy to this beauty and here is the recipe for it.

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Mango Bread

It’s mid-summer and mango season is at its peak and so are the mango recipes and my experiments! While turning the pages of the book ‘Baking: From my home to yours’ by Dorie Greenspan, I found another easy and simple but excellent recipe.

Although it’s named Mango bread, its texture is more like a cake. But I guess, it does not matter as far as it satisfies our taste buds. Read More


Mashed banana fritters (उंबर)

I have seen my grandpa doing banana farming since my childhood. In the state of Maharashtra (India), Vasai is famous for producing bananas. So it is no wonder they have their own unique recipes for bananas. At my home, we always had uneven ratio of family members to bananas. The latter has always exceeded in number. So when these bananas used to over ripen, my mother used to prepare Umber for snacks. Read More


Banana Blueberry Muffins

I had a very bad start of morning. The first thing I check in the morning is my home garden. Last week, I planted few seeds of sunflower and zinnia flowers, which were seedlings, and I was so happy seeing their rapid growth. But today morning, it was a disaster. Birds that wake up before humans, they found their morning treat in my sprouts and destroyed my garden. I was very upset but somehow I maintained the remains and planted new seeds. Starting from zero again. Nothing was uplifting my mood. But baking is my stress buster, mood uplifter, everything. It gives me immense pleasure to see that something is rising from flowing batter. So, I decided to prepare banana blueberry muffins today. And to choose this combination, another reason is banana offers serious mood up-lifting power, with their combination of vitamins, fiber, potassium, phosphorous, iron, protein and healthy carbohydrates. Best reason to categorize these muffins as breakfast.

I know there are so many recipes out there for banana blueberry muffins. And mine might be no different. But still I would like to share it.

Ingredients:

  • 6 small over ripe bananas (or you can use 3 big bananas)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Servings: 11 cupcakes

Procedure:

  • Preheat oven at 375º F/ 200º C.
  • Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder together and keep it aside.
  • Mash all bananas with fork and keep it aside.
  • Beat butter and sugar on high speed in large bowl.
  • Add egg and beat again on high speed. Add vanilla essence.
  • Now add mashed bananas to it and beat on medium speed.
  • Add dry ingredients in portioned and mix it with spatula or beat on low speed.
  • Add blueberries and mix it with spatula. Make sure that blueberries are well blended with the batter.
  • Add this batter in muffin pan and bake till golden brown in center.

My muffins took 23 minutes exact to bake well. It differs from oven to oven. But it would not take more than 25 minutes.

I recommend these muffins for breakfast. But they are healthy to have as a snack anytime.


Rava Dosa with Sambar & Coconut Chutney

The beauty of this dish is we can have it for breakfast or lunch or even as a snack. Also, it is very quick and easy to prepare, healthy to eat. No wonder, it becomes a street food in Mumbai in no time. Basically Dosa originates from Southern part of India, but gradually people have developed variety in this dish to satisfy their taste buds. Being a Marathi mulagi from Maharashtra, I know how to make bhakari, ghavana etc but had little idea about preparation of dosa, idli and its fermentation process. So instead of doing extreme experiments in this dish, I simply chose to prepare it by taking reference from another blogger, who makes it very simple to understand by demonstrating images step wise. Read More


Beetroot Cupcake

I have come across many people who are fascinated by Red Velvet Cupcake and that include my husband and me too. But when I thought about it neutrally, what is it in that cake exactly that fascinates us? Does it taste different in better way? Does it have a different texture unlike other cupcakes? No, it’s definitely not. It’s the color that fascinates us. And again it’s the color, which gives illusion of velvety texture.

If color is the only apt thing then I thought why not use color which is blessed by nature. Beetroot cupcake does not give the exact red velvet feeling. Yeah, but it has its own unique color and definitely nutritive value. Read More


Orange-Blueberry Muffins

Today, I have tried another recipe from the book “Baking – from my home to yours” by Dorie Greenspan.

It is basically breakfast muffins. I personally suggest to have it for breakfast on a Monday. Many of us suffer from so called “Monday Blues” almost every Monday. Antioxidants from blueberries and the tangy taste of orange early in the morning will make your Mondays happening. The aroma of baking orange zest will turn your Monday blues in to oranges, very vibrant, enthusiastic with a subtle hint of freshness. Read More