• 350. Ginger coconut banoffee pies

    December 22, 2013mayurisjikoni

       tantalize your palate      Our Sweet Fantasy Club’s (SFC#3) international dessert challenge was a banoffee pie. SFC is a club started by Preeti of Simply Tadka. My husband claims that if I face these challenges every month with not just one but 2 sweet dishes, his diabetes is surely going to increase. On a more serious note, several times I have tried making desserts with sweeteners but the end result is not the same. The sugar has a tendency to leave a bitter taste. I try and make smaller portions for hubby dear and he then works it off by daily exercise routines.      I have tasted banoffee pie several times and had been sitting on the recipe for eons. SFC finally…

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  • 323. peanut butter banana choco chip muffins

    September 6, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Happy Teachers’ Day   “A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination and instill a love of learning”. Brad Henry My love for the English language, Geography and Biology is all because of the wonderful, encouraging and inspiring teachers I have had during my school days. Teachers can either make a child hate or love a subject according to how they treat their pupils. My fear for numbers probably started when I was in the 7th standard and we had a horrible teacher. If you did not understand how to tackle a formula or understand any of the geometry or algebra, she would just shout out stating that she is just wasting her time with brainless kids. Yes she was like a witch for…

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  • 275. coconut banana cashew muffins

    May 27, 2013mayurisjikoni

    Tropical flavours Cricket fever was on a high in our block because of the IPL (Indian Premier League) matches. Come evening and kids would be playing cricket outside. Some breaking windows, others setting off the car alarms and some getting injured. My neighbour’s daughter was playing cricket with a team of boys and in the process she broke her arm. Feeling sad, depressed and irritated, my neighbour was finding to difficult to cheer her up. She loves muffins so I decided to bake some for her and that brought a broad smile onto her face. However, once the muffins got over, the broad smile too disappeared. But now homework and reading is keeping her busy. I made some eggless coconut banana cashew muffins. They turned…

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  • 198. eggless banana walnut bread

    November 20, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Over ripe bananas!  I love banana bread and whenever there are a couple of over ripe bananas, its baking time for me. I have made it umpteen number of times but the egg version. Nunu, my mother in law loves banana bread but I had to find an egg less version. The hunt began on the cyberspace and somehow the recipe by 4th sense cooking seemed the right one. And lo behold it was the one! It turned out perfect the first time and after that I made some and sent it off with Ajay all the way to India for Nunu. I love the texture, the colour and obviously the taste. All food fanatics, visit 4th sense cooking.com for exciting photos and recipes. The…

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  • 192. eggless coconut pineapple banana bread

    October 25, 2012mayurisjikoni

    it’s tea time I can’t stay without baking for too long. As the days are getting hotter, I thought to myself, less baking so that the kitchen does not get too hot but unfortunately it is difficult to stay away from the oven. A few pineapple chunks were sitting in the fridge and I opted to try out an eggless pineapple tea bread. A bread without yeast, looking very much like a cake. I couldn’t find any pineapple extract or flavouring in the supermarket here but must get some during one of my foreign trips. I used tinned pineapples and the juice but still my husband thought that it lacked the pineapple taste. Bananas tend to overpower the other flavours.  However, till I come across…

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  • 169. banana fig apricot smoothie

    August 29, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Healthy and filling    A few dry figs (anjeer) along with some dry apricots (alu, khubani) and a banana. Now that’s a lot of fiber and anti oxidants all served in a glass along with calcium and potassium. What am I talking about? It’s a smoothie. If constipation is a problem, have this smoothie as its full of fiber. It’s also a good start to the day when you have to fast. Good for patients recovering from an illness as it provides a lot of energy and vital nutrients. updated 6/01/2016     BANANA FIG APRICOT SMOOTHIE For 2 1 frozen banana  6 dried figs 8 dried apricots 10 to 12 almonds 2 cups chilled milk ½ cup water Wash the figs and apricots to remove…

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  • 157. eggless marble banana cake

    August 22, 2012mayurisjikoni

    too many events to celebrate   August is a very busy… too many birthdays and anniversaries. Nimesh, Arti, Shruti, Chetan, Shreena and Nikhil’s anniversaries. The birthday list is endless… starting with Prina, Sanil, Ricky, Dillan, Atulkumar and Kamaleshkumar. Phew, that’s like a proper sugar high if I had decided to make something sweet on all those days. And then in between Rakshabandhan, Janmashtami and Eid. Did make a lot of sweet dishes this month and have ended it with an eggless marble banana cake. Enjoyed it with a glass of milk. Have it on its own or serve it with hot custard, ice cream or fresh cream. I found this recipe on treat and trick blog and have made slight changes.    EGGLESS MARBLE BANANA…

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  • 125.chocolate banana walnut muffins

    July 26, 2012mayurisjikoni

    Muffins, I love Bananas and chocolate are a classic combination for cakes, muffins, smoothies, cookies etc. These muffins turn out very soft and spongy even though I have not used eggs. Yogurt and fruit puree are excellent replacements for eggs. Most of the muffins I have blogged do not have any frosting on top as usually I prefer to reduce the calorie intake. Feel free to add frosting on yours. updated 03/07/2016 Muffins are very easy to prepare. Its basically all about mixing the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. I prefer to sift the flour with salt, baking agents, cocoa powder, spices etc. I mix the wet ingredients together, eggs, oil, butter, fruit purees, juices etc. The basic rule is not to over mix.…

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  • banana beetroot smoothie

    July 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

    updated : 01/08/2018 Smoothies are a rage all over the world. Smoothies for breakfast, smoothies for in between meals, smoothies for lunch, smoothies for desserts, the options are endless. What is actually a smoothie? Hadn’t even heard of the word smoothies when I was growing up. Smoothies are drinks that usually are pretty thick in consistency, are cold and very filling. Its like having a meal in a glass. What do you need to make smoothies? a) A liquid like water, milk, yogurt, juice b) fresh fruits or vegetables like spinach, beetroot, pumpkin, carrots to name a few c) sweetener can be sugar, honey, maple syrup, artificial sweeteners, stevia etc d) spices which is optional like cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg etc e) nuts or nut butters…

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  • 95. banana cucumber raita

    June 19, 2012mayurisjikoni

      heavenly yogurt Raita is a yogurt based dish which is usually served as an accompaniment to a main dish. Raita can be made using many vegetables like cucumber, radish, fruits like banana, pomegranate, grapes and savoury bundi. I made this traditional raita after such a long time. I say traditional because that’s the raita my mum use to make and when I got married, Nunu use to make it. Raita is a very cooling dish to have with parathas, on its own or with a full indian meal. My grandfather always use to say, ‘there should be enough mustard powder in the raita so that when we eat it, the mustard should be able to tickle our nose’. What he really meant was that…

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