Sunday, November 16, 2014


Banana Walnut Cake
When my sister Jayashree sent me a picture of the Banana Walnut Cake that she had made in Chennai, I couldn’t resist checking out recipes on the internet. (She was at work and I couldn’t get her recipe.)

I checked out four recipes in all and made a mix and match of my own that gave birth to this delicious Banana Walnut Cake that made everyone drool.


Maida – 250 gm (self-rising flour)
White Butter – 125 gm
Sugar – 150 gm (Powder the sugar after measuring)
Egg – 1 (Beaten fluffy)
Bananas – 3 (grated)
Baking Powder – 2 tsp
Walnuts – a handful (chopped)
Milk – 50 ml
Vanilla Essence – 1 tsp

Just out of the oven

1. Sift the flour and baking powder through the sieve into a bowl.
2. Take a mixing bowl and add butter, sugar powder, milk, Vanilla essence, grated bananas to it and mix gently.
3. Beat the egg into a frothy consistency and add to the mixing bowl.
4. Add the walnuts and mix gently.
5. Gently fold in the flour and mix.
6. The mixture should be the consistency of Idli dough.
7. Grease a baking tray or a bread tin with butter and dust with flour.
8. Pour the cake mixture in.
9. Preheat the oven at 250 degrees for ten minutes.
10. Bake the Banana Walnut Cake at 180 degrees for 1 hour.

Allow the cake to cool down for at least 30-40 minutes before slicing it. By now, your whole house must be filled with the aroma of bananas, butter and baking flour. You get to eat the most delicious Banana Walnut Cake ever.

Friday, November 14, 2014


Yummy Baked Pasta with Veggies
This is a simple recipe but takes quite a lot of time and effort. But at the end of the day, it’s completely worth the finger-licking taste.


For Veggies

Onions – 1 (Large, chopped)
Red Pepper – 1 (small, chopped)
Yellow Pepper – 1 (small, chopped)
Green Pepper – 2 (small, chopped)
American Corn – 50 gm
Olive Oil – 2 tbsp (Vegetable Oil may be used instead)
Garlic – 6 (grated)
Green chilli – 1 (chopped fine)
Salt to taste
Pepper powder – ¼ tsp
Oregano – ½ tsp

For Pasta

Wheat Pasta – 200 gm
Water for boiling pasta
Salt to taste
Oil – 1 tbsp

For Sauce

Tomato – ½ kg (chopped)
Onions – 2 (Large, chopped)
Garlic – 4 (grated)
Green chillies – 2 (chopped fine)
Milk – 100 ml
Corn Flour – 2 tbsp
Olive Oil – 1 tbsp (can replace with Vegetable Oil)
Cheese – 2 cubes
Salt to taste
Pepper powder – ¼ tsp
Oregano – ½ tsp


Veggies go as first layer
For Veggies

1. Take a kadai and heat oil to it. Add the chopped green chilli and garlic flakes and cook for half a minute before adding chopped onions.
2. Stir fry till golden in colour.
3. Add all the three coloured peppers and stir fry for a few minutes.
4. Add salt, pepper powder and oregano to the mixture.
5. Add the sweet corn to the mix and stir a couple of times before switching off gas.
6. Take a baking tray and spread the veggie mix as a layer on it.

Second layer is par-boiled pasta
For Pasta

7. Heat about half litre of water in a large vessel, adding a large pinch of salt and a tbsp of oil to it.
8. When the water boils, add the pasta to it. Allow it to cook for 4-5 minutes checking the texture. It should be half cooked and firm. When it’s done, switch off the gas and drain the water completely. Run the strainer with the pasta under cold tap water. This will ensure that they don’t stick to each other.

Tomato sauce forms the top layer
For Sauce

9. Use the same kadai (the one used to cook the veggies) for making the sauce.
10. Heat oil in it before adding chilli and garlic.
11. Cook for a couple of minutes before adding chopped onions.
12. Once onions turn golden, add chopped tomatoes.
13. Cook for 6-8 minutes adding salt.
14. Mix corn flour and cold milk well.
15. Grate the cheese cubes and add to the milk-flour mix, before adding the whole thing to the sauce, stirring continuously.
16. As the sauce thickens, add pepper and oregano.
17. Mix well and switch off gas.

Baked Pasta with Veggies

18. Preheat the oven at 250 degrees for ten minutes.
19. Spread the cooked pasta over the veggie layer on the baking tray. In case they are stuck, it’s important to separate the pasta gently.
20. Spread the tomato sauce as a third layer.
21. Now bake the pasta for 20 minutes at 200 degrees.

The yummiest Baked Pasta with Veggies is ready to tuck into.