Showing posts with label banana bread. Show all posts
Showing posts with label banana bread. Show all posts

Dec 16, 2015

Bollywood Banana Bread

An American classic done Desi! We like everything spicy here on the Indian Subcontinent. Even sweet treats! So good old banana bread gets a Bollywood makeover. This recipe makes a tasty, dense, moist loaf that tastes even better the next day! It freezes well, can be made eggless or "veg," and makes a great holiday gift or simple to make tea time treat.



Ingredients:
1 C brown or white sugar
2 eggs (or 1/2 C yogurt/dahi for 'veg' option)
1/2 C ghee or butter, melted & cooled (or vegetable oil)
1 tsp ground cinnamon/dalchini
1/2 tsp ground mace/javatri or nutmeg/jaiphal (or allspice if you're going halal)
1/2 tsp ground cloves/laung
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 TBS ginger preserves or orange marmalade (mango, raspberry, or apricot jam will work too)
3 very ripe bananas, pureed or mashed finely with fork
1&1/4 C flour/maida or whole wheat flour/chakki atta
1/4 C chopped walnuts (optional)

Here's what to do:
1) Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Butter and flour an 8"x 4" loaf pan. Combine eggs (or yogurt/dahi), sugar, spices, oil (or ghee), baking powder, ginger preserves, & salt in large mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed.


2) Add bananas & beat until well mixed. Fold flour into mixture until just combined, do not over mix.


3) Pour batter into buttered & floured pan, top with chopped walnuts. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until tester stuck in the middle of bread comes out clean.


6) Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing bread from pan.


Helpful hints:

Don't have ginger preserves? Orange marmalade, apricot, pineapple, or mango jam or preserves work well in this recipe also.

Want to make this bread 'veg'? Use 1/2 cup full fat yogurt in place of eggs.

Don't have ghee or a suitable vegetable oil? Use butter instead, softened to room temperature.

Brown sugar will give this bread a more treacle-y flavor like jaggery. White sugar will work too, but the bread will be lighter in color.

Need some fiber in your diet? Whole meal flour (chakki atta) works well in this recipe in place of white flour (maida) too.

Well, maybe this banana bread won't be this glamorous - but it will be tasty!


I'm posting this a bit early as I'm going to be off on a whirlwind tour of BIG FAT DESI WEDDINGS until next week, hope you're having a happy holiday season too!

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