Monday, August 24, 2015

Chai Spice Banana Whole Wheat Cake-Low fat

There's a conflict of emotions in my hand. Apple IOS or Android. And because Apple is fairly selfish it can't share pictures with an Android,now the passably friendly Android has become fiendishly cantankerous.
Not allowing me to mail pictures,or upload to Dropbox or google Drive or even hubby dear's laptop.
So confusion reigns.

But nothing can bypass the pleasure of a cup of masala chai. Can it? Not now, in the sporadic monsoons that Mumbai is facing. I'm really missing the deluge. And the chill in the air.
This cake was a low cal snack to be enjoyed at tea time.
And boy did we enjoy even more when we considered the ratio of the fat to the size of the cake.
80 mils of vegetable oil in such a large loaf cake. My tin is 5 inches by 13 inches. Large.
And an echo of the chai spice in the cake.
And healthy bananas.
This is an adaptation of a whole wheat cake.

For the 

Chai Spice Banana Whole Wheat Cake-Low fat...

you need

1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour or atta
3/4 cup all purpose flour or maida
3 ripe bananas that no one wants to eat
3 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon powder
2 eggs
1/3 cup or 80 mils vegetable oil
1/2 cup or 120 mils yogurt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp baking soda or bicarbonate of soda 
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup brewed tea cooled off or 1 tea bag Assam tea in 1/4 cup boiling hot water
1/2 tsp vanilla essence or extract optional
Pinch salt-I added 1/2 tsp to balance out the sweetness 

For the sugar glaze
1 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1/3 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp cold milk

Preheat oven to 350F or 180C .
Grease and flour your loaf tin. I PAM sprayed my tin,the expiry date is near so you will be seeing much more of the PAM Spray.
And for good measure, the cake came out beautifully intact.

Pop all the wet stuff into a large bowl and run your hand lender blades to mash the bananas to pulp.
Add in the sugar and blend again.
Now whisk the flours, salt, chai spice so-if you like cardamom,feel free to add it. Personally,cardamom and Kewra remind me of Biryani. I don't lie, my taste buds getting confused.
Ok the flours, cinnamon powder,ginger powder, salt and baking powder and soda mixed together. 
No need to areate them so there is no need to sift. Just even blending,so mixing with a spoon will do.
Alternating with the cool tea liquor,add the dry stuff in three batches.
If you are the types who use vanilla to mask the eggy smell,then you can skip it here. That's why, optional.
The banana, ginger and cinnamon totally mask the smell of the eggs.
Scrape the batter into the loaf tin and even it out. If you want, you can add walnuts. But I am a purist. It's all about the cake for me.
55 minutes and then you have to keep an eye on the cake. 
The cake gives way from the sides, check the centre with a skewer, my cake took 63 minutes, and I baked it in the evening.
Bring it out and allow it to cool slightly.
I tipped my cake out and lo and behold,PAM Spray had done its job.

In a bowl, mix the glaze sugar and spices. Pour in the milk a drop or two at a time. I needed less than a tablespoon.
Like royal icing, just pour over the cake and allow it to cool.

Slice and serve with Masala Chai.

We do the Irani Masala chai once in a while, with the milkmaid and stuff. 

Oh, that's just like the eighth sin. 

But you know the cake is healthy.
And one slice won't kill you .
So let's go for a walk in the rain,become Pluerophiles- you and I (those who love to walk in the rain), and come back to a slice of Chai spice Banana whole Wheat Cake -low fat and a cup of Irani Chai.
The spices will warm you up. And cinnamon lowers blood sugar,so I'm sure it'll do its job,if you and I share the calories. The banana has nutrients and whole wheat flour has fibre.
Too much goodness in a slice of cake.

So what are you baking today???

Friday, August 21, 2015

Airtel and the Need for Speed

Take me for an example.
I am in love with the Internet.
I am simultaneously carrying on four relationships. One obviously to the man I married. Yup,that is the most important relationship in my life. And that runs with lots of love and happiness and tantrums thrown and the fights and making up and looking out for each other and stuff. He knows me well and panders to my idiosyncratic behaviour,as do I,well most of the time.
And one relationship is with sweet child. That has to be special,because I am a mom.
What is the real deal, is my clandestine relationship with my smart phone and my iPad. I ensure they are fed -as in charged, or carry a power bank. I ensure my wifi router is a super fast hyper router. And that my phone and internet bills are paid on time.
Even before my grocery bills and school fees are paid.
But what will the internet do for my phone if I am not home bound?then my smartphone would be hiccuping and I would not be able to access any website.
Now you see why I need my speed.
The speed of Airtel 4G.
Imagine ,I'm out for dinner and want to post my location on my social network sites. If the internet network is not super fast 4G speed ,I'll have left before my friends know I'm at that hip and happening restaurant. Awfully tragedy resulting from a handicapped network that does not have superb connectivity like the Airtel 4G network.
Imagine the loss to society and my fellow food bloggers if I don't tweet or Facebook or blog the pictures of the dishes I order at restaurants. I sacrifice so much for putting up those pictures. With most networks,I have to endure the curse of the food blogger. By the time the pictures are taken and uploaded and tweeted and I see a few likes, the food bloggers dish will be ice cold and clammy and unappetising.
But thanks to the airtel 4G Sabse  tez,super fast network,I'll finally be able to taste my food while it's still hot. And enjoy the yummy dish a little more because of the innumerable likes  my food pictures have got.
And just because the Airtel 4G network is super fast,it doesn't meant that  I need to pay excessive Internet bills. It means that I will still be paying the same amount of money ,but will enjoy the super fast speed that Airtel 4G will give me .
So now as a blogger, a social media influencer and a friend to all those zaroori friends, I'll always be available.
And I am swanky��.
And the best thing is that this Airtel 4G connection  can be ordered with just a tweet #GetAirtel4G and your new connection sim card will be home delivered to you in as soon as 4 hours.
So that's a five star rating for a mobile network that works in all corners of the country -in 296 cities  to be precise.
Now is this not something special ?
So go get your new Airtel 4G connection because  remember if you can find a  mobile network with Internet connectivity faster than Airtel4G , they'll pay your bills lifelong.
Isse tez aur kuch nahin 

Until the next

Until the next


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