Thursday, September 08, 2011

Banana Crumb Muffins recipe

Prep Time: 15 Min| Cook Time: 20 Min| Ready In: 35 Min| Serving: 10


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Vegetarian Chili With Lime Rice recipe

Rice Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • dash coriander, garlic, pepper
  • 2 limes, cut in wedges
Chili Ingredients:
  • 1 can no-salt kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 can no-salt diced tomatoes with basil and oregano, undrained
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 can tomato paste (1/4 cup)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1. Cook rice, water and seasonings in pan or rice cooker until done, about 30 minutes. Add the juice of one lime, fluff with a fork and allow to stand.

2. Meanwhile, cook chili by adding kidney beans, diced tomatoes, minced onion, tomato paste, water and the rest of the seasonings to a medium skillet; bring to a boil then lower to a simmer.

3. To serve the chili, mold the rice in a small cup and place in the center of a bowl. Surround with chili.

4. Garnish with lime wedges.

Optional: you can also add cooked turkey or chicken to this chili. We also like the addition of corn for a variation.


Serves 4. Each serving: 2 cups. Per Serving: Calories: 233, Total Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Trans Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 55mg, Carbohydrates: 25g, Dietary Fiber: 8.5g, Protein: 15g

Foods for Healthy Hair

Hair is one of the important body parts in human body. They need ample amout of nutrition for that healthy bounce and shine. Although hair is techniacally dead tissue but they need a regular supply of protiens and zinc. You cannot get healthy hair just by using some shampoo or hair conditioners. Hair have to be healthy from inside. So here goes the list of top foods required for healthy and shiny hair.

  1. Green Vegetables: Include Green Vegetables in your meal like Broccoli (Gobhi), Spinach (Palak), Fenugreek (Methi) etc.

    2. Salmon: Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acid which helps in drying the scalp. It also contains vitamin B-12 and iron. Vegetarian can be Include 1-2 tablespoons of Flaxseed in your daily diet.

    3. Beans: Beans (Sam Fali) contains protein, which helps in hair growth. They are also rich in iron, biotin and zinc.

    4. Nuts: Nuts like Walnuts (Akhrot), Cashews (Kaju), Almonds (Badam) etc. These nuts contain zinc which helps in hair growth.

    5. Poultry: Poultry products such as Chickens and turkeys contain high protein which makes hair strong.

    6. Eggs: Eggs contains protein, biotin and vitamin B-12 which make hair healthy.

    7. Grains: Whole Grains contains iron, B vitamins and zinc. Include Wheat, Soy Beans and other grains in your meal.

    8. Carrots: Carrots are good source of vitamin A. It helps to make scalp healthy. When sufficient nutrition got the scalp then hair will definite grow.

    9. Low-fat Dairy: Dairy products contain high calcium and protein. Calcium is good for hair growth. Add Yogurt (Dahi) & Cheese (Panneer) etc in your meal.

    10. Amla: Amla is rich in vitamin C. It makes hair healthy and is also good for skin, eyes and stomach.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Cottage Cheese Cutlets (Paneer Tikka) recipe

Cottage cheese also called Paneer Tikka in India combined with potatoes and spices when fried as cutlets / patties simply melt in the mouth.
Serves: 4

Cooking time (approx.): 4 minutes
Style: North Indian Vegetarian


300 grams (about 12 oz.) cottage cheese crumbled

2 big potato(es) boiled and mashed

2 big slice(s) bread

1 onion(s) finely chopped

2 green chilli(es) finely chopped

2 tablespoon(s) cornflour

2 tablespoon(s) coriander leaves finely chopped

oil for shallow frying, salt and pepper to taste

Method for making paneer tikka:

Place the bread slice(s) in water just enough to soak them for about a minute. Squeeze gently between palms of hand and discard excess water. Tear into small pieces and keep aside.

Mix the cottage cheese, potato(es), onion(s), green chilli(es), cornflour, chopped coriander leaves, bread pieces,salt and pepper. Shape the mixture into patties.

Spread 1 teaspoon of oil on a griddle and heat on medium level for about 2 minutes. Reduce heat to low. Place 4-5 patties on the griddle and fry for 3 minutes on each side or till both the sides are golden brown. Fry the remaining patties in the same way.