Banana bread

Banana BreadHi guys, Today I finally decided to make something with the ripe bananas that has been on the counter for the past two days. So zeroed in on Banana bread, a favorite of us. Banana Bread is a type of bread that is often served as an after meal snack. According to Wikipedia, Banana bread became popular in US in the 1930s after the advent of baking soda 🙂 and February 23rd is National Banana Bread Day. Generally, I am a fan of banana and like food items that has banana as one of the ingredients.
Banana breadBanana breadBanana bread is very easy to make and is very flavorful. In fact while I am writing this, Banana bread is getting baked in the oven and I could smell the divine smell of bananas and butter mixed together. Can’t wait to have a bite! If you have the ingredients sorted out, then baking the bread takes no time at all. There are different varieties to banana bread as well, like, chocolate chip banana bread, banana nut bread, banana raisin bread etc. Here I have given you the recipe for plain banana bread with cashews.
Banana breadHere comes the beep from the oven! Alright, enough of the stories. I guess its nom nom time and I am off to the kitchen. Hope you are too, to start making this wonderful, simple and flavorful dish, i.e. the Banana Bread 🙂

Banana bread
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 1 9x5x3 inch loaf
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 overripe large bananas, mashed
  • ⅓ cup any nuts, chopped, divided (I used cashews)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  2. Lightly grease a 9 X 5 inch loaf pan with butter on the sides and line the bottom with parchment sheet. Set aside.
  3. Mash the bananas, chop the nuts and beat the eggs.
  4. In a large bowl, sieve flour, baking soda and salt together.
  5. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar.
  6. First add the sugar mixture into the flour mixture and mix well without any lumps. Then add in eggs and bananas and mix them with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the batter is thick and chunky (The important thing is not to over mix the batter. You do not want it smooth. Over mixing the batter will yield tough, rubbery bread).
  7. Mix half of the chopped nuts to the batter. Lightly fold the batter. Pour batter into the prepared loaf pan. Top it off with the remaining nuts.
  8. Bake in oven (preferably in the middle rack) for 60 to 65 minutes, until golden brown and a toothpick when inserted in the center comes out clean. Turn out onto a wire rack and allow them to cool.
  9. Serve warm or at room temperature. This bread can be frozen.

Banana bread

Banana Kesari

Banana kesariFirst of all, A very Happy Mother’s Day to all the lovely mothers out there 🙂 You are the best. As a tribute to moms and in a way representing their sweet nature, today I have given below a very popular south Indian sweet, Banana Kesari. Kesari is a south Indian delicacy which is often served as a dessert. It is made of sooji (semolina) and is also called as sooji halwa in north India. There are different varieties of Kesari like beet root, pineapple, banana, bread, fruit etc. Banana Kesari is a favorite of my HB (anything made from sooji for that matter :))
Banana kesari
Banana kesariBanana Kesari is very easy to prepare and involves minimal ingredients, i.e., banana, sooji, ghee, sugar and cashews. As with many sweet items, patience is the key here, especially when adding the sooji to the boiling water during the preparation. Believe it or not, I was not very good in making Kesari initially. In fact, my friends used to make fun of my Kesari but I have come a long way now such that I have started making different varieties in Kesari 🙂
Banana kesariOnce again, a very happy Mother’s day to all moms, new moms and expectant moms. As Rudyard Kipling said, “ God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers”. Enjoy the sweet Banana Kesari with the sweetest person in the world, your Mother 🙂

Banana Kesari
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
  • Semolina – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 6 tbsp
  • Water – 2 ½ cups
  • Yellow food color – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 1 cup
  • Banana, big, peeled, smashed – 1 no
  • Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
  • Cashews – 10 nos
  1. Heat a nonstick tawa with a tbsp of ghee. Add in semolina and sauté until the raw smell disappears. It takes around 3 minutes. Remove and transfer to a bowl.
  2. In the same pan add a tbsp of ghee and fry the cashews until golden brown. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Add water in the same pan and bring it to boil. Add food color.
  4. When the water starts to boil, slowly add sautéed semolina little by little, stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  5. When all the water is absorbed, add in sugar and banana. Mix well and add the remaining ghee.
  6. Finally add in the cardamom powder and fried cashews. Mix well. Add ghee if needed. Serve hot. Enjoy!!!
1.It is always best to use non stick tawa while making kesari.
2.Be very careful while adding semolina to the boiling water. make it quick and stir constantly to avoid lumps.
3.To make cardamom powder, grind together few whole green cardamoms with a tbsp of sugar.
4.You can substitute any fruits (pineapple, jackfruit, tutti frutti, plums, beetroot, etc) or even with bread and it is called bread halwa.

Banana kesari