Hey There. How have you been ? Here is the story behind today’s post “Banana Flavored Syrup”. So recently it so happened that I was to make pancakes for my little one’s tiffin. And I was out of stock of any sort of syrup or chocolate sauce. I said “Oh well, then let me make stuffed pancakes by adding my home made papaya jam as stuffing.” See mother’s are so handy and flexible to cook up a storm in minutes. But still I was not satisfied and wanted to give some kind of syrup of jam as sides. I again gave two minutes thought and came up with the idea to make a simple syrup. But the twist I introduced was to add some ripe chopped banana. I brought the whole thing to jammy consistency and it was just wow.
So when I added the pic in my Insta Story (btw if you are not already following me there you are missing on much), it got so many comments and questions. So decided lemme share this super simple recipe. Do try this Banana Flavored Syrup and let me know how it turned out for you.
BANANA FLAVOURED SYRUP
This is a very simple recipe. Kids would love it since its sugary and has bananas. Though personally I don't prefer it much due to the amount of sugar involved. But it is far better than store bought one, correct? At least we know what goes in.
In a pan take sugar and water.
Add cardamom powder or vanilla essence.
Keep stirring till it comes to 1 string consistency. Basically 1 string means if you lift up your spatula it should form a string.
Add finely sliced banana pieces and mix.
When the bananas have softened slightly mash the bananas.
If you want jam consistency then keep stirring a little more. Else switch off the flame.
Serve with pancakes or rotis.
Hey There. How is the weather treating you? Well here things are little runny (nose), hoarse (voice) and tired (weakness). The weather is playing games with bright sunny hot humid weather during the whole day and cold and breezy in night. We reach office all sweaty and then a blast of cold AC air meets you.
While the weather can wear you out its important to keep your energy levels high. For that you need to multitask and keep yourself updated with little tricks and tips to make your life easier. If you have been following me on Instagram or FB you may know that I share tips around a topic or ingredient. So I thought why not share them here too. So here it goes. Today we’ll talk about how to make a curry thick or basically what can be added to make a thick curry.
- Cream – The most common and rich option to thicken up your gravy is Cream. If you are watching your weight then better to avoid this option. Many popular recipes are made using cream like malai paneer, butter chicken, dal makhni,etc.
- Cashew Paste – Next in line common option used in dishes is paste of Cashew. Soaked cashews in hot water makes a smooth paste that makes the curry thick beautifully. Click here for one such egg curry.
- Corn Flour – Corn flour is usually used to thicken the soups.
- Maida/ Flour – Pasta sauces are thick due to flour and milk. Maida acts a great thickener. Of course it is unhealthy to use it often hence you can replace Maida with wheat flour. Click here for Pasta in white sauce recipe.
- Curd – World famous ‘Moru Curry‘ and ‘Kadhi’ is made with curd. Thick whisked curd is perfect to add dimension to any curry. Click here to know how to make thick curd at home.
- Coconut milk – Who hasn’t heard about Stew ? There are veg and non-veg versions of stew. Coconut milk is the thickener used in stew. Third, second and first extract of a good grated coconut is added to curries not only to thicken it but also to provide a sweet flavour. Click for a vegetable stew recipe.
- Besan/ Gram flour – ‘Kadhi’ is made using curd and besan. Besan known for its binding properties is great as a thickener.
- Makhana/ Lotus/ Seeds paste – One of the healthiest seeds is Lotus Seeds also known as Makhane. Soak these in warm water and then blend it to a smooth paste. Use it as you like. While grinding your masalas include sunflower, melon, flax seeds, etc. These not only will bring up the nutrition quotient but also thicken up your gravy.
- Potato – Potato is a natural thickener. Add some boiled slightly mashed potatoes to your curry and the starch in the potato will do the work for you. Click here for recipe.
- Dal – Do you know why dal is added to sambhar? Yes. To thicken it.
- Oats – Powder quick cooking oats and use it. Or, add directly to your dishes. After boiling it will thicken.
- Onion-Tomato mix – The most easiest way. If you are making chole or kadala then after cooking your onion-tomato mix, take it in a blender along with some cooked chole. Blend it to smooth paste. Cook it along with other masala and chole.
Hope you liked this post. Do try these methods and let me know how it turned out for you. Also if you know of any other method drop me a comment.
Till next time, see ya
Note: All the images except curd is taken from Google search images.
Hello All. How is your Saturday going on? Weekends means double the work isn’t it? Especially for a mother there are no holidays.
Few days before in Instagram and Facebook I had shared my ghee picture. And many of you had asked for recipe. I got delayed by some commitments. Hence posting it today.
Ghee is a simple science. But it is no artificial science. My parents made ghee at home. We used to get cows milk at home and we never wasted the cream. Even now they sometimes get ghee for my son. Ghee is now considered super food. And it is recommended to use it. Especially for kids it is considered very healthy.
You need to collect cream from milk for almost a month so you get at least half a kilo of ghee.
Full Fat milk
- Boil milk.
- Once cooled take the cream and store it separately.
- Store the milk in fridge.
- After 8 hours or so, collect the cream again from the top layer.
- Likewise collect after every refrigeration and boiling.
- After a month when you have enough cream pour the cream in thick bottom kadai.
- Bring it a boil.
- Keep stirring in between with a slotted spoon (thick handle spoon with holes )or else it will stick to the bottom of the kadai.
- The cream will all melt and dark brownish substance will start forming.
- Keep mixing and mixing.
- This continues for 20-30 minutes.
- Keep mixing till you cannot see the white cream anymore.
- Now all you can see is the dark brown substance and no cream at all.
- Switch off the flame.
- Move the brown substance to the side of kadai.
- The ghee will start collecting to the other side of the kadai.
- Once completely cooled pour the cooled ghee in a air tight container.
- Keep your required amount of ghee in another air tight container for your daily usage.
- Rest ghee should be kept in fridge for longer usage.