Recipe: Banana Flour Brownies

Hello All!

This post is the result of some Sunday baking / experimenting in the kitchen. If you remember this post – https://chaicakeandkitsch.com/2016/03/07/recipe-banana-flour-smoothie/ a packet of Kadhali Raw Banana Flour had been sent over to me recently, of which I made a smoothie and brownies, today.

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To know some more about Banana Flour, take a look at this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3x8WW_6d4U&feature=youtu.be

Ingredients:

134 gms banana flour
58 gms rajagrah flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp baking powder
150 ml condensed milk
300 gms dark / sweet baking chocolate
100 gms butter
220 ml water

Method:

1. Melt the butter and chocolate with the water in a microwave for 2 minutes. Stir until smooth
2. Sieve all the dry ingredients
3. Add the smooth chocolate mix into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix well
4. Now add the condensed milk and beat with a hand mixer for about 3-4 minutes or until you are able to see air bubbles.
5. Move this on to a well oiled baking tray (not buttered) and put it into a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes at 180.
6. Use a clean knife or toothpick and insert into the cooked brownies. If it comes out clean the brownies are ready to eat! ❤

To know more about Kadhali Gluten Free Banana Flour take a look here – http://www.mystiqueconfections.com/kadhali/

 

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Lunching Just Got Better !

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CHINA HOUSE INTRODUCES YUMCHA LUNCH

Enjoy a delectable feast with more than 30 dimsum varieties at Grand Hyatt Mumbai.

China House – the award winning Chinese restaurant at Grand Hyatt Mumbai brings home authentic YUMCHA offering for lunch starting April 2016. Yumcha (饮茶), also known as ‘going for dim sum‘, is a type of Chinese style brunch tea, which involves drinking Chinese tea and eating dimsum. It is popular in Cantonese-speaking regions in China and has spread to other regions worldwide due to the presence of overseas Chinese.

You can choose from the delectable dimsum selections and relish the traditional preparations with Chinese Tea.

The YUMCHA menu will be served in its traditional method that dates back to the early 60s, when dimsum items were precooked in advance in the kitchen and brought out into the dining area in baskets by the chefs.

Few of the authentic offerings include –

Steamed crystal prawn dumplings              水晶虾饺皇

Prawns Spinach rolls                                豉汁翡翠菠菜卷

Crispy prawn spring rolls                          脆皮炸虾春卷

Lobster truffle mushroom dumplings           龙虾松露饺

Chilli and sea bass dumplings                    鲈鱼海鲜饺

Shanghai chicken soup dumpling               上海小笼包

Barbeque chicken buns                             鸡肉叉烧包

V Pan fried radish cake                             香煎萝卜丝饼

V Edamame beans dumplings                    松露毛豆饺

V Sichuan vegetarian wonton                     山城素抄手

V Zucchini, Aspargus dumpling                 双瓜同心饺

V Pumpkin dumpling                              南瓜饺

V Chinese cabbage water chestnut dumpling 上素白菜饺

V Spinach peanut dumpling                      相思饺

V Mushroom and vegetables buns             什锦素包
The lunch is available at China House, Grand Hyatt Mumbai. For more details visit hyattrestaurants.com or call 022 66761149.

This post has been submitted by the Grand Hyatt Mumbai to Chai Cake and Kitsch. 

Ottoman Cafe at the Four Seasons Mumbai

Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, in collaboration with Turkish Airlines look forward to hosting you at the OTTOMAN CAFE, a specially curated Turkish Pop-Up Restaurant helmed by chefs flown in from Four Seasons Istanbul Sultanahmet.

The special concept pop-up brings the best of the unique culinary traditions of Turkey, a country that straddles two continents, Asia and Europe across the Bosphorus strait.  Savour flavours of authentic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients flown down from Turkey.

Chef  Yener Altunay and his team of chefs from Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus will be serving a feast fit for a sultan –  with traditional mezze and freshly baked pide, followed by delicious handmade manti (Turkish dumplings filled with spiced-lamb); yoghurt kebabs and chicken beyti and many other traditional favourites. Of course, one cannot forget the heavenly Turkish desserts like homemade baklava, traditional Künefe – layers of crunchy, golden ‘kadayýf’ filled with unsalted cheese and sweet syrup, lemon flavored ªekerpare, Sakýzlý rice pudding and more.

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The restaurant will also showcase the experience of an authentic Turkish Breakfast on 30th April and 1st May, with a special brunch menu.

Take a look at the menu below:

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Bon Appetit or as they say in Istanbul, Afiyet olsun!

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Details

Date: 24 April 2016 – 29 April
Time: Lunch & Dinner
Date: 30 April & 1 May
Time: Brunch & Dinner
Venue:
 Café PRATO, Four Seasons Hotel Worli
For reservations contact: 022 2481 8222

This post has been submitted by the Four Seasons Mumbai to Chai Cake & Kitsch. 

Raising The Bar Real High!

Carter Road is famous for many things – the promenade, beautiful sunsets, friendly faces, even a tattoo shop and food, so much food. You can find everything here from Shawarma joints, to FroYo shops, Subway, ice cream parlours, even a Chinese and Mexican food restaurant (in one), and Café Coffee Day at the corner (that has been around for almost half my life).

But tucked in a small corner above CCD, one can find the new age, uber chic restaurant ‘Masala Bar’. If you’re passing by on a midnight drive, you might even miss it, but definitely not ever since the rave reviews and reception the restaurant has received.

It is the hippest new joint in Bandra, almost impossible to get into, albeit completely worth the wait. With an all-black theme, dim lighting, fancy cocktails, fancier Indian food, and riding on the brand name of the Kalras, this restaurant offers the perfect mixture of food, drinks and ambience.

As you enter, you will walk past red walls, black stairs with melting candles on both sides of the staircase giving it a very gothic look, reminding me of Poe’s ‘The Raven’.

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We had not booked a table (BAD IDEA on a weekend, but doable on a weekday), but since we were early the staff gave us a table of our choice (politely reminding us that we would have to move to the bar in case those who had booked it showed up on time). The restaurant is all black and boy does that add to its charm. The lighting is only through lamps on every table and the candles I mentioned earlier, creating a very intimate setting. (That can be a bit of issue while reading the menu though).

Drinks
Bollywood Bhang (Rs. 700) and Filter-Kafi Uska (Rs. 700)

If you’ve been to Masala Library, you know that presentation is everything. The same concept applies here. Bollywood Bhang, was served in a wooden tray with vodka, thandaai and a flask with vodka and basil leaves. True to theatrical flair, the server used a blowtorch at the bottom of the flask to create smoke which we were asked to inhale. The basil flavour of the smoke set the tone for the bhang, which was phenomenal. I am not too big a fan of creamy cocktails, but this one is definitely worth trying, especially with its skull-shaped glass.

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Filter-Kaif Uska – largely coffee based, the drink (with copious amounts of vodka), had a hint of cinnamon as well. It had a very strong flavour and frankly I could not finish it because it hit me pretty fast (!). I’d say you could give it a miss and consider their whiskey cocktails.

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How pretty is this?

Appetizers 
Mushroom Soufflé Nuggets (Rs. 350), Pan-tossed shrooms (Rs. 350), and Litti Chokha Profiteroles (Rs. 300).

The nuggets were to die for! The truffle flavour was impeccable and despite the fried covering, the calories were worth it. A must try for any truffle lover.


From left to right: Mushroom Soufflé Nuggets (2), Pan-tossed shrooms, Litti Chokha Profiterolls

Since I love mushrooms so much (clearly), we ordered the Pan-tossed shrooms, which was like a mushroom bruschetta, the twist being good old khaki biscuit used as a base. The flavours worked perfectly together especially with the mint green chutney that accompanied. The Litti Chokha Profiterolls was a Bihari dish, so we thought we would experiment. It did not go down well with us 😦 On the outside it was a soft bread roll, filled with vegetable stuffing. While it looked gorgeous, I didn’t find the taste all that appealing so you could give this a miss. This could be replaced by the Carbon Pav Bhaji, a dish that I will try out the next time.

Mains
Truffle Shitake Steak Burger (Rs. 310) and Puffed grains and Pesto Khichdi (Rs. 395).

The Burger was accompanied by potato crisps on a skewer, which were a delish blend of crispy and soft. The burger patty was amazing, sadly the truffle flavour was not very evident. There were too many caramelized onions on top of the patty affecting the taste. The pesto Khichdi on the other hand was the highlight of the night. Accompanied by olives, papad, and ‘mamra’ the flavours were brilliant. If mom could make khichdi at home like this, I’d gladly fall sick everyday!

We ended our dinner with another drink, the Malabar Point (Rs. 700). Our server told us that this was inspired by Malabar Hill, an iconic location in Mumbai. The drink was themed as a blend of all the elements – sea, land and the sun. It was fruity, with apple and cinnamon topped with thyme foam. I was a little worried about the foam but the flavour was minimal. Again, the presentation of the drink was superb, with flasks and what not taking me back to Chemistry class! Definitely one to try for a vodka lover.

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Zoravar Kalra and his levels of creativity never cease to amaze me and once again with Masala Bar he has most certainly set the bar extremely high !

Address: Carter Road
Price: Meal for two Rs. 5,000
Reservation: Highly recommended
Overall Rating: 5/5

 

Sunday Morning with Quaker Oats

Making breakfast and other meals fun and healthy since over 135 years, Quaker Oats came together with Indiblogger (one of India’s largest blogging communities) to spread awareness about the deficiency of nutritious food available to most people in our country. Held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, Mumbai, Michelin Star Chef Vikas Khanna led the event and urged us to work towards a healthier India. He is working with PepsiCo. to help the company meet the demands of healthier foods. Having worked on Tropicana before, he has now shifted focus to Quaker Oats. 

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#TheQuakerBowl IndiBlogger Meet, Mumbai 

The theme of a fun Sunday brunch had been set. After an engaging session of spreading awareness, the audience would be divided into groups and enter in to a Quaker Oats cook off. We were required to prepare a dish, with Quaker Oats as the principal ingredient (obviously) and present it beautifully. Teams would be judged on the basis of Taste and Presentation.

A session of brainstorming led to a really fun dish – A spin off on jalebi and rabdi. Essentially, we cooked up a really thick textured bowl of oats, mixed with jaggery, melted chocolate, chilli flakes and water. I tell you, the chilli flakes was a brilliant idea. Once cooked, this was sandwiched between a layer of 3 fresh jalebis and topped with a cherry. It was presented with macaroon sand which was an absolutely hit with the judge!

Not to blow our own trumpet, but ours was easily the most beautifully presented dish that morning 😀 We managed to win in both categories – Taste and Looks! Yay 😀
Unfortunately I do not have a photograph of the same but will be sure to upload one as soon as we can get a copy of the official photographs 🙂

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All smiles after our win ! My lovely friends from A Perfect Fusion, Guiltless Foodies, Fat Foodies World and Eat Aloud. 

If you are looking to lose weight, get fitter, basically just opting to choose a healthier lifestyle, Oats are definitely the option to turn to. Oats are extremely high in fibre and leave you feeling fuller for longer, thereby reducing unnecessary cravings. They also help in improving the health of your digestive system. Also great for those who consume a gluten-free diet. They help lower bad cholesterol, boost your immune system and control blood pressure. Not to mention they taste great too.

In fact try out one of my breakfast recipes – https://chaicakeandkitsch.com/2015/01/20/wake-up-and-smell-the-cinnamon/. This can also be eaten after a heavy workout.

What a fun Sunday it was. Of course not to forget, hospitality at the Marriott was exceptional as usual, so was lunch 🙂

Do let me have your thoughts if you try out my recipe. Live healthy !