Banana Pancake

Banana pancake
Banana pancake

Banana Pancake – an easy breakfast, dinner or a tidbit


Last day back from college, i was feeling very hungry. I wanted to have something fresh, sweet, (provided I like mild sweetness only ) and filling. Small ripe bananas in the kitchen, caught my attention. I decided to make banana pancakes.



Bananas are a rich source of nutrients like magnesium, copper, potassium etc. They are also rich source of antioxidants and fibers. Banana are good for health of digestive system , may help in soothing ulcer.

Wheat Flour

Wheat flour is also a rich source of many nutrients and protein. They help in weight control and regulate diabetics.


Ghee is a prominent neutral (satvic)  ingredient in ayurvedic cooking (in controlled quantity). Its good for health of digestive tract.  and is source of vitamin A,E and K.

Ingredients of Simple Banana Pancake


Wheat Flour – 1cup

Bananas  – 2 large or 4-5 small

ghee  –  1.5 tbsp

Salt  – a pinch or two

Water/ milk



Put peeled bananas in a mixer jar. Add 1.5 Tbsp ghee and blend till  it becomes a smooth paste . Take  1 cup wheat flour in a bowl, add the banana mixture in to it. Pour water little by little and mix till a thick batter like consistency.

Banana Pancake Batter
Banana Pancake Batter

Keep aside for 5 minutes. Then heat the tawa/ skillet or frying pan. Pour one big soon batter on to hot tawa. Flip when one side is cooked. Then transfer to a plate.

Banana Pancake
Banana Pancake

You can serve it with sugar/honey, or  chocolate spread


note: egg can also be added to the banana mixture if your prefer it so.


Thank You,

See you soon.


Chemba Puttu – Steamed Chemba Rice with coconut

Chemba puttu with banana
Chemba puttu with banana

Chemba Puttu – Steamed Chemba Rice with coconut (Steamed brown rice cake)


Puttu  (steamed rice cake) is a popular traditional breakfast in Kerala. Puttu  made from chemba (brown) rice flour is termed as chemba puttu. I have comprehended from internet, that puttu is consumed in some parts of  Karnataka and Tamilnadu as well.  Different parts of south east Asia have some variants of puttu (as per wikipedia).

On the way to cooking
On the way to cooking

Two packets of  Brahmins chemba puttu powder, my husband brought last week made me think of this recipe. Initially, I thought of preparing green gram (cherupayar) curry as the side dish, but later made up my mind to have the puttu with banana (I like it so, and it is simply delicious.) You will see this change of mind in my photographs. Also you can see the imprints of little hands that helped me in mixing.

The cooking

Chemba Rice Powder

As I have mentioned earlier, Puttu  made from chemba (brown) rice flour is termed as chemba puttu. Brown rice  is a whole grain. Only the husk is removed from rice kernel . Brown rice may be more nutritional than white rice which is the processed form of rice.

Brown rice and hence its flour is  a good source of fiber, manganese selenium, magnesium and folate.

Preparation of Chemba Puttu


Chemba Rice flour – 500gm

water   –    600ml

shredded coconut   –  1 cup

salt  – 1.5 teaspoon


In a bowl, mix the chemba rice flour, half cup shredded coconut and salt with hand. Sprinkle water little by little and continue mixing till the right wetness is obtained. You must be able to form lumps with hand which break when you press a bit harder. And you must feel the wetness of the flour.

The chemba puttu mix

Allow the mix stand for ten minutes, when right wetness is attained. Meanwhile you can boil water in pressure cooker without weight. After the standing time of 10 minutes, for the  mix, fill the puttu maker ( or chiratta , if you want it in chiratta shape), with little coconut (from the remaining half cup) and the chemba puttu mix using a spoon or hand.  Preferably fill till 3/4 or less. Coconut is added in the bottom to ensure easy passage of steam to cook the puttu mix.

Fix the puttu maker on to the pressure cooker head. When steam comes through puttu maker, simmer for 5 minutes. Then using the stick (puttu kuti), push the puttu onto a plate .

Puttu on a plate

Enjoy the puttu with banana or green gram curry and pappad. You can also have it with kadala curry.

Puttu and banana

Note : I have used Brahmins Chemba puttu podi to make this recipe. Other brands might require a little more or less water for right puttu mix consistency.

    puttu and Banana





Happy cooking!!


Lemon Juice with Ginger and Basil

 Crushed Ginger & squeezed lemon

Lemon Juice with Ginger and Basil

Cold wave during  dusk and dawn, vibrant sun and high temperatures whole day is affecting almost everybody health here. Me and my family too had  bad and long cold  that prolonged  for  weeks. Running nose and sore throats made me think of a lemon juice spiced up with ginger and fresh basil leaves.

Health note on main ingredients


Lemon juice is a very good source of vitamin C, which increases immunity to common cold, flu and infections. It improves digestion, contains a good amount of dietary fiber. Also, it kills harmful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.

Lemon contains calcium in small quantity. But potassium of lemon proves beneficial to maintain bone’s calcium density. Potassium  prevents the loss of calcium through the kidney. Thus, it protects from osteoporosis. It is also good for skin health and in maintaining weight.


Ginger has many medicinal properties. It has a very long history of use as a home remedy in Kerala. It is commonly used to help digestion, reduce nausea, help fight the flu and common cold.

Gingerol,  bio-active substance in fresh ginger,  help lower  risk of infections.  ginger extract can inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria .

Basil/ Tulsi leaves

A short description of use of tulsi / basil leaves was given in my earlier post Passion fruit medicinal leaves Smoothie .


3 or 4 lemon 

small piece of ginger crashed                                                                 

a handful tulsi/basil leaves   

4 glass water and a pinch of salt

lemon & crushed ginger
lemon & crushed ginger



Take the juice of four lemons,  Add crushed ginger, pour water and salt into it and mix well. According to your preference for sour taste adjust water and salt.

You can use sugar or jaggery as a sweetener, in case you want a sweet taste for the juice.

Take this lemon juice when you are having strong cold and no taste for the tongue, you will feel much better.

medicinal lemon juice


Thank You, and catch you later

Flat beans stir fry (Kathipayar ularth)

Flat Beans stir fry

 I found some beautiful flat beans hanging from the climbers’ net on a Saturday morning. Suddenly I wanted to have them stir fried for lunch. Home grown flat beans is nutritious. With cooked rice or roti, flat beans stir fry make a delicious side dish.

Flat Beans

Flat beans

As a natural source of proteins and fiber flat beans are good for digestive health.  They are good source of vitamins and minerals and beta carotene and fol-ate. Mature beans get woody and fibrous and are less edible.   So collect flat beans when they are young and tender.

Flat beans are known by the name kathipayar ,valanga, valavaranga in different localities of Kerala.


Onions fall under alliums family of vegetables and herbs, which also includes chives, garlic, scallions and leeks. Allium vegetables are always preferred in dishes not only for their characteristic, pungent flavors but also for their medicinal properties. Onions can vary in size, shape, color and flavor. The most common types  include red, yellow and white onion. Flavors can vary from sweet and juicy with a mild flavor to sharp, spicy, and pungent, often depending on the season in which they are grown and consumed.

Including onion in daily food could  lower the risk of several types of cancer, improve mood and maintain the health of skin and hair. Onions are  nutrient-dense food, i.e. they are low in calories with rich vitamins and minerals. Also they are good source of antioxidants.

Coriander powder

Coriander Powder is good for digestion. It increases appetite. Also helps in purifying the blood and curing inflammation, fever and  various allergies. It has great ‘cooling’ qualities. Coriander also helps in cleansing the body by detoxifying it. Due to strong medicinal properties consume it in controlled quantities.

Ingredients for flat beans stir fry

Flat beans – 10 (medium-sized tender beans)

Onion – 1 large

Coriander powder – 1tsp

Chili Powder – ½ tsp

Pepper powder – ½ tsp (optional)

Garlic -3 pieces

Curry leaves  and salt – as needed

Preparation of  flat beans stir fry


Flat beans stir fry

Cut the flat beans into small pieces to make the stir fry. Cook finely chopped flat beans in a pan with a little water (5-6 tbsp) and salt. Check the beans at times add more water if needed.** By this time in another pan pour oil. Splatter mustard and curry leaves. Add chopped garlic, onion and sauté till brown. Then put all three powders. Again sauté till the powders roast well. Now add the cooked beans to the mixture and stir fry till its properly cooked.

** You can also cook the beans in pressure cooker till one or two whistle. Then directly add it to the sautéed mixture.

Homemade Chocolate Spread

 Chocolate Spread with Dates & Peanuts

chocolate spread ready to go on bread
Chocolate Spread

After a hectic day, having bread or roti with chocolate spread is highly refreshing and energizing. The idea to make them at home !!,  is highly appealing and of course healthy.

Last weekend, I made a batch of chocolate spread nourished with dates and roasted peanuts. The left over spread was stored in fridge, as a saving for a hardworking week ahead. At home we  have it with wheat dosa or chapati for breakfast. This can also be taken with bread and cookies.

Health benefits of Chocolate

Chocolate is my weakness. Whenever possible, I try to incorporate chocolate flavor in to my dishes. Controlled intake of real or dark chocolate is good for health (but it is not that sweet to taste).

Dark chocolate is loaded with nutrients that has positive effect on your health. Made from seed of  cocoa tree, it is a best source of antioxidants . Studies show dark chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve health and lower the risk of heart disease.

Health benefits of dates

Dates are super food for digestive system, recollect Muslims break the Ramadan fasting by eating dates. The benefits of dates include relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anemia,  diarrhea, abdominal cancer, and many other conditions. Dates are good for gaining weight also.

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates.  It also contains vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.

Health benefits of peanuts

Peanuts feature an array of nutrients that are believed to promote heart health along with monounsaturated fat content. Peanuts are good sources of vitamin E, niacin, folate, protein and manganese. In addition, peanuts provide resveratrol, the phenolic antioxidant found in red grapes and red wine.

** I got the inspiration for this recipe from one of  my favourite food blog Green Kitchen Stories


Dates and Peanuts ready to go to mixer
Dates and Peanuts ready to go to mixer


 Preparing the Chocolate spread

Dates :  250 gm

Chocolate powder: 40 gm

Roasted peanuts : 100 gm

For better paste like consistency, soak washed dates in water overnight.  Peel off the outer cover, (you can save a bit of the water to be added during blending, if needed).  Remove seed from dates.

Put peeled dates and chocolate powder (you can use dark chocolate bars instead, if so melt them by double boiling and use) in the mixer jar and mix for a minute. Then  add the roasted peanuts and mix until blended smoothly.

Chocolate spread final stage in mixer jar

Add a spoon or two of sugar if you like it to be more sweet. Transfer to a container and refrigerate. When need, use it with you favorite dishes and enjoy!!!

***For those who don’t like chocolate flavor can omit chocolate powder. Dates and peanuts alone mixed, also makes a healthy spread.

Note: You can substitute peanuts with any other single or group of  roasted nuts as cashew, almond etc…. Also any other natural sweeter can be used instead of dates. But the taste will vary accordingly.


Note: When selecting chocolate powder try to use a brand with minimum ingredients, preferably one ingredients ie. Cocoa powder. The more the number of ingredients the more it will be treated with chemicals.  

Spread in a container 

Rambutan Smoothie with Cinnamon & Peanuts



This is my first recipe on the blog. When looked around for a fresh fruit/vegetable in the courtyard, found our rambutan tree with fresh red fruits.  So, I decided to use them in my first recipe.


Rambutan Smoothie with Cinnamon & Peanuts

Rambutan in our courtyard have 2-3 bunches of red fruits. This made me to think of a smoothie with them.



Rambutan is a good source of vitamin C, copper and other essential nutrients. Peanuts are heart friendly nuts. Combining them in a smoothie provide a healthy drink.


Peanuts give a nutty taste to the smoothie. Roasting the peanuts enhance the taste, (if you like them so or you can use them plain). Cinnamon is added to flavor the drink.


Rambutan ( flesh separated from the seed) – 8/10

Cinnamon- 2 short pieces

Milk- 2.5 tbsp (add a little extra if needed)

Peanuts – Handful  (roast them if needed)


Put all  ingredients in a mixer/food processor. When everything is blended well transfer to a glass and enjoy. Chill it in refrigerator and use if you would like to have  a bit cold smoothie.




Let me know your feedback on the post, so that I can improve my work.  Also try this easy recipe and I will be happy to know how it turned out. Thank you all.


About Quality Food


We are always ready to spend a little more money on quality food items, if required. Are those health mix really healthy? Are organic labelled vegetables, really organic? Are the freshly packed meat really fresh? What makes a quality food.



Best quality foods are always those grown at our home, whether it is your papaya, tender jack-fruit, tender plantain, spinach, lettuce or some other vegetable, or the chicken or duck. I know this is not possible 90% of city population, but we can do try and find time for a very small kitchen garden.

The next option is to choose food items from local farmers as far as possible. This will provide us more fresh vegetables; and reliable meat, as at least you that your food comes from a reliable source and them their living (than our hard earned money adding to the profit of a corporate brand).

In Kerala, we cultivate little vegetables and are highly dependent on fruits and vegetables from other states for our daily meals. These so called edible food items are highly contaminated with pesticides and hormones, during various stages of growth; which can leave their traits in our body. They are given various beatification treatments to gain weight, look fresh etc… during the whole process of cultivation and transportation. I have heard from a farmer in our neighbouring state that, they will put pesticides and hormones in regular intervals from 15- 20 times, for a plant once it is planted, till the harvest!! A proof is as below.

I remember an incident, one year ago. We have bought 0.5 Kg mozambi from a branch of a reputed retail store in India. One was left unnoticed for about 2 months.The most interesting part was that, the fruit didn’t had a single sign of rotting even after such a long time!!! It look little bit fresh too!! Do you think that the fruit was not at all treated with any chemicals?


I always prefer meat egg or milk from homegrown animal and /or birds, above commercially grown caged birds and animals. Batch grown animals in crowded farms are given regular antibiotic courses to prevent them from illness and resulting loss of income. They are more stressed during their whole life time and are not free moving.

Home grown animals and birds enjoy freedom till they are killed. So their body accumulates more positive energy as they grow, due to low stress hormones as compared to caged animals and birds. This makes them more edible or suitable to be consumed as food.

Thus quality of food also contributes to edibility. Quality is not determined by the brand or price of food, but the knowledge of how that food reached us (as far as possible) from the source. If we can find time grow food items at home even less numbers, that will give us fresh and healthy food, and in long run we may save some bugs from the hospital bill.