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Spread Cheer with These Simple Bakes

30 June, 2018

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Apart from the regular cooking, it is always good to try our hand at a little bit of baking. While many use cookers to bake cakes and pies, you also try conventional ovens nowadays as well as microwave ovens. If you don’t have a microwave oven, you can easily get a cake oven from any of the stores, or order it online as well. Unlike what many people think, baking is not a tedious task, neither is it time taking. Many simple recipes can get you some sumptuous and terrific stuff that could end up being runaway hits, especially if you have grandchildren. Here are a few easy recipes that you can give a try and spread some cheer around.

Banana Walnut Chocochip Muffins

Muffins are a great favourite with kids and adults alike, and they are a filling treat as well. If you use some fruits and nuts, they will also become a healthy treat. Hence, banana walnut choco chip cookies are a good, easy baking recipe that can be made at any time.


  • Flour – 1.5 cups
  • Bananas – 3 
  • Butter – 100 g
  • Milk – I Tablespoon
  • Baking Powder – 1 teaspoon
  • Sugar – ¾ cup
  • Baking Soda – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt ¼ teaspoon
  • Chocolate Chips – ½ cup
  • Egg – 1

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. In the meanwhile, melt the butter and keep it aside for cooling. Beat the egg lightly and mash the banana and keep both aside. When the butter is cool, mix the beaten egg and the milk and stir it well. Then mix the mashed banana into the mixture and blend well. Into this mixture, you can now mix the sifted flour, baking soda, baking powder as well as the salt. Mix this slightly well and then finally, add the choco chips and stir. Use muffin tins lined with greased paper cups and pour this mixture into them and bake for about 20 minutes. If you do not want to use paper cups, you may directly pour the mixture into muffin tins. You may check in between by pricking a skewer to check if baked. The muffins will be ready to serve. A variation can be adding a spoonful of jam after pouring a bit of mixture and then pouring the muffin mix over it again. This can also give a gooey effect in the middle while eating.

Healthy Eggless Atta Cake

This is yet another healthy cake recipe wherein you can bake using atta without eggs.


  • Atta or whole wheat flour – 2 cups
  • Refined Oil – ¾ cup
  • Baking Powder – 1/2 Tablespoon
  • Sugar – 1 to 2 cups of sugar or jaggery as desired
  • Baking Soda – 1.5 Tablespoon
  • Curd – 1 cup
  • Cinnamon powder – 2 Tablespoons
  • Walnuts, raisins etc. – ¼ cup

The oven should be pre-heated for 200 degrees Celsius. All the dry ingredients should be put in a bowl and mixed. In another bowl, mix the curd and oil and then add it to the dry mixture and mix well. This batter should be of dripping consistency, and a little bit of water can be added if required to make it so. This batter should be poured into a greased cake dish and baked for about 1 and quarter hours at 170 degree Celsius. The baking can be checked in between two to three times. This makes for a simple, healthy tea time snack.

Khaman Dhokla


  • Besan or gram flour – 1.5 cups
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Refined Oil – 1 Tablespoon
  • Haldi or Turmeric – One pinch or 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Green Chilli Paste  1 Teaspoon
  • Ginger Paste – 1 Teaspoon
  • Salt – 1 Teaspoon
  • Sugar - 1 Teaspoon
  • Baking Soda – 1/4 Teaspoon
  • Lemon juice – 2 Teaspoons

For Tempering

  • Oil – 2 Tablespoons
  • Mustard or Rai – 1 Teaspoon
  • Slit Green Chillies – Three
  • White Vinegar – ¼ cup
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1 Teaspoon
  • Curry Leaves – 6 to 8
  • Chopped Coriander – ½ cup

The sifted and free of lump besan should be mixed with water, oil, haldi, salt, sugar, chilli paste, and ginger paste to get a smooth batter. Add baking soda and lemon juice and blend the mixture well again. Pour this mix into a greased baking tin and bake for about 6 minutes. 

For tempering microwave all the ingredients for about 4 minutes and then pour that mixture over the baked Dhokla. This will make it soft in about half an hour and ready to serve.

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