One amazing thing about cooking and trying new dishes is seeing your mother excited about trying new things, new ideas – experimenting them herself and then teaching you a thing or two using her experience! Some simple tricks and tips from seniors can make cooking and life so much more easier.
When did whatsapp and facebook take over our lives, I didn’t even realise. I wonder how did people communicate and manage their business without these apps!? Musings apart, I can tell you this from experience – cooking and that too with my mum and aunt (read chachi or kaki); at 12 in the night or 8 in the morning, trying out different things, messing up the kitchen and them waiting patiently till I have everything to my satisfaction complete with photography; with them scolding on silly errors and teaching me a thing or two, and me teaching them a thing or two about the online world, its been a bonding experience I can hardly describe!
So after one such baking session with the apple prunes cake, my mother had an idea – she tried it and excitedly called me up at around 1 in the afternoon the following day. I could hear a child – like enthusiasm in her voice. I thought it was a regular call but then she said – “I thought if you are nearby and free, come home and taste the cake that I have baked using a cooker with an idea I had after yesterday’s baking session.” It brought such a smile on my face! And lo there we were the very next morning preparing muffins using her idea – Trying to explain the whole story and how the idea came will take a little longer to write so I will just share the recipe here – pretty simple and healthy! And a matter of just half an hour! And using ingredients all in the home! 😀
Prep Time: 45 mins
- 1 cup coarse whole wheat flour
- 1 cup grounded oats
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1/3 cup cream (malai)
- 3/4 tspn baking soda
- 3/4 tspn cardamom powder
- Dark chocolate pieces – As required.
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a vessel, except the dry fruits. Add the milk half and half and keep on blending the mixture using a hand blender. Add the cream and blend again to prepare a smooth batter. Finally add the dryfruits as per your choice.
- Pour the prepared batter in muffin pans, Fill them 3/4 leaving enough space for them to rise.
- Add a piece of chocolate in each pan. (Note that this chocolate piece will settle down while baking in the cooker and prepare a chocolate base. In case you want it in between then add the chocolate piece a little (5-10 mins) after baking starts)
- In a cooker, make a layer of sand. Put a small 1 to 2 inches thick ring over the sand layer. Sprinkle a little water over the sand (This helps ensure the heat is proper and the muffins don’t burn). Keep a sieve with holes over the ring. Cover the vessel and set the cooker on a high flame for 10 mins (This does the work same as preheating an oven).
- After 10 mins, keep the prepared muffin pans in the sieve and cover the cooker for 20-25 mins. Check after 15 mins for the rise and whether the muffins are ready.
- Once done, remove the muffins from the cooker and allow them to cook. Sprinkle powdered sugar for garnishing and drizzle honey sauce and lo! healthy muffins are ready to eat! :
The best part about these muffins – insanely simple to prepare!! And delicious! Prepare a whole batch and drizzle with chocolate sauce or honey and you are good to go! Try these! 😀