EASY BANANA DESSERTS:BANANA POPS

 

These are perfect for kids, and really anyone, who needs just a sweet and refreshing treat.These banana pops are great for the snack or as part of breakfast.

This was my first time making banana pops. It turns out, making these is super easy!
Of course, fresh fruit and vegetables are one of the best snacks, but sometimes we need to get creative to make them exciting and fun. Especially, if you have two picky eaters, like my Daughters.

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These Easy Frozen Banana Pops are the perfect little snack, after-school snack or great for adding to your meals for an extra boost! They’re super easy to make and are amazing in so many ways. It’s a super-kid-friendly recipe as well.

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PREP: 10 MINS  TOTAL TIME: 10 MINS  YIELD: MAKES 16

All you need to make these easy banana desserts are:

INGREDIENTS:

1 or 2 bananas ripe but firm
1/3 cup chocolate chips /or chocolate melted
12 lollipop sticks
Toppings: I used multicolor sprinkles and red and silver sprinkles and coconut flakes. I think chopped nuts or crushed graham crackers would be yummy, too!picsart_12-06-081672528907.jpg

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1.  Peel and slice bananas into thick slices.
  2. Melt chocolate in microwave until soft. (This took me two 45 sec shots.)
  3. Place a lollipop stick in each banana slice.
  4. Dip banana slices into melted chocolate and sprinkle with the desired topping.1512530416569
  5. Place dipped banana slices on wax paper and freeze until hardened (about 2 hours).

Enjoy!

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CELEBRATING 200TH POST WITH EGGLESS VANILLA SURPRISE INSIDE CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE TOPPERS

I’m super excited today for, it’s my 200 th post.When it comes to celebration I always prefer baking cakes.I had so many recipes on my list for my 200th post but finally chose this cake.1511533632598.jpg

For Astha’s Kitchen 200th post, I’d like to direct the attention to my chose this post dedicated to everyone and anyone who has stopped by to say hello on my little internet space.

I started this blog without much of ambition but just to share few simple culinary creations of mine. I didn’t have the rarest idea where it would take me!Previously my photos were not good but slowly I learned how to improve, still, I have to improve a lot. When someone appreciates my works that gives me so much of energy to work on my next post, and today I am posting my 200th recipe. This is really a big achievement for me.

Now after completing the journey of 200 posts, I just can’t describe how I am feeling inside. It has been an amazing journey so far and I still have a very long way to go!

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If I am truly honest with you, I never ever want this journey to end!
The journey by far has been the most amazing one, the blog has given me everything I could have ever desired for.
This blog has gifted an entire world to me.
I hope to continue to learn more about blogging and to keep creating new content for my blog.  I’m excited to see what the future holds for Astha’s Kitchen.

Thank you so much…do keep supporting and visit my space n share your thoughts…I should also thank you, My lovable Husband, Tarun and my adorable daughters Nirali &Niyati for their help n encouragement…they never get bored or tried to taste my newly tried recipes.

Every now and then, you email, tweet, message, or post photos of my recipes that you have made yourself. I can’t tell you how HAPPY it makes me see that my recipes are being made by you!  It’s truly the reason why I love blogging so much – to share my love for cooking with others.
My dear readers! Thank you for being there and motivate me to reach this milestone today! It could not have been possible without your encouragement and appreciation and I can’t thank you enough for this!

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I am so excited about this and so stretched the write up ‘a bit'(lol!)

Now, let’s start my cake Recipe with you all.Hope you all like it.

INGREDIENTS :
Malai  1 cup
Sugar 1 cup
Refined flour (maida) 2cups
Milk powder 1 cup
Baking soda a 3/4spoon
Baking powder 1 1/2 teaspoon
Salt to taste
Milk 1 cup
Vanilla essence 1/2 tsp
lemon juice 1 Tsp
1and 1/2tsp curd
Red food color 3,4 drops
edible sketch pan
cookie cutter

For Decoration :
whipped cream
Red fondant
dark chocolate 1/2 cup
sate sticks
heart shaped sprinkles

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C.
  2. Combine the malai and sugar lemon juice and curd in a bowl and whisk well.
    Keep aside.
  3. Combine the plain flour, baking powder and baking soda and sieve 2-3 times and keep aside.
  4. Add the milk and milk powder and maida mixture to the malai gradually and keep stirring.1511520332133
  5. Gradually and alternatively finish the mixture and keep stirring.
  6. The mixture should be of the pouring consistency.
  7. Now add the vanilla essence and lightly stir again once.
  8. Grease the cake mold and sprinkle little maida into it.
  9. Divide batter into 2 equal portions.
  10. Take one portion and add red color.1511520531003

For making the red cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease a loaf pan preferably a 9inch.
  2. Pour red batter into the loaf tin and bake for about 40-45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.1511520642009
  3. Cool in tin for 10 minutes, invert on the wire rack and cool further.
  4. Put this cake in the fridge on cooling for few minutes to minimise crumbs when we cut into it later
  5. When sufficiently cooled, just before starting the white vanilla cake, slice the red loaf in 200.
  6. For this, I used edible sketch pen for making a 2 and cookie cutter for zero.

For White vanilla cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees and grease the loaf tin.
  2. Pour 1/3 batter into the loaf tin and smooth out with a spatula.
  3. Arrange 200’s  shape over the 1/3 batter in the tin.
  4. Pour the remaining cake batter around and over these 200 shape to have them completely covered.1511520727476
  5. Bake for 40-45 minute until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  6. Cool cake completely before slicing with a sharp knife

DECORATION:

  1. first, apply whipped cream all over the cake.
  2. then cover with red colored fondant here’s the link How To Cover Cake With Fondant
  3. take some whipped cream into a piping bag using star Nozal and make a border around the cake …

Chocolate toppers…

  1. put some melted chocolate into the piping bag .draw 200 design on butter paper and trace with chocolate.
  2. Attach it with the help of a stick on the cake.
  3. Put some edible hearts on it.1511520892794

taddaaaaaaa  the cake is ready …
when my daughters cut it they were flabbergasted to see the cake with 200 inside
woahhh!

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EGGLESS REDVELVET CUPCAKES WITH CHOCOLATE TOPPERS

When life gives you many reasons to celebrate…..smile, pray and make a SWEET.PicsArt_10-15-11.29.28.jpg

Diwali is coming and so I remain very busy with the preparations. It is quite a tiring task with all the Deepawali cleaning, blog writing, cooking, shopping, get-togethers, and much more.In all these tiring tasks baking acts as a stress buster for me …
So, I made these red velvet Diwali special cupcakes with chocolate toppers.PicsArt_10-15-12.20.11.jpg

This makes 1 cake or 14 regular cupcakes or 30 mini cupcakes.Kids enjoyed the cupcakes.

Kids enjoyed the cupcakes.
You all can make for(maybe) a Diwali party or get together
Enjoy and a very happy Diwali.

 

Recipe courtesy …vibha bhutada

INGREDIENTS:
1 and a half cup Maida
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp red food color
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp baking powder
Half tsp baking soda
A pinch of salt
1 cup milk (warm)
1 tbsp vinegar
1/3rd cup melted butter or oil
2 tsp vanilla essence

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix the milk with vinegar and keep aside for 5 minutes. The milk will curdle to form buttermilk. This makes the cake spongy.1508001766867
  3. In a mixing bowl sieve all the dry ingredients together – maida, sugar, red food color, cocoa powder, salt, baking powder and baking soda.Mix them well.1508001855107
  4. Separately whisk the wet ingredients – prepared buttermilk, melted butter or oil, and vanilla essence.1508001926838
  5. Add it to the dry ingredients and mix well with a spatula till there are no lumps. You can add more sugar according to your preference.1508002001473
  6.  Now pour the batter into a cupcake mold and bake at 180°C for about 20 minutes or until done. Remove and cool

DECORATION:

  1. melt white chocolate.
  2. put in 2  separate bowls and add blue and orange color .
  3. Draw diya designs on a butter paper, use the piping bag filled with chocolate and trace diya designs.1508002086202
  4. decorate with sprinkles. your chocolate diyas are ready …
  5. make some swirl on the top of the cupcake and put this chocolate diyas.

cupcakes ready to enjoy…HAPPY DIWALIPicsArt_10-15-09.37.11.jpg

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KHAJUR & CHOCOLATE OATS LADDOO

This is a very healthy and delicious snack prepared with oats, nuts, and dates.1507396232824.jpg

I made these simple and healthy dates and oats laddu for Diwali .just roast, grind and mix all the ingredients and yummy and delicious laddu’s are ready to offer..

It can be prepared with sugar or jaggery and not much of ghee is needed and it is optional. They are non-sticky while you hold on and slightly chewy and taste good. They can be made absolutely fat free or vegan by eliminating the ghee.

So, from this year, one more item is added to my list of festival sweets. Let’s celebrate Diwali with these soft ladoos.

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Prep Time: 10-15 minutes

Cook time: 6-10 minutes

serve:4

 

INGREDIENTS :

Dates pitted and chopped 10-12
Cocoa powder 2-3 tablespoons
Oats 1 cup
Ghee 2 tablespoons
Walnuts chopped 1/2 cup
Green cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon
Jaggery (Gur) grated 3/4-1 cup
poppy seeds roasted 1tbsp

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INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat ghee in a non-stick pan. Add walnuts, mix and sauté till golden. Reduce heat, add oats and sauté for a minute.1507395403328
  2. Add dates, cardamom powder, mix and cook till dates soften. Add jaggery, mix and cook till it melts on low heat.1507395515760
  3. Transfer the dates-oats mixture in a bowl and mix. Add cocoa powder, mix and cool.
  4. Divide the mixture into equal portions and shape them into laddoos, and roll in poppy seeds.1507395587521
  5. Serving suggestions-For breakfast, dessert, and good as a travel food too
  6. Serve.1507396151074.jpg

 

NOTES:

  • You can also use almonds, walnuts or any other nuts of your choice.
  •  Adjust the quantity of dates according to your taste.

 

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PANEER KHEER 

one more quick sweet dessert recipe of kheer, that can be made for Navratri, Dussehra, and Diwali.1506327292494

I tasted this dish first at my aunt’s (Kalpana Bhandari) place in a get-together party ..she is one of my best mentors and guides in my cooking journey.

When I  was Invited for a show on IBC 24 a new channel named swad ki rasoi for sharing my Navratri special recipes, I click this recipe for vrat.here’s the link to my show swad ki rasoi
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This is a quick recipe of kheer as you really don’t have to wait for hours to thicken the milk as this is the recipe of kheer with condensed milk which combined with paneer takes very less time to make thick and creamy kheer.
The paneer kheer has been flavored with cardamom powder, saffron.always use fresh milk while making this kheer.   The recipe tastes somewhat like rasmalai with soft succulent crumbled paneer in flavored & sweetened milk.

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ME WITH MY KHEER

Course: dessert
Prep. Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:35 minutes
Passive Time: 30 minutes
Servings:4

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups milk full-fat whole. 500 ml
100 g condensed milk
½ cup paneer /cottage cheese crumbled, 50 gms of chenna or
8 – 10 strands saffron
1 tbsp sugar
3 to 4 cardamoms green
3 tbsps nuts Mixed (cashew nut, almond, walnut) chopped
Pomegranate pearls for decoration

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Take milk in a thick bottomed pan and bring it to a boil on slow heat.PicsArt_09-25-12.29.42
  2. When the milk starts to a boil, lower the heat to lowest and cook it till it starts to thicken up.
  3. Crumble the paneer and keep aside.
  4. Now to the thick milk add condensed milk and one tablespoon of sugar.
  5. Add crumbled paneer at this stage and cook it for 4-5 minutes over low heat. Keep stirring to prevent the milk from burning at the bottom.
  6. Finally, add pounded cardamom and switch off the heat.
  7. Serve this paneer ki kheer warm or chilled as you prefer. We usually chill it for 30-40 minutes in the fridge and serve it garnished with saffron strands and chopped nuts.
  8. Serve paneer kheer hot, warm or chilled .we prefer the kheer to be chilled.The kheer can be had plain and they also taste good with pooris.While serving you can garnish the kheer with chopped dry fruits and fruits.
  9. the kheer can be had plain and they also taste good with pooris.While serving you can garnish the kheer with chopped dry fruits and fruits.
  10. If you decide to make the paneer ki kheer, always try to use fresh milk and paneer, I can’t stress on these enough. In fact, any dessert if you make with fresh milk comes out much tastier.

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MOTICHOOR CAKE (INFUSED WITH ROSE FLAVOUR )

Its base has a Rose and cardamom flavor. It is layered with motichoor and cream and topped with motichoor laddoos. PicsArt_09-15-06.36.10

I made this cake for the birthday of my daughter’s friend. Nowadays all her friends demand cake from my kitchen as a birthday gift.

I feel happy to bake for her friends  ..she describes the choice of her friends. This time she said, her friend loves ladoo, hence I made this fusion cake …

everyone liked and appreciate it. This laddo cake idea was super hit in her party.

For this recipe, I used my fav eggless malai vanilla cake idea.I replaced vanilla with rose and cardamom powder.

I got this idea from my facebook group.Thanks, Deeksha Pathak ji for this wonderful idea.

 

INGREDIENTS :

Malai  1/2 cup
Sugar 1/2cup
Refined flour (maida) 1cup
Milk powder 1/2 cup
Baking soda a 1/2
Baking powder 3/4tsp
Salt to taste
Milk 1/2cup
lemon juice 1/2tsp
1tbsp curd
Rose essence (for flavor) 1/2tsp
Cardamom powder 1tsp
Motichoor ladoo 500 gm
Whipped cream, tutti fruity

 

INSTRUCTIONS :

  1. Preheat the oven at 180°C.
  2. Keep your baking tin ready by greasing and dusting. (I used 6inch tin )
  3. Combine the malai and sugar lemon juice and curd in a bowl and whisk well.Keep aside.
  4. Combine the plain flour, baking powder and baking soda and sieve 2-3 times and keep aside.1505441638174-1
  5. Add the milk and milk powder and maida mixture to the malai gradually and keep stirring.1505441472045
  6. Gradually and alternatively finish the mixture and keep stirring.
  7. The mixture should be of the pouring consistency.
  8. Now add the rose essence and lightly stir again once.
  9. Grease the cake mold and sprinkle little maida into it.
  10. Pour the batter into it and bake in a pre-heated cooker or oven for40-45 minutes.
  11. After 5/10 minutes shift the cake on a cooling rack.1505441590533
  12. Once the cake is completely cooled down, wrap it in cling wrap and keep in the fridge for one hour.1505443369800-1
  13. Prepare whipping cream.(You may add color and saffron )
  14. Take out the cake from the fridge,  cut the layers, soak with sugar syrup and cardamom powder and cream with1505443587300 sprinkle crushed boondi laddoo.
  15. Do crumb coat for the whole cake and again on the sides of the cake apply boondi.
  16. On top, in the middle put some ladoos and make whipping cream roses all around. Or you can go with your choice of decoration.
  17. Enjoy this Indo western fusion cake with beautiful flavors of rose. PicsArt_09-15-06.37.11

 

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