The word “Comfort Food” conjures up images ( at least to me) of paruppu saadham with ghee, roast urulai kizhangu (potato) curry, spicy and tangy milagu (pepper) rasam, of course thayir saadham a.k.a thachi mammu (curd rice) with avakkai and on the other side of the world, fried mac and cheese (YUMM), brownies (yummo-yumm), a veggie-cheese omlette from Denny’s, and Italian -pasta, pizza, lasagna, soup…………..anything, I am game.
Of course comfort food is usually pretty easy to make, has oodles of fat (hence tastes sooper delish) and is also typically for days when you are down or sick or just want to eat something that reminds you of home. But as a mom of 2 active, energetic and growing-so-fast-that-they-outgrow-their-pants-everyday boys, i am constantly looking for creative, comfort(y) yet healthy (READ: NOT JUNKY but should look JUNKY 🙂 options.
As it is they are not too fond of eating regular indian food for more than one meal and keep asking me to make something different, something that is not the regular fare…..and are always on the “What’s cooking?” mode. Instead of making it an uphill battle, i cook (and bake) stuff that they like and prefer but add my own twist to it to make it healthy (and I am the only one aware of it..hehe). And of course, I hope to start and create my own traditions and memories for my boys!
For dinner tonight, i made summer pasta, loaded with veggies – light, tasty and for the kids – added a bit more cheese to make it cheesy and for dessert, i made choco-banana brownies. I had ripe bananas and the kids did not want to eat it so i was toying with the idea of making banana bread. A quick rummage thro my pantry confirmed that i did not have all the ingredients to make BB…LO! Behold, there was cocoa powder to my rescue, hence decided to make chocolate brownies with bananas. The kids loved it and are taking it to school tomorrow as a snack. Even w/o the bananas, this brownie is healthy as i substitute the all-purpose flour with wheat flour. Try it, it tastes really good.
Recipe for Yummolicous Choco-Banana Brownie/Cake/Cupcakes
Eggs – 2 (for those who like eggless, substitute the eggs with yogurt: 1/4 cup yogurt=1 egg or flaxseed meal – 1 sachet = 1 egg). TIP: Mix the flaxseed meal in hot mik (use the 1/2 cup in this recipe) to avoid clumpy flaxseed meal in your brownie/cake afterward
Wheat flour – 1 cup
Sugar/Brown sugar – 1 cup (I don’t like my desserts really sweet, so I use 3/4 cup)
Milk – 1/2 cup
Cocoa powder – 1/2 cup
Vannila essence – 1 tsp
Oil – 1/2 cup
Baking soda and baking powder – 1 tsp
Bananas – 3 small or 2 big, ripe
Toppings: I usually use dried cranberries/raisins/any-kind-of-berry. You can use anything.
- Preheat the oven @ 180 C.
- Combine the dry ingredients.
- Mash the ripe bananas and add the oil, milk and eggs to it. TIP: you can add crushed walnuts/almonds too
- Fold the dry ingredients with the banana-oil-milk-egg mixture.
- Pour the mixture into a baking pan/ muffin pan and bake for 30 minutes or till done@ 180 C.
- Use a toothpick to check if it is baked through.
- Optional: dust powdered sugar on top.
- Cut into squares and ENJOY!
Most vegetables are something God invented to let women get even with their children ~ Unknown