I know this comes late but I still have to thank my wonderful readers, family and friends for the marvellous support and kind wishes that you sent me on the 29th of April. I knew my article was coming up, but never did I fathom the love and fame that was to follow. I felt like a superstar who broke all box office records :-).

The week before the article, I received a call from Ismat from Times Life, saying she’d love to interview me along with a couple of very talented food bloggers. I was already jumping with excitement, cuz being featured in Times Life is big !

The day arrived and we planned to meet at Maria’s house. Walked into her lovely  terrace house and met Anuja, our photographer for the day from Times Life. Just as we got started on discussing what Ismat had planned for us, in walked Kalyan. The very sweet gentleman who is the author of this fantastic blog called Finely Chopped. Truth be told I had never read either of the blogs earlier and I cannot thank Ismat enough for bringing us together. Maria is one of the sweetest people I’ve met. Bubbly, chirpy, full of life and great wisdom. A super talented mom and gypsy at heart. She writes a blog called Eat,Love,Dance,Pray,Laugh n Hug.

We had all prepared something from home and brought it along for the shoot. Since we just needed stills for the paper it only made sense to do that. Kalyan had prepared a delightful Pesto Pomfret and Tandoori chicken. I fell in love with it, cuz I’ve only had/made pomfret Indian or Cantonese style. The pesto was perfect and the fish tasted wonderful even at room temperature. The tandoori chicken was laced with sumac, which I think was brilliant. Maria had grilled some chicken with whole garlic pods (which are my absolute favorite) and some vegetables. I’m glad she did those, cuz all of us had made meat. And the show stopper for the evening was the most amazing, creamy n soft Red Velvet Cake. One bite of that and I was in cake heaven. I brought along my favorite Bang Bang Chicken and some Chocolate, Banana, Piatachios n Coconut Muffins.

We sat around for a while, plates all set up for the shoot, chatting away and posing, and soon as we were done which was about 6-6:30ish in the evening we starting picking on the food. It was too early for dinner but food so delicious and irresistible and company lovely, before we knew it we laughing and sharing tips, talking about everything from food to kids and Bollywood. We had such a blast. It was wonderful evening and am so glad I got to meet such talented fellow bloggers.

Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pistachios and Coconut

  • 125g unsalted butter, melted
  • 165g caster sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas, roughly chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 250 g self-raising flour, sifted
  • 50 gms ground pistachios
  • 45g desiccated coconut
  • 100g dark chocolate chips
  • Icing sugar, to dust

Preheat oven to 200°C . I used silicon muffin cases, but the 6 0r 12 muffin mold is fine too. Process butter, caster sugar, banana, eggs and vanilla in a food processor until well combined. Place flour, pistachios,coconut and chocolate in a large bowl, then fold in banana mixture. Working in batches, place dessertspoons of mixture into the molds . Bake for 15 minutes or until risen and golden. Cool slightly in pan, then turn out onto a rack to cool completely. Repeat with remaining batter. Serve dusted with icing sugar.

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Comment :

I can vouch for those muffins. Wish i wasn’t a sweet gentleman and had picked some for home instead. Though thanks for packing the bang bang chicken for dinner. It was really wonderful meeting Maria, Anuja and you Kajal and interacting with Ismat….and yeah I had no idea how big this would turn out to be 🙂


Hahaha Kalyan you are mot welcome and i’ll bake you batch whenever you want ! And I’ll still think of you as a sweet gentleman 🙂

Congrats on the article – go you! Oh and those muffins look AMAZING.

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