Category Archives: Baking


whole wheat banana crumb muffins-002

So all that thing of me being allergic to bananas- it doesn’t hold anymore.

Im sure you must be wondering what I am talking about- so for the uninitiated for a while I thought I was allergic to bananas because every time I ate them or had them in cakes or muffins or smoothies I would get a pain in my stomach. Like a really bad pain. But for the past couple of months I have been eating bananas and have noticed no cramps or any other problem. Maybe it was something with US bananas, because odd as it may sound, the problem only persisted when I was in the US. Here in India I have been eating bananas with no such problem. And with that issue gone, it was only a matter of time when I would end up baking with black, rotten looking bananas.

And these banana crumb muffins happened.

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Bread Rolls The Novice Housewife

A few weeks back Hetal from the beautiful blog Pretty Polymath asked me if I would be interested in doing a guest post for her series on favorite childhood food.

I thought the idea was brilliant and it gave me the opportunity to revisit one of my favorite childhood food that had somehow lost to healthier breakfast options. My mom’s recipe for bread rolls.

Growing up, we mostly ate healthy. Not much of fried stuff. My mom never even cooked maggi for us telling us it was bad for our brain. Of course, I was not too happy with that. We hardly ate junk, and hardly ate out. My mom would bake for us though- cakes, cookies, madeleines. And sometimes these fried bread rolls. Actually, these fried bread rolls featured quite a lot. I was a picky eater growing up and this was one of the few things I would eat happily and without cribbing.

Bread Rolls The Novice Housewife

The concept of a bread roll (not to be confused with dinner rolls) is pretty simple. Bread rolls are pieces of wet bread that is wrapped around a spicy mashed potato filling and then deep fried. If you think they sound good, wait till you try them. They taste amazing ! Kind of like a samosa, minus the rolling of the pastry dough, filling, shaping, and all that jazz.

There really isn’t much to the recipe and can be adapted to make different versions, and besides breakfast they are great as tea time snacks as well.

For the recipe for these bread rolls, please head on over to Pretty Polymath.

And also do check her blog for other bloggers sharing their favorite childhood recipes which include rice dumpling recipe, carrot-cabbage stir fry, Goli Baje and Hetal’s bottle gourd dumplings recipe.

Bread Rolls The Novice Housewife

Click here for the recipe for bread rolls. 

Nutella Crepe Cake | The Novice Housewife

Nutella Crepe Cake | The Novice Housewife

Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Yup it happens. And lately its been happening quite a lot.

While more often than not I share recipes that have worked, I have shared my failures on the blog as well. Carrot cake truffles, macaron cake – cases in point. And today I will share another one.

This crepe cake with nutella frosting.

An utter failure and waste of delicious nutella buttercream frosting.

Well……not an utter failure because it still found a way into our stomach. We as a family hardly ever waste food. And so we still ate it. Only difference is we did not relish it.

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