Thursday, December 1, 2011



Santosh Bangar is a Punjabi lady residing in New
 Delhi, India. A lawyer by profession, Santosh has always been interested in cooking since her childhood days and experimented a lot on culinary recipes, to meet up with the “healthy food “criteria.  The dishes were then improvised and  the results will be a simple, light, easy to prepare healthy dishes- that surely brings smiles to many. She started her blog “Santosh’s kitchen” about a year ago, which has since, gained a lot of popularity internationally. Her mother was a great cook too.

Santosh feels that priority should be cooking Good and Healthy Food. There are a lot more health conscious nowadays . Her four favorite recipes are Dal-Baati, Choley bhature, Corn cake and Vegetarian egg and  Dates,walnut,banana cake(below)


Do visit Santosh’s kitchen at:


This cake is best made from food leftovers. I saw dates in my fridge, syrup of jaggery and some apples. I thought of making a cake from all these ingredients. I used them and the result is fabulous . You all can try it .It  tastes great and healthy.

wheat flour-1/1/2 cups
walnut-1/2 cup
dates syrup-or jaggery -1cup or according to sweetness
cinnamon powder-1/4 tsp
dry ginger-1/4 tsp
milk 1cup
oil-1/2 cup
baking soda-1 1/2 tsp
banana -1ripe  

Discard the seeds of dates and crushed in grinder. Mix dates in hot milk/sieve flour and baking soda. Now mix the all ingredients in milk and make a smooth paste. If It is thick add some more milk. Cut the banana into thin slices and mash it. Mix in the batter. Pour batter in baking dish. Bake in microwave for 7 minutes.
Jaggery  is a traditional unrefined non-centrifuga l whole cane sugar consumed in Asia, Sfrica, Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a concentrated product of cane juice. without separation of the molasses and crystals, and can vary from golden brown to dark brown in color. Jaggery is made  from the products of both sugarcane and the palm tree.
Garam masala  is a familiar name in Indian cooking ingredients. Garam ("hot", but not ‘hot’ in the same way as ‘chili hot’)) and masala ("mixture")) is a blend of ground spices . It is used alone or with other seasonings.
The composition of garam masala differs regionally across India in accordance to region and personal taste, The components of the mix are toasted, then ground together.
A typical Pakistani Punjabi version of garam masala is: (cinnamon is not a part of this)
·         black & white peppercorns
·         cloves
·         malabar leaves
·         mace blades
·         black & white cumin seeds
·         nutmeg
·         star anise
·         coriander seeds    
·         There are many variants: most traditional mixes use just cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and/ or mace, black pepper and green cardamom seed or black cardamom pods.
      The wet masala- Some recipes called for the spices to be ground with water, vinegar, coconut milk or other liquids, to make a paste. In some recipes, nuts, onion, or garlic may be added.
·         The dry masala- This has no liquid added-  The flavours are carefully blended to achieve a balanced effect, or a single flavor  emphasized. Usually a masala is toasted before use to release its flavours and aromas.  
Tips on Garam masala:   Add garam masala only after curry is cooked. This will retain the taste and color of vegetables used.
Garam masala can be used during cooking, but unlike many spices, it is often added at the end of cooking, so that the full aroma is not lost
Toast ingredients of garam masala before grinding them. This is to enhance their flavors and tastes. In rainy seasons, they are softer and thus easier to grind.


  1. I'm drooling looking at that eggless and sugarless cake. So healthy! The preparation doesn't take long. I like it!

  2. wow! Another treat for us Wan!:)Thanks for sharing us about Santosh Kitchen!looking at this walnuts, banana cake,egg less and sugar less cake makes me feel wowowowow!!!:)) healthy and so easy to prepare! I love this!:) Thanks Wan!

  3. Woo hoo! Another lawyer! Great post!

  4. Hello Wan wow! Love this cake. I can practically get the lovely, intoxicating spicy scent from where I am....
    The wondrous scent of the mysterious East, the land of dreams and romance, the mystic aura of India that captures our imaginations....
    My compliments to the lovely lady, Santosh Bangar.

    Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
    A recipe has no soul.
    You, as the cook, must bring soul to the recipe.
    Have a pleasant December, Wan, and keep a song in your heart.

  5. hi Wan thanks for making and presenting in such a nice way. ur presention is fantastic. again thanks u feel me homoured to guest me in ur blog.

  6. Delicious treat,looks absolutley delicious..healthy one

  7. wonderful guest post from Santhosh..cake looks healthy n yummy !! nice reading abt garam masala..

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  9. grrrrr..a yummy treat for my starving tummy..I have always loved banana cake Wan..specially when it is moist and soft..wahhhhhh..I want to have one..the last time I baked banana cake was when I was in College..

    Can I have a slice..ok it is not your recipe I'm taking from you a banana instead..oh two for my hon weeeeee..*running* ;)

  10. Hi balqis, thanks for coming and liking my special guest post.. you sure like the healthy yet delicious cake

  11. hi Lee, thank you for the lovely comments and for liking Santosh's healthy delicious cake..
    We from the oriental has so many fragrant condiments and spices to flavor our food, that can appeal any palate and please the eye.
    have a great week end, enjoy the snow..

  12. Great healthy recipe...You have very interesting guests!

  13. ths guest post s really ur trademark....woweee im super happy abt ths receipe...

    and plz pop into my passed ur heart locket award...sorry 4r the delay...and im extremely thankful 2 u and feeln pride that i got ths 4rm a eminent person like u sooo mch....

  14. This is really healthy esp for those with diabetes etc, those fruits included are themselves sweet.

    This garam masala - As I see this mentioned in many cookings, I often peep around supermarket shelves looking for ready-made mix packets or bottles, never seem to find any so far!

  15. Hi saggitarrian, thanks for coming dear, I visited you twice, but you have no new posts, may be now you do, I’ll go over, yes, I know you will love this healthy, delicious and easy to prepare cake from santosh.

  16. Hi yummy chunklet, now I know who is the real chunklet- ha ha. All the while, you never missed any of my post and I really appreciate that.

    Thank you so much for your visit and comment..hey, you must be a lawyer too, like santosh. Have a great weekend.

  17. Hi santosh, thanks for coming over, so nice to see you, your delicious and healthy cake is very popular over here. Thanks so much for doing this guest post for me, I honor that from you. Have a wonderful weekend

  18. Hi suja, thank for your visit, yes, absolutely delicious..santosh did a great recipe, a very healthy one. Have a nice day

  19. Hi sobha, thanks for coming and for liking santosh’s guest post here, as always, have a nice day to you dear.

  20. hi julie, thanks for your visit and comment, any snow yet? have a great weekend

  21. Hi IBG, wow you really enjoy designing huh. thanks for your visit. have a great weekend

  22. Hi sie, next time you come over, whatever my guest cooks, you can take all back problem, save you from cooking...thanks a lot dear for coming, will see you soon,, have a great weekend.
    take great care of your health dear..hi to QA for me..TQ

  23. hi jasna, many thanks for your visit and glad you like santosh's healthy and delicious cake. have a nice weekend.

  24. hi nisha, many tahnks for the award..and yes, guest blogging is my trademark. have a great weekend

  25. hi katrina, thanks for coming over, i remembered you wanted to byt garam masala, and they suggested i look it up at the spice shops..haa how ignorant i was then,only now i know what is meant by garam masala. have a great weekend.

  26. thanks to santosh for sharing this sugarless and eggless banana cake! i'm sure this will taste just as good as the usual banana cakes with eggs and sugar. Garam masala.. i hv a packet at idea yet what to cook with it..

  27. Lovely post & an even yummier cake!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  28. Very nice of experiments Santosh, experiments invent new things. Your blog is also well designed and Wan has a well presentation for that reciepe.

    Garam Masala reminds me of my Aunts Biryani, when we eat that biryani smoke starts from ours ears. :)

  29. hi lena, thanks for coming over, yes, santosh's walnut banana cake is very popular from what i see in her blog.You are the only one i know who has a packet of garam masala. my friend katrina above has always been looking for this, wonder where you bought it. have a nice weekend

  30. Hi Prathima, many thanks for visiting, and commenting, have a nice week end.

  31. hi sarang mangi, thanks for the visit and comments.. the garam masala and briyani? ha ha
    have a great week end.

  32. wah! that cake look delicious.... and now I know masala only at the end of cooking... thanks for info.

  33. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  34. hi cindyrina, how are you dear, thanks for coming, welcome to try santosh's cake..have a great weekend

  35. hi kalyan, glad you came and thanks for liking this cake from santosh, have a great weekend, will visit you soon

  36. Thanks for visit. For your question on my blog, here is answer:
    That smoke goes to sky and form clouds and then those clouds go to your city and starts raining.

    My answer is not funny but it is scientific indeed.

  37. I have to agree that the cake is fabulous as santosh has described it, simply tempting.

    Lovely sharing on the garam masala though I buy the ready made ones for convenient sake.

  38. hi nava, many thanks for your visit and comments, welcome to try santosh's recipe have a nice week.

  39. hi Wan
    i will thank to all who visited here and give their vaueable comment
    i am thankful to u that u publish my post in such a nice way, presentation is fabulous i will always present for u .i feel honoured.

  40. hi sarang mangi, noted with many thanks

  41. Interesting combination of ingredients in the making of this cake.