We use Cumin (Jeera) for almost all indian food – curries, gravy, stuffed chapattis, rice mixes etc, but I never learned the power of cumin until one day, I read this article. I was looking for a cure for a hair growth & heat boils on my skin, and suddenly read that the little spice is filled with iron, vitamin E & C; and is an anti-carcinogenic, antibacterial & antioxidant agent because of other ingredients found in it. It also has properties that cool & clear the system.

Here’s how I have started using Cumin:

  • Cumin Tea: Boil 4 cups of water with 2 TSP of Cumin seeds; Drink hot, warm or cool throughout the day.
  • Cumin Infused water: Add 2 TSP of Cumin seeds in 1 Liter of water and let it soak overnight. As you drink up the water, you can refill the bottle for unto 2 days.
  • Cumin infused Oil: Add 1 TSP of ground Cumin seeds in 2 TBSP of Coconut Oil & use on Hair, Face & Body for an Anti-bacterial rub & wash off after 20 min
  • Cumin Pack: Add 1 TSP of ground Cumin seeds with water to apply on Wounds / Bruises & Cuts to speed the healing process
  • Of course in Jeera Rice/Pulao, Jeera Daal, Jeera Powder, Jeera Lassi etc.

Banana Dosa

shhhh (Dakshin Copycat Recipe)

This recipe is inspired by Park Sheraton Dakshin’s famous Banana Dosa, and is from my mom. My daughters love this as a snack or dinner. This is also one of my favorite “office-snacks”. These little dosas can be refrigerated and warmed up in the microwave before serving.

What you need:

  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Cup Wheat Flour
  • 1 TBSP Rice Flour
  • 1 Pinch Cardamom Powder
  • ½ cup Jaggery/Sugar
  • Coconut Flakes/Bits – 3 TBSP (Optional)
  • 1 ½ to 2 Cups Water
  • Butter/Ghee/Oil for pan frying

Here’s how the cute lil banana dosas are made:

  1. Boil the Sugar/Jaggery with ½ cup water. Keep aside to cool once it comes to a rolling boil. Strain into a mixing bowl
  2. Add to the mixing bowl: mashed banana, wheat flour, rice flour, cardamom powder
  3. Mix remaining water to make a batter (pan-cake batter consistency)
  4. Heat a pan and add a little butter/oil/ghee
  5. Drop 1 spoon of batter onto the pan. Turn & cook the other side till brown. Add a little more butter/oil/ghee for extra yum!