It was a a misty morning today. I had been for my morning walk down the lanes nearby, and I could see the dew hang heavily on the leaves..so heavy, they looked like giant drops of water....It seems this type of dew are called kanneerthullikal(tear drops)The kids had a grand time, plucking the kanneerthullikal and rubbing them against their face and arms..leaving a sticky wet trail behind.
The rains have gone..and it’s spring in Kerala now. There’s a lovely cool breeze blowing all the time..so lovely that I insist on throwing open all the doors and windows to let it flow throughout the house….( N goes around locking all doors as I open them…grumbling about security problems……my! He is so grouchy in the mornings….misty morning or cool breeze be damned!! )
Walking into my kitchen..I notice that the bananas have become too ripe to be eaten…hmm….waste..waste…I hate wasting food…Eureka!!
This is a traditional malabari cake which is unbelievably soft ..tasty..and easy to make too!! You should use big yellow coloured bananas for this , and if you don’t like the taste of rose in your cakes, just add vanilla essence instead…but, be warned…adding rose water will retain the true malabari taste and smell..


Banana 4(chopped)
Eggs 8
Maida 4 tbsp
Sugar 4 tbsp
Soda bicarb 2 tsp
Nuts and raisins 1 tbsp
Ghee 4 tbsp
Cardamom 6
(remove husk and powder the seeds inside)
Salt a tiny pinch
Rose water 2 tsp


1. Saute bananas in ghee till golden an colour.
2. Add nuts and raisins . Saute for half a minute, keep aside.
3. Beat eggs and sugar till light and frothy.
4. Add maida and soda powder. Beat again.
5. Add cardamom and rosewater, beat again well.
6. Fold in the bananas gently, and bake till done. (15 to 20 minutes)
7. Serve hot .

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