The Family Feast

The family lunch get-together was a blast with a lot of catching up! The children were running around and bugging my brother to allow them to play on the Wii! We had some family friends randomly drop by later on during the day aswell. πŸ™‚

We had a variety of different foods for lunch. For the most part, the dishes were mainly South Indian. My Mom put a lot of hard work into this, she certainly goes all out when guests come over!! πŸ™‚ I made the paneer masala, a North Indian dish.

The dishes were:

Onion pakora/fritters (with coriander chutney),Β bisibela bath (south indian rice with lentils), curd/yogurt rice, radish kootu (gravy), chappati/roti, vegan mango salad, paneer masala, papadam (crunchy chips like thing).

For dessert, we had chocolate chip banana cake & fruits.Β  Which went well with masala chai (tea) or freshly brewed coffee!


I used this website to help me out with the cake (vegetarian & not vegan):

But I tweeked the ingredients a bit & added chocolate chips:

Chocolate chip Banana Cake

(Feeds 10 people, 1-2 slices each)

3 cups all-purpose flour (D)
1 cup powdered sugar (D)
2 teaspoons baking powder (D)
1 teaspoon baking soda (D)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt (D)
1 tsp cinnamon (D)
1/2 cup melted unsalted butter (W)
8 ripe bananas mushed in the blender (W)
1/2 cup 2% low fat cow’s milk (W)
3 tablespoons distilled white vinegar (W)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (W)
1/2 cup Chipits chocolate chips (D)

(not shown here is the vinegar, salt, vanilla extract)

I blended the bananas (W). Threw in all the wet ingredients together (W). Dry ingredients together (D). Finally mixed both & baked for 40 mins. Test with a toothpick in the centre to see if it’s ready.

I did not make chocolate frosting because the cake was already perfectly sweet! It was delicious with some coffee / tea!


As for the paneer masala, I’ll leave you with a little picture πŸ™‚

I still have to perfect this recipe before I post it up. Was not up to my standards taste-wise, but it certainly did look pretty!

All in all, a wonderful Sunday! I was reminded of how thankful I am for all the family, love, delicious food & coffee I have in my life!

Now excuse me while I go enjoy another little piece. πŸ™‚ ❀



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4 responses to “The Family Feast

  1. Elizabeth

    Why hello there..I am a single brit living in your side of the world. I must say you have a beautiful blog here and your writing is absolutely delightful. Please do continue to regularly update your blog. I look forward to trying out recipes whenever I get a chance. Take care luv πŸ™‚

    • V & V

      Elizabeth, why thank you for your kind compliments πŸ™‚ I will do my best in regularly updating my blog! Please do try the banana cake out, it’s simply marvelous!
      P.S. – I read your comment in a British accent in my head πŸ˜‰

  2. What a wonderful family gathering it sounds like it was. I love your banana cake too — looks and sounds amazing. I agree– frosting would have been too much and mask the nice flavor of the banana. πŸ™‚

    • Vidya

      Agreed! The frosting would have been way too much! The banana flavour in this cake was simply amazing and perfectly sweet enough!

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