Eggless Chocolate Oatmeal Muffin and Eggless Banana Muffin…. a visit to a sacred city, Ujjain

chocolate and oats muffins

Welcome to our foodie trip! If you have a huge appetite like we all have  then you are most welcome with us.

eggles banana muffin

We packed healthy lunch and dinner in our bag like chapatti, aloo ki sabji, karela, pickles, salads, fruits, buttermilk, flavored milk, healthy cakes and  some non healthy items too, to make kids happy like chips, juices and sweets.  To stuff us more my brother  always made sure to pick something or the other food item from every station we halted.

Mango kalakand

After filling our tummy to the fullest we reached  Ujjain. There, we first paid visit to the most famous Mahakal Temple. We prayed in front of the Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga, which we have only heard or read before. There, we learnt that it is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga shrines to the god Shiva.

This city of temples has one more story attached, it is said that during the struggle between the demigods and demons during Sagar Manthan (churning of ocean to discover a pot of nectar of immortality), a drop of nectar spilled and fell on Ujjain.  That makes this city sacred. The very famous Kumbh Mela too hold over there.

After visiting the various temples, hunger strikes again so we continued our food journey with a  very famous dish of Ujjain – chidwa,  which you can  found on every food shop. But all our excitement turns into a disappointment, once we took a bite, as it was prepared in a very unusual way with no mustard seeds, no curry leaves, no potato and onion instead it had a bit of sweetness to it.

In search of some spicy food, we ordered kachori and it was so soft to eat that we  all ended up eating lots of them.    We top off  our this pleasant breakfast with sweet creamy lassi.

As we explored more, we found a bakery  and there  what catches my utmost attention was Italian biscotti,  which was baked to perfection.

italian biscotti

We picked some breads, cookies and patties from there.

cookies

Just next to the bakery shop  there was a sweet shop, where I found the best looking mithaies I  have ever seen in my life, much much better than  I see   in metro cities, unfortunately I could not click any photos.  From there picturesque sweet shop, I picked some mango kalakand served in this beautiful kulads.

Mango kalakand
For dinner, we went to  chaupati(where various food stalls were lined up in a row) and there we found the best and most spicy food of our liking like paav bhajji, pizza, chole bhature etc. Just opposite, there was an ice cream parlour with lots of options to choose from, kids selected their favorite flavor.

We saved the best of Ujjain for last, the piping hot milk served with layers of cream, served with nuts.
milk with cream
Other than food trip we, for the very first time took a ride on double decker train which runs from Ujjain to Bhophal.

Double decker train

To satisfy our hunger pangs during our this train journey, my father brought a bag full of kachori, chidwa, samosa and aloo bonda.

view from train

When we were enjoying our this trip to the hilt, kids too didn’t leave any chance to have fun.  They had a wonderful time and they all badly wanted this trip to be extended for few more days. My father promised them that he will organize more such trips very soon.

In the end, I would like to thanks my father for organizing such a wonderful trip which will stay in my heart forever.

fun time

The day we left was Dussehra, so I didn’t use eggs in  my baking.   I baked these muffins during the same day, knowing that we have to leave early, that resulted in an imperfect top.  Though they were delicious to eat  but look wise I could not do justice to the recipe I suppose.  I made  a few changes in the original recipe like I added more sugar and added some milk to give them  a consistency of a cake.

pureed bananas

Recipe adapted from Vegrecipesofindia

Ingredients

  • 4 medium bananas, pureed
  • 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • a pinch of salt
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ⅔ Cup oil
  • 10 halved walnuts
  • 1/2 cup milk

Method
Preheat the oven at 180 degree C. Line a muffin tray with muffin cups. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl. Coat walnut halves into the flour mixture. Beat sugar and oil together till the sugar dissolves, add oil. Finally fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Mix milk to make it a smooth batter. Pour this mixture into 12 muffin case and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes.

eggless oats chocolate muffin

Recipe adapted from Priyaskitchendiary

Ingredients

• Whole wheat flour/Atta – 1 1/2 cups
• Oats – 3/4 cup
• Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp
• Baking powder – 1 tsp
• Dark Chocolate – 150 gms,melted and cooled
• Powdered Brown Sugar – 8 tbsp
• Milk – 2 ½ cups
• Oil – 5 tbsp

Method

Preheat oven at 180C. Line 12 muffin pans with muffin cups or take a 8′ square cake pan.
In a mixing bowl,mix together flour,oats,cocoa powder and baking powder.
In another bowl,mix together milk,sugar and oil.
Mix the liquid ingredients into the flour mix slowly.
Fold in the melted chocolate. Spoon the batter into muffin molds and bake for about 20 minutes.
Source: Wikipedia

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