Bollywood Banana Bread

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We like everything spicy here on the Subcontinent. Even sweet treats! So good old banana bread gets a Bollywood masala makeover. This recipe makes a tasty, dense, moist, loaf that's even better the next day. It freezes well, can be made 'veg' or eggless, & is a great holiday gift or easy to make tea time treat.

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25 Min
1 Hr


1 c sugar
2 eggs, (or 1/2 cup yogurt)
1/2 c ghee, melted & cooled (or vegetable oil)
1 tsp ground cinnamon/dalchini
1/2 tsp ground mace/javatri
1/2 tsp ground cloves/laung
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbs ginger preserves
3 very ripe bananas, pureed or mashed finely with fork
1&1/4 c flour/maida
1/2 c chopped walnuts (optional)


1Preheat oven to 350F/180C. Butter & flour an 8"x 4" loaf pan.
2Combine eggs (or yogurt/dahi), spices, oil (or ghee), baking powder, ginger preserves, & salt in large mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed.
3Add bananas & beat until well mixed.
4Fold flour into mixture until just combined, do not over mix
5Pour batter into buttered & floured pan, top with chopped walnuts. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until tester stuck in the middle of bread comes out clean.
6Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing bread from pan.
7Don't have ginger preserves? Orange marmalade, apricot, pineapple, or mango jam or preserves work well in this recipe also.
Want to make this bread 'veg'? Use 1/2 cup full fat yogurt in place of eggs.
Don't have ghee or a suitable vegetable oil? Use butter instead, softened to room temperature.
Brown sugar will give this bread a more treacle-y flavor like jaggery. White sugar will work too, but the bread will be lighter in color.
Need some fiber in your diet? Whole meal flour (chakki atta) works well in this recipe in place of white flour (maida) too.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Sweet Breads
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: Indian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian, Kosher
Other Tag: Healthy