Ragi and Banana Muffin

This is a simple muffin modified from banana muffin. My first experience with muffins was when we were in UK, it my earlier days there. After a tired long day walk in a big shopping mall (Oracle), we went and sat down for some coffee in bb’s, I think I remember the name right.
My husband asked me what would you like with tea or coffee, actually I’m not a tea or coffee person and very rarely I used to have tea (green tea is an exceptional in that). I said no tea, I’ll just have some juice, also I’m not a big fan of cakes or chocolates until I lived in UK. UK was the place where I was introduced to the world of chocolates, cakes, fudges etc.. and then I got addicted to these goodies, I think now you can guess why my blog is filled with so many cakes and stuff.
Ok I got so much deviated from the main subject, coming to the point, so I said no cake or tea and ordered some juice. My husband ordered some coffee and banana muffin for him, it was the last muffin left in the shop.
I just had a small bit of those muffins for taste, the warm muffins flavoured with cinnamon and nutmeg, topped with walnuts was really a bliss. I loved it so much, after that I din’t give a small pinch of that muffin to my husband and I finished it off. From that day, everytime when I go to town centre, I used to go to bb’s and ask for this banana muffin and I never got one. After trying hard for so many times in different bb’s all around UK, I was desperate to have these muffins. Finally I managed to get a recipe from BBC, which I published it here, which was bit close to that. Restaurant food cannot be always recreated in home since they’ll have secret formula and special technique so we can aim only something close to that. Banana muffins or cakes with walnuts is one of my favourite. That’s quite a long story for this humble muffins, huh! Ok, ok don’t worry I’ll go to the recipe now, this recipe is just a slight modified version of those muffins. I have replaced the plain flour with whole wheat and ragi and few adjustment in the flavourings also. Let’s have a look at the recipe now.

Special Instructions: Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes 6 muffins

Ingredients:
Wheat flour or all purpose flour- 80 g
Ragi Flour- 40 g
Egg- 1
Banana- 1 medium sized (mashed)
Baking powder- 1 1/2 tsp
Bicarbonate of soda- 1/4 tsp
Jaggery or Sugar- 50 g
Vanilla essence- 1 tsp
Grated nutmeg- 1/4 tsp
Milk- 60 ml
Sunflower oil or Olive oil- 30 ml
Walnuts- 6

Instructions:

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Sift the dry ingredients in a bowl except sugar. Mix the dry ingredients into wet ingredients along with sugar. Don’t overmix it, just gently give it a fold twice or thrice.
Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius, line the muffin tin with paper cases. Spoon the mixture into the paper cases. Broke the walnuts roughly and sprinkle on top of the mixture. Bake it in the preheated oven 15 to 20 minutes or until the top of the muffin looks firm. Take it out from the oven, leave it cool down in a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove it from the tin and serve it while they are still warm.

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