The Taantraa DIY Muffin Tree ♥ ♥ ♥


Army life lends you a certain madness – it takes various forms. To me it gave fearlessness and a deep sense of living. I am not scared of anything. Being born to a Colonel does have its perks. We pretty much had a banjara existence. Posted in far flung places the names of which you wouldn’t have heard of – Unchibassi 😀 right ?

Unchibassi is the richest Army Unit. We used to have an Olympic size swimming pool way back in 1980’s, a Movie theater, a Cola factory etc…& a Bakery – where mum used to take atta, oil, part-sugar-part-jaggery, roasted jeera to get biscuits baked – we made TONs of them.

I was in the 4th grade and the seed was sowed. She is a classical Kathak dancer and dances till date, Dad is a sportsman, body builder and a Homeopath along with being a Colonel- both the parents have a heavy bent towards great health & eating right.

Fast forward to pregnancy and my daughter Aanyaa being born – both the incidences showed me there was nothing off the shelf in the market that I could eat or feed which was healthy. As a child I would bake cos I loved cakes. Unchibassi had generators so baking was a breeze, but Allahabad OD fort – Akbar’s Kila (where we subsequently moved) didn’t have any. I would pray while making the batter and putting it in the oven. A habit which didn’t leave me- hence the name Taantraa // Organic Handbaking . The light did go inspite of all the praying. Necessity is the mother of all inventions and how ! I would ruuuuuunnnnnn and get sand, put the Tava on the stoves high flame, pour the sand on it, add a Huge aluminium container on it, put a plate in it and cover it to preheat 😉 My fearless logical mind just knew it will work. No one had taught me this. Once the pot was hot enough I would put in the cake mold and let it bake with the lid on high flame first for sometime and then later on slow flame.

I remember the texture of the cake, the crazy Khusboo, Everything about the cake was special. I learnt that day if you pour your heart into something, it never lets you down ♥
It was my best cake ever !

I turned to completely Vegan baking overnight. Must tell you – I am a self taught baker with no formal training at all. I was going for an event called “Second to None” and a beautiful soul pinged me on FB saying would you be getting anything for me ! plssssssss. It was 10pm already and I said yes I will! Cos I am in the market for those souls who do not get the things they need off the shelf. So I ran out to buy what I needed and came back and baked and took it with me. She loved it and I knew I could bake without animal products like eggs & dairy and that took care of a lot of Karmas.

For a Naturalist Baker with a heavy bent towards beauty, this has been a tough journey for me. I was able to break out of the browness slowly but steadily. We have fantastic bakers here so finding an easy recipe is not a problem. We also have google for help – but making stunning presentation staying within the realms of Nature is difficult.

The pictures have been taken with an iphone camera with serious limitations. The muffins are made with jowar, bajra, ragi, sprouted wheat, wheat & oats. For sweetener I have used jaggery, water, oil , rock salt, some spices as the main ingredients. Have used chocolate sauce made with jaggery on top.

DIY steps for the Taantraa Muffin Tree ♥
*I bought some gorgeous lace from a local vendor for Bangalorians – From Ramdev in Tippsandra
*10 different colors 3 meters each in length*Glued the muffin paper onto the Aluminium muffin mold from outside and glued the lace from it’s base.
*Arranged all the 10 muffins in various lengths to give a well balanced look.
*Once all the muffin molds were hanging well I put the Chocolate Oats muffins in the molds.
*Two years back I’d also made mini version of these laces with the same sized muffins and called them flying muffins.
*You could also use this tree for all the festivities that are just round the corner and celebrate with the beauty of natural goodness.

P.S Once the muffins are in the mold pls don’t try to rearrange them as they might fall off 😉

Some tips for Vegan baking that I have learnt over the years are shared below:
1.Apple cider vinegar is the magick potion. Apart from being a girl’s Best Friend it helps to bake amazing cakes.
2.1 tbsp of Flax seed with
3 tbsp of hot water is equivalent to 1 egg in all recipes.
3. Apple sauce works wonders in baking.4. You can substitute Anything and everything to suit your requirement with the stuff readily available at home.
5. Our body is sacred – we have to treat it like a temple. As you would never throw garbage in a temple likewise you should never throw junk into your body.

PS: I am dedicating my post to all the amazing out-of-the-box-thinkers and bakers out there – you keep the tradition of eating and living healthy, alive, even in today’s crazy world ♥

Thank you so much all you wonderful souls for giving me this space and time. Loads of love and mystickal blessings ♥

The Taantraa DIY Muffin Tree ♥ ♥ ♥
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Had written this piece for Home Bakers Guild‘s Masterchef Monday series so wanted to share the love here too ♥

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Taantraa @ Auroville


Taantraa@Auroville

We had a wonderful day at Solitude Farm & Organic Kitchen in Auroville.
It was the Lively Up Your Earth! Eco-Music Festival – an all-day celebration, all about community, ecology, music, organic food and a celebration of Auroville creativity.
Met some lovely souls and of course sold out in just a few hours.
For me, there’s no place like Auroville, ever!

Guess Who We Fed at OFYT


Nandan Nilekani

We were absolutely delighted when Mr Nilekani loved our vegan, oil free and flour-free bakes at Oota From Your Thota.

I was even happier meeting the utterly elegant Mrs. Nilekani, for who we packed some bakes ❤

Yay for Taantraa!!

PS: We have started home delivery across Bangalore. Call if you want some oil-free, flour free, began bakes sent home ❤

Taantraa : Now Home Delivered


Home Delivery

And finally, we have it:
Taantraa bakes, home delivered on cycles!!
Thanks to the good folk at Cyclercity, we are now ready to send our bakes straight to your home   
It’s nice and non-polluting, just the way we like everything else at Taantraa   

Pls Note: We can deliver across Bangalore on any day as long as we are given adequate notice to bake. Everything is fresh and baked on order.

Taantraa at 220


Rains and Bangalore go hand in hand.

So do teeth and tongue

In-spite of the tongue being bitten a 100 times by the teeth they are still together !

& so are we : ))) – That’s me and Bangalore not me and rains ! but that’s Bangalore & rains means the same !

Then it’s me=rains=Bangalore

There, i have derived yet another of these complex derivatives ! I like to feel like a mathematician now and then and that’s when i come up with these 😉

Well not to get swayed from where the topic of rains came from 😛

220 last Sunday & did it start to pour since Saturday night ! YES ! With almost 100 muffins at home ready to be shipped for the Flea Market, here i sat and made Plan B how to sell my cuppas:

  • Do a Flea in my building
  • On the FB page
  • On the CMH Road
  • In the Car outside a Mall
  • Give them to the Blind School

Well nothing sounded as convincing as convincing the Rain Gods 😉 hence i sang the rain song and of-course the rest is history.

Not to mention the shock at seeing a Full Organic Restaurant being transported from Bannerghatta to BTM Layout ! Holy Smoke and i was back to making Plan C on how to sell my cuppas:

  • Not be on the table Next to them
  • Become a mobile vendor
  • Pretend they didn’t exist (even after eating their scrumptious samosas/jalebis- slurrrp slurp )
  • Pray to food Gods- Though here i must confess, i did not even know the food song !

Then i remembered Louise Hay , re-practiced breathing and got on with living the moment/excitement/buzz of the always special 220.

Lovely people, cutest children, shining eyes, drooling mouths, Colors each and every where ❤ ❤ <3- unending fun !

Captured by Praveen from Wooplr and some by us below 🙂

Taantraa // Organic Handbaking

220 BTM. Taantraa

Us & Flowers

Also a point to highlight here is I have not been singing 😉 hence ?

Been raining EvErY nIgHt 😛

Mystickal Gratitude,

Chaitali

Horchata vs Maida ?


It’s heart wrenching to know that today’s parents have no clue what is

  • good
  • bad
  • harmful
  • potentially fatal or
  • soul food

for their own blood.

It was easier to put our welfare in the dedicated hands of our Parents. Since then its been a serious downfall. Ask them about the Maida influx into the Roti devouring Indian culture. Maybe their own child is eating pasta/pizza everyday but what to do the dead grain wins over and above everything.

Is it that we have any dearth of good grains ? How about the list below to name a few ?

  • Raggi
  • Maize
  • Rice
  • Whole Wheat
  • Jowar

Came across something absolutely stunning and know you would all love to try it.

So ladies and Gentlemen  presenting Horchata

Horchata

Makes 7 servings
Adapted from recipes from Rick Bayless and David Lebovitz

2/3 cup white rice
2 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of freshly ground nutmeg
3 2-inch strips of lime zest (colored rind only) 3/4 inch wide
3 cups of hot water
3/4 – 1 cup sugar
3 cups of cold water

Grind the rice in a blender or spice grinder into fine pieces. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and add in the cinnamon sticks, nutmeg and lime zest. Stir in 3 cups of hot tap water, cover and let stand at least 6 hours or preferably, overnight.

Remove the cinnamon sticks and pour the mixture into a blender and blend for 3 to 4 minutes, until it no longer feels very gritty. Add 2 cups of water, and then blend for a few seconds more. Set a large sieve over a mixing bowl and line with 3 layers of dampened cheese cloth. Pour in the mixture a little at time, gently stirring to help the liquid pass through. Squeeze the cheese cloth firmly to extract as much of the rice flavor as possible.

Add 1 cup of water and stir in your desired amount of sugar, mix until the sugar is dissolved. Taste, and adjust sweetness, if necessary. If the consistency is too thick, add additional water. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Stir before pouring.  Serve over ice with a sprinkling of ground cinnamon on top.

Peeled this from http://tasty-yummies.com/2011/07/26/horchata/

Do try and share.

Be Healthy.

Taantraa

Traveler Taantrik wrote in


Here´s the photo. It was taken in El Retiro (the “Central Park” of Madrid).

The big building its overlooking is the El Prado art museum. Hope you guys like it.

Sorry if the packaging looks a bit crumpled, being inside of a suitcase for 3 days will do that to you!

Thankfully the cakes didn´t lose any of their flavor, they were delicious 🙂 Thanks again Taantraa!

My sister really liked the pendant and the red wine cake (she hardly left me any!), so the thanks is from her too.

Take care!

Karan