I would go so far as to say that it joins the list of those traditional snacks, like namak paras, or atta laddus (so rich, but highly desirable!) that are generally kept around the house, especially during exams or vacations.
Dry ingredients – mix these well, sift these together:
2 cups Atta (Whole wheat flour)
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Baking Soda
2 cups perfectly ripe Bananas, mashed
3 tablespoons Oil (i use organic, cold-pressed, sesame or groundnut)
½ cup Jaggery (use brown sugar as a substitute)
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ teaspoon Salt
1 cup Raisins
1 cup Walnuts (Chopped and lightly toasted)
1. Mix the dry ingredients well and sift them together.
2. Mix the wet ingredients. (I usually grind them all together in the blender.)
3. Combine the two quickly and well. Add in the nuts and raisins.
4. Pour into a greased and floured (or parchment lined) eight by four inch, covered loaf pan.
5. Bake in the centre of a preheated oven at 180 degrees C for an hour. Test for done-ness – bake upto another half an hour, if required.
6. Allow to cool, turn out in five minutes. Slice when completely cooled.
Great with tea, or even just by itself.