September 22, 2007

Black Currant - Raisin Whole Wheat Muffins

A grape by any other name would taste just as grape... oops I meant great.

When Swapna announced the AFAM: Grapes event, I knew exactly what I was going to make. A low fat, low calorie dessert called Violet Fantasy. The dessert called for Tonovin Essence and that I simply couldn't find in Delhi/Gurgaon. I tried looking all over the place, but it was just not available or out of stock or whatever.

As with last month's AFAM entry, I decided to go with my Mapro crushes instead of the actual fruit. There are several reasons for this. The most important one being the absence of local grapes in the local market. I keep seeing these American grapes that cost close to a thousand bucks per kg. I wouldn't even dream of buying them (and price isn't the only determining factor here), let alone make something out of them.


3/4 cup Milk
1/2 cup Vegetable oil
1/2 cup Raisins
1 1/3 cups Flour
2/3 cup Atta
1/3 cup Black Currant Crush (Or Grape Crush)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 tbsp Baking Powder
1 Egg
1/4 tsp Salt

Place all the ingredients except the raisins and black currant crush in a food processor jar fitted with the dough blade. Run the food processor for 2 minutes until the ingredients form a dough.

Place the muffin moulds (butter paper) in the muffin pan.

Blend the raisins into the batter. Add the grape crush and mix lightly. Pour spoonfuls of the batter into the muffin moulds. Bake in a hot oven (400 F) for 15 minutes.

This recipe is an adaptation of my Almond Raisin Muffins which were adapted from Sharmi’s recipe for Strawberry Muffins. I reduced the sugar by half because I didn't want extremely sweet muffins and the grape crush was going to add its own sweetness too. And I even replaced part of the flour with atta making the muffins at least that much healthier. Maybe I can alter the proportions from the next time around and make it half and half. Like Anita always does.

I am sending this to Swapna as this uses grapes in two forms, raisins and black currants. Happy hosting!


Vcuisine said...

Lovely muffins Raaga. Viji

Unknown said...

The Muffins look delicious!!! A nice entry!!

Apple said...

Yumm..I love any flavour in Muffins...Raisins on top..lovely entry

FH said...

Raisin muffins are cool, so pinkish and yummy!:))

Siri said...

Hey Raaga, seems like u are on a health-conscious mood.. last time u baked the pakodas and this time whole wheat muffins.. watz up dear..:D.. lovely and mouth-watery muffins gurl..:D

Rina said...

Raisin and whole wheat is the perfect combo. Will surely try this for brealfast.

bee said...

a thousand bucks a kg? and people actually buy these? i mean, grapes are covered with pesticides and fertilises unless they are organic. i wouldn't pay 100 bucks even for organic grapes. why would anyone pay that much for grapes laced with chemicals?

never heard of tonovin before.

lovely muffins.

Raaga said...

Thanks all :-)

Siri: Yeah... I am just trying :-)

@Bee: Tonovin is grape essence... and there are enough and more people here who'd pay those vulgar sums for imported grapes :-(

Seena said...

Nice recipe Raaga, my kids love muffins.but haven't tried them yet, usually buy it..

Sharmi said...

hummmmmm i can smell em!!

Bong Mom said...

Those must be yummy........

Unknown said...

Lovely muffins.

Cynthia said...

You're baking up a storm these days! The kettle is on for my tea to have with one of those muffins.

Sreelu said...


you my dear are on a baking roll, muffins look very moist.

musical said...

My reaction to the "1000 Rs. grapes" was similar to Bee's.....i mean, umm, well, i guess i am speechless!

Lovely muffins (guess what, its eveing tea time here) :).

Bindiya said...

adding atta always makes everything so much healthier,lovely muffins and ... yes we are neighbours I am in Delhi and u in Gurgaon, my sis is in Gurgaon too.

SeeC said...

Yummy muffins.
You inspire me to try this baking stuff.

Chef Jeena said...

Lovely muffins Raaga. :)

Raaga said...

Thanks all... we relished these muffins :-)

Cynthia: you make the tea, I'll bring the muffins... what say?

The smell that permeated in the kitchen and the house while these were baking was awesome!

Anonymous said...

Blogger doesn't like me...

These muffins have an amazing crumb! You are a pro, Raaga!

Have you tried making chocolate chip cookies with atta? They are unbelievably like the maida ones! try it.

Raaga said...

Why do you say that Anita? They did have a nice crumb, but they didn't let me reheat them in a microwave... that made them hard.

I will make choco chip cookies with atta now... and will try and bring some over :)