Last weekend, while I was giving my car a new look with washing and waxing, I suddenly got a whiff of some v aromatic smell. Some more sniffing (!!) told me that it was something with banana. Guess someone was baking something with it ( of course Banana milk shake is not going to give you that aroma!) and my stomach started grumbling. There was an additonal smell along with that which I couldnt place though v familier.

After close to 2 hrs of pleasurable agony (!!!!), I rushed back home and started snooping around my spice rack. It had to be something..what was it..what in the world was that smell...and then BINGO! Cardamom! Now I was all curious and had to have it, so soon started baking my bread ( It could have been a cake too, but Nah! I wanted the bread for next morning :)) Here is how I made it

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  • Yields: Makes one 9X5 inch loaf
  • 2 ripe bananas ( pureed )
  • 3 cups bread flour (or all-purpose flour/maida)
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (optional, just substitute with flour)
  • 1 tbsp cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fast-rising dried yeast
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tsp sesame seeds for sprinkling

Mix the flour, wheatgerm, salt and yeast together. Make a well and then add the water along with honey, cardamom powder and the banana puree.


Incorporate the flour well to make a soft dough.


Transfer to a floured surface and knead for 2-3 min.


Shape into a loaf and place it in a greased loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap/ damp kitchen cloth and keep it in a warm place till it doubles. Then lightly brush the top with some water and sprinkle the sesame seeds on top of the loaf.


Bake for 10 min in a preheated oven at 450F. Then lower the temp to 350F and bake further for 20-30min till the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.Cool in a wire rack .Cut into slices and serve. I had it with Raspberry jam and it was simply delicious.

6. This is my entry to Think Spice Event initiated by Sunita and hosted this month by EC with the theme cardamom.

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By viji on Jul 23, 2010

Hi, I want to try this recipe, but i dont have wheat germ in hand. But i have flax seed. Can i use flax seed instead of wheat germ?

By Gaya on Jun 4, 2010

Today i tried your Banana Cardamom Bread. The house smells wonderful. Thanks for this wonderful recipe

By SD on Dec 8, 2009

Hi DK , Thanks for the recipe. I really love banana bread. But never made one. I want to try urs ( It is eggless too :) ) . "1/2 cup wheat germ " is that required absolutely. what is the use of it? Can i substitue something else with it? Also , can we replace "bread flour" with AP? Regards, SD.

Hi SD, thank you :). Wheat germ is just to increase the nutritional aspect for this dish. Its not mandatory. You can surely replace it and the bread flour with AP. You can see the substitutes chart for the same - Hope this helps -- DK

By Sana on Nov 4, 2009

I tried mking wth both the flours but it was too dense and not soft like a bread? What do you think could be wrong? :-|

Adding wheat flour does do that to a bread, as i mentioned previously. If you want a soft bread then - bread flour, wheat pastry flour is the option. Or else, increase the all purpose flour next time

By Sana on Oct 25, 2009

Sounds n looks yummy can i use wheat flour?

yes of course you can. Using whole wheat will make it more dense and not as spongy. Try using a 50-50 mix of APF and wheat flour. -- DK

By Anonymous on Nov 28, 2008

i luv the looks of ur bread, i made and served it at my party, it was delightful!

By Pearlsofeast on Jun 9, 2008

DK,I made this bread today. it was delicious and very moist.I made excatly the same way except for mixing whole wheat flout.Thanks for the sharing the recipe.I am sure this bread will be part of my regular break making.

By Hetal on May 20, 2008

The bread looks delicious.

I have something waiting for u in my blog!!!

By Divya Vikram on May 20, 2008

The bread looks adorable..would love to get the aroma of the bread

By srivalli on May 20, 2008

hello hello you call this simplea???..looks so yummy!

By Sukanya Ramkumar on May 20, 2008

That was a decadent bread. Looks too good. YUM!...

By Vanamala on May 20, 2008

hmmmm looks super Divya. Your bakery recipes r awesome.

By Cham on May 20, 2008

It looks awesome ur bread!

By Uma on May 20, 2008

Wow, what a beautiful bread! Sniff, sniff, yes, it smells great too. So did you make your car shiny too? I bet you might have!

By Laavanya on May 20, 2008

That banana bread looks beautiful...

By ranji on May 20, 2008

simply delcious!!!must have tasted divine with the spread of jam.....yuuuummmmm!!!

By Siri on May 20, 2008

*sniff sniff*, I can smell the bread too...but can't eat it..thats the real torture.:(..I love all of ur breads dhivs. and I promise that the day I am ready to make my own bread - it will be ur recipe first!..:DD


By Madhuram on May 20, 2008

Hi DK, very nice recipe. The bread looks very moist. I also have posted a bread recipe today.
For the marathon should I post daily or can I take part on and off?

I also have an award in blog for you. Check it out.

By easycrafts on May 20, 2008

That looks so delicious...dont forget to mail me the details of this post for the event...I dont want to miss out such an interesting recipe in the roundup

By Madhavi on May 20, 2008

Gal you rock, great entry!!!!

By Aparna on May 20, 2008

I've made cardamom bread before and the smell of cardamom wafting aroung the house during baking is heavenly, isn't it?

By vandana rajesh on May 20, 2008

This is my first time here. You have a wonderful collection of recipes. Do keep in touch.