You have old, dying ,neglected bananas? You dont know what to do with them? Don’t worry! I am here to salvage you from this situation. I just realised I am sounding like a Superman or may be Superwoman :B Well last week my husband was going for a treacherous Himalayan Trek and demanded (ohk! politely asked) if I could make him some energy bars and something healthy which he can take along and munch on his way and remain energized. My baker mind went in all directions. I of course could have made him my super yummy Amaranth Granola Bars or Oats and Almonds Energy Bars but then I saw an opportunity to make something new which can be put on the blog. I saw some decaying bananas and I had a huge pack of Peanut Butter and there it was – uber delicious Whole Wheat Banana Peanut Butter Brownies!!

I spent 3 hours thinking what to make for him and 20 minutes to get everything ready. These gooey brownies were so decadent loaded with flavour of chocolate and peanut butter that I made a double batch. Saved half for myself and rest went for trek. These brownies used no eggs and still were sinfully indulgent. My jinx is still intact. I still have a reputation for making healthiest brownies on this planet. If you dont know I have on my blog Whole Wheat Oats & Chocolate Brownies,  Gluten Free Chocolate Ragi Brownies ,Vegan Avocado Chocolate Brownies, Vegan Yellow Zucchini Chocolate Brownies and now these Whole wheat Banana Peanut Butter brownies. I hope someday I can make some unhealthy brownies πŸ˜‰ But if you ever try these indulgent brownies let me know your feedback. Till next time!


1.  Line a 9×9 inch baking pan with some parchment paper and preheat your oven to 180 degree Celsius (Learn more about Oven temperatures and Conversions). 

2. In a bowl add over ripe bananas and mash them well. You can leave them chunky or make them smooth.

2. Add sugar. I have used SOS Organics Khandsari Sugar which is unrefined and makes these brownies more delicious. Whisk well till the sugar is combined with the bananas. 

3.  Add melted butter and vanilla extract. Mix well.


4. Add sifted whole wheat flour to the wet ingredients along with unsweetened cocoa powder.

5. Mix everything well till you get an even textured batter.

6. Pour the brownie batter in the prepared pan and even the top with the help of a spatula.

7. Take small scoops of peanut butter and place them all over the brownie batter.

8. Take a toothpick and randomly make swirls so that the peanut butter spreads all over and mixes with the brownie batter and creates a wonderful pattern.

9. Top it with roasted Salted peanuts and bake them in the oven for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.

10. Remove from the pan and let it come to room temperature . Slice it into squares and serve.

Other healthy brownies you can try on my blog are: Whole Wheat Oats & Chocolate Brownies,  Gluten Free Chocolate Ragi Brownies ,Vegan Avocado Chocolate Brownies, Vegan Yellow Zucchini Chocolate Brownies

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Festivals are a time of togetherness when you cherish spending quality time with your family and loved ones. In India the list of festivities is endless. If someone tries to maintain a countrywide list of festivals , every day of the year will be some rejoiced occasion or the other. More festivals means more food and desserts. And when you say more food I am sold out. I thing good food sparks up the festival. This Rakshabandhan I am making Dates Milk Pudding for my family. Its creamy, rich and decadent. 

1. Take some dates and remove their stones. Chop them into small pieces and set aside.

2. In a thick bottom vessel add milk and bring it to a boil. Once it has come to a boil turn it on simmer and let it reduce to half. Keep stirring occasionally.

3, In the meanwhile in a wok add some ghee and add halved cashews and raisins.Saute them till they are lighted roasted in ghee. Set aside.

4. In the same wok add chopped dates and water.  Cook them on medium low flame for 8-10 minutes till they have become mush and soft.

5. Add reduced milk and bring everything to a boil. Also add little condensed milk to make  everything a bit more creamy.

6. Add roasted cashews and raisins and cardamom powder. Reserve a few cashews for garnish.

7. Garnish with saffron and more roasted cashews.

Other Desserts you can try are: Makhaney ki Kheer , Ragi and Khus Khus Ladoo, Besan Rava Ladoo, Sewiyan Kesari, Rasgulla,  Til ke Laddoo , Tilkoot, Mango Saffron Phirni, Paneer Ki Kheer


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Rakshabandhan is right around the corner and traditional sweets are a quintessential part of every Indian festivity. This year I wanted to make something which is healthy but still festive. I tried my hands on Ragi Laddoos. These are gluten free and so easy to put together and taste is absolutely top notch. When I was taking pictures my kiddo asked me if these were chocolate balls and I said yes πŸ˜‰ He gobbled down two instantly and gave me a thumbs up. Isn’t it how you call a recipe successful. These are perfect for people who are watching their weight, for people with celiac diseases, for little babies and even for pregnant woman.

Make for your beloved brother or dear sister these Ragi Khus Khus Laddoos. They are incredible and taste divine. I am sure they will make this festival more joyous! You can even try Besan Rava Laddoos is you want to stick to the traditional recipes.

1. In a wok add ghee and melt it. Add Ragi flour, I have used SOS Organics himalayan ragi flour and keep sauteing it till the aroma of roasted flour is felt. You will notice the mixture has separated from ghee. This should take good 10-12 minutes. Keep the flame low and keep stirring it.

2. Add almond meal or ground almonds and also powdered green cardamom powder. Mix well with the ragi slurry and continue to cook for a minute more.

3. Turn the flame off and add castor sugar or powdered sugar and mix well.

4.Let the mixture cool down little bit. Cool enough to make laddoos or round balls with it. 

5. Roll the laddoos in roasted poppy seeds and set them aside to set and firm. 

6. They also taste great when soft and warm. They stay good for about 20 days if kept at room temperature in an airtight jar.

Other Ragi of Finger Millet Recipes you can try are: Gluten Free Chocolate Ragi BrowniesRagi Masala TwistersRagi & Whole Wheat BiscuitsInstant Ragi Dosa. 

Other Traditional Indian Festive Food you can try are: Attey Ka Halwa Gurudwara StyleSwang Ke Chawal Ka HalwaApple LapsiKaddu ka HalwaSooji HalwaGajar Ka HalwaMango Saffron PhirniPaneer Ki KheerSabudana KheerMakhane Ki KheerGram Flour Semolina BallsGurr Gajar Ke Meethey ChawalKesari SeviyanRasgulla

You can order Organic Ragi or Finger Millets from SOS Organics from here.


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I have to make an honest confession, last few months I have been addicted to Sourdough Breads. I have baked them almost every week and some time twice a week and the satisfaction which I get after baking them cannot be expressed in words. If you follow my instagram handle you will know how many sour dough boules I keep posting.  I have almost neglected making breads with commercial yeast πŸ™ which of course was my first love. This gradual shift is all thanks to my baker friend, my sourdough guru Samrudhhi Nayak. Ever since she has shared her passion and knowledge with me I seem to be on an endless journey of baking these beautiful sourdough breads. Thankyou Sam for kindling that fire in me. Love you to the moon and back :*

This week I baked two 500gms boule of Sourdough Breads, which were a lot for the two of us to consume. I decided to use half of one bread for making this delicious Bread Pudding with Chocolate. This pudding can also be made with normal crusty bread. I like this recipe because it requires minimal effort and can be made in a big quantity in a casserole and tastes amazing. If you are looking forward to tomorrow’s 4th of July celebration then you must include this in your menu. You sure will make it again and again without hunting for an occasion.

1. Slice a stale Sourdough Bread into 1 inch cube and set aside.

2. Grease a large baking pan or oven friendly casserole with butter.

3. Simply transfer the bread cubes to the baking pan and also put chopped chunks of chocolate along with raisins and almond flakes.  You can add any combination of nuts you fancy.

3. In a jar or bowl whisk the eggs and mix them thoroughly with castor sugar till it is dissolved.

4. Add milk, cinnamon powder and butter. Mix everything well.

5. Pour this milk mixture over the bread. Sprinkle brown sugar on top of the bread. Let it sit for at least an hour for bread to absorb milk. After an hour preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius (Learn more about Oven Temperature and Conversions).

6. Bake in the oven for about 50-60 minutes. Remove from the oven and let it become easy to tough. Scoop out a serving and if you like you can drizzle with a caramel sauce and serve. You will love the crunchy flavour of the bread and nuts with melted chunks of chocolate. Its heaven!

Other Bread Recipes you can try : Peter Reinhart’s Potato Rosemary BreadStuffed Mushroom Cheesy Crack BreadStuffed Mushroom and Spinach Braided BreadWhite Sandwich BreadCherry Rosemary & Sea Salt Focaccia Bread,  Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Recipe


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Yesterday Morning I woke up to a call from a friend who also is a client. I had 5 of her missed calls. It turns out she wanted to order a cake which needs to be ready in 3-4 hours. As you all know I dont do cakes on a regular basis and I live in a place where ingredients aren’t readily available. So i was in a dilemma but then I took this challenge. She left me to decide whatever I wanted to make. 

I had to quickly make a decision as to what can be made in jiffy and still looked pretty. You know when such cakes are ordered specially for wedding Anniversaries they need to have a wow factor not just in taste but also the way they look. For a second all the good looking cakes I had done in the past zapped right in front of my eyes and I had to choose one. Because this wasn’t a time for experimentation. I had made a Mango Tart a while back and it had turned out pretty and then I also had made a Vanilla Cake with pomegranate Sauce which was yummy. So I decided to fuse the two. 

And the result was this gorgeous little Mango Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Collar! Aahh I feel soo happy after looking at it. The real icing on the cake was that the Client loved it  I cant explain the social network has been going gaga over this. It was 1.4k likes on a single Facebook group and other 1k in other. Everywhere I post this its being appreciated. I am a novice cake baker but sometimes things happen like magic happens πŸ™‚ I am Thankful to Almighty and you all for this love.


1.In a bowl add Butter and castor Sugar. Cream them together. You can use hand held whisk or electric whisk.




2. Add eggs and combine till creamy and light.

3. Add  Vanilla Extract.

4.  In a bowl add All Purpose Flour, salt and Baking Powder.



5. Slowly add this to the wet ingredients and combine until moistened.



6. Pour this batter in a  springform pan and smoothen the top with a spatula. You can buy the Springform pan with our online store,  The Gourmet Shop. We ship pan India. 

7. Bake in the preheated oven on 160 degree for 50 minutes or until the toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let it  cool down completely before removing it from the pan.

8. When the cake has cooled completely slice it horizontally into half using a sharp serrated knife. The motion of knife should be like a saw. Refrigerate for half an hour. I couldn’t because I had to finish the cake in 3 hours.

9. Add some whipped cream in a chilled bowl and whip it with an electric whisk till stiff peaks are formed.

9. Place a cake board on a rotatable Icing table and spread a little whipped cream on the board and place one slice of cake on it. This will ensure the cake doesn’t slip from the board.

10. Chop a fresh mango into small chunks and spread it on the surface of cake.

11. Spread a layer of whipped cream on top of mangoes and make it even using a palette knife. you can even use a spatula if you dont have a palette knife.

12. Place the other part of the cake on top of the whipped cream and mango mix.

13. Take some whipped cream and smear it on the sides all along its circumference and top. It has to be thin layer, doesn’t matter if its smooth or not. I am not good with smooth finish so I made this cake to hide my inadequacies πŸ™‚ How I forgot to take picture of this step! πŸ™

14. Now for the top mango garnish, take firm mangoes, peel the skin and cut it into half, removing the seed. Then further cut halves into thin slices. Set aside.




15. Once the cake has been iced from all sides. start from the top centre. Arrange the mango slices on top, starting in the centre and then taking it outwards to mimic flower petals. Don’t place the slices deep into the cream. The more they remain on top the neater will be the look.

16. Now the question was how to hide the sides and pretty pie it. I thought of a chocolate collar and found a tutorial which was quick and seemed easy but I had never done it before. But I had little choice. So I went ahead. You need is a bar of chocolate or chocolate chips. Place them in a microwaveable bowl and heat it till it melts. You need to stir it every 30 seconds so that it doesn’t burn. You can also use a double boiler to melt, whichever you think is faster.

17. Pour the melted chocolate in a pipping bag or ziploc without any nozzle and tighten the keep. 

18. Now you have to measure the height of the cake, I used a ruler. It was 4 inches for my cake. Tear a sheet of parchment paper which covers the cake around completely and further trim its height matching to the height of your cake or a little taller, it was 4.5 inches in case of my cake. Oh look you have the view to my not so clean icing on the sides of the cake. yippy!

19. See it fits around the cake perfectly and also has the height i wanted.

20. Remove this parchment paper and place it on a smooth surface. You pipping bag with melted chocolate is ready, snip the end with scissors and make a small hole. Now spread the chocolate in circular motion, starting from one end and finishing the other, say left to right. Now repeat the same from right to left . You can make it as intricate as you want. The more layers you give it the more sturdy will be your chocolate collar. 

21. Let it be like that for a few seconds till the chocolate sets partially. Now remove the strip of  parchment paper carefully with both your hands. If you leave it for a longer time and it sets fully you will not be able to mould it around the circular cake. So eyeball the timing.

22. Place it around the cake with chocolate side inside, pushing it inside the cake carefully.

23. Once the chocolate collar has been placed around the cake, remove the parchment paper slowly without damaging the lace and breaking it.

24. Guess what the cake is ready. You can add anything more to prettify it. I think I was happy with the results and gladly my client also liked it. 

Other Cake recipes you can try are: Eggless Black Grapes Cake,  Chocolate Vanilla Marble Cake , Eggless Almond Vanilla Cake,  Eggless Orange Cake with Candied Orange Peel FillingLemon Cake with Lemon GlazePersimmon Rum CakePumpkin Cake RollsSurprise Heart Inside CakeVegan Chocolate Banana CakeVanilla & Pomegranate CakeWacky Vegan Chocolate CakeFestive Orange Blueberry Pound Cake Mediterranean Eggless Semolina Cake


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Some friends from my hometown were visiting us in the hills. My parents asked them to carry a few lemons from their yard. Last time when I had the lemons in abundance I made the Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze and this time I wanted to make Laura Vitale’s Key Lime Pie. My husband was leaving for a shoot to mumbai and I had one hour in hand. I decided to make this dessert for him so that he leaves with some sweet memories. ha! I am such an adorable, dotting and caring wife πŸ˜› (No pun intended)

So this was an easy peasy recipe and required no baking just a little chill time. The weather was already freezing so it needed half of the time to set and it was soo soo good. I loved the three layered tart, crumbly and sweet culmination. If you like lemony tart desserts you sure will be on cloud 9. Please ensure that you add ample whipping cream as suggested in the recipe. I know the lessor will have less calories but it will be quite lemony for the taste buds. 


1. Take Graham Crackers or even digestive biscuits will work great. I have used the later. Add them to a bowl and crush them to make crumble. I have used a pestle for this. 

2. Add butter at room tempertaure to the crumble. Also add powdered sugar.


3. Mix everything together and dump the crumble mix on a pie pan with removable bottom. You can buy one like this on The Gourmet Shop at reasonable prices. Press the crumble into the base evenly using the force of a spatula or even a small bowl. Set the pie pan aside.

4. In another bowl add the condensed milk and add a zest of a lemon. 

5. Squeeze out juice of lemons and mix that to the condensed milk and combine using a whisk.

6. Pour that condesnsed milk mixture on top of the tart pan over tha layer of biscuits. Let it sit in the refrigerator and set for a cuple of hours. 

7. In the meanwhile take out thawed whipping cream from the fridge and whisk it with electric whisk till stiff peaks are formed. 

8. Place a pipping nozzle of your choice in a pipping bag and fill the bag with whipped cream. Tightly close the bag and cut the tip with a pair of scissors.

9. Pipe the top of the lemony pie with whipped cream all over. You can even spreead the cream with a spatula, pipping is not mandatory. You can beautify it further by adding additional lemon zest.

10. Put it inside the fridge for whipped cream to settle. Slice and serve. 

Other Pie, Tarts and Desserts you can try from our my blog are: Mango Tart with Vanilla Pastry CreamApple Cider Spiced Doughnuts ,  Blueberry Bars,  Eggless Orange Cake with Candied Orange Peel FillingLemon Cake with Lemon GlazeSorghum and Wheat Flour Persimmon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.




Its funny how I have never posted a non healthy recipe of Chocolate Brownies on my blog. Last two times the chocolate brownies on my page were Vegan Yellow Zucchini Chocolate Brownies and Whole Wheat Oats & Chocolate Brownies. And this time I had decided to post a traditional indulging, rich brownie loaded with chocolate, butter and refined flour. But then there was a change in heart and I ended up baking these Ragi Gluten Free and Vegan Chocolate Brownies. Not that I regret doing this but this makes me ponder have I really become that health conscious? I think I have to say yes! To me my family’s health is out of utmost priority. I simply cannot settle for things which have lesser nutritional content.

May be someday I will bake those brownies, may be for the cheat day. For now to celebrate third Anniversary of my baby blog we must enjoy these delicious, decadent, healthy and gooey brownies. I posted the pictures of these on the 1st day of the year celebrating my blogs and my own birthday. It was loved by you all and everyone wanted the recipe. Unfortunately I was occupied and could not blog. So here I am burning the midnight oil and writing the recipe for you guys!I hope you will like it. I wish you all a happy and healthy New year 2017.

1. In a bowl add Ragi flour and brown cane sugar.



2. Also add baking powder, Cocoa Powder and Salt.




3. Add chopped toasted walnuts to it and set aside.

4. In another bowl take some ripe bananas and mash them well.



5. Add oil, peanut butter and vanilla essence and combine.




6. Preheat your oven to 180 degree Celsius (Learn more about your oven temperatures and conversion) and line a square 8×8 baking pan with Parchment Paper. Set aside.

7. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and also add water.



8. Mix everything thoroughly and ensure no lumps remain. Pour the batter into the baking pan.



9. Add Choco Chips on top and spread evenly. I used the vegan non dairy chips.

10. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes until the top becomes non glossy and toothpick inserted comes out clean.

11. Let it cool down completely and then cut into squares. Serve with a drizzle of Chocolate Sauce or Ice cream.

Other Chocolate Brownies you can try here are: Vegan Yellow Zucchini Chocolate Brownies and Whole Wheat Oats & Chocolate Brownies.

If you are looking for more chocolate desserts here is what you should try: Vegan Chocolate Banana CakeWhite Chocolate Chip Cookies Vegan Eggless Chocolate MuffinsPeanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate ChipsPapaya Chocolate MuffinsCoconut Chocolate CookiesChocolate Vanilla Marble CakeBrigadeirosWacky Vegan Chocolate Cake.


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Its almost Christmas and time for us to move our base from the hills to the plains till the winter break is over. This is the time of the year when our school shuts down for almost two months and we get a good time to spend with our family and loved ones. My bags are packed and I am about to empty my pantry. Last few days I am baking with whatever fruit is left in the fridge. Therefore, the productivity of Oven is at its peak. When I saw oranges and blueberry in my freezer compartment I knew I have make this cake which has been on my to do list for such a long time. I wanted a simple Orange Pound cake which makes everything just right.


And when the cake came out of the oven it was simply to die for. So moist, flavourful with orange zest and the cake was screaming eat me up! So that’s what I did πŸ˜‰ If you are planning to do something for this holiday season its highly recommended that you include this in your bake list. You will surely thank me πŸ™‚ Until next time…


1. In a bowl add All purpose Flour, salt and Baking Powder and combine. Set aside.



2. Take zest of two oranges and juice them. Set aside the zest and fresh orange juice aside.


3. In another bowl add add butter at room temperature. Also add sugar and whisk it till everything is creamy.



4. Add eggs and continue to whisk till everything is light and fluffy.



5. Add Orange Zest and combine.


6. Now add dry ingredients to the wet and also add orange juice. Combine everything.



7. Add blueberries and fold inside the batter.


8. Grease a bundt pan or any pan you fancy. Dust it with dry flour. Preheat the oven to 180 degree Celsius for ten minutes. 


9. Pour the batter in the baking pan, remember to fill only 3/4th of it. Because you need to give it room to rise. Bake in the oven for 45- 50 minutes or until the toothpick comes out clean. If the cake is getting brown too fast tent it with aluminium foil and continue to bake at the same temperature.

10. While its baking in the oven you can prepare a glaze to pour. Add whipping cream in the bowl lightly whisk it add icing sugar, if its not sweet already and  add some orange zest. Combine together.



11. Add the glaze in a piping bag and make a very small cut in the tip. You dont need a nozzle for this.

12. When the cake has baked take it out of the oven and let it cool down completely before taking it out of the pan. When it’s at room temperature drizzle some glaze on top and serve.

Other festive things you can try: Gingerbread Man CookiesGreek Traditional Christmas Cookies , Chocolate Vanilla Marble CakePersimmon Rum CakeSorghum and Wheat Flour Persimmon Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting.


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Christmas is around the corner and I am looking like a Santa Claus today, for I am wrapping energy bars for my cyclist husband. Since he started cycling on the mountain trails he has been obsessed with it. I am jealous that he spends more time with his cycle now than me πŸ˜› But I am also glad that he has found his true calling and enjoys this activity to the hilt. I have been making energy bars for him which are healthier and much more delicious than what you get packed from the stores.


When his last batch finished I made him a fresh one and thought to share this on my blog for all of you. What can be a better way to rejoice the holiday season by making healthy choices. These no bake granola bars are loaded with puffed amaranth, dry fruits, black currant, chia seeds, hemp seeds and peanut butter. I have used Organic Puffed Amaranth or Ramdana or Rajgira from SOS Organics. Amaranth is a good source of calcium, protein and amino acids and is rich in iron, magnesium and Vitamin A, B and C too. You can always buy it from our – The Gourmet Shop. If you have your own un puffed amaranth you can puff it yourself. Take a cast iron skillet or wok. Heat it so that it gets hot enough. Take 1 tsp of amaranth seeds and place it in the wok and let it sit for 5 seconds. Then cover it with a lid and toss it around. You should be able to get puffed amaranth. Don’t keep it for too long for they can burn very easily. It requires a bit of practice. Once you get a hang of it you can increase it to 1 tbsp at a time.


Most the recipes of energy bar go haywire because of the proportions. If you choose to substitute any one ingredient with another, for example you dont have hemp seeds, you can substitute it with pumpkin seeds or melon seeds but the quantity has to be the same. This is a foolproof recipe, just follow it to the ‘T’ and you will never ever indulge in store bought bars.  These are so delicious that my kiddo wants to eat them whole day long and I have no reasons to say no. 


1.  In a bowl add puffed amaranth , dessicated unsweetened coconut and hemp seeds.




2. Also add sesame seeds and chia seeds.



3. In the same bowl add fresh zest of a lemon. Yes yes trust me! Its the most magical ingredient in this recipe.


4. Roughly chop Almonds, Pistachios, Cashews and Jother nuts you would like to add to the bar.  Also chop dark chocolate bar into chunks. Ignore if you are using chocolate nibbles. Set aside.



5. Grease a 8×8 inch baking tray with good quality parchment paper . Leave handles on the side to make it easy to remove from the pan. You can buy it here if you like.

6. In a saucepan add some honey and peanut butter. Just heat it up to make it loose and runny.



7. Once the honey and butter is melted turn the flame off and add vanilla essence to it and combine.

8. Add the melted honey and butter to the amaranth seed mix and combine using a spatula.

9. Add chopped nuts and black currants. Combine.



10. Lastly, add chopped chocolate and mix. You will get a tough mixture to work with but that’s how it should be.

11. Transfer the entire mixture the baking tray lines with parchment paper and even it out by pressing down with the help of a spatula. Let it sit in the refrigerator for a couple of hours to set.



12. Cut into desired shapes using a long knife.

13. Wrap them into individual packing using a food wrapping paper and store it in a cool place. This stays good for couple of weeks.

Other easy desserts you can try here are: Blueberry Jam BarsMediterranean Eggless Semolina CakeCoconut MacaroonsKhajoor Til Ke Laddoo




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