RAVA LADDU|SOOJI LADDU

Rava laddu is one quick recipe which can be made in no time and gets over in the same speed.It just melts in mouth.This has been one of my favourites in childhood and every aunt/grandmom who visits me would definitely come with a box of this. Recently I stopped making/having them after having avoided the white ingredients in my cooking.After a long time,this was made for a special person.

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INSTANT VEGETABLE DOSA|CARROT BEET DOSA

When I am super drained of thinking options for dinner,I make some instant choices by mixing few nutritious ingredients.One such random experiment,which turned to earn a FIVE STAR review from my toddler is here below for you.The recipe is instant to all those who stock idly-dosa batter at home.This is an easy and quick way to make your fussy baby include veggies in meal.The colour and texture will definitely attract children.Give a try and let me know how you liked it. Continue reading “INSTANT VEGETABLE DOSA|CARROT BEET DOSA”

SWEET POTATO CUTLET/TIKKI/PATTIES

Cutlet/Tikki is one among the family’s favorites. So i keep trying various varieties with it.A perfect snack for your little one who is fussy about having vegetables. Continue reading “SWEET POTATO CUTLET/TIKKI/PATTIES”

VEGETABLE BREAD UPMA|VEGETABLES BREAD STIR FRY

Whole wheat bread has always been a quick ingredient in my cooking and I prefer to load it with veggies/cheese/butter to make it healthy.Sandwiches make a quick and healthy snack/breakfast for the family when we really need a change. This bread upma flashed in my mind when mothers wanted healthy lunch box recipes/snacks recipes and finger foods. Whole wheat bread /Brown bread with no added sugar can be given to babies above 10 months very occasionally. For toddlers this can be a healthy snack/breakfast/dinner or tiffin box menu. I have ensured to include twice the amount of veggies than bread to make sure it is more nutritious. The combination of veggies added/size/shape/ratio is purely your choice.

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Ingredients:Vegetable bread upma

  • Bread slices-12
  • Carrot-2(medium sized)
  • Potato-2(Medium Sized)
  • Beans-1 cup(Sliced)
  • Green Chilly-1
  • Tomato-1
  • Onion-1 cup(Sliced)
  • Sambhar powder-1/2 tsp
  • Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
  • Jeera Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1 tsp
  • Pepper-1/2 tsp
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil/Ghee-To cook
  • Crumbled paneer-1 tbsp

To temper:

  • Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
  • Urad dhal-1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp

Procedure:

1.Chop the bread slices into small cubes.

2.Wash the veggies and cut into thin slices.

3.In a pan add 1 tbsp of ghee or oil and finely toast the bread cubes and add paneer crumbs at the end.

whole wheat bread veg upma1

4.Set them aside. Just toss them.

5.In the same pan,add ghee or oil and temper with tempering elements and green chilly.

whole wheat bread veg upma

6.Add onion,tomatoes and all veggies one after the other and saute them well.

7.Add all masalas and give a quick stir.

whole wheat bread veg upma

8.Add a cup of water and let it cook.

9.Close the pan and let it cook.

10.When the veggies are cooked 90% add salt and quickly stir well.

11.Add the bread cubes when the veggies becomes non sticky and completely dry/cooked.

12.Toss well and serve hot.

Veg bread upma


P.S:

You can even add pre cooked peas,corn ,capsicum.

Adding a drop of lemon juice or tomato sauce enhances the taste.

Always have a word with your doctor before offering anything new.

Do consider family history of allergies.

Adjust the spices level as per your taste.

Avoid salt before 1 year for babies.

Kozhukattai|Sweet & Spicy Plain Rice Momos|Steamed Rice Balls

This is one of the traditional recipes like aapam,idiyappam(recipes which I had posted already) from my family and it can be your breakfast/dinner or snacks. I wanted to post this today on account of Ganesh Chaturthi. An excellent finger food for your babies. Since these are steamed and doesn’t contain much oil,spices these can be ideal for 8 months to 80 years. HAPPY VINAYAGAR CHATHURTHI  everybody 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Idly/Dosa Rice-1 cup
  • Coconut-1/2 cup(grated)
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil-To cook

For spicy version:

  • Mustard seeds -1/4 tsp
  • Urad dhal-1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder-1/2 tsp
  • Curry leaves

For sweet version:

  • Powdered palm sugar-As per taste
  • Coconut-3 tbsp(grated)
  • Ghee-1 tsp

kozhukattai

Procedure:

1.Wash and soak rice for 3 hours.

2.Grind rice and coconut into a smooth paste.

3.Add water to reach a flowing consistency(not watery).

kozhukattai

4.Add some oil in a thick bottomed pan and add the batter made.

5.Keep stirring until it becomes a thick mass.

6.Grease your palms with oil and roll the cooked batter into small balls when it slightly warm.

kozhukattai

7.Steam cook them in a idly pot or pressure cooker(without whistle).

8.For spicy version,temper a pan with oil,urad dhal,mustard seeds and curry leaves.

9.Add half of the kozhukattai and add pepper powder.

10.Quickly toss and transfer to a serving bowl.

11.For sweet version,add ghee,palm sugar and coconut.

12.Give a quick stir and serve it luke warm.


P.S:

Stir the batter in medium flame.

The size depends on your choice. I prefer them small as little ones will be attracted.

The smaller the size the lesser is the timing of cooking.

Adding coconut and grinding rice makes these extremely soft. They just melt in your mouth.

The batter should be very smooth with no coarse particles.

Skip salt for babies below one year. Always have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food to your baby.

Use sterlized bowls and spoons for baby foods.

Be careful of choking if you are offering these are finger foods.

Adjust sweetness and pepper as per your taste.

WATER MELON SALAD

Water melon is my life saver in summer. Since 3/4 th of the year the season is more likely to be summer in my place I prefer watery vegetables and fruits more. This idea of a fruit salad arose in me when few mothers wanted recipes of fruits for kids who dislike fruits because of the inherent sweetness of fruits. I tasted fruits spicy salad in a buffet at The Taj.  I prefer sprouts salad for evening snacks than any other variety for the family. So I combined idea of salad with fruits. A delicious finger food for your baby,quick evening snack for your family and fussy toddler , an easy recipe of salad for a family gathering is here for you.

Ingredients: (Serves 2)

  • Water melon-1/2 cup(Chopped)
  • Tomato-1 small(chopped)
  • Onion-1 small(chopped)
  • Mint leaves-5
  • Lemon Juice-1 tsp
  • Pepper powder-1/4 tsp
  • Chat Masala-1/4 tsp(Optional)
  • Salt-To taste.

WATER MELON SALAD

Procedure:

1.Mix all ingredients except lemon juice and stir well.2.Garnish with mint leaves and serve.


wATER MELON SALAD


P.S:The ratio of the ingredients is your choice.Do not add salt for babies below 1 year.I didn’t add chat masala.Adjust spices according to your taste.Always have a word with your doctor before introducing new foods.


WATER MELON FOR BABIES:You can offer water melon to your babies after 6 months. Prefer to puree initially(recipe will be posted soon) and move on to this later. Few suggest to introduce melons around 8 months. Please don’t prefer juices for babies. To know why,please read here. Melons don’t contribute to allergies usually. How ever have a word with your pediatrician. many prefer juice for babies as this is a watery fruit. But preferring some pieces as finger foods or mashed pieces is highly recommended. I prefer water melons for babies because it is easy to pick and soft to eat. Remove the seeds carefully and then chop. Seeds might lead to choking in babies. This fruit will be a soothing option when babies are teething.

HOW TO CHOOSE WATER MELON?

    A melon which gives a good thump and hollow sound should be chosen.Always prefer fresh un-cut fruit.Inspect for bruises or cuts in the fruit.A fully grown melon will be heavier when compared to its size.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATER MELON:

    The melon is 93% watery in content. It helps in hydration of your body.It is rich in Vitamin C and hence helps you in iron absorption,maintaining blood counts and boosting immunity.It is a source of Vitamin A which helps in your eye and skin health.Watermelon has calcium and manganese which helps in bone development and proper functioning of the nervous system.Water melon is known for the anti oxidant named lycophene which helps in preventing cancer,asthma and heart diseases.

SWEET CORN CUTLET|CORN ALOO TIKKI|CORN TIKKI PATTIES

This recipe has been lying in my drafts for months together. I was planning to make it again and click new pictures. But somehow couldn’t. Hope to add fresh images soon. I tried this recipe when elders visited us on a rainy day.We just loved it and relished them perfectly with the drillzing climate outside I just came across the ingredients in a TV show and thought making a difference to the usual cutlet and believe me it was yummmm. I used ghee to shallow fry. If you find it too heavy you can try shallow fry with oil. I made this just like I make cutlets but later knew that this can also be called patty or tikki.I learnt few recipes of tikki and patty from fellow mommies. They are in my to try list. You can offer this to your little ones for snacks. 100% nutritious as I am not using maida which was mentioned in the original recipe.

Ingredients:

  • (Makes 10)
  • Potato-2
  • Corn kernels-1 cup
  • Onion-1/4 cup(chopped)
  • Salt-To taste
  • Chilly powder-1/4 tsp
  • Chat masala-A pinch
  • GGG paste-1/4 tsp
  • Ghee/Oil-To shallow fry
  • Bread crumbs-2 tbsp
  • Corn flour-1 tbsp
  • (GGG-Ginger Garlic Green Chilly paste)

SWEET CORN CUTLET

Procedure:

1.Pressure cook potatoes and corn kernels.

2.Mash potatoes and add corn kernels(cooked)  and chopped onions together.

SWEET CORN CUTLET

3.Add corn flour,all spices,salt and mix together.

4.Make a semi-thin paste(to coat) of corn flour.

SWEET CORN CUTLET

5.Make small balls of the mashed mixture.

6.Dip in the flour paste.

7.Flatten the balls and roll on bread crumbs.

SWEET CORN CUTLET

8.Shallow fry carefully and serve it hot with chutney/sauce.

SWEET CORN CUTLET

Check out my other recipes with corn:


P.S:

You can mash corn kernels and add to this.

Instead of paste of ginger,garlic and green chiily paste,you can add small pieces too.

Adjust spices according to your taste.

Avoid salt if you prefer this for babies less 1 year.

Corn can be included above 8 months. Please consider your doctor’s advise and family history of allergies before introducing any new food to your babies.

You can add some peas along with this.

Adjust bread crumbs and corn flour according to the consistency of the blended vegetables.

Cook potatoes and corn without water.

CHEESE STUFFED GOBI KOFTHA CURRY/GRAVY

I love malai kofthas served at restaurants for no reason. But I have always felt that I couldn’t have more than a koftha ball.Later I found the reason baking powder used when I viewed this recipe in a TV show. Hence I made an attempt to make one health friendly version for the family. Your little one will definitely love the kofthas as it just melt in mouth. A not so spicy but an yummy,creamy side dish. Come let’s grab some cheesy,chewy kofthas 🙂

cheese stuffed gobi koftha

Ingredients:

For the Koftha balls-15-17 balls

  • Cauliflower-1(medium sized)
  • Potatoes-5(medium sized)
  • Red chilly powder-1 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste-1/4 tsp
  • Garam masala powder-1/4 tsp
  • Coriander powder-1/4 tsp
  • Corn flour-2 tbsp
  • Bread crumbs-4 tbsp
  • Pepper powder-1/4 tsp
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil-To deep fry
  • Cheese-1/2 cup(small cubes)

cheese stuffed gobi koftha

For the gravy/curry:(Serves 5)

  • Tomato Puree-1.5 cups
  • Chilly powder-1/4 tsp
  • Onion-1 cup(Sliced finely)
  • Ghee-2 tbsp
  • Kasturi methi-1 tbsp
  • Cream-3 tbsp
  • Milk-1/2 cup
  • Salt-To taste

To grind into a smooth paste:

  • Green chiily-2
  • Ginger-A piece
  • Garlic-5
  • Mint leaves-3
  • Coriander leaves-5

Procedure:

1.Wash potatoes and pressure cook them

2.Remove the florets of cauliflower and immerse in a bowl of hot water(add a pinch of salt & turmeric powder).

3.Drain the water from caulifower after 10  minutes and par boil them.

cheese stuffed gobi koftha

4.Release the pressure and peel the skin of potatoes

5.When the cauliflower is completely cooked,drain the water and cool them.

6.Mash potatoes and cauliflower along with all ingredients mentioned for koftha.(except oil,bread crumbs,cheese)

cheese stuffed gobi koftha

7.Make small balls and stuff the cheese inside.

8.Roll these balls and give a coating of bread crumbs.

9.Deep fry these koftha balls and strain excess oil.

cheese stuffed gobi koftha

10. In a kadai heat ghee and add the chopped onion.

11.Saute them well.In the meantime make a fine paste of ginger,garlic,green chilly,mint leaves & coriander leaves.

12.When the onion turns golden brown add the paste and tomato puree.

cheese stuffed gobi koftha

13.Mix them well and saute till raw smell vanishes.

14.Add chilly powder and half cup of water and let it boil.

cheese stuffed gobi koftha

15.When it thickens well,add salt,kasturi methi.

16.Simmer and add milk and fresh cream.

17.Give a quick mix and switch off. This gravy will have a thick pouring consistency.

cheese stuffed gobi koftha

18.Add the balls/koftha to the gravy . Do not stir rigorously.

19.Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot.

cheese stuffed gobi koftha


P.S:

This dish needs utmost care and patience.

Cut the cheese into small cubes or else they might break and ooze out.

Make balls big enough to hold the cheese cubes.

Adjust the amount of salt used in gravy as we have already added salt in the koftha balls.

There must be no water in the potatoes and cauliflower.

Add corn flower according to the consistency of the mashed veggies.

You can skip cauliflower too.

You can replace cheese with paneer cubes too

You can also shred cheese and add to mashed veggies instead of stuffing.

If you prefer this for your little ones,have a word with your pediatrician. You should have introduced all ingredients separately in prior. Please use home made cheese for babies and use whole wheat bread crumbs for rolling. The kofthas as such will be enjoyed by little ones. Prefer home made cream.

Do not mix the gravy after adding the koftha balls. It would break.

Take care while frying the balls. Prefer medium flame. Ensure that they don’t break.

The base veggies are of your choice. You can even add carrot,beans.