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”

HOME MADE JAM|HOME MADE BEET CARROT JAM

I have a craze to try every single possible thing at home when it comes to cooking. It is not only healthy but you get an immense pleasure seeing the outcome. Every time I use it, I really feel that I am doing some justice to my family members. I am an ardent fan of sweets(Be it any from plain sugar to any high calorie sweet) . I can finish them in no time. I remember running in grocery shops to pick jam bottle though mom has a stock or not. My love for jam still continues but I remain slightly controlled ūüėČ My aunt made this jam(only with beet) when I was pregnant and I had it stored for 3 months. I just scare for the sugar part which is added otherwise this is a very healthy recipe. I thought to add carrots so that I can reduce the amount of sugar added. Check the recipe and try for yourself. Do not forget to write me your comments please…

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Ingredients:

  • Beet Root-4 small sized
  • Carrot-3 medium sized
  • Lemon juice-2 drops.
  • Sugar-1 cup

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Procedure:

1.Wash and peel carrot and beet root.

2.Pressure cook for 5 whistles.

3.Chop them roughly,add to a blender and mash them completely.

4.Dissolve sugar in some water and keep it aside.

5.In a heavy bottomed pan add the beet carrot paste and let it boil.

6.Keep it in medium flame and stir it.

7.When it first begin to boil(bubble arises) add the sugar dissolved and mix well.

8.Now close the pan and keep stirring occasionally.

9.Keep a watch for the right consistency.

10.When it thickens slow down the flame and add lemon juice and stir well.

11.Switch off immediately and store in an airtight container after cooling.

12.Let it rest one day or night(max of 8 hours) in room temperature and then refrigerate.

13.Enjoy this yummy jam as a spread on your idly/dosa/bread/bun/roti/phulkha.

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P.S:

Adjust sugar as per your taste.

You can even skip carrot here.

Do not let it cook/boil after adding lemon juice. It will become bitter in taste.

Whenever you open the lid to stir,slow down the flame and stir. The bubbles might splash on you and hurt.

Use a thick pan and a long ladle.

Do not let it thicken too much it might becomes so hard like a candy.

Babies above one year can be given this very occasionally. Best would be to even reduce the sugar level.

Do not use this daily because your little one might develop a sweet tooth.

This stays three months perfect if refrigerated.

You can skip lemon juice and store for 2 weeks.

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WHOLE WHEAT BEET ROOT HALWA(TIRUNELVELI HALWA STYLE)

The festive season has begun and we can find it sparkling in all corners of the world with pooja preparations,sale discounts,special recipes,big sales and purchases. I wish to begin this season of festivals with a recipe I had recently tried. This recipe is adopted from my grandmother’s traditional method of making TIRUNELVELI HALWA.¬† She used to make it for every Diwali it seems.Tirunelveli(my home town) is very famous for its Halwa and it is very uniquely prepared and the taste will tangle in your taste buds forever. I made few changes to make it 100% healthy and adhering to my blog’s purpose. Yes I have used whole wheat instead of normal wheat and have replaced sugar with palm sugar and added some beet root to make it little crunchy for your little ones. I am sure you will enjoy it.¬† I have written a few thoughts on when wheat can be given to babies and what are the benefits of a whole grain especially whole wheat. I have already made an attempt to make whole wheat porridge and hence this idea implementation was not tough.

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Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat/Red wheat-1 cup
  • Palm sugar-2.5 cups(powdered)
  • Beet root-1/2 cup(grated)
  • Ghee-3 tbsp
  • Dry fruits-to garnish

wheat beet root halwa

Procedure:

1.Remove all impurities from wheat and rinse it well.

2.Soak it for 8 to 12 hours. The wheat should have turned soft.

3.Drain the water and add the wheat to a mixer.

4.Add few spoons or half a cup of water of water and grind it well.

wheat beet root halwa

5.Extract the milk of wheat. Repeat this till 3 times by adding water.

6.In a pan add ghee,roast the dry fruits and separate them.

7.Add the grated beetroot in the same pan and saute them well until raw smell vanishes.

wheat beet root halwa

8.In the mean time,add the powdered pal sugar in the milk of whole wheat and filter it thrice.

9.Add the milk of whole wheat to the beet root and keep stirring.

10.Add ghee then and there to enable easy stirring.

11.Continue to stir until it becomes thick like halwa.

12.Add the dry fruits and serve.

beet root halwa with whole wheat


Whole wheat/Red wheat vs white wheat

P.S:

Extract a maximum of 2 cups of milk of whole wheat.

Do not make the milk too diluted or too thick.

Adding ghee lavishly enhances the taste and helps in easy cooking.

If you are allergic to wheat,you can skip and use ragi milk too.

Keep stirring continuously in medium flame.

The colour depends on quality of palm sugar used.

Always consider family history of allergies before introducing any new food.

Have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food.

This can be given to babies above 8 months after having introduced wheat and beet root separately.

Avoid palm sugar and dry fruits for babies below one year.

Choose small beet roots to have natural sweetness.

For babies below one year you can use some dates to sweeten.

This can be stored outside for 3 days and to a max of 7 days in refrigerator.

I missed capturing the whole wheat. Sorry about it.


Wheat for Babies:

This topic is yet another debating topic and has no fixed common answer. Wheat is suggested as the last grain to be introduced in baby food by few doctors whereas few recommend to offer by 7 months so that the allergy is outgrown. Ideally wheat can be introduced by 8 months after having introduced all grains.Wheat is a gluten food and hence few recommend a delay in introduction. How ever recent studies have proved that allergens must be introduced before 9 months so that baby out grows it soon. When you first introduce wheat you may try my recipe whole wheat porridge

Why Whole Wheat/Red Wheat?

I always prefer whole grains/grain flour to refined grains/flour because refining/milling processes involve several chemicals in it and refined grains become less nutritional as the bran and germ are removed. The glycemic index of whole wheat is much lesser than others and it aids in controlling optimal weight gain. The fiber content and vitamin contents of a grain remains in it when it is whole. This helps in developing healthy gut and protecting/curing constipation. It helps in fighting against breast cancer,colon cancer,heart diseases and helps women in developing in gastro intestinal health.It improves metabolism and helps in protecting against Type 2 diabetes. In children it helps in preventing ashtma.

In 100 g of whole wheat,we have 27% of protein,24% of carbs,34% of niacin,28% of thiamin and other minerals like manganese,magnesium,phosphorous and selenium.

References:

organicfacts.com