Baby and toddler food

Almond pistachio praline triangle

Posted on September 18, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Foods on the go | Tags: , |

A delicious praline made of nuts and poppy seeds. A great snack for any time of the day.
praline

Preparation Time : : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : : 15 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
1/3 cup coarsely powdered nuts (almonds and pistachio)
2 tablespoons melon seeds (charmagaz)
2 tablespoons poppy seeds (khus khus)
1/4 teaspoon cardamom (elaichi) powder
1/2 cup sugar
oil to grease
Method
1. In a heavy bottomed pan, add the sugar and melt it over gentle heat, stirring continuously till the sugar is light brown in colour (caramelised).
2. Remove from the fire, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
3. Pour this mixture onto a greased marble or stone surface.
4. Using a large greased rolling pin, roll out the praline as thinly as you can.
5. While it is still warm, cut into triangles. Allow it to cool completely.
6. Store in an air-tight container.
Tips
Sugar burns very quickly, so give it your full attention.
Remove the sugar from the flame just when it starts to caramelise because it continues to brown even after it is removed from heat.
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Curried beans pasta

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Foods on the go, pasta | Tags: , |

Rich in Vitamin A, Potassium & Fibre

Pasta is always a hit with children, and they will enjoy this tempting curried beans concoction.

Cooking Time : 15 mins.
Preparation Time : 20 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
2 cups small whole wheat pasta (macaroni, fussilli, farfalle, etc.)
¼ cup soaked lima beans (pavta)
2 to 3 peppercorns
1 bayleaf (tejpatta)
¼ cup finely chopped onions
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 cup finely chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
1 tablespoon fresh cream
1 tablespoon butter
Salt to taste
Method
1. Put plenty of water to boil, add the oil and salt. Add the pasta and cook till just done. Drain well and refresh in cold water. Drain again and keep aside.
2. Peel the soaked lima beans and boil in salted water till done. Drain, peel and keep aside.
3. Melt the butter in a pan and add the peppercorns and bayleaf.
4. Add the onions and garlic and sauté till the onions turn translucent.
5. Add the tomatoes and cook, mashing continuously with the back of a wooden spoon.
6. Add the cooked beans, tomato ketchup, cream, pasta and salt and heat while mixing gently.
7. Serve hot.
Tips
If lima beans are not available, replace them with rajma (kidney beans).
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Fruity chana salad

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Diabetes/diabetic recipe, Starter | Tags: |

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Bulgur wheat and paneer pulao

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Chawal/rice/pulao/biryani, Home Remedies, INFANCY - ten to twelve months | Tags: , , , , |

Pulao is usually associated with rice. Here, I have tried to make a different kind of pulao using bulgur wheat which has a very good fibre content. Addition of vegetables and paneer makes it all the more nourishing and helps in good vision as well as appealing for your infant. Serve it with fresh curds to make a complete meal.

Preparation Time : 15 mins.
Cooking Time : 20 mins.

Makes 1 cup.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons bulgur wheat (dalia), washed
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
a pinch asafoetida (hing)
1/2 cup mixed vegetables (cauliflower, green peas, french beans and carrots), finely chopped
1/4 cup paneer (cottage cheese), chopped
1 teaspoon chopped coriander
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ghee
salt to taste
Method
1. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the bulgur wheat and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the vegetables, paneer, 1 cup of water and salt and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
3. Before serving, add the coriander and lemon juice and mix well. Serve lukewarm.
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Corn sambar

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: INFANCY - ten to twelve months | Tags: , , |

A quicker version of sambar that’s also a variation of the traditional recipe. Grated corn is tempered with mild curry powder. This dish is good with steamed rice or vegetable idlis.
Curry powder is a blend of spices that is available at most grocery stores. While cooking for your baby. Choose the mildest variety of curry powder available.

Cooking Time : 15 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Makes 1 cup.

Ingredients
1/4 cup sweet corn, grated
1 tablespoon onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
a pinch asafoetida (hing)
1/4 cup tomato, chopped
1/2 teaspoon mild curry powder
1/2 teaspoon ghee
salt to taste
Method
1. Heat the ghee and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida.
2. Add the onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the tomato, corn and curry powder and sauté for another 4 to 5 minutes.
4. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.
5. Add salt and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Serve lukewarm with vegetable idlis or steamed rice.
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Corn and peas with cottage cheese

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Toddlerhood | Tags: , , |

Yellow pearls of corn combined with peas and cubes of cottage cheese look really appealing and I’m sure your little angel will enjoy munching on them.
A new flavour of mixed dried herbs is added to perk up this dish, as children at this age do enjoy experimenting with newer flavours.
You should cook both the peas and the corn till they are ver;y soft and can be mashed and chewed by your toddler.

Cooking Time : 15 mins.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.

Makes 3/4 cup.

Ingredients
1/4 cup sweet corn kernels
1/4 cup green peas
1/4 cup paneer (cottage cheese), cubed
1 tablespoon onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 teaspoon mixed herbs (oregano, thyme etc.)
1 teaspoon butter
salt to taste
Main Procedure
1. Heat the butter and sauté the onion and garlic for 2 minutes.
2. Add the corn, peas and ½ cup of water and allow to simmer till the peas and corn are soft.
3. Add the paneer, mixed herbs and salt and mix well
4. Using a fork, mash the corn kernels and peas so that your toddler will not have trouble swallowing them.
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Muskmelon and watermelon juice

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Toddlerhood | Tags: , , |

Most paediatricians advise that children below the age of I year should not be given watermelon as it disagrees with their delicate constitution. However, this is a really tasty combination of fruit juices for children over the age of 1 year and your little one is sure to enjoy it.

Cooking Time : Nil.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Makes 1/2 cup.

Ingredients
1/4 cup muskmelon (kharbooja), chopped
1/4 cup watermelon (tarbuj), chopped
Method
1. Combine the muskmelon and watermelon and blend in a liquidiser. Serve immediately.
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Plum and banana puree

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Toddlerhood | Tags: , , |

Sharp or acidic fruits like plums are not easily accepted by babies. But these fruits provide plenty of vitamin C and should be included in their diet. Adding some mashed banana tones down the sharpness of the plums and keeps both baby and you happy.

Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : Nil.

Makes 1 cup.

Ingredients
3 ripe plums, peeled and deseeded
1 banana, peeled and deseeded
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar (optional)
Method
1. Combine all the ingredients, blend in liquidiser and serve immediately.
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Beetroot and carrot raita

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Toddlerhood | Tags: , , |

At least 2 glasses of milk per day is essential for toddlers as they require it for the development of bones and teeth. If your toddler is not happy about having milk, try other forms of milk like cheese, curds, paneer etc.
This tongue tickling raita will go well with a paratha or a pulao.

Cooking time : Nil.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Makes 1/2 cup.

Ingredients
1/4 cup fresh curds (yoghurt)
1 tablespoon carrots, peeled and grated
1 tablespoon beetroot, peeled and grated
1/4 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds (jeera)
salt to taste
a pinch sugar (optional)
Method
1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately.
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Fruity chana salad

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: Toddlerhood | Tags: , , , |

Salads have great nutritive value and should be a part of your baby’s meals. While most little ones are not enthusiastic about salads, if you include a few of their preferred ingredients, they won’t even notice they’re eating salad. You can add any seasonal fruits that are your baby’s favourite instead of pomegranate and oranges.

Cooking Time : 20 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Makes 1 cup.

Ingredients
1/4 cup chick peas (kabuli chana), soaked overnight
1/4 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon seedless grapes, halved
1/4 cup orange segments, peeled and deseeded
black salt (sanchal) to taste
Method
1. Drain out the water from the soaked chick peas.
2. Add fresh water and salt and pressure cook till the chick peas are soft.
3. Drain and cool completely.
4. Combine with all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
5. Serve immediately.
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