Foods on the go

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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Sesame brittle (til chikki)

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Foods on the go | Tags: , , |

Everyone loves crisps and toddlers are no exception to it. Til chikki is particularly irresistible because of its texture and flavour. Til and jaggery both make the chikki highly rich in iron. This chikki is also a good way of encouraging independence in your child as she will learn to hold it and chew it on her own.

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

Makes 10 pieces.

Ingredients
1/2 cup sesame seeds (til), roasted
1/3 cup jaggery (gur), grated
1/2 teaspoon ghee
Other ingredients
1/2 teaspoon ghee for greasing
Method
1. Grease the back of a flat thali with ghee and keep it aside.
2. Heat the ghee in a pan and add the jaggery to it. Simmer till it forms hard ball when it is dropped in water.
3. Add the roasted til and mix thoroughly.
4. When the mixture is ready, pour it over the greased thali. Roll it into a thin layer using a greased rolling pin. (Remember to grease your hands too).
5. Cut into square pieces when it is still warm. Cool completely.
6. Store in an air-tight container.
Tips
VARIATION: PEANUT BRITTLE
You can use ½ cup of roasted and coarsely powdered peanuts instead of sesame seeds as variation.
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Spiced walnut ring cake

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Foods on the go | Tags: , , |

I am sure this spicy cake which is rich in energy, protein and calcium will not fail to please your child. Ginger adds to the flavour as well as helps to ease the digestion of your precious little one. It is also a good snack to take if you are travelling as it keeps well for a few days.
This is a rich recipe and one can indulge in it occasionally. It is good for a toddler who is fussy about food.

Baking Time : 30 mins.
Baking Temperature : 180°C (360°F).
Preparation Time : 10 mins.

Makes 8 pieces.

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder (soonth)
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder (jaiphal)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder (dalchini)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup condensed milk
1/3 cup milk
1/4 cup walnuts, chopped
Method
1. Sieve the flour with the baking powder, ginger powder, nutmeg powder and cinnamon powder.
2. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a bowl till light and fluffy.
3. Add the condensed milk, flour mixture, milk and walnuts and mix well.
4. Pour this mixture into a greased 125 mm. (5″) diameter ring mould or a square [150 mm. X 150 mm. (6″ X 6″)] tin.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C (360°F) for 25 to 30 minutes or until a knife inserted into the cake comes out clean.
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Carrot cake

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Cakes, Foods on the go | Tags: , , |

Older children enjoy cake as an occasional treat but plain sponge cakes can be a little boring for them. Carrots have been added as they add variety and also provide substantial amounts of vitamin A and fibre. Cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and jaggery impart delicious flavours to this cake.
This cake is really a great “tiffin box” item that your baby will enjoy during play time.

Baking Time : 40 mins.
Preparation Time : 15 mins.
Baking Temperature : 180°C (360°F).

Makes 24 pieces.

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder (dalchini)
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg powder (jailphal)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup jaggery (gur), grated
2 cups carrots, grated
Method
1. Melt the butter, honey and jaggery over a low flame. Keep aside.
2. Sift the flour with the cinnamon, nutmeg and baking powders.
3. Combine the butter mixture, flour mixture and grated carrots and pour into a greased 200 mm. x 100 mm. (8″ x 4″) baking pan.
4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180°C (360°F) for 1 hour. Cool on a wire rack.
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Cheesy corn and vegetable cutlet

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Foods on the go | Tags: , |

These vegetable laden, colourful and mouth watering cutlets are great to tempt the tummy of children with a less predictable palate or a smaller appetite. For more baby friendly appeal, roll the cutlets in fancy shapes and sizes. Serve them as a snack with your child’s favourite sauce or sweet chutney, or make a burger or frankie filling with it.

Preparation Time : 15 mins.
Cooking Time : 25 mins.

Makes 6 cutlets.

Ingredients
1/4 cup potato, boiled and mashed
1/4 cup grated corn
1/4 cup carrots, grated
1/4 cup cabbage, grated
1 clove garlic, grated
2 tablespoons cheese, grated
1 teaspoon butter
salt to taste
Other ingredients
2 tablespoons oil for cooking
Method
1. Heat the butter, add the corn, carrots, cabbage and garlic and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the flame.
2. Combine the potato, cheese, cooked vegetable mixture and salt and mix well.
3. Divide this mixture into 6 equal portions and shape into small cutlets.
4. Shallow fry on a non-stick pan using a little oil.
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Cheese straws

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Foods on the go | Tags: , , |

Laden with energy, protein and calcium, these straws will serve as a perfect snack in between meals for your child. Your toddler will love these straws because of their crispy and crunchy texture, which also enhances the chewing ability of your little one.

Baking Temperature : 200°C (400°F).
Preparation Time : 15 mins.
Baking Time : 20 mins.

Makes 35 straws.

Ingredients
1 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1/3 cup butter
4 tablespoons cheese, grated
2 pinches salt
Method
1. Sieve the flour and add the salt.
2. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips till the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
3. Add the cheese and mix well.
4. Add ice-cold water (approx. 1 tablespoon) and make a dough.
5. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board to about 6 mm. (¼”) thickness.
6. Cut into 50 mm. (2″) long strips using a knife.
7. Arrange the straws on an ungreased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200ºC (400°F) for 10 to 12 minutes.
8. Cool completely and store in an air-tight container.
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Whole wheat bread

Posted on July 31, 2009. Filed under: Foods on the go, Snacks | Tags: , , |

Most children love to nibble on bread for a snack. Though it is easily available in the market, it is fun to make your own healthy version using whole wheat flour when time permits.
For a more nourishing snack make a sandwich using fresh vegetables.

Preparation Time : 60 mins.
Baking Temp. for 10 mins. : 200°C (400°F)
Baking Time : 25 mins.

Makes 13 slices.

Ingredients
2 1/4 cups (250 grams) whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
2 teaspoons (10 grams) fresh yeast
3/4 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
Main procedure
1. Sieve the flour. Make a well in the centre.
2. Add the yeast, sugar and a little warm water.
3. Wait for at least 4 to 5 minutes or until bubbles surface. Add the butter and salt.
4. Knead into a soft dough by adding some more warm water.
5. Knead well till the dough in smooth and elastic.
6. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and allow it to prove till it doubles in volume (approx. 20 minutes).
7. Knead again, shape into a loaf and place it in a greased loaf tin.
8. Cover with a damp muslin cloth and allow it to prove again till it doubles in volume.
9. Sprinkle some water over the loaf tin and bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 150°C (300°F) and bake for another 15 minutes.
10. Cool and cut into slices. Use as required.
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Tandoori paneer pizzas

Posted on July 29, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Foods on the go, pizza, Snacks | Tags: , , |

A protein-packed paneer topping gives a healthy twist to this all-time favourite with kids.

Preparation Time : 30 mins.
Baking Temperature : 200°C (400°F).
Cooking Time : 3 to 5 mins.
Baking Time : 30 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
2 nos. 200 mm. (8″) whole wheat pizza bases
2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
½ cup grated mozzarella cheese
For the tandoori paneer topping
1 cup paneer (cottage cheese) cubes
¼ cup capsicum cubes
¼ cup deseeded and cubed tomatoes
¼ cup onion cubes
1 tablespoon fresh cream
To be mixed into a marinade
½ cup fresh thick curds (dahi)
1 teaspoon chilli powder
½ teaspoon dried Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves), roasted and powdered
1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
½ teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon butter
Salt to taste
Other ingredients
½ teaspoon butter for greasing and glazing
For the tandoori paneer filling
1. Marinate the paneer, capsicum and tomato cubes in the prepared marinade for about 30 minutes.
2. Heat the butter in a saucepan, add the onion cubes and sauté for some time.
3. Add the marinated paneer, capsicum and tomatoes, and fresh cream and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes.
4. Remove from the fire and allow to cool.
5. Divide into 2 equal portions. Keep aside.
How to proceed
1. Place one pizza base on a greased baking tray.
2. Spread some tomato ketchup on it.
3. Spread half the tandoori paneer filling over the base.
4. Sprinkle half the cheese on top.
5. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°C (400°F) for 10 to 15 minutes or till the base is evenly browned and the cheese melts.
6. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make another pizza.
7. Serve hot.
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Fruit lollies

Posted on July 16, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Foods on the go, ice-cream | Tags: , , |

Lip-smacking lollies made from protein- and calcium-rich curds and fruits that provide fibre
Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: Nil. Makes 8 fruit lollies.
1 cup stewed apples, recipe below
¼ cup chopped bananas
½ cup fresh curds (dahi)
1 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp lemon juice
For the stewed apples
¼ cup chopped apples
1 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp lemon juice
For the stewed apples
1. In a vessel, mix all the ingredients with 2 tbsp of water and cook till all the moisture evaporates and apples become soft and light brown in colour.
2. Remove from the flame and keep aside to cool.
How to proceed
1. Combine the stewed apples, bananas, curds and sugar and blend into a smooth mixture in a blender.
2. Add the lemon juice and mix well.
3. Pour into plastic moulds and freeze for 6 to 8 hours till firm.
4. Insert tooth picks into the frozen lollies and unmould.
Serve immediately.
Nutritive values per lolli
Energy: 23 calories
Protein: 0.3 gm
Carbohydrates: 4.1 gm
Fats: 0.4 gm
Calcium: 14.5 mg

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