Junior chef (Kids cooking)

Pan pizza

Posted on July 23, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Junior chef (Kids cooking), pizza | Tags: , , |

Children’s all-time favourite recipe made within minutes on a tava (griddle).

Preparation Time : : 30 mins.
Cooking Time : : 45 mins.

Makes 2 pizzas.

For the pizza base
2 cups plain flour (maida)
2 teaspoons (100 grams) fresh yeast, crumbled
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon oil
For the tomato sauce
4 large tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, chopped
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
For the topping
1/2 cup spring onions, chopped
1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
1 cup cooking cheese or mozzarella cheese, grated
Other ingredients
1 tablespoon oil for cooking
For pizza base
1. Combine all the ingredients except the oil in a bowl and knead into a soft dough using enough water until it is smooth and elastic.
2. Add the oiul and knead again.
3. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to prove till it doubles in volume (approx. 15 to 20 minutes).
4. Press the dough lightly to remove the air.
5. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts.
6. Roll out each portion into a circle of 250 mm. (10″) diameter and 6 mm. (1/4″) thickness.
For the tomato sauce
1. Blanch the tomatoes in boiling water.
2. Peel, cut into quarters and deseed the tomatoes.
3. Chop finely and keep the tomato pulp aside.
4. Heat the oil, add the onion and garlic and saute for a few minutes.
5. Add the tomato pulp and allow it to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until the sauce reduces a little.
6. Add the ketchup, sugar and salt and simmer for some more time.
7. Finally, add the oregano and mix well.
How to proceed
1. Heat half the oil in a non-stick pan and place a pizza base on it.
2. Spread half the tomato sauce over the pizza base.
3. Top with half the spring onions, mushrooms and cheese.
4. Cover the pan with a lid and cook on a very slow flame for 10 to 12 minutes or till the base is evenly browned.
5. Repeat with the remaining ingredients to make another pizza.
Tips
The trick in making this pizza is to keep the flame sufficiently low so that the base does not burn while cooking.
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Pizza sauce

Posted on July 22, 2009. Filed under: Junior chef (Kids cooking), pizza | Tags: |

For 2 pizzas.

Ingredients
4 tomatoes
1 onion
4 garlic flakes
1 teaspoon oregano
2 tablespoons butter
salt to taste
Tips
If you do not have time to make pizza sauce, use 3 tablespoons of tomato ketchup and 1/2 teaspoon of chilli sauce instead.

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Peppy penne

Posted on July 15, 2009. Filed under: Baby and toddler food, Foods on the go, Junior chef (Kids cooking) | Tags: , , |

A super quick recipe for pasta.

Cooking Time : : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : : 5 mins.

Serves 4.

Ingredients
2 cups cooked penne (pasta)
1/2 cup mixed boiled vegetables
5 tablespoons instant tomato soup powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup grated cheese
Method
1. Combine the tomato soup powder with 1 cup of water and mix well so that no lumps remain.
2. Put it into a saucepan and bring to a boil.
3. Add the milk and cheese and simmer.
4. Add the cooked penne and vegetables.
5. Toss well and serve immediately.
Tips
You can use your favourite flavour of soup instead of the tomato soup powder.
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Sunken submarines

Posted on May 18, 2009. Filed under: Junior chef (Kids cooking) | Tags: |

Submarine rolls topped with cheesy corn and vegetables.

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

Makes 6 rolls.

Ingredients
6 hot dog rolls
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup boiled vegetables (french beans, carrots, green peas, potatoes, cauliflower)
1/2 cup cooked corn kernels
1 green chilli, chopped
salt to taste
pepper to taste
For the white sauce
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon plain flour (maida)
1 cup milk
salt to taste
For the topping
6 tablespoons grated cooking cheese
For the white sauce
1. Melt the butter, add the flour and cook on a slow flame for 2 minutes, while stirring throughout.
2. Add the milk gradually while stirring continuously, so that no lumps form and bring it to a boil.
3. Add salt and mix well. Remove from the fire and keep aside.
Slit each roll horizontally. Butter lighlty.
1. Mix the boiled vegetables, corn, white sauce, green chilli, salt and pepper.
2. Stuff each roll with a little vegetable mixture.
3. Sprinkle the grated cheese and grill in a hot oven at 200°C(400°F) for 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Serve hot.
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Cooked rice pancakes

Posted on May 13, 2009. Filed under: Junior chef (Kids cooking), Quick recipe/Bachelors recipe/leftover | Tags: , , , , |

A delicious recipe to use any left-over rice.

Prepartion Time : : 10 mins.
Cooking Time : : 20 mins.

Makes 10 to 12 pancakes.

Ingredients
2 cups cooked rice
1/3 cup grated carrot
1/3 cup chopped spring onion
1/3 cup shredded cabbage
1/4 cup whole wheat flour (gehun ka atta)
1/2 cup Bengal gram flour (besan)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
2 green chillies, finely chopped
2 tablespoons curds
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
salt to taste
Other ingredients
oil to cook
Method
1. Combine the ingredients except the oil in a bowl.
2. Add enough water to make a sofr dough.
3. Divide the dough into 10 to 12 equal portions.
4. Using wet hands, press one portion of the dough onto a damp cloth to form a 100 mm. (4″) diameter circle.
5. Lift the cloth and upturn the pancake on to a non-stick tava.
6. Cook on both sides till golden brown using a little oil. Repeat with the remaining dough to make 10 to 12 pancakes.
7. Serve hot with green chutney.
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Cucumber cottage cheese sandwich

Posted on October 2, 2008. Filed under: Junior chef (Kids cooking), Sandwich | Tags: , , |

Makes 4 sandwiches.

Ingredients
8 bread slices
1 cucumber
1 cup grated paneer
1 tablespoon  butter
1 tablespoon green chutney (recipe given in the chaat section of this blog)
salt to taste
Tips
Sandwiches stay nice and fresh when wrapped in a damp cloth, plastic film or butter paper.

Serve with tomato ketchup

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