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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Dal mash

Posted on August 3, 2009. Filed under: INFANY - five to six months | Tags: , |

Dal mash is a good supplementary meal to meet your baby’s increased demands of energy and proteins. Begin with a simple dal mash and later on add vegetables to it. After 6 months of age, you can add a dash of pepper and a few drops of lemon juice to enhance its flavour.

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

Makes 1/2 cup.

Ingredients
2 tablespoons yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
1/4 cup carrot, peeled and chopped
2 to 3 french beans, stringed and finely chopped
Method
1. Pressure cook all the ingredients together with ½ cup of water for 3 whistles.
2. Liquidise the mixture in a blender. Serve lukewarm.
Tips
You can also add crumbled whole wheat flour rotis into the dal mixture and mash it to make a complete meal for your baby after she is 6 months old.
VARIATION :
MIXED DAL MASH
Substitute the 2 tablespoons of yellow moong dal with 1 tablespoon of yellow moong dal and 1 tablespoon of masoor dal.
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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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