RAVA LADDU|SOOJI LADDU

Rava laddu is one quick recipe which can be made in no time and gets over in the same speed.It just melts in mouth.This has been one of my favourites in childhood and every aunt/grandmom who visits me would definitely come with a box of this. Recently I stopped making/having them after having avoided the white ingredients in my cooking.After a long time,this was made for a special person.

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FRIED BENGAL GRAM LADDU|POTTUKADALAI URUNDAI|MAA LAADU

I hope all of you are busy preparing for Krishna Jeyanthi/Janmashtami and few of you are celebrating the same.Best wishes from Kitchen Kathukutty on this special occasion. I was away from blogging for quite few days and it happened so unexpectedly. My grandmom fell sick and it took sometime to get things settled.I wanted to post a lot of recipes which I had tried for the upcoming festive season.But unfortunately couldn’t and now I am posting one of the simplest and all time favourite festive season recipe of our family. My son just loves it.this lot was prepared by my mom for my son and you can find some small cracks in them due to travel . My camera had a small damage and I missed few pictures including the step by step pictures of this recipe.I shall soon update them when I make it next time.Check out other recipes for this festive season here.All recipes would be mostly prepared without sugar/maida/milk to maake it more healthy.We call this Cheeni Urundai at home and it is also called maa laddu/maa ladoo/pottu kadalai urundai or pori kadalai urndai.This is very simple sweet which can be prepared with just three ingredients. Continue reading “FRIED BENGAL GRAM LADDU|POTTUKADALAI URUNDAI|MAA LAADU”

BREAD ROLLS

Cheesy bread rolls with potato is a filling and healthy snack for your fussy toddler who refuses to eat veggies. This was our snack last evening as all of us were craving some hot and sizzling munch on for a drizzling climate. I just gave a quick try with all ingredients which were readily available at home then.You can make any number of variations in this recipe.This is an excellent finger food for babies above 8 months. When you make it for babies below one year,avoid salt and use home made cheese. Continue reading “BREAD ROLLS”

WATER MELON JUICE & SALAD

March is yet to march out but the rays of sun is getting hotter day by day. It is extremely essential to stay hydrated enough and take care during summer. I prefer including plenty of water,tender coconut,fruits and vegetables which are high in water content in my daily menu. Here are recipes from watermelon which are mostly part of my routine. Continue reading “WATER MELON JUICE & SALAD”

SWEET POTATO CUTLET/TIKKI/PATTIES

Cutlet/Tikki is one among the family’s favorites. So i keep trying various varieties with it.A perfect snack for your little one who is fussy about having vegetables. Continue reading “SWEET POTATO CUTLET/TIKKI/PATTIES”

BABY CORN KATHI ROLL|KATI ROLL

Kathi Roll/Kati Roll/Wrap/Roll-However you call it ,I am a big fan of it. It is an excellent way to load nutrition in meal box.A very easy and attractive on the go snack/meal.I had been having this as my meal in college days whenever my schedule was hectic and I was juggling around. Paneer wrap is my favourite but most wraps bought outside has maida outside. That’s when I decided to make this at home. The origin of this seems to be from Kolkata,West Bengal and it is a very famous street food there. You can make it anyway with any stuffing of your choice hence I love it for being able to attempt “N” endless variations.For kids who love to munch on something this is a healthy meal. I packed for our travel few months back and so I missed few clicks during my hurry burry packing.I shall soon post fresh pictures(step by step) .Now let’s get into the recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • For the Rolls:
  • Whole wheat flour-1 cup
  • Salt-To taste
  • Water & ghee -To knead.

For the stuffing:

  • Baby Corn-4
  • Onion-1
  • Capsicum-1/2
  • Tomato-1
  • Chilly powder-1/4 tsp
  • Garam Masala powder-1/4 tsp
  • Grated cheese/Mayo/Butter-2 tbsp(Optional)

To grind into a fine paste:

  • Ginger-A small piece
  • Green Chilly-1
  • Onion-1
  • Tomato-1/2
  • Garlic-4

Salt-To taste

Oil-To cook

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Procedure:

1.Make a smooth and firm chappthi dough and set it aside.

2.Chop baby corn,onion,capsicum,tomato lengthwise (Thin long strips)

3.In a mixer jar add the items under”To grind into a fine paste” and blend well.

4.In a pan,add oil and saute the the paste. Set it aside.

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5.In the same pan add oil and add onion,tomato,baby corn and capsicum.

6.Add the masala powder and the paste and sprinkle little water

7.Add salt and cook for five minutes.

8.Take care not to over cook.The crunchy feeling of capsicum should be retained.

9.Make chappathis and cool.

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10.Grease chappathi with Mayo/Butter and place the stuffing inside and roll or place the stuffing and top with grated cheese and roll.

11.Cut into pieces and serve.

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P.S:

I like the soggy nature the roti acquires when stored for travel,hence added mayo.If you dislike please skip it.

For babies please use home made cheese.

Adjust spices as per your taste.

The stuffing shouldn’t be watery.Cook accordingly.

Don’t stuff too much.

Roll thinner wraps for younger kids which help them to handle easily.

This can be offered to babies above one year. It will be excellent finger food helping baby to bite,hold and chew.

Always have a word with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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RAGI PANCAKE|FINGER MILLET PANCAKE-NO EGG NO COOKING SODA

Ragi/Finger millet or  கேழ்வரகு is one of the miracle grains/millets and it is an abundant source of nutrition. It is one of the first foods for babies and also a very traditional grain of India. I have been incorporating millets in my cooking once or twice in a week and you can find my detailed writeup on MILLETS and various recipes of millets here. This pancake idea has been in my mind for a long time and I was hunting for pancake recipes without COOKING SODA & EGG. I found few alternatives for them and I am trying those. In the meantime yesterday evening my mother in law’s recipe of sweet ragi roti flashed my mind. I made small modifications and made a very quick INDO AMERICAN “ராகி/ கேழ்வரகு pancake”. It tasted yummm and it came out so soft melted in our mouths. The best part of this recipe is it is so instant and quick. All you need is 10 minutes and your super healthy yummy pancake is ready. This can be your breakfast/dinner/snack. This can be offered to babies who have completely 6 months of age after having introduced the ingredients individually. Continue reading “RAGI PANCAKE|FINGER MILLET PANCAKE-NO EGG NO COOKING SODA”

DRY FRUITS BURFI OR ENERGY BARS

Diwali/Deepavali is slowly peeping every household and I can feel the glitters in the air. I am sure all of you are getting ready in all aspects like making sweets & savoury, purchase, pooja preparations. I began my preparations last week and I wanted to attempt different but easy recipes for this Diwali. I occasionally came across this recipe in a magazine and prepared myself to make it right then. I made few alterations however as per my family’s preference. This is an excellent healthy,nutritious  and power packed sweet for this festival and it can be your baby/toddler snack , school goer’s evening snack ,travel food option. I have already posted recipes of instant dry fruits laddo/ball and instant dry fruits milk along with a detailed note on when to introduce dry fruits for babies. Do read them in the respective link(Click the underlined words).It remains good in room temperature for a week and you store it for 15 days in refrigerator. Continue reading “DRY FRUITS BURFI OR ENERGY BARS”

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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VEGETABLE BREAD UPMA|VEGETABLES BREAD STIR FRY

Whole wheat bread has always been a quick ingredient in my cooking and I prefer to load it with veggies/cheese/butter to make it healthy.Sandwiches make a quick and healthy snack/breakfast for the family when we really need a change. This bread upma flashed in my mind when mothers wanted healthy lunch box recipes/snacks recipes and finger foods. Whole wheat bread /Brown bread with no added sugar can be given to babies above 10 months very occasionally. For toddlers this can be a healthy snack/breakfast/dinner or tiffin box menu. I have ensured to include twice the amount of veggies than bread to make sure it is more nutritious. The combination of veggies added/size/shape/ratio is purely your choice.

 

Ingredients:Vegetable bread upma

  • Bread slices-12
  • Carrot-2(medium sized)
  • Potato-2(Medium Sized)
  • Beans-1 cup(Sliced)
  • Green Chilly-1
  • Tomato-1
  • Onion-1 cup(Sliced)
  • Sambhar powder-1/2 tsp
  • Chilly powder-1/2 tsp
  • Jeera Powder-1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder-1 tsp
  • Pepper-1/2 tsp
  • Salt-To taste
  • Oil/Ghee-To cook
  • Crumbled paneer-1 tbsp

To temper:

  • Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
  • Urad dhal-1/4 tsp
  • Curry leaves
  • Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp

Procedure:

1.Chop the bread slices into small cubes.

2.Wash the veggies and cut into thin slices.

3.In a pan add 1 tbsp of ghee or oil and finely toast the bread cubes and add paneer crumbs at the end.

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4.Set them aside. Just toss them.

5.In the same pan,add ghee or oil and temper with tempering elements and green chilly.

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6.Add onion,tomatoes and all veggies one after the other and saute them well.

7.Add all masalas and give a quick stir.

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8.Add a cup of water and let it cook.

9.Close the pan and let it cook.

10.When the veggies are cooked 90% add salt and quickly stir well.

11.Add the bread cubes when the veggies becomes non sticky and completely dry/cooked.

12.Toss well and serve hot.

Veg bread upma


P.S:

You can even add pre cooked peas,corn ,capsicum.

Adding a drop of lemon juice or tomato sauce enhances the taste.

Always have a word with your doctor before offering anything new.

Do consider family history of allergies.

Adjust the spices level as per your taste.

Avoid salt before 1 year for babies.

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