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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GROUNDNUT CASHEW BALLS

Everyone in the family is so fond of groundnuts.We love it as laddu/candy/steamed/roasted/gravy/stir fry/salad. I used to make this laddu when little one was less than two years when I was scared if he would bite groundnut candy(our own kadalai mittai) and chew well. Groundnut is an excellent source of energy,protein and selenium. When we combine groundnut and jaggery it becomes a power house of iron too. I always prefer the traditional candies like groundnut candy/laddu/fried gram ladoo/sesame laddu to any other store bought cookies or candies or biscuits. You can watch a video of Dr.Sivaraman here stating the importance of our own traditional foods and highlighting the nutritional value of groundnuts. Continue reading “GROUNDNUT CASHEW BALLS”

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”

INSTANT FIGS & DRY FRUITS LADOO/BALLS – A NO COOK RECIPE

Most of the young mothers are very eager in introducing dry fruits to babies and I am definitely one among them.Dry fruits/nuts have so much of goodness in them that they aid with great variant of nutrients,help in preventing constipation,prevent aneamia, and also help in nourishing the health of the baby.I slowly introduced them as per my doctor’s advice by making them small pieces at initial stages,adding badam/cashew paste in dishes,including dry fruits milk ,making energy balls or energy bars . Later on he began taking them as such as whole nuts.This is one main reason behind my blog not having the recipes of any type dry fruits powder despite several requests from many readers. My sincere apologies for the same and I will be definitely do it before this month end as I have got a batch done recently.Today’s recipe was prepared for travel purpose for hubby and also for regular evening snack for my baby. Just few steps and it needs no cooking.This is the best part of this recipe. Come,Let’s check the recipe now.Do try and give me an update 🙂 Continue reading “INSTANT FIGS & DRY FRUITS LADOO/BALLS – A NO COOK RECIPE”

CUSTARD POWDER HALWA/BURFI

I generally prefer preparing all foods from starter to dessert when guests arrive.This is one such recipe tried for my guests.I was hunting for some easy sweet recipe and my friend shared this in whatsapp. To my surprise it turned out great and the guests were really impressed.You can prefer this when you crave for a sweet and have no time or have to handle a huge number of guests in a short span. Continue reading “CUSTARD POWDER HALWA/BURFI”

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”

Pumpkin Halwa|Poosanikkai Halwa|Kaddu Ka Halwa

Hello everybody,Hope this post is finding each of you in good health and high spirits. I am extremely sorry about the unannounced long gap. Due to certain unavoidable circumstances I couldn’t access my space. Thanks for your continual support. I thought my come back recipe should be a sweet recipe and I have chosen this. One of my neighbours had a huge pumpkin at home and she was wondering on dishes to be made. I volunteered to help her with recipes of khicicdi/gothsu,halwa,kheer apart from usual stir fry,kootu and sambhar. One fine evening we started preparing this halwa and in no time it was ready and it melted in everybody’s tummy. The guests at my neighbours place were very happy having it. Hence a happy Kitchen Kathukutty too :). I remember promising few of the readers with this recipe long back,and here you go.

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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.

wheat beet root halwa

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.

wheat beet root halwa

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.

beet root halwa with whole wheat


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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RED POHA SWEET PONGAL|AVAL PONGAL|POHA HALWA

Poha/flattened rice/beaten rice/aval is an excellent food options loaded with iron and Vitamin B. It is one of the world’s first fast food and my mother makes a variety of dishes ranging from a rich breakfast to a simple chatpata snack in jiffy. Red poha is made from brown rice and it is more beneficial as the bran is not removed. Poha is one of the healthiest baby food options and it helps in healthy weight gain for babies. Here is a sweet festive recipe which can be your baby’s meal  or guest sweet/dessert or festive recipe or quick snack to munch on.

Ingredients:

  • Red Poha-1 cup(thick)
  • Jaggery-3/4 cup(grated)
  • Ghee-3 tbsp
  • Dry fruits-1 tbsp

aval pongal

Procedure:

1.Add a spoon of ghee in a pan and roast the dry fruits and set them aside.

2.In the same pan add the poha and roast it well.

3.Boil some water(I used two cups of water) and add the roasted poha to it.

red poha sweet pongal1

4.In the mean time dissolve jaggery in water and strain the impurities.

5.When the poha is 90% cooked add the strained jaggery water to poha and stir well.

red poha sweet pongal2

6.Add the remaining ghee and keep stirring till it thickens.

7.Serve it hot after adding the roasted dry fruits.

red poha sweet pongal


red poha sweet pongal

P.S:

The colour depends on jaggery used.

You can use normal white poha too.

Add water depending on the variety of poha.

Add water to jaggery to just dissolve it. Do add more water.

Add the jaggery mixed water after you ensure that the poha is cooked well.

The water requirement for cooking red poha is little more than white poha.

While offering babies less than one year you can use dates syrup to sweeten. It is better to avoid jaggery.

Always have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food and do consider family history of allergies.

You can also cook this like kheer/payasam in a flowing constiencty

Or you can add coconut milk to this and make it a kheer or payasam.

To speed up the cooking you powder the roasted poha and then cook.

I avoid adding milk to poha fearing the combination of iron and calcium.

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