I hope all of you remember that I was inviting guest recipes on account of my 100 th post.One guest recipe from Gouthami,a fellow blogger at Clicks n Bites is here below. She is an young mother and she takes utmost care to post unique recipes in her blog. She keeps them simple but very unique.I have always fallen for her clicks and they just drag you. Thank you dear for the wonderful recipe and very encouraging and motivating words 🙂 I feel really honoured reading your appreciation 🙂 I am geared to work on this more and more.
I invite pure vegetarian recipes with mushrooms/soya chunks as guest posts for my blog on account of my 100 th post publishing. I had already extended invite to fellow bloggers,friends and family. Whoever is interested ,please write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with ingredients,detailed recipe and step by step images(at-least one final image). I will be happy and honoured to post the same in my blog.
Over to the post….Feeling elated to write a guest post for Kitchen Kathukutty. Kalyani is a very good friend and I am amazed by the importance that she gives to the health quotient in all her recipes. If you are a new mother or if you have a fussy toddler, Kitchen Kathukutty is the one stop for all your queries on “How to feed your child/What to feed your child etc etc”. Really appreciate Kalyani’s posts on baby food and her analysis and research on providing quality info regarding the same. Great job Kalyani 🙂Now off to my recipe. This is a very basic gravy prepared with mushrooms. This can be paired up with any mild main dish like pulaos or just hot steamed rice. Mushrooms are super good for your health but most vegetarians (including my family!! :() avoid it. But once you try it out, you will love it. It is infact vegetarian. Mushrooms are a great source of Vitamin D, boost your immunity, improve metabolism and are really good for the bladder. So,if you haven’t laid your hands on mushrooms yet, it is high time you start eating it.Serves: 3Preparation Time; 10 minutesCooking Time: 20 minutesIngredients:Button Mushrooms – 400 gmOnions – 3 bigTomatoes – 3Coriander Powder – 1 tspCumin Powder – 1/2 tspGaram Masala – 1/2 tspChilli Powder – 3/4 tspSugar – 1/2 tspCumin Seeds – 1 tspFresh Cream – 1 tbsp (optional)Butter – 1 tbspSalt – To tasteMethod:1. Wash mushroom and pat them dry. Chop them into pieces.2. Heat water in a pan and once it begins to boil, drop the mushroom pieces and leave them in the hot water for about 5 minutes. Drain and keep aside.3. Heat butter in a pan. Once it sizzles, add onions and saute till they turn pink.4. Now add chopped tomatoes and little salt. Saute till then turn soft and mushy.5. Add all the powders and saute for 3 minutes.6. Let this cool down. Once cooled, blend the above into a smooth paste.7. Heat little butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and once they splutter, add mushrooms and saute till they leave water and all the water is evaporated.8. Now add the onion-tomato paste and mix well. Add enough water to get a gravy consistency.9. When the gravy begins to boil, add fresh cream, sugar and salt. Simmer for some more time.10. Garnish with coriander leaves.
As I found this recipe to be very simple,I felt to write the below topic “Mushroom for Babies”.
Mushrooms are neither fruits nor vegetables. It is actually an edible fungus. Not all mushrooms are edible. There are million varieties of mushrooms in the world of which a very few are actually edible and the button mushrooms are the most common edible variety. It is said that Mushrooms are the only vegetarian source of Vitamin D and mushrooms retain Vit-D even after cooking. Please be careful in choosing the right variety of mushroom and ensure perfection in cleaning and cooking mushrooms. I haven’t cooked mushrooms honestly as it is hard for me to convince my family that it belongs to the vegetarian family. However I have tasted from my friends and at restaurants. I like mushrooms in white pasta 🙂 If your family eats mushrooms regularly , I guess the below write-up will help you in introducing them to your little ones.
When can I offer my baby mushrooms?
When I started studying about mushrooms for babies,I found that they are recommended as early as 6 months by few experts whereas few recommend delaying it till 10 to 12 months. However I also found it is one the less allergic foods as per research.It is not a high risk allergic food and at very rare cases allergies have shown up(1%) in 30 minutes of consumption. Mushrooms are definitely healthy but they are preferred as first foods. Most people don’t recommend puree of mushrooms. Mushrooms go well when sauted and added to other ingredients in a dish. I would recommend this recipe for 10 months plus babies. Please avoid sugar,salt if your baby is below one year. Replace cream with curd if your cream is not home made.Have a detailed word with your pediatrician before introducing these. Do consider your family history of allergies. Never offer uncooked/raw mushrooms to babies. Prefer to chop mushrooms as whole mushrooms might pose choking hazard. Adjust spices according to your baby’s taste buds.
How to choose and store?
Choose mushrooms that are clean,firm and soft from a reliable shop/grocer. Avoid those which are withered,slimy or damaged. Never opt for the wild mushrooms which grow in the gardens. Store them in a paper bag or muslin cloth.
Health Benefits of Mushrooms:
- Mushrooms are rich in Vitamin D as stated earlier and it helps in growing a strong bone system.
- It is an excellent store house of iron and hence helps in building new blood cells and increasing hemoglobin.
- The immuno modulatory properties of mushroom help in building a healthy immune system
- The bio chemicals present in mushrooms help in protecting the liver and researches even have proved that they have helped in betterment of liver conditions after liver infections and jaundice
- They have high amounts of Vitamin B ,niacin and riboflavin which help in skin health and vision development.
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