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January 24, 2015

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Rava Idlis (Without Baking Soda/Eno)

Tricolor Rava Idlis
Tricolor Rava Idlis
I have been wanting to try rava idlis for a while now. I had seen the recipe some time back and the idlis were supposed to be instant. So I thought I'll make rava idlis in tricolor as a Republic Day Special recipe. I started searching for the recipes, but all the instant ones had baking soda as an ingredient. I don't use soda while cooking at home after Meghana, who is a nutritionist and Shweta, who has done a food production and patisserie course mentioned that soda destroys the nutrients in food. I tried searching for one without soda. I found one recipe with curd, but it didn't mention soaking the batter overnight and I wasn't sure about that part. I am not an expert in South Indian food but even to me it seemed like the batter wouldn't ferment properly if not soaked for considerable amount of time. So I messaged Shweta, asking her how much curd I would need to add and for how much time I'd have to let the batter rest. And this Google maharaj or should I say maharani just messaged back the recipe dhadadhad and before I could finish reading it, messaged saying she'll make it and send me the pics. I want it as a Republic Day Special recipe; I need it in tricolor, I wrote. No probs, I'll add carrots and spinach, she replied. And this awesome lady gave me the pics way ahead of time. Thank you so much Shweta for being soooooo enthu and supportive.

January 19, 2015

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Cream of Mushroom Soup

Cream of Mushroom Soup
Cream of Mushroom Soup
When it comes to food, Devansh and I have quite a few favorites in common—Kalpesh and I not so much. However, all three of us are crazy about mushrooms. So needless to say when I made this soup, there was war. Being 3.8 Devansh always has an upper hand. "Nahi!! Maza soup tu nahi pyaycha" ("NO!! Don't drink my soup") Devansh declared. While Kalpesh was clicking pic of the soup in one bowl, I had taken another bowl, for Devansh and me to have soup from. But Devansh's logic is if it's something he likes then it is all his food. His first reaction to the soup before he tasted it, was not so encouraging however. "Tu soup madhe milk ka ghatla?" ("Why did you put milk in the soup?") he admonished. You have to add milk in "cream of" soups I explained. "Next time nahi ghal." (Don't put next time.") he chided me before he went on to drink. But after tasting it he liked it, which was not surprising considering it was a mushroom soup.

January 12, 2015

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Gulachi Poli without Maida (Jaggery Paratha)

Gulachi Poli (Jaggery Paratha)
Gulachi Poli (Jaggery Paratha)
Our ancestors were super smart people. They knew which foods would give them health benefits needed for a particular season. Now when you hear gulachi poli, you wouldn't necessarily know that it contains sesame seeds unless you've eaten one. Sesame seeds are known to help fight cold and traditionally sweets made from sesame seeds are eaten during winter. Come Makar Sankranti and you are sure to find tilguls and gulachi poli in most Maharashtrian homes. As a child, I have gobbled both in obscene quantity during this time of the year.

January 08, 2015

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Beetroot, Spinach, and Carrot Pancakes (Chillas)

Beetroot, Spinach, and Carrot Pancakes (Chillas)
As I mentioned in one of my Facebook posts, Paromita is on a cooking spree. She's trying out various kid-friendly dishes that are sure to catch even the most fussy-eater kid's fancy. In fact if I just post Paromita's recipes, I wouldn't have to worry about blog content for a couple months at least. She sent me this pic two weeks back but I wasn't able to post this for quite some time. I have been getting less and less time to spend on blog posts lately, thanks to my super-active kiddo. But better late than ever. Here's Paromita's recipe of beetroot, spinach, and carrot chillas. I have a couple of more recipes in the pipeline, hope to post them soon. Meanwhile, hope your kiddos enjoy these nutritious vegetable chillas.

December 15, 2014

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Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Semolina Porridge

Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Semolina Porridge
Sweet Potato, Carrot, and Semolina Porridge
"My child doesn't drink milk." This is one of the most common concerns of moms of toddlers. Devansh, now three and a half, is no longer a toddler but still isn't a big fan of milk. So I add milk to his food, especially his breakfast meal. This is something I have been doing since he turned one. Luckily he still doesn't mind having slightly mushy food like porridge or sheera for breakfast. So I know he's not going to be hungry till his snack time in school, which would have been my concern if he drank just milk. Another advantage is that since not much chewing is required, he doesn't take forever to finish his breakfast. As it is, time is a rare commodity in the morning on a school day.