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April 02, 2015

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Red Pumpkin Sabzi (Laal Bhoplya chi Bhaaji)

Red Pumpkin Sabzi (Laal Bhoplyachi Bhaaji)
Red Pumpkin Sabzi (Laal Bhoplya chi Bhaaji)
When I started giving sabzi-roti to Devansh for lunch, I would more often than not cook a vegetable from the gourd family—bottle gourd, pumpkin, little gourd, or snake gourd. Toddlers find these vegetables easy to chew plus they are easy to digest. Even now that he's almost four, Devansh doesn't find these sabzis boring as most of us grownups do. For instance, you won't catch my husband eating any of the vegetables mentioned above. So I make them for lunch when hubby's away for work. Pumpkins are high in water content and are a good source of minerals and vitamins, making them an ideal summer food. At the risk of sounding preachy, I would say do include this nutritional sabzi in your diet even if you find it boring, you will cultivate the taste for it. The numerous health benefits derived from it definitely make the effort worthwhile. Plus it's not a labor-intensive recipe, like most of my recipes this one too can be cooked real fast. :-)

March 23, 2015

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Pasta Kheer / Pasta Payasam

Pasta Kheer / Pasta Payasam
While searching for recipes for Gudi Padwa, I came across many sweets recipes. Most popular search result was "shrikhand recipes". But I felt like trying something different and so I searched for "payasam recipes". I found what I was looking for, a payasam or kheer recipe that I had not heard of before, "Pasta Payasam". This recipe looked super interesting and just as important, simple-to-make. ;-) I made this payasam/kheer late afternoon on Gudi Padwa and posting the recipe after that would have been a rush job. So here's my Gudi Padwa recipe two days later, but better late than never, right? :-)

March 09, 2015

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Papdi Aloo Sabzi (Flat Green Beans and Potato Sabzi)

Papdi Aloo Sabzi (Flat Green Beans and Potato Sabzi)
Papdi Aloo Sabzi (Flat Green Beans and Potato Sabzi)
There are some vegetables I like, and yet I don't end up buying them. Papdi is one of them. My mom got fed up of saying I am buying the same veggies over and over again, and went ahead and bought papdi one fine day. My cook's never made this sabzi for me before, so I made it this time. She did the stringing the bean pods part, which is a bit time consuming. But once that is done, cooking the sabzi is a cakewalk. Devansh liked the papdi sabzi. I make quite a few sabzis using the combination of goda masala and jaggery, and he likes that taste. I think he was also glad for the change. If you too are looking for a different sabzi than the regular ones, give this vitamin-rich papdi sabzi a try.

March 03, 2015

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Baby Methi and Aloo Sabzi (Potato and Baby Fenugreek Leaves Sabzi)

Baby Methi and Aloo Sabzi
Baby Methi and Aloo Sabzi
I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to buying vegetables. I like to select each French beans pod, okra, gawar (cluster bean), you name it. I buy from this vegetable-vendor couple just outside my colony who have the patience for this whimsical habit of mine. They occasionally keep baby methi, or Barik Mehti/Samudri Methi, as it's known in Marathi. Earlier, I had eaten this sabzi a few times and liked it. So when I saw these cute looking bunches of baby methi leaves, I wanted to try making it and see if Devansh would eat it. I want him to like all vegetables, and I believe these eating habits can only be ingrained if you start early.

February 22, 2015

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Thalipeeth using Baingan Bharta (Multi-grain Pancake using Smoked Eggplant)

Thalipeeth using Baingan Bharta
I don't know whether to call this a healthy breakfast recipe or a healthy snack recipe. My mom has it for breakfast if there's any baingan bharta  leftover from dinner; I make it as an evening snack for Devansh if we had baingan bharta for lunch. Either ways, it's my mom's recipe, and both, the kiddo and hubby like it. The small and the older kid (aka hubby), both, don't give me grief when it comes to eating bharta with chapati but I make it as a snack occasionally to include sorghum in Devansh's diet. He isn't very enthu about eating bharta with jowar bhakri. Plus, it is super convenient to make when you have the bharta ready from lunch. ;-)

This baingan wala thalipeeth, like the plain one, tastes super yummy with butter; homemade is the healthier option, otherwise it tastes good with Amul butter as well. It also tastes good with curd. I usually give it to Devansh with curd as the kid just loves curd, plus it softens the thalipeeth a bit and makes it easier to chew. Like bhakri, it requires some amount of chewing. So I'll say it's a kid-friendly recipe. For toddlers, you can soak its pieces in buttermilk or curd for five-ten minutes before feeding. With eggplant/brinjal, flours, and butter/curd you get three food groups in one meal. Hope you enjoy this wholesome breakfast/snack recipe.