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Ragi Khichu Recipe, for Toddlers
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December 15, 2014

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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.

December 04, 2014

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Spinach Mushroom Sabzi

Spinach Mushroom Sabzi
Spinach Mushroom Sabzi
This sabzi was an impromptu decision. I usually ask my cook to sort spinach leaves, and then blanch and purée them over the weekend. This is because on weekends she has less work as we usually end up having one meal outside. I then store this spinach purée in tupperware and freeze it. On Monday, I was going to ask my cook to make palak paneer. I wasn't going to be home at the time the cook came so I would have to write down the recipe. For my previous cook, I had taken printouts of recipes in Marathi; so I started going through the printouts. That's when I spotted the recipe of spinach mushroom sabzi.

November 19, 2014

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Half Fried Eggs in Coconut Masala

Half Fried Eggs in Coconut Masala
Half Fried Eggs in Coconut Masala
My mom didn't have a cook for daily cooking. But she had one who would come and cook when we had a large number of guests or if my mom had to go out somewhere. She used to make this desi-style half-fried eggs dish, which had onions, tomatoes, and grated coconut masala. I used to love it but never really paid attention to how she made it. She moved to a new house in Panvel after her husband retired and I gradually forgot about this dish. Then one day my friend and then colleague, Varsha, brought this dish in her tiffin. Now I am quite finicky about cold food and that's the reason I didn't like carrying a lunchbox when I was working. But this eggs masala tasted good even cold. I asked Varsha for the recipe and this time I made a point to remember it.

November 13, 2014

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Stuffed Karela


When it comes to looks, Devansh is his dad's carbon copy. But luckily he has inherited my eating habits; he actually likes karela sabzi. I too have liked the stuffed karela sabzi—the way my mom used to make it—right from childhood. Although it's not impossible to cultivate a liking for this sabzi later on in life, it's best if we can get kids to eat this sabzi from early on. The list of health benefits provided by bitter gourd is endless really; to name a few—it's good for reducing sugar levels in blood and urine, it's good for constipation as it's a good source of fiber, it helps increase metabolism of fats, purifies blood, and strengthens immune system.

November 04, 2014

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Cheesy Mushrooms in White Sauce

Cheesy Mushrooms in White Sauce
Cheesy Mushrooms in White Sauce
Devansh loves, no he LOVES, mushrooms. When we go out to eat and I order anything with mushrooms in it, I don't get to eat any because Devansh wants all the mushroom pieces. And you know exactly how many mushrooms they add in outside food right? Not enough to satiate the palate of a true-blue mushroom lover, which incidentally even I am one. So I thought of making something for Devansh where mushrooms are not a topping or one of the ingredients; it is THE ingredient. I knew he would even eat sliced mushrooms just sauted in butter, but I thought I will add some white sauce to make it a little more interesting. I mean I can hardly post that as a recipe on a blog right? :p As expected, the experiment was successful, with mushrooms, butter, and cheese you can hardly go wrong. Devansh usually takes forever to finish chewing food in his mouth but mushrooms he was chomping real fast so that I don't help myself to some while he's eating; I was lucky to get a couple of bites to taste. Hope your kids enjoy it as much as Devansh did.