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Monday, June 27, 2016

Rice Krispies Bars / Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

I was surprised to see Rice Krispies few months back at Nilgiris so immediately picked up the pack.I have tasted rice krispies in Dairy Milk crackle chocolate and I love them a lot, even mittu likes so thought she will like it too and as I guessed she loved it so much.I also reserved few bars for her snack box.You can add nuts and dryfruits and make like cereal bars, but for mittus sake I just tried it plain, its a great snack by itself.Next time may be I will try that way and post it :)


Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

Rice Krispies Treats Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 18 bars
Recipe Category: Breakfast | Recipe Cuisine: World

Rice Krispies - 1 and 1/2 cups
Unsalted Butter - 2 tbsp
Brown Sugar - 1/4 cup
Honey - 1/4 cup
Vanilla Essence - 1 tsp

Method:

  1. In a sauce pan add butter, then add brown sugar and honey.
    How to make Rice Krispies Treats Recipe - Step1
  2. Add vanilla essence.Heat it for few mins till it starts to melt.Strain to remove impurities if any,this step of straining is purely optional.
    How to make Rice Krispies Treats Recipe - Step2
  3. Now take this syrup in the sauce pan and boil in medium low flame for 1 minute.Measure and keep rice krispies ready.
    How to make Rice Krispies Treats Recipe - Step3
  4. Add the syrup, mix well so that the syrup coats the crispies well.Grease a tray with little butter and make it ready.How to make Rice Krispies Treats Recipe - Step4
  5. Spoon into the pan, take a bowl with flat base grease with butter and press it to get a evenly spread top.Let it set for 30mins or you can fasten the process by refrigerating it for 10mins.How to make Rice Krispies Treats Recipe - Step5
  6. Cut into bars.Refrigerate until serving time.
    How to make Rice Krispies Treats Recipe - Step6
Store in an airtight container and refrigerate it.
Rice Krispies Treats Recipe

My Notes:

  • These bars tend to melt if kept in room temperature for long hours so refrigerate them.
  • Keeps well in fridge for about -5 days.
  • You can add chopped nuts and dryfruits too.
  • These are mildy sweet just like energy bars.
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies / Rice Dal Porridge / Arisi Paruppu Kanji

Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies

This is instant khichdi for babies using homemade khichdi mix.This is very handy during travel.I usually feed this at home too at times with any vegetable puree.It is almost equivalent to our paruppu sadam, so its wholesome. Gugu survived on this rice dal khichdi and poha cereal during our trips to Kodaikanal and Karaikudi.I took an induction with me and made the porridges in the hotel room.

This is ideal to start for babies who have completed 6 months.

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But remember mothers feed is the best and its always good to start with other food only after the baby finishes 6 months.This 4-5 months baby food recipes will help those who are not able to breast feed due to personal / medical conditions.Always consult your paediatrician before introducing any new food.

Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies

Rice Dal Khichdi Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes: 1 feed
Recipe Category: Baby Food | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Khichdi Mix - 2 tbsp
Water - 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup
Salt - to taste
Ghee - 1/8 tsp(optional)
Carrot - 1 small
*Note:Please adjust the quantity as per your baby needs.

Method:

  1. Wash carrot well.Trim both the edges,peel off the skin and chop into small pieces.
    How to make Carrot Soup for Babies - Step1
  2. Add water and pressure cook for 3-4 whistles.You can open cook in a vessel too.Add salt if you are adding.
    How to make Carrot Soup for Babies - Step2
  3. Boil water, add cereal mix and whisk it well to avoid lumps.
    How to make Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies - Step1
  4. Cook in low flame.It will become thick.Add ghee and keep cooking.Add salt if you are adding.
    How to make Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies - Step2
  5. Cook till it comes together like a porridge.You can see the consistency here.
    Hot to make Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies - Step3
  6. It will thick, taste and chek whether the mixture is soft.If its still not cooked add little more water and cook until soft.Once cooked,Set aside to cool.Take cooked carrots in a mixer and puree it with little water.
    Hot to make Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies - Step4
  7. Add the khichdi to the serving bowl, add carrot puree and mix well.Add little ghee if desired.
    Hot to make Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies - Step4
Serve warm immediately.
Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies

My Notes:

  • Add more water
  • You can add any other vegetable too.Carrot,Peas,Beans are the options.
  • Feed instantly.
  • You can add 1/8 tsp ghee while feeding too.For babies below 6 months add ghee cook and feed.For babies over 6 months you can add ghee directly to the cooked porridge and feed.
  • It gets thick with time so switch off accordingly.
Rice Dal Khichdi for Babies
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Rice Dal Khichdi Mix for Babies / Rice Dal Porridge Mix

Homemade Rice Dal Cereal for Babies
This rice dal cereal is ideal for babies from their 5th month itself.Rice and Moong Dal mix comes very handy, you can make instant khichdi for your baby, it is very nutritious and wholesome.Gugu survived on this rice dal khichdi and poha cereal during our trips to Kodaikanal and Karaikudi.I took an induction with me and made the porridges in the hotel room.I have not yet started milk for him so mixes like these are very handy especially during trips.Here is how to make khichdi using this homemade mix.


But remember mothers feed is the best and its always good to start with other food only after the baby finishes 6 months.This 4-5 months baby food recipes will help those who are not able to breast feed due to personal / medical conditions.Always consult your paediatrician before introducing any new food.

Homemade Rice Dal Cereal for Babies

Homemade Rice Cereal - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Cooking Rice - 1 cup
Split Yellow Moong Dal - 1/2 cup
Jeera - 1 tsp
Hing - 1/4 tsp

Method:

  1. Measure rice and dal.Take rice first,rinse it well atleast 2-3 times then drain water.
    How to make Homemade Rice Dal Cereal for Babies - Step1
  2. Transfer to a pan and start roasting.In few mins you can see it moisture free and start drying up.
    How to make Homemade Rice Dal Cereal for Babies - Step2
  3. Keep roasting in low flame until it looks puffy and white.You can see the close look of the rice when its done.Switch off at this stage.
    How to make Homemade Rice Dal Cereal for Babies - Step3
  4. Next take dal,rinse it well atleast 2-3 times then drain water.
    Hot to make Homemade Rice Cereal - Step4
  5. Transfer to a pan and start roasting.In few mins you can see it moisture free and start drying up.Roast till golden brown.
    Hot to make Homemade Rice Cereal - Step5
  6. Let it cool down.Dry roast jeera till slightly browned.Add hing and roast for a minute.
    Hot to make Homemade Rice Cereal - Step6
  7. Switch off,transfer it to rice dal and Let it cool down.Now transfer this to a mixer jar.
    Hot to make Homemade Rice Cereal - Step7
  8. Grind to a slightly coarse mixture.Sieve using a medium holed siever.Cool down and then store in airtight container.
    Hot to make Homemade Rice Cereal - Step8
Keeps well atleast for 2-3 months.
How to make Homemade Rice Dal Cereal for Babies

My Notes:

  • After washing the rice, you can even sundry it but I prefer roasting it as such.If you are sun drying it then make sure to keep it covered to avoid dust and insects.
  • Don't let it brown, just roast in low flame.
  • I used normal cooking rice we use, you can try with any other rice variety too.
  • But always consult your paediatrician before introducing any new food.
  • I powdered it in small mixer jar and it was nicely powdered more like our rice flour.I kept grinding it again and again to get that texture.
  • If your cereal is little coarse then you need to cook for more time.
  • You can store this in a clean jar for upto 3months.It comes handy during travel.
Homemade Rice Dal Cereal for Babies
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Mango Phirni Recipe - How to make Mango Phirni - Aam Ki Phirni

Mango Phirni Recipe

Mango Phirni a variation to the traditional Phirni recipe.Phirni is an Indian rice pudding like dessert.Mango Phirni / Firni is prepared with full cream milk,basmati rice,sugar and mangoes as main ingredients.The cooked rice milk mixture is poured into small earthern clay pots garnish with mixed nuts and edible silver leaf. Phirni or Firni is made for festivals like Holi, Diwali and Ramzan.!


Mango Phirni Recipe

There are a lot of variations to the basic Phirni recipe and one such variation is this Mango Phirni.This tastes close to pudding in consistency but tastes more like mango rice kheer.


Mango Phirni Recipe

Mango Phirni Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 1 hr | Cooking Time : 20 mins | Makes : 4 small cups
Recipe Category: Dessert | Recipe Cuisine: India

Mango - 1 small(I used alphonsa)
Basmati Rice - 2 tbsp
Full Cream Milk - 2 and 1/2 cups
Sugar - 3 tbsp
Saffron - 5 strands
Badam -5
Pistachio - 1 tbsp chopped for garnish

Method:

  1. Rinse basmati rice and soak in water for few mins.Soak badam in water,then remove the skin.Drain water from rice and transfer almonds,rice to a mixer jar along with little milk.Grind it to a semi coarse paste.When you touch it you should be able to feel the texture.Set aside.How to make Mango Phirni - Step1
  2. Take a heavy bottomed wide pan and boil milk.Let it simmer for 10mins,When its reduced add the rice badam mixture.How to make Mango Phirni - Step2
  3. Take a tbsp of warm milk in a bowl and soak saffron , set aside.Cook for few mins until rice is cooked.Check whether rice is cooked soft, else cook for 5more mins.Once rice is cooked add sugar.Give a stir.How to make Mango Phirni - Step3
  4. Now add saffron milk and let it simmer.Once the mixture is thick more like pudding consistency switch off.How to make Mango Phirni - Step4
  5. From this step its all done off the stove.Let it cool down.Meanwhile take chopped mangoes in a mixer and grind to a smooth paste.How to make Mango Phirni - Step5
  6. Add this mango pulp to the cooled rice pudding.Mix well.If you feel its too thick, then add little milk.How to make Mango Phirni - Step6
  7. Stir well.Spoon the mixture into any serving bowl.Traditionally phirni is served in earthern pots so I used my terracotta bowls.Garnish with chopped nuts and saffron strands.Chill it atleast for an hour and Serve.
    How to make Mango Phirni - Step7
Serve chilled ....yummm!!
Mango Firni Recipe

My Notes:


  • Mango Phirni is more like pudding so I grinded the rice to a smooth mildy coarse paste as its supposed to be.
  • Keep mixing continuously in low flame after rice paste is added else it will form lumps.
  • Add nuts of your choice, I used almonds and pistachios.
  • Its preferable to use Full Cream Milk, I used Aavin green packet.
  • If you have missed the final consitency the Mango Phirni will be very thick so add few tbsp milk to make it to the right consistency before pouring into serving bowls to set.
  • Adjust sugar quantity as per your mango sweetness.
  • Use a heavy bottomed pan or even nonstick pan.I used my steel pan.
Mango Firni Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mini Pizza for Kids - Pizza Recipes for Kids

Kids Mini Pizza Recipe

Mini Pizza for Kids - This recipe or should say its just an idea of  making small pizzas is there in my drafts for more than a year so thought to post it now atleast.This is a great party idea that I grabbed from my friend who hosted a party where they served this pizza but it was even more small.


Kids Mini Pizza Recipe

I am sure kids will fall for this cute and colorful pizza.The toppings can be modified according to your kids liking.I just added which I had in hand.

Kids Mini Pizza Recipe

Kids Mini Pizza Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 4 mini pizzas
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Maida - 1/2 cup
Wheat Flour - 1/4 cup
Instant yeast - 1/2 tsp
Luke Warm Water - 1/4 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/2 tsp
Olive oil - 1 tbsp

Toppings

Pizza Sauce - 1/4 cup
Vegetables - 1/2 cup cut lengthwise(I used baby corn,onion and capsicum)
Cheese - 1/2 cup grated
Chilli flakes - as needed
Oregano - as needed

Method:

  1. In a wide mixing bowl add water,oil,salt and yeast.Whisk it well.
    Kids Mini Pizza Recipe - Step1
  2. Take both the flours in a mixing bowl,whisk it well.Now add both the flours to the oil mixture.
    How to make Kids Mini Pizza - Step2
  3. Knead it to a soft pliable dough.Let it rest for an hour or until its almost doubled.How to make Kids Mini Pizza - Step2
  4. Knock down the dough to remove air bubbles,then roll to 1/4 inch thickness.Cut with a lid into small circles and arrange it in the baking tray with aluminium foil.Prick holes with a fork to avoid puffing.
    How to make Kids Mini Pizza - Step3
  5. First add pizza sauce,then little cheese then arrange the vegetables - baby corn,capsicum and onion.Finally add remaining grated cheese and bake at 180 deg C for 20mins or until the sides start to turn golden.
    How to make Kids Mini Pizza - Step4
Sprinkle chilli flakes,oregano and Serve hot!
Kids Mini Pizza Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can add any vegetable of your choice.
  • I used mozarella cheese.
  • Be creative and use your own topping idea, I have just given the suggestion. :)
  • I used colored capsicum.
  • The thickness can be asjusted as per your liking.I made it medium thick.
Kids Mini Pizza Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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