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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pumpkin Puree Recipe - Pumpkin Puree for Babies

Pumpkin Puree for Babies

Pumpkin Puree can be started once the baby completes 6 months.Pumpkin has good fiber and its laxative too so ideal to feed babies from 6months.Begin by introducing in small quantities whenever you start new vegetables or fruits.Also try to introduce all possible fruits and vegetables with 1 yr age of your baby.

Please 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 pediatrician before introducing any new food.

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Pumpkin Puree for Babies

Pumpkin Puree Recipe - Ingredients

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

Pumpkin - 1/2 cup chopped
Water - 1 cup

Method:

  1. Scrap out the skin,cut out the seed and discard them.Wash it well then cut into small pieces roughly.
    How to make Pumpkin Puree for Babies - Step1
  2. Rinse it again.Take the cut pieces in a sauce pan along with water and cook covered.Cook in low medium flame until it becomes soft.
    How to make Pumpkin Puree for Babies - Step2
  3. If you mash it with a spoon it should easily mash,thats the right stage.Puree it along with cooked water.I used a blender, you can even use a mixie or just mash with a spoon.
    Hot to make Pumpkin Puree for Babies - Step3
  4. Feed immediately.
Pumpkin Puree for Babies

My Notes:

  • Cook the veggie until it is soft, just press and see to check if it has cooked.
  • Cook covered to retain the nutrients.
  • You can add salt if you prefer.
  • The texture of the puree is purely your preference, I used a blender to get tiny chunky pieces here and there as he likes it that way.As he is 10months old now, I prefer that way too.
  • You can even use a mixie to get a smooth creamy puree.
  • Gradually change texture of fruit and vegetable purees as your baby learns to chew. 
  • Your baby's poop will be slightly orange in colour after having this puree.Do not panic seeing that, it is because of pumpkin.  
  • Make fresh puree.I don't recommend freezing any baby food purees.
  • You can feed this twice a week.
Pumpkin Puree for Babies
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Aloo Raita Recipe / Potato Raita Recipe


Aloo Raita Recipe
I happened to see this Aloo Raita in a restaurant menu card in the raita section, so wanted to try this at home.I just tried it simple with just spice powders with a pinch of sugar but tasted great with phulka, came out above my expectations.It is a no cook version so takes just few mins to put it up together,makes a delicious combination for lunch/ dinner.

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Aloo Raita Recipe

Aloo Raita Recipe 

Preparation Time:10 mins | Processing Time : 10 mins | Makes:1 cup
Recipe Category: Raita | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Thick Curd - 1 cup
Aloo - 1 small cubed
Sugar - 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Chat Masala Powder - 1/4 tsp
Roasted Jeera Powder - 1/4 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp(optional)
Salt - to taste

Method:

  1. Pressure cook potato for 3-4 whistles until soft but not too mushy.You should be able to cut into cubes thats the correct stage.Set it aside.Measure and take curd in a mixing bowl.
    How to make Aloo Raita Recipe - Step1
  2. Whisk it well.Add red chilli powder,chat masala powder,roasted jeera powder and required salt and a pinch of sugar.
    How to make Aloo Raita Recipe - Step2
  3. I added little more sugar.Mix well.Now add cubed potatoes and coriander leaves.Mix well.
    How to make Aloo Raita Recipe - Step3
Serve with a sprinkle of  red chilli powder and garnish with coriander leaves.Serve with pulao / rotis!
Aloo Raita Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can even use black salt instead of normal salt.
  • Use thick curd else the raita would become watery.
  • Refrigerate until serving time else the curd will give a sour taste.
  • Though I have given sugar as optional, I recommend adding it if you like tangy taste.
Aloo Raita Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Rice Pakora / Rice Pakoda Recipe - Leftover Rice Recipes

Rice Pakoda Recipe

Rice Pakoda or Rice Pakora is a great snack idea and also to finish off the leftover rice.I made this pakoda when I had leftover rice,amma asked me to make vadams but since the day was gloomy and dull,I understood it was not the right day to dry vadams.So changed my mind to make these rice pakodas and yes I wanted to have a post too :D

Rice Pakoda Recipe

Rice Pakoda Recipe 

Preparation Time:10 mins | Processing Time : 10 mins | Serves:2
Recipe Category: Snack| Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Leftover Rice - 2 cups
Gram Flour - 2 tbsp
Rice Flour  - 1 tbsp
Big Onion - 1/4 cup chopped finely
Coriander Leaves - 2 tbsp chopped finely
Mint Leaves - 1 tbsp chopped finely(optional)
Red Chilli Powder - 1/2 tsp
Salt - to taste
Oil - to deep fry

Method:

  1. Take rice in a mixing bowl,mash it well with  a laddle.
    How to make Rice Pakoda Recipe - Step1
  2. Now add all other ingredients except oil mix well first then add little water and mix with a spoon,mash it and mix.
    How to make Rice Pakoda Recipe - Step2
  3. Now form small balls and drop the mixture into preheated oil.Cook in low medium flame.
    How to make Rice Pakoda Recipe - Step3
  4. Deep fry until golden brown.Drain in tissue paper and serve hot!Repeat this for the rest of  mixture.
    How to make Rice Pakoda Recipe - Step4
Serve hot with tea!
Rice Pakoda Recipe

My Notes:

  • I like my pakoda to be textured so I didn't grind it mixie.
  • If you want smooth pakodas then you can grind it in mixie.
  • Adding rice flour gives crispy texture.
  • Be patient and fry the pakodaa until golden brown.
Rice Pakoda Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Schezwan Egg Noodles Recipe

Schezwan Egg Noodles Recipe
Schezwan Noodles is very similar to Hakka Noodles with the addition of schezwan sauce which makes the dish fiery hot.I made schezwan sauce few weeks back so wanted to make use of it so made this today.I always have dreamed about owning this cast iron skillet , was very happy when hubby bought this from his US trip.And finally today inaugurated the pan :) More recipes and feedback about this skillet coming soon as its very early to comment now.

Schezwan / Sichuan / Szechuan is a style of Chinese cuisine originating from Sichuan province in southwestern China.Schezwan Sauce has bold flavours,especially the pungency and spiciness resulting from liberal use of garlic and chilies[Source : Wikipedia]

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Schezwan Egg Noodles Recipe - Ingredients

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

Hakka Noodles - 1/2 packet(75 gms)
Carrot - 1/8 cup chopped lengthwise
Cabbage - 1/4 cup chopped lengthwise
Capsicum - 1/4 cup chopped lengthwise
Garlic chopped - 2 tsp
Schezwan sauce - 1 tbsp
Spring Onion(white part) - 1 tsp
Spring Onion(green part) - 1 tbsp
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp
Olive Oil - 1 tbsp
Salt - to taste

Method:

  1. Boil water , add hakka noodles and cook with required salt.Cook until noodles turn soft yet firm enough to bite into.Don't msuh it up.Rinse it immediately in cold water to avoid the noodles from further cooking.Drain water using a colander.How to make schezwan noodles - Step1
  2. Add a tsp of oil and toss the noodles to avoid sticking,Set aside.Get ready with your schezwan sauceHow to make schezwan noodles - Step2
  3. In a pan heat oil - add chopped garlic and spring onion white part, saute for a minute.Keep the flame in medium high flame - Now add chopped cabbage first and saute for few mins till raw smell leaves, then add chopped carrot, saute for few mins then finally add capsicum and give a quick stir.
    How to make schezwan noodles - Step3
  4. Add schezwan sauce,required salt and pepper powder.Saute and cook for 3-5mins.
    How to make schezwan noodles - Step4
  5. Finally add cooked noodles and give a toss.Toss till the sauce and veggies coat the noodles evenly.
    How to make schezwan noodles - Step5
  6. In another pan scramble an egg.
    How to make schezwan noodles - Step5
  7. Scramble it until its shredded well.Add the scrambled egg to the noodles,cook for 2 mins.Finally add spring onion green part.Switch off.mm
    How to make schezwan noodles - Step5
Serve hot with your choice of side dish or any manchurian.
Schezwan Egg Noodles Recipe

My Notes:

  • This doesn't require much oil as the schezwan sauce already has good amount of oil in it.
  • If you prefer add 1/8 tsp soya sauce.
  • Use freshly ground pepper for a great flavour.
  • You can even add eggs along with veggies,scramble then add noodles finally.
  • Sauteing the veggies in high flame gives a nice smoky flavour and also helps retain its crunchiness without the raw smell.
  • Cook noodles perfectly not too mushy or undercook it.It should be soft yet slightly crunchy enough to bite.
  • Make sure to toss the noodles in oil to avoid sticking.
  • If you don't have schezwan sauce in hand, for a instant version add red chillies, ginger and garlic along with little water and grind it to a fine paste.Along with garlic and spring onions add this paste and saute till raw smell leaves.
Schezwan Egg Noodles Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Pizza Sandwich Recipe - Grilled Pizza Sandwich

Pizza Sandwich Recipe


Pizza Sandwich is a great idea for kids lunchbox and also a good way to use leftover bread.Mittu loves pizza sandwich and all forms of pizza so I send this for her lunchbox once in a while.This is more like the bread pizza we make but gives a crisp outer layer.



Pizza Sandwich 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 the veggies which I had in hand.

Pizza Sandwich Recipe

Pizza Sandwich Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Makes : 2 sandwiches
Recipe Category: Snack | Recipe Cuisine: Indian

Bread -4 slices

Toppings

Pizza / Pasta Sauce - 2 tbsp 
Onion - 2 tbsp chopped
Capsicum - 2 tbsp cubed
Boiled Sweet Corn - 2 tbsp
Cheese - 1 amul cube cheese grated(2 tbsp grated)
Chilli flakes - as needed
Oregano - as needed

Method:

  1. Get ready with all your ingredients.Spread pizza sauce on one side of the bread slice.
    Pizza Sandwich Recipe - Step1
  2. Add the toppings, cover with grated cheese.Sprinkle little oregano.
    How to make Kids Mini Pizza - Step2
  3. Apply butter and grill it for 3mins in the sandwich maker or follow the instructions in the sandwich maker.How to make Kids Mini Pizza - Step2
Sprinkle chilli flakes,oregano and Serve hot!
Pizza Sandwich Recipe

My Notes:

  • You can add any vegetable of your choice.
  • I used amul cube cheese so it was not goey and flowing.
  • Be creative and use your own topping idea, I have just given the suggestion. :)
  • I used colored capsicum.
  • You can use the normal plate for making sandwiches too.we loved grilled sandwich so made it that way.
Pizza Sandwich Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies - Indian Baby Food Recipes

Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies

Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree can be started once the baby completes 6 months.I have already posted carrot potato puree but this is with 3 combination veggies.This is one puree which gugu liked very much, as its with 3 combination of veggies it is tasty.

Please 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 pediatrician before introducing any new food.

Check other baby food recipes

Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies

Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree Recipe - Ingredients

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

Carrot - 1
Potato - 1/2 from a small potato
Beetroot - 1/4 from a medium sized beetroot
Water - as needed

Method:

  1. Wash the veggies.I took 1 small carrot,1/2 from a small potato and 1/4 beetroot.Trim the edges,peel the skin and chop them into small cubes.
    How to make Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies - Step1
  2. Rinse them again.Take in a pan add water.
    How to make Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies - Step2
  3. Cook covered until they are soft, if you mash it with a spoon it should easily mash.
    Hot to make Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies - Step3
  4. At this stage switch off.Seperate the water and puree the veggies, I used a blender.
    Hot to make Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies - Step4
  5. Add the cooked water and puree until smooth and creamy.
    Hot to make Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies - Step4
  6. Feed immediately.
Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies

My Notes:

  • Cook the veggies until it is soft, just press and see to check if it has cooked.
  • Cook covered to retain the nutrients.
  • You can add salt if you prefer.
  • When choosing potatoes, get firm, white variety. And carrots and beets should be sweet and firm.
  • The texture of the puree is purely your preference, I used a blender to get tiny chunky pieces here and there as he likes it that way.As he is 10months old now, I prefer that way too.
  • You can even use a mixie to get a smooth creamy puree.
  • Your baby's poop will be red in colour after having this puree.Do not panic seeing that, it is because of the beets.  
  • Make fresh puree.I don't recommend freezing aby baby food purees.
  • You can feed this twice a week.
Carrot Potato Beetroot Puree for Babies
Written by: SHARMILEE J
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