Kids can be fussy eaters. They get attracted to colors and shapes. So as parents our job is to make the food as appealing as possible not skipping the health quotient. The place where I grew up we used to get red slender long carrots that was much sweeter than the orange ones we get here. During season our snacks would be green gram ( hara chana), cucumbers, guava and a sort of berry known as ‘Berr’. Those were the days.
But today’s kids are exposed to burgers, french fries and all sorts of snacks. I purchase carrots but its usage is very limited. Carrots as everyone knows is an excellent source of Vitamin A. Very essential for the good quality of your eyes. So while I was struggling to think of an easy way to include carrot other than the usual methods I thought why not make idlis.
I have not used additional sugar so it just tastes like idlis with just a hint of natural sweetness rendered from carrots.
Idli batter – 1/2 kg
Carrots – 2 medium peeled and juiced
Salt to taste
Oil to grease the pan.
- In the idli batter and the juice of carrot.
- Season with salt.
- Grease a plate for steaming. Like we do for dhokla or vatayappam.
- Pour the batter in the pan and steam it till cooked.
- After 5-8 minutes remove the pan and check if it is done. Let it cool down.
- Cut into pieces as you like or use a cookie cutter and give different shapes.
A perfect snack for tiffin box. A lovely color to please cranky kids appetite. Serve it with chutney of your choice. Or you can add sweeteners and make it sweet idli that can be picked up as finger food.