Do you know Makhana? In my place very few people are aware of what a makhana is. Makhana, also known as Fox Nuts or Lotus seeds are very healthy seeds that is very good for all. In north India is it commonly known as fasting food. It is also high in fibre and hence aids in weight loss. Do read up on the advantages of Makhana and try to incorporate it in your diet. If you follow my Instagram or Facebook stories, you would know that I eat Caramelized Makhana as my snack in office.
Makhana is bland in taste. It does not have a taste of its own. You also need to roast the makhanas for it to become crisp. Kids will love it and consider it as popcorn. Go on. Do try Caramelized Makhana recipe and let me know if you liked it.
CARAMELIZED FOX NUTS/ LOTUS SEEDS/ MAKHANA - A TASTY WAY TO EAT HEALTHY
I believe if you are prepared then you won't eat unhealthy. Only if you carefully plan and prepare for what you have to eat only then you can avoid junk or binge eating. When you plan well you know what to eat and then you buy and prepare accordingly. Today's post is just that. Healthy eating. This ingredient is commonly used in north India especially during fasting. Caramelized Makhana is just like caramelized popcorn. So the kids will love it too. It is sweet and crispy. Makhana is usually found in all major hypermarket or in nuts and dry fruits store.
Roast it on low flame for around 2-3 minutes.
Add a pinch of salt and mix well.
Keep roasting. Take a makhana and crush it between your fingers. If it crushes and gets powdered then it is roasted completely. If not then continue till this happens.
If roasted add 1 tblspn sugar and mix.
After a minute mix again. You will notice that the sugar when comes in contact with the hot pan dissolved and forms a brown caramelization.
Add another tblspn sugar and mix again. Repeat the process till the sugar is finished or till your desired amount of caramelization is reached. I added very little sugar because I don't like much sweet.
Switch off the flame and let it cool. Store it in airtight container.
- Only after makhanas have roasted completely, start adding the sugar.
- Do not touch the caramelized makhana when hot. You may burn your fingers. Wait till it cools down.
Are you struggling with kid’s tiffin box recipes? Especially if your kid is just starting schooling, I know what kind of emotions a mother goes through. Especially food related. Try this Mini Jam Pancakes and you have a regular kids favorite recipe now.
You can either use home made jam or store bought jam.
Try other pancake recipes from this blog.
Choco Wheat Eggless Pancake
MINI JAM PANCAKES - PERFECT KID'S TIFFIN BOX RECIPE
Kids love pancakes. And kids love jams. Why not mix both. Till now I have only served jam with pancakes.But this is different. This is jam flavored pancakes. Do give this Mini Jam Pancakes a try and let me know if your kids love it.
Take a bowl and add egg, sugar, milk and melted butter and beat till it is slightly fluffy.
Add in flour, salt and baking powder and mix so no lumps form.
Take jam in a small bowl and cream it by whisking it with a whisk. Add it to the batter and mix well.
Heat a tawa/griddle and once hot grease it with butter. (if using non-stick then no need)
Take a little batter in ladle and pour on tawa. Make small pancakes. No need to spread as we do for dosa.
Cook on medium and when bubbles form on top flip the pancake to cook on other side.
After a minute remove from griddle and repeat the same process to make more pancakes.
Serve the pancakes with syrup, jam, butter, fruits or honey.
Hey There. How is life going on? Well here it is raining crazy. It is good since from last few years we are having rains only on alternate years. Having said that many areas are suffering the side effects of rain. Rain also brings lots of diseases. We must be extra cautious about the conditions we live in and what we put in our mouth. Especially since schools have begun it is expected that out kids should be taken special care of. Today’s recipe is not only super healthy but also delicious. It is Beetroot Aloo Paratha – goodness of beetroot and carbs from potato. The beetroot also renders nice pinkish colour the stuffing that peeks at places also increases the curiosity of kids. See the pic below. Again I made 2 parathas in shapes that kids love.
Do check out other parathas from this blog-
Sweet potato paratha
Radish/ Mooli Paratha
Beetroot Aloo Paratha
Since I am trying meal planning now, it becomes easier for me to pack healthy tiffin without any hurry. Just keep some beetroot and potatoes boiled on your meal planning day and use it on a busy weekday. It is that simple.
Take the peel off the beetroot, chop it and blend it smooth with very little water.
Take the beetroot paste in a bowl and add salt and wheat flour.
Bring it together as you would knead a dough. Use water and flour as you need it.
Take grated boiled potato in a bowl.
Add in cumin, chilly, chat masala powders, salt and coriander leaves and mix well.
Make small balls of the dough. Stuff the balls with potato masala.
Roll it out thinly or thickly as you prefer.
If you want to shapes then cut the desired shapes using any type of cutter you have.
Roast them in pan with some ghee. When both sides have golden brown spots remove it on a plate and serve.
I served with Cumin flavored curd.
- You can add some ajwai/carom seeds in the dough for flavor.
- I don't like biting green chilly hence I prefer using red chilly powder instead of green chilly.
So I had to take an unintentional short break again. Schools have started and like every mother I too was freaking out. One of the concerns I had was tiffin box. I wanted to give him healthy yet tasty food. The kind kids would like. Also, since he’s is small he is still unaccustomed to feed himself properly without spilling. Expecting a 3 year old to break rotis, take some curry and feed himself is high expectations. So I had to made sure that I give him finger food or something that he can manage with spoon. DALIYA OATS IDLIS are a result of this need of a mother. I made these idlis in a flat plate and I have made use of cookie cutters to give these idlis kids lovable shapes. Also check out carrot idli, oats idli and stuffed idli for other variations of idlis especially for kids.
DALIYA OATS IDLIS
So this recipe came up when I had a packet of broken wheat almost reaching expiry date. Also, I am doing meal planning and prepping for the week. Check my insta/FB stories every weekend as I share my plan there. And it has helped me to make use of my ingredients well and finish them on time. DALIYA OATS IDLIS is a good way to eat healthy yet it is a different dish. Pair it up with a good chutney and you are sorted. Go on and try this recipe. Don't forget to read the recipe notes.
Take Broken Wheat Powder and Oats in a bowl..
Add salt and curd and whisk well.
Keep is aside for half an hour. If using immediately then add baking soda and mix well.
In a tadka pan, heat oil.
Add finely chopped green chilly.
Pour this over broken wheat/oats batter and mix well. Add water to adjust the consistency, It should be thick like idly batter.
Grease a idli plate and heat up the idli stemer. If you want to give shapes then use a flat plate or dhokla plate to pour the batter in.
Steam for 5-8 minutes or until done.
Let it cool down for a bit. De-mould. If you needs shapes then shape the idli using cookie cutter.
Serve them with chutney of your choice. I served it with peanut tomato chutney.
- You can skip baking soda all together. I did not use soda at all. The idlis won't be very fluffy but is good enough.
- Add more veggies of your choice.
- You can skip green chilly.
- If you do not have cookie cutter then use a knife to cut into desired shape - diamond, square,etc.
Hey There. You know family recipes are the best. You grow up with them. You may have loved them from your growing up days and you may love them even more now. Or you may just have hated them then and started loving them now. These are the recipes that your mom or dad have tried and tested and worked on your family. Hence, you know the flavor will be right up there. Especially because during those days there was no Google to search for recipes. It was either trial and error kinda recipe or word of mouth recipe. Kerala Style Bhindi Arbi Masala is my family regular recipe.
Lady finger or okra or bhindi is my favorite veggie. However, it is very important to get good quality lady fingers as hard and stiff lady fingers can ruin the dish. Do try this Kerala Style Bhindi Arbi Masala with good quality lady finger and you are sorted for a good dinner.
HOW TO PICK A GOOD LADY FINGER:
My basic test of picking a good lady finger is to press them. If it feels soft without any resistance then these are good to be ought. Another test is to break it. If it snaps perfectly then it is good.
Kerala Style Bhindi Arbi Masala
Do you like lady finger? Have you tried lady finger with a coconut based paste ? Check out this simple yet delicious recipe that is perfect for your dinner with rotis. Usually it is is made with potato but to add a healthy twist I replaced it with taro roots/ arbi.
Add cubed taro. Saute for 2 minutes.
Add lady finger. Saute on high heat for 2 minutes.
Reduce the flame to medium and keep sauteing the lady finger.
Meanwhile, take coconut, green chilly, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin and blend it coarsely. I also added some curry leaves for that extra flavor.
Once the lady fingers have softened add tomatoes. Season with salt.
Add the blended mix in and close and cook on low flame. Keep checking and stirring every 1 to 2 minutes.
Once the taro is cooked and the tomatoes are soft mash them all slightly.
Stir for another two minutes before switching off.
Optionally, add chopped coriander leaves.
Make sure that you add ripe tomatoes. Ripe tomatoes give a nice tang to the dish.
Increase the green chilly if you like spicy.
Psst: I am not too proud of the pics. Maybe some other time I will update with new pics. Do try this recipe and lemme know how it turned out for you.
Hey There. Can’t believe its May already. Where has time gone? Soon it will be June and kids will start school. Parents would be gearing up for school schedule and its routine. Especially mothers would have those small tips and tricks and plans ready for school days. While it is important to keep in mind kids taste it is equally important to feed them healthy food. Paneer is an excellent source of protein. Indians are very well known for their parathas. There are so many varieties of stuffings for parathas. One such stuffing is paneer. Makes a great breakfast and tiffin recipe. Right away make this Protein packed Paneer Paratha.
Also, do check out the other paratha recipes you can find in this blog. Zucchini Paratha, Mooli/ Radish Paratha, Beetroot Paratha, Matar Paratha, Gobhi/ Cauliflower Paratha and Sweet Potato Paratha.
Protein packed Paneer Paratha
School days means double stress for working mothers as they decide and plan for every day meals. Breakfast being the most important dish of the day it becomes necessary to keep it healthy and yet wholesome. There are many variations in which you could try this paratha. I have kept it simple yet with blast of flavors.
In a plate take grated paneer or cottage cheese.
Add in chopped mint, coriander, red chilly powder, turmeric powder, roasted cumin and salt. Mix well. This is your stuffing.
Make wheat dough as you usually make. Make small balls of the wheat dough.
Flatten the dough in your hand and add 1 spoonful of stuffing. Bring the ends together and seal the dough ball. Flatten again on your palm and roll it out.
In a heated griddle or tawa, place the rolled paratha.
Cook on both sides and roast with ghee.
Once both sides of paratha is nicely browned (see image) take it off the tawa. Repeat the same for other parathas.
- I served with dates pickle and raita flavored with red chilly powder and salt.
- Be careful with salt. Since the stuffing and wheat dough will have salt.
- I like to make thin parathas. In case of thick parathas use bigger dough balls and stuffing.