Sunday, June 12, 2016

Healthy instant Ragi Dosa Recipe for infant

Instant ragi dosa recipe (red millet)


 ragi is rich in calcium and extremely good for vegans and vegetarians. ragi is the best source of calcium. 100 gms of ragi contains approx 350 mg of calcium. ragi also has some essential amino acids which are required by the body. ragi is easily digestible and very nutritious.
women should have a good amount of calcium in the diet as with age and deficiency of calcium, the bones become porous and cause problems.
the recipe here is a no grind ragi dosa recipe and very easy. it does not require you to grind anything. you just have to mix everything. and then start making the dosas.
ingredients (measuring cup used, 1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 cup ragi flour or sprouted ragi flour ( i used organic sprouted ragi flour)
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut or fresh coconut
  • ½ cup curd
  • salt as required
  • water as required
  • oil or ghee as required for preparing dosa
how to make the recipe:
  1. take the ragi flour or sprouted ragi flour in a bowl or pan.
  2. add the dessicated coconut to it.
  3. then add the curd and salt.
  4. add water to the mixture and start to mix everything well.
  5. the batter should be slightly thin than the regular dosa batter. keep this batter covered for 30 minutes.
  6. on a medium hot tava or griddle pour the batter with a help of a ladle and spread it slowly.
  7. sprinkle some oil/butter/ghee on top. flip and cook the other side. cook the ragi dosa, the way you cook dosas at home.
  8. serve the ragi dosa with any vegetable dish, sambar, dal or any chutney.

Reference : Veg recipe of india.






Ragi Dosa For infant (dosa made with fermented dosa batter and ragi flour.)

Dosa made with fermented dosa batter and ragi flour.

Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 1 cup of thin fermented dosa batter (refer notes)
  • ¼ cup of ragi flour (refer notes)
  • Salt to taste
  • oil for drizzling around the dosas
Seasoning (optional)
  • 1 to 2 green chilies
  • 1 sprig curry leaves or coriander leaves chopped
  • 1 tsp oil
  • pinch of mustard
  • pinch of cumin / jeera
  • pinch of hing
  • pinch of urad dal (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together batter, flour and salt with just enough water to make a batter of the pouring consistency.
  2. Seasoning is optional. But if you wish just go ahead, heat oil in a small pan, add mustard and cumin when they begin to splutter add the dal and then curry leaves, green chilies and hing.
  3. Pour this to the batter. Mix well.
  4. Grease a tawa until hot, check if hot by sprinkling water, it has to sizzle.
  5. Pour the batter thinly and then tilt it to a side for the batter to spread, do not spread with ladle.
  6. Drizzle a tsp oil around the dosa. Cook on both sides till done.
  7. Repeat until you finish the entire batter.
  8. Serve with your favorite chutney.
Notes

Reference : http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/

Monday, May 16, 2016

Moong Daal Dhokla - Yellow Lentil steamed savoury cake - ( 9 months and above)



ingredients

For The Batter
salt to taste
1 tsp sugar
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 tbsp oil
2 tbsp curds (dahi)
1 1/2 tsp fruit salt / baking soda

For The Tempering
1 tbsp oil
2 tsp finely chopped green chillies

For The Garnish


For Serving


Process :
  1. Combine the yellow moong dal and green chillies and blend in a mixer using a little water to make a paste of pouring consistency.
  2. Transfer the paste to a bowl, add the salt, sugar, asafoetida, oil, turmeric powder, besan and curds and mix well to make a batter.
  3. Just before steaming, sprinkle fruit salt and mix lightly.
  4. Pour the batter into a greased 175 mm. (7”) diameter thali.
  5. Steam in a steamer for 10 to 12 minutes or till the dhokalas are cooked. Keep aside.
  6. Heat the oil in a small non-stick pan and add the mustard seeds.
  7. When the mustard seeds crackle, add the sesame seeds, asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  8. Add the green chillies and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.
  9. Pour the tempering over the prepared dhoklas and spread it evenly.
  10. Sprinkle the coriander and coconut evenly on top.
  11. Cut into pieces and serve hot with green chutney.
Ref : Tarala Dalal

Monday, May 2, 2016

White Dhokla Recipe (1 year and above)

My son is now 14 month and no teeth at all. This Dhokla is soft and mouth melting hence babies without teeth can easily eat this.

My son like this Dhokla very much. This dish is high in carbohydrates and protein. 

Here is recipe goes.

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup regular rice or idli rice (i used idli rice)
  • ¼ cup urad dal( black gram)
  • ½ cup thick sour yogurt or khatta dahi
  • ½ inch ginger/adrak, chopped
  • 1 green chili/hari mirch, chopped
  • ½ tsp oil to be added later to the batter
  • ½ tsp baking soda

Procedure

  1. rinse the rice and urad dal a couple of times in water.
  2. soak them together or separately in enough water for 5-6 hours.
  3. drain them well and then in a wet grinder, add the drained rice and urad dal.
  4. add chopped ginger and green chili also.
  5. grind the rice and urad dal adding 2 to 3 tbsp water at intervals.
  6. the batter should be thick like the idli batter.
  7. when you feel the batter, a little grainy texture of the ground rice is preferable.
  8. pour the batter in a deep bowl or pan.
  9. add the sour yogurt and salt.
  10. stir well and keep the batter in a warm place to ferment overnight or for 7-8 hours.
  11. before preparing the dhoklas, grease the pan in which you will be making the dhokla with oil.
  12. add water in your steamer or pan or pressure cooker and let the water come to a boil.
  13. first add oil in the batter and stir well.
  14. then add the fruit salt or baking soda to the batter.
  15. be quick enough to stir well, so that the baking soda is distributed uniformly in the batter.
  16. pour on a greased pan. sprinkle with black pepper powder, red chili powder and roasted sesame seeds.
  17. place the pan with the dhokla batter in the steamer or pot or pressure cooker.
  18. cover and steam for 20-25 minutes or more till a tooth pick inserted in the khatta dhokla comes out clean.
  19. if using a pressure cooker, remove the vent weight (whistle) and cover the lid tightly and steam for the same amount of time.
  20. when done, remove and let the khatta dhoklas become warm.
  21. slice and serve the khatta dhokla or white dhokla with coriander chutney.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Barley Upma Recipe

for infant elder than 1 year.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Barley whole or broken (I have used whole Barley) 
  • 3 Cups water
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of carrot,diced small
  • 1/2 cup of french beans, finely chopped 
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1 tablespoon half broken white urad dal(Optional)
  • String of curry leaves
  • salt to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • a small bunch of chopped coriander leaves
  • oil for cooking
  • Process 

    1. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker or in a pan on medium heat. Add the mustard seeds and allow it to crackle. Once it crackles add in the split urad dal and peanuts. Saute for a few minutes until the dal gets roasted. 
    2. Once roasted add ginger, green chilies, curry leaves and cook for few seconds.
    3. Add carrots, beans and let it cook for a minute or two stirring in between.
    4. Now add barley. Mix well and cook for few minutes. 
    5. Pour in the 3 cups of water. Stir in the salt and tomatoes and give the mixture a good stir.
    6. Cover the pressure cooker or the pan and allow the upma cook in medium flame till 3 whistles come. If you are cooking it in a pan, then cook until all the water is absorbed stirring occasionally.  
    7. Take the pressure cooker off the heat and let the cooker rest for some time before opening the lid.
    8. Open the lid and add in lemon juice and coriander leaves. Mix well and serve hot.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Surati Locho ( Mixed Lentils savoury dish)

This recipe can be fit for toddlers elder than 1 year.



Ingredients
  • 1 cup of chana daal(Split skinless Bengal Gram)
  • 1/2 cup of urad daal(Split skinless Black Gram)
  • 1/2 cup of poha(Beaten rice or rice flakes)
  • 1 tbp green chili paste
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 2-3 drops of lemon juice
  • 2 tbp oil
  • 1 tbsp sev(namkin)
  • 1 tsp eno
  • salt to taste
Instructions
1. Soak lentils in lots of water overnight.
2. In the morning drain water and wash it well and add washed 1 cup of poha.
3. Grind it in mixture grinder and form a soft batter.
4. Add salt, green chilli paste according to taste, add pinch of turmeric powder and eno and mix it well.
5. Take a deep vessel and spread half of oil to vessel so that the batter does not stick to it. Pour the batter into the vessel and spread some black pepper.
6. In a pressure cooker add some water and boil it for 10-15 mins or till done.
7. Keep the vessel in pressure cooker and cover the cooker with the lid without whistle attached to it.
8. Steam it for 10 minutes.
9. Put a knife in the batter to check if it is baked properly by inserting clean knife. if it comes out clean,it means it is done.
10. Serve hot with adding some lemon juice, sev, half of oil and chopped coriander leaves and chilli.

Tips : can be served with green and red chatney. I had some left over tamrind chatney and it tasted nice. 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Homemade Baby Food - Recipes common for infant and parents

1. Mung Daal Khichadi cooked in Mudpot

Really quick and full of nutrition mung daal khichadi can be honored by baby as well as parents.
I specially like it with added drops of ghee in it. Earlier I used to enjoy it with curd as well but I recently came to know that according to Ayurveda curd and daal are opposite foods hence I stopped eating curd with khichadi.

Whenever I cook Mungdaal I use my mud pot which I have brought from India (without breaking it in flight in cabin baggage. Also brought mud tava...yet to try..)

My son likes this khichadi a lot. today  I have added sweet potato in it.

 








Ingredients

1 c mung daal
1 c rice
1/4 tsp jeera
1 tsp ghee
1 c diced vegetables ( optional)
salt to taste

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves  : 2

1. Wash and sock mund daal and rice in water for half an hour.
2.  Boil 4 cups water in metal container.
3. Cut vegetables in small cubes. You may take whatever vegetables are available in stock.
4. Heat ghee in mud pot. Add jeera in it. When jeera starts crackling add vegetables in it.
5. Fry vegetables for 2 mins. Now add mung daal and rice in it. Mix all ingredients nicely.
6. Add boiled water in mud pot and cover it. Allow to cook for 20  mins.
7. Mungdaal khichdi is ready. Serve it hot with drop of ghee on it.
8. Give warm khichadi to baby.

Tips :

1. You may use normal steel vessel or pressure cooker for cooking.


2. Pumpkin Soup 

Pumpkin Soup is very delicious and creamy soup. Its very easy to prepare. 

Boil pumpkin and peel it. Pumpkin does not take much time to boil. Whenever I boil pumpkin I just put in heavy bottom pan. I hardly use pressure  cooker to boil pumpkin.

Once pumpkin is boiled, cool it and peel it. Smash the boiled pumpkin using hand blender, now boil the soup. Add Black pepper and salt to taste. Give Tadka with ghee and Jeera.

For nice creamy pumpkin soup, you may add some cream to it. If you do not have cream then can add some milk to it. The proposition for milk is  1/5 of total soup. 

For more creamy soup, prepare white sauce and  add it to soup and boil it. This tastes just heavenly.

3. Creamy Potato

Boil potato and peel it. Cut potato in small small cubes. Now in pan, take some ghee and heat it. 
Once ghee is heated, add jeera to ghee, add potatoes. Cook for two to three minutes. Now add cream to potatoes. If cream is not available then milk can be added. Add black pepper to potatoes. Cook for 3 to 4 mins. Its ready to serve. Potato can cause gas hence give this baby after 8 to 9 months.


4. Whole Mung Chila

This is very healthy recipe for kids. 
Sock whole moong in water for overnight or at least for 6 to 7 hours. After that remove the water from moong. Keep it aside for another 10 to 12 hours. Moong will get sprouted.

Grind the moong in mixer grinder and make nice smooth paste.
Add green chilli and ginger paste to it.
Add Salt to taste.
Add coriander to the paste.

Now take non stick pan and spread little oil on it.
Now take some amount of moong paste and spread it on tava. cover the tava.
Allow it to cook for 2 to 3 mins.
Flip the side of the chilla and allow it to cook another side as well.
Serve with green chutney or Methi Masala.