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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beetroot Soup


Ingredients

Beetroot – ¼ kg

Onion – 1

Potato – 1

Lime – ½

Mint – few

Boiled Milk – ½ cup

Pepper – as required

Salt – as required

Oil – as required



Method

Peel off the skins of beetroot and potato and cook them until soft.

Chop onion and heat a wok with oil, fry onion until soft.

Grind cooked beetroot, potato and onion into paste.

Transfer the ground paste into a bowl, add enough water. Squeeze lime and add.

Add pepper and salt. (Or you can add pepper and salt before serving.)

Heat the soup, once it starts boil remove from heat.

Add boiled milk, mint and serve.






Friday, June 22, 2012

Black Pepper Chicken


Ingredients


Chicken (boneless) – 250 gms

Onion – 1 (chop into small)

Garlic chopped - 1 tbsp

Pepper corns – 1 tbsp.

Salt – a pinch

Oil – 1 tbsp

For Sauce

Plain flour – 1 tbsp

Light Soya sauce – 2 tbsp

Garlic chopped – 1 tbsp

Pepper corns – 1 tbsp

Water – ½ cup

Oil - 1 tbsp



Method

Wash and cut chicken into small pieces.

Heat a wok with 1 tbsp of oil, add chopped onions and fry until soft.

Add chopped garlic and fry for a minute. Crush peppercorns and add. Fry for a minute.

Add chicken, salt and mix well. Cover with a lid and cook until tender.

Transfer the chicken into a serving bowl once done.

Preparing Sauce

Add plain flour to water and mix without any lump.

Heat a wok with 1 tpsp of oil, add chopped garlic and fry for a minute.

Crush peppercorns, add it and fry for a minute.

Add soya sauce, and then plain four mixed water. Stir continuously, reduce heat once it starts thickening. Stir for 30-40 seconds on medium heat and remove from fire.

Pour the sauce on the chicken and serve hot with rice.




Friday, June 15, 2012

Spicy Mashed Tapioca

Tapioca and fish curry are good combination. My mom makes this version in the absence of fish curry. Easy to make and can have with rice or as evening snack.




Ingredients
  • Tapioca – 2 Medium sized
  • Shallots – 3 no
  • Grated coconut – ½ cup
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Chilli powder – 1 tea spoon
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tea spoon
  • Mustard seeds – ½ tea spoon
  • Curry leaves - few
  • Oil - 1 tablespoon


Method

Peel the skin of tapioca and wash it. Cut them into small pieces.

Add enough water and cook them. Add salt once it started boiling. Cook until it becomes soft. Drain the water and keep it aside.

Meanwhile add turmeric powder, chilli powder, cumin seeds, and shallots to coconut and grind coarsely.

Add ground coconut mixture to cooked tapioca and mash it.

Heat oil in a pan and add mustard seeds, once it splutter add curry leaves and then mashed tapioca and fry for a minute and remove from fire.


Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Feeding your Baby



I am sharing the guidelines provided for me by a dietitian.


Feeding your baby in the first few months of his life with breast milk is quite straightforward once you’ve got the hang of it. And then after the 6 month mark, something amazing begins to happen. As compared to previously, he will start to take an interest in the food you eat and will stretch forth his arms to grab your food. In other words he wants to eat solid foods.

Weaning Your Little One
Experts generally agree that from 7 months, babies need something more substantial than milk alone to fuel their growing bodies. Whilst there is no strict guidelines regarding the sequence for introducing specific foods, most babies progress from smooth pureed foods to mashed foods, then roughly chopped foods and finally to small pieces of foods. Hence a good food to start baby on is plain rice cereal as you can mix this with breast or formula milk to a smooth puree consistency. The flavour is deliberately bland because your baby has sharp taste buds and can appreciate the natural flavour of foods.


Other foods which can be easily pureed to a smooth consistency can be given next, e.g root vegetables potato, sweet potato, pumpkin or carrot, protein foods like hardboiled egg yolk and tofu, and fruits like banana and papaya. Remember to introduce 1 new food at a time, and wait for a few days before introducing another new food.

As baby gets older, it is important to progress with giving more textured foods every 1-2 months, so that baby is eating small pieces of a wide variety of food, and ready to transition to adult foods by 1 year of age.

But remember, breast milk or infant formula will remain important to your baby’s daily intake, so, do not reduce his milk in a hurry. Transitioning from milk to solids involves some spitting, spills and a lot of mess, so do not fuss over cleanliness as feeding time should be fun for your baby.

Beware of Allergic Reactions

Sometimes, babies can develop allergic reactions to certain foods. So when you try out new foods give one new food at a time for a few days and observe for any allergic reactions or skin rashes. If there is a reaction, stop serving the allergenic food and inform your doctor on your next visit. Some allergic reactions such as an anaphylactic shock (e.g. difficulty breathing) require immediate medical attention. Wheat, eggs, nuts and seeds, cow’s milk, and shellfish are the most common food allergies. If there is a strong family history of food allergy, i.e 1 family member with food allergies, delay introducing dairy foods, e.g cow’s milk, cheese, yoghurt till after 1 year of age and delay introducing egg till after 2 years of age.

Social Eating

During meal time, let your baby join in the family meal an share in the spirit of eating, trying new foods and communicating with other members of the family.

Fish Food

Fish is a good source of protein and essential fatty acids that are good for your child’s brain development. Cold water deep-sea fishes such as herring, halibut, salmon, sardine, tuna and trout are rich in DHA, a type of Omega-3 fatty acid, which is essential to build brain and eye cells.

Some deep-sea fishes may contain high levels of mercury, which can harm your child’s developing nervous system. Avoid serving shark, swordfish, tilefish, king mackerel and albacore tuna to your little ones as these fishes have high mercury levels.

When you prepare fish dishes for your child, bear in mind that bones can be harmful to the child. So be careful as you can and remove the bones.

Fussy Eaters

When your child rejects foods and appears to be eating very little for an extended period, you may be worried that something may be wrong.

If you are concerned about his lack of food intake, take him to see a doctor or a dietitian to find out why he isn’t eating, weather he is getting enough nutrients and what can be done to help him eat. A child in the first year gains about 6-7kg, whilst in the 2nd – 3rd years gains only 2 – 3 kg. You can check if he is eating enough by tracking his growth using growth charts. So as long as your child is healthy, growing well and happy there is no real cause for concern.

Food rejection is quite common and you can expect your child to do this at some stage. As your child’s personality develops, he may even test the boundaries of what he can do by asserting his right to make decisions, one of which is to decide which food to accept or reject! And sometimes, a child would refuse food just to attract attention.

When your child refuses to eat don’t try to force-feed him. This only increases his will and resistance not to eat. Encouraging him to self-feed using his fingers, a spoon or a fork will renew his interest in foods.

Some children have an eating habit of grazing throughout the day instead of eating regular meals. When this happens, do make sure he gets healthy snacks.

Another reason why children sometimes refuse their foods is how the meals are prepared. Is the cooking bland and the same every time e.g steamed or boiled?

Fussy eaters usually don’t starve. They may not eat much today, but they will make up for it eventually. Fortunately for most parents, fussy eating is a phase, albeit a painful one for parents, which children usually go through.

Tips to feed fussy Eaters

1. Serve small frequent meals i.e 3 meals and 3 snacks daily.

2. Make eating a fun time by serving food cooked in different styles e.g grill, bake, braise, boil and fry. You can also cut veggies into different shapes, educate them about the benefits of eating well with interesting stories and encourage self-feeding.

3. Offer substitutions within the same food group.
4. Encourage family meals when your child turns 1. Children are great imitators and they are likely to accept new foods if they see adults eating them.

5. Keep the meal duration to 20 – 30 minutes as children generally have short attention spans. If he doesn’t finish his food, offer him a small snack 2-3 hours later to supplement his total food intake for the day.

6. Involve children in simple food preparation e.g washing fruits. Children are more likely to eat the foods they help to prepare.

Keep Trying

Infants and toddlers may need to be exposed to a food up to 20 times before they accept the new food!

Things not to do to fussy eaters

1. Do not serve milk, juice, soup water or sacks an hour before meals.

2. Do not give milk as an alternative to solid foods if he refuses his meals.

3. Do not get upset, force or threaten them to finish their meals.

4. Do not discuss your own foods likes and dislikes.

Sending this to Healthy Morsels Team- Healthy Morsels- Baby and Toddler Food

Some healthy food for Babies/Toddlers...........


                                            Toddler Foods

Ragi Kazhi/Poridge
 
for 6+ months old babies

Dhal (lentil/paruppu) and Mixed Veg Rice
 
for 8+ months old babies

Pasi parupu /Moong  dhal sadham
 
for 8+ months old babies

Feeding/Weaning Your Baby Tips
 
Feeding/Weaning Your Baby Tips


from 1+ year old babies

Carrot Milk
 
from 18+ months

Dates Paratha
 
from 18+ months

Banana Paratha
 
from 18+ months

Sweet Pasta with Fruits
 
from 18+ months

Sweet Rice Bread
 
from 18+ months

Chicken Soup
 
from 18+ months

Cheese Thosai
 
from 18+ months

Orange China grass pudding - A healthy dessert for kids
 
from 24+ months

 

Friday, June 8, 2012

Rich and Healthy Ragi Kazhi for kids

Ragi/Finger millet kazhi is nothing but ragi cooked in a thick paste like form. I introduced ragi/Finger millet kazhi to my kids at 7 months old. Ragi/Finger millet can be introduced after 6 months old if the baby doesn’t get any allergic reaction. If you are introducing ragi/Finger millet to your 6 months old baby prepare ragi/Finger millet kazhi with the incredients ragi flour/Finger millet, water and panakarkandu (brown rock sugar). 

Add brown rock sugar/panakarkandu(2 tbsp or as required) in hot water (about 2 1/2 cups of water) once it dissolved filter it so that any dirty things will go off. Let it cool. Mix ragi flour(4 tbsp) to the water and bring it to heat, stir continuously until it becomes thick. Once thicken remove from heat and let it warm before you feed your baby.

The above method is for 6 months old baby. Later on you can introduce almonds and cashews.(consult doctor before introducing these nuts)


I prepared the following kazhi for my 1+ year old kid.

Ingredients
  • Ragi flour(finger millet) – 4 tablespoons
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Water – 1½ cups
  • Cashew nuts – 4
  • Almonds – 6
  • Cardamom pod – 1
  • Panakarkandu (palm crystals/brown  rock candy) – 2 tablespoons or as required

Method

Soak cashew nuts and almonds overnight or for 8 hours.

Mix water and panakarkandu with milk and bring it to boil. Once done remove it from fire, filter it and keep aside. Let it get warm.

Grind cashew nuts and almonds into a fine paste.

Make sure boiled milk is warm and slowly mix ragi flour and then ground cashew nuts and almonds paste without any lumps.

Crush the cardamom and add it to the mixture.

Heat the mixture in a medium heat, stir continuously.

When it starts to thicken reduce the heat and stir continuously.

When it becomes a thick paste, remove from the heat and let it warm before you serve your baby.


   

                       You can check other toddler food here

Dhal (lentil/paruppu) and Mixed Veg Rice
for 8+ months old babies

Pasi parupu /Moong  dhal rice
for 8+ months old babies

Feeding/Weaning Your Baby Tips
Feeding/Weaning Your Baby Tips


from 1+ year old babies

Carrot Milk
from 18+ months

Dates Paratha
from 18+ months

Banana Paratha
from 18+ months

Sweet Pasta with Fruits
from 18+ months

Sweet Rice Bread
from 18+ months

Chicken Soup
from 18+ months

Cheese Thosai
from 18+ months

Orange China grass pudding - A healthy dessert for kids
from 24+ months

  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sweet Rice Bread






Ingredients

Puttu flour or Idiyappam flour – 1 cup

Sugar – 3 tablespoons or as per your taste

Grated coconut – 2 tablespoons

Salt – ½ teaspoon or as per your taste

Water – ¼ cup

Ghee - 1 tablespoon

Method

Take a bowl, add rice flour, salt, sugar, grated coconut and mix them.

Slowly add in water and kneed it into smooth dough. (It should not be too watery, if you find it watery add some rice flour.)

Make small lemon sized balls of dough



Take each ball and flatten it using damp hands to make rounds.

Heat dosa pan on low flame, apply some ghee in the pan and cook the rice breads until light brown on low flame. Turnover and cook on the other side.



Remove from the heat and serve.



More toddler recipes......



                                            Toddler Foods

Ragi Kazhi/Poridge
for 6+ months old babies

Dhal (lentil/paruppu) and Mixed Veg Rice
for 8+ months old babies

Pasi parupu /Moong  dhal sadham
for 8+ months old babies

Feeding/Weaning Your Baby Tips
Feeding/Weaning Your Baby Tips


from 1+ year old babies

Carrot Milk
from 18+ months

Dates Paratha
from 18+ months

Banana Paratha
from 18+ months

Sweet Pasta with Fruits
from 18+ months

Sweet Rice Bread
from 18+ months

Chicken Soup
from 18+ months

Cheese Thosai
from 18+ months

Orange China grass pudding - A healthy dessert for kids
from 24+ months

Friday, June 1, 2012

Carrot Kheer

Ingredients
  • Carrot – 250gms
  • Milk – 1 litre
  • Sugar – 250gms
  • Cashews and pistachio – 50gms
  • Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon

Method

Wash the carrots and peel off the skin. Cut the carrots into small pieces and cook it in a pressure cooker.

In the meantime, boil the milk and keep it aside.

Drain the water and store it for later use. Grind the cooked carrot into a paste.

Mix drained water, carrot paste, sugar, cardamom powder and bring it to boil.(stir continuously)

Then add milk and stir.

Finally roast the cashews and pistachio in ghee and add it.

Serve hot or refrigerate it and serve cold.


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