As a kid, I loved cherries simply because of it’s bright red colour. And as I grew old I enjoyed it in cakes and had a special love for this fruit. It’s very rare kids don’t like cherries but as we all know some kids […]
It’s been a while I have shared a recipe specially catered to kids. And hence today I am sharing a very special recipe which is liked by my little one. So, Learn to make Amaranth / Rajgira Almonds and Jaggery Ladoos for your toddlers. But before we begin let me give you a brief on the importance of Amaranth/ Rajgira for your child’s growth
Amaranth seeds are known as the royal seed in India. Its mainly consumed during fasting as its easy to digest and keeps the tummy full for a long time. They are rich in nutrients and very much recommended to be a part of your child’s diet since toddler years for the following reasons
- Contains more proteins and fibre
- High in iron and calcium
- Good source of Vitamin A,B and C.
- Completely gluten free and hence suitable for kids with gluten allergies.
- Easily digestible, hence its ideal for small kids, pregnant ladies and sick people who are recovering from illness.
With such immense properties, it is recommended to start offering amaranth/rajgira as early as possible. These ladoo are one of the best way to include rajgira in the kid’s diet as the chances are very minimal a kid can say NO to them.
Learn to make Amaranth/Rajgira Almonds and Jaggery Ladoos for your toddler
Around 15 number of ladoos can be made using this recipe
- 3 cups roasted Amaranth/Rajgira
- 3/4th cup grated jaggery
- 1/4th cup powdered almonds (lightly roast almonds and blitz in blender)
- 1/2 tsp Cardamom powder
- 2-3 tbsps ghee
- 3 to 4 tbsps of water
- In a bowl. add Rajgira, Cardamom powder and almond powder and set aside
- In a pan , add jaggery and water on a slow flame
- Allow the jaggery to melt in completely
- Strain the water to remove impurities
- Pour the jaggery syrup on the dry mixture while it is hot
- Also add ghee at this stage to the mixture
- Mix everything thoroughly with a spoon
- Grease your hands with ghee and start making the ladoos quickly while they are hot
- The ladoos are ready to be served
SOME POINTS TO REMEMBER WHILE MAKING THE RAJGIRA LADOOS
- Jaggery syrup will be hot it may burn the skin if touched directly. You should be really quick in shaping ladoos, If the mixture is cooled down completely shaping the ladoos are difficult
- If you don’t have roasted Amaranth then you can roast it at home as well.
- Tips for Roasting Amaranth
- Add a tbsp of Amaranth in a preheated heavy bottom wok. Keep stirring vigorously. The seeds will start popping.
- Do this one tbsp at a time or it won’t pop evenly. One bowl of non roasted Amaranth will give you 3 bowls of roasted Amaranth.
- The ladoos can be stored in an air tight container for approximate one month duration
- This can be given to kids above one year of age
So moms what are you waiting for, just learn to make Amaranth/Rajgira Almonds and Jaggery Ladoos for your toddler and encourage them to explore healthy food more often. The more early you start this special ingredient the more likely they would have developed a taste for Rajgira.
But what if your baby is not a toddler, he/she is a grown up child and you wish to offer him these healthy ladoos but he/ she refuses because he has not developed a palate of it. Well, you can try your hands on foodart and offer these ladoos on a playdate or when there are friends around. The idea is simple, plate the ladoos like i did and just give it to the kids. It just take one kid to pick it up and viola all are going to finish the same
Since it’s the season of monsoon I have plated the Rajgira showcasing rains and birth of greenery around. This can also be one of the way to get into educative learning if you want to. To make this foodart you will need
- Amaranth/ Rajgira Ladoos
- Boiled Broccoli and Corn sauted in salt and pepper
- Bread with Mayo/ Cream Chees
- Cut the bread in shape of the clouds and sprea mayo or cream cheese on it
- Place the Rajgiral Laodd randomly on plate depicting as raindrops
- At the bottom of the plate, place broccoli and corn salad depicting as plants that are growing because of rains
- Your foodart is ready to serve
Well, I hope moms you will enjoy the recipe as well as foodart. Don’t forget to share pictures if you try your hands on this recipe. As usual, show some love, pour me with some suggestions and ideas and do give your honest feedback.
In the mean time you can also check some more recipes i have made for my toddler here
And incase this foodart appeals to you, there are more you can find it here
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We 40 Mom Bloggers would love to pour some Baby & Toddler Food Ideas just for you.
This is a month – long blog train. Stay tuned and Enjoy.
Lastly I would like to thank Mommavya for introducing me and would love to invite Piyu from Messy Moms Life to hop on this train and share her recipe.
One of the most versatile foods of summer season is the Watermelon. There is so much to love about this fruit. You can plan to keep it simple or use it in making salad, juices, granitas etc and much more. Honestly i enjoy the fruit as it is but my lo does not. And so I came up with a fun way to eat watermelon this season.
This time, I have crafted a beautiful looking Flamingo made of Watermelon. The perfect pinkish colour matches with the Flamingo colour and hence this creation is one of my favourite. It’s not only a fun way to eat watermelon but also ensures kids get enough nutrition.
As difficult it make look this foodart was one of the simplest one I have done so far and i’ll share the steps with you.
STEP BY STEP – MAKING OF THE FOODART
- I googled out a cartoon clip art of flamingo on the web
- Once i selected the design, I just divided the flamingo into 4 parts
- I cut the watermelon in a two halves
- I took one of the half side and cut it parallel to the thickness i needed – like a disc shape
- With basic kitchen skills I made the desired shapes and ensured not a inch of the watermelon should get wasted
- All i had to do now was assemble the shapes and make a flamingo out of it
- To give a perfect look of the flamingo I added
- Apple and Prunes to make a realistic beak
- And made eyes with a watermelon seed
- Voila, The Flamingo Watermelon was ready to be eaten.
Well this was one of the fun way to eat watermelon. You can make a boat, mountains and other cartoon character with it. And if this does not suffice you can create some smoothies, granitas just like I made a lovely Watermelon Chia Cooler for the summers.
Hope you enjoyed this foodart made with just one ingredient i.e watermelons. In case you want to try your hands on foodart, you can too start with one ingredient only and fruits are the best way to begin. To gain some ideas you can check some of my foodarts which I have made using only one ingredient
Well mommas, hope you liked this flamingo watermelon and do share your feedback and suggestions.
As a mom, there are days i am over tired, exhausted and not interested in my doing my favourite job i.e cooking. And I want some magic hand which just prepares me home made tasty food in my kitchen. Well, to my surprise ” Law of Attraction” has proved true to me in this case – as to my delight there is one brand that has come to my rescue. My life has been simple simply because “Cooking made easy by Fingerlix”
Fingerlixfresh is a ready to eat brand offering a wide plethora of products like Batters, Mixes, Curries, Dals, Parathas and ‘fully-ready’ accompaniments to go with them. They have some amazing varieties like Multi Grain Dosa Batter, Different types of Parathas like Achari Paratha, Laccha Paratha etc, Puran Poli and lot’s more.
Product which I have tried
- Plain Idli/ Dosa Batter – We at home till date grind our own batter and seldom may opt for ready made batter from local outlets. At one such occasion, I bought the Idli-Dosa Fingerlix Batter and to my surprise the idli’s were soft and fluffy with no sour taste. I mean that is what you want right, hot steamed fluffy idli’s.
2. Pineapple Halwa
I am a mom who craves sweet after a meal. It’s not possible to cook sweet treats for yourself in your everyday cooking. Also personally I believe it’s not a healthy way of living. But there are days when you want to pamper yourself and option for a quick-fix solution. And here I have one of my favourite sweet dish – The Pineapple Halwa from Fingerlix. It’s, has perfect sweet balance, appropriate texture and yummy to the tastebuds.
I highly recommend Fingerlix to mother’s who want to make cooking easy, believe in hygiene and want to enjoy home made flavours.
Enjoy the almost ready food packets and do provide your feedback
As you all know, Mother’s Day is arriving soon and I have decided to celebrate the day entire month by sharing some lovely recipes my Mom use to make for me during my childhood days. Those recipes are very special to me and till date I keep craving and insist her to make it for me whenever I visit her. Hence to begin the celebration I am posting one of my favourites – Hariyali Pavbhaji recipe and share my #maakirasoi with you.
Pavbhaji has always been one of the popular streets food that has got an easy acceptance to our home kitchen. Be it a 6 year old kid or a 60 year old adult, everyone loves this dish. Well many cook and enjoy the traditional pav bhaji, in my house we make a greener variation called the Hariyali Pavbhaji.
Hariyali Pavbhaji recipe is made using green veggies like green tomatoes, spinach, peas etc. The green vegetables use to be available in winters hence this recipe was a hit during winter season. However, with supermarkets making their presence there are certain winter vegetable that are easily available and now we no longer wait for winter’s to make Hariyali Pavbhaji Recipe.
HARIYALI PAVBHAJI RECIPE
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cooking time : 30 mins
- Green Tomatoes : 8-10 medium size
- Potatoes : 5 medium size
- Onions : 4 medium size + 1 or 2 onions for garnishing over the bhaji
- Garlic : 8-10 nos
- Ginger : 2 inch
- Chillies : 3-4 nos
- Pav Bhaji Masala : 2 tbsp
- Kitchen King’s Masala – 1.5 tbsp
- Cauliflower – 1 cup
- Peas – 1 cup
- Spinach – 1 bunch
- Bottle Gourd – 1 cup
- Capsicum – 1 Big size
- Oil – 2 tbsp
- Butter – 1 tbsp
- Cumin seeds – 1/4 tsp
- Coriander Powder – 1/4tsp
- Salt to taste
- Water as required
- Lemon juice extract
- Boil all the veggies – Cauliflower, potatoes, green tomatoes, bottle gourd, peas together in 1/2 cup water & salt for 4 whistles & then allow cooker to cool by itself.
- Use a pavbhaji masher to mash all the above boiled vegetables and keep it aside
- Blanch the spinach and grind it in the mixture to form a paste and keep aside
- In a pan, add butter and oil together. Add cumin seeds and chopped onions. Saute the mixture for 1 min
- Add finely chopped capsicum to the above mixture and saute for 2-3 mins till oil separates
- Add garam masala, pav bhaji masala, coriander powder and salt as per taste and mix well
- Add the boiled vegetables in the above mixture and cook it till the gravy begins to boil
- Add spinach paste and cook the mixture for 2-3mins
- If gravy feels thick, you can add 1/4 cup-1/2 cup water
- Cook for another 2-3 mins and switch off the flame
- Add a dash of lemon juice and plate the pavbhaji with buttered pav and onions
- Serve it Hot !!
I hope you liked the Hariyali Pavbhaji recipe and are charged up to make it in your kitchen. if you have the ingredients ready it becomes easy and also a healthy dinner meal for your family. Although this is my mom’s recipe, she was sanjeev kapoor fan and most of her recipes will have his essence.
In the mean time, as i had promised I will share a foodart using the pavbhaji gravy. Most of the users had asked how to plate, semi solid food like gravies etc. So here is small attempt by me where i have created a food art using Hariyali Pavbhaji recipe just for you moms out there.
Till then enjoy this delicious meal,