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North Indian Punjabi Recipes

North Indian Punjabi Recipes
If Punjabi recipes tempt your taste buds, then this page is a must-visit. Take a peep into Anita Chahal aunty's kitchen and see what authentic Punjabi food is all about. You will also find fusion recipes from Anita aunty's Punjabi kitchen. Not to mention, she has started to share OPOS recipes as well.

Authentic South Indian Recipes

Authentic South Indian Recipes
If you love south Indian food, do not leave without checking this page. Dedicated to Chitra Balachander, a south Indian homemaker, the page is all about taking a journey into her south Indian kitchen. Travel with me to her kitchen to savor traditional south Indian food.

Baby Food: Homemade Cerelac, Kitchdi, Apple Puree


BABY CERELAC
Homemade cerelac is one of the most-awaited recipe by new moms. It is an absolute yes for babies above 6 months. Of course, infants younger than six months should not be given semi solid, let alone solids, though exceptions are always there, for infants develop digestive enzymes during this period. However, these days, doctors have started advising new mothers to start feeding semi solids to their infants before six months if the little ones are able to sit on their own and have no digestion problems.

A baby typically develops head control around 3 months, which means their head muscles start strengthening thereafter, which helps them in their posture.

Alternatively, most mothers are advised to start semi-solid diet for kids suffering from lactose intolerance. I tell you, some infants tend to develop sensitivity to milk. As a result, it is critically important that moms start supplementing their kid's diets with other essential nutrients as well. Irrespective of what you choose to feed your infant, it is crucial that mothers continue feeding breast milk, which acts as a safeguard against many ills, has a good dose of antioxidants and is the best immunity booster for kids.

When it comes to starting solids, begin with a single food. It is even better to start with fruits - begin with steaming and pureeing fruits. My sister in law recently gave birth to a cutie pie. So what we started feeding the little one first was apple puree.

Apple Puree: Baby FOOD

infant recipe apple puree

Here's the simple recipe:

Ingredients
1 Apple


Procedure

  1. Wash the apple.
  2. Uncover the apple, removing its skin.
  3. Cut into small chunks.
  4. Take a small bowl and add the chunks to it.
  5. Place the bowl with apple pieces in a cooker with 1/2 cup water.
  6. Cook it for 2 whistles.
  7. Let it cool down.
  8. Run the steamed apple pieces in a food processor or grinder.
  9. Pour into a bowl and serve it to the little one.
  10. Enjoy watching your infant relish the apple puree :)
So here's another foolproof baby food recipe. But always make sure your baby is not allergic to certain things. So start with one ingredient to see how their body reacts. Any new item should be introduced after a gap of 3 days.

Here's some feedback from the mother of a year old.

Here's another kid-friendly recipe.

Carrot-Dal kitchdi

This recipe was inspired by Chitra Balachander.
1 carrot
1 tsp- yellow moong dal
1 onion
1 small piece of ginger
1 pinch salt
1 pinch of amchor powder
1 pinch of turmeric (haldi)
1/4 tsp- ghee
2 pinches of garam masala/sambar powder/ roasted jeera powder
baby food ingredients

Procedure
baby food kitchdi

  1. Wash carrot in lukewarm water and chop along with onion.
  2. Take a small piece of ginger and grate it.
  3. Dry roast yellow moong dal.
  4. Now take a cooker, drop 1 tsp roasted dal, chopped carrot, onion, roasted jeera powder and haldi.
  5. Add little water to cook the ingredients.
  6. Cook for 3-4 whistles until soft and tender.
  7. Allow the ingredients to cool.
  8. Meanwhile, take a pan. Add ghee and grated ginger. When it looks cooked, turn off the flame and add it to the rest of the ingredients.
  9. Blend everything together along with salt and amchor powder.
  10. Run the ingredients in a food processor.
  11. Serve the kid-friendly kitchdi to your little one.

Infant food recipe: Poha porridge for kids

The credit for this recipe goes to Ritu Mendiratta, who shared it with me in an instant!
This baby food recipe is a breeze to process while it tastes absolutely yummy, not to mention its rustic aroma.
I loved the roasted poha (rice flakes).

Here goes the recipe:
1 cup poha
Hot water
baby food poha pudding


Procedure
1. Dry roast poha until a nice aroma starts coming from the rice flakes.
2. Do it on a medium flame so that you do not end up burning the same.
3. Grind it into powder upon cooling.
4. Soak 1 tbsp in hot water for 5 minutes
5. The powder will swell.
6 Add 2 tbsp of hot water before feeding it to your little one.
7. I added 2 small pieces of boiled and finely mashed potato to it along with a pinch of salt.
8. Your poha porridge is ready.
9. Watch your kidoo relish the infant food recipe.
Okay without further ado, let's come back to the baby food cerelac that you have been waiting for.
This is a lip-smacking treat for the kiddo.

Homemade Cerelac

homemade baby cerelac
Remember, we cannot add refined sugar or honey to baby food, as these put too much stress on the little kidneys. Always make sure to start with sugar after your baby is a year old.

So the homemade cerelac recipe uses dates (khajur) instead of sugar.
Second, we won;t be using any leavening agents, including baking soda or baking powder. This means the cookies that we bake will turn out to be hard,but it does not matter, as we are grinding the biscuits to powder.
The powder is used as cerelac. Feel free to include any other whole grains or cereals that suit your baby.
Ingredients
1/2 cup- oats powder (make sure your baby is not allergic to it first) - you may reduce the amount of oats to 1/4 cup and increase whole wheat flour to 3/4 cup
1/2 cup- whole wheat flour
1 tbsp ragi flour (nachini -optional)
8-10 almonds
3 tbsp- desi ghee (clarified butter)
8-10 dates pieces (should be enough for little ones, though you may add little more if required) 
1 tbsp- milk (or more if the dough feels dry)
2 pinches of cinnamon powder (dalchini)
2 pinches Elaichi/ saunf powder (fennel)
grind dates in a processor


Baby Cerelac Procedure
  1. Dry roast oats and grind them to powder. I usually powder them first and then roast and grind.
  2. Dry roast almonds and grind them to powder. You may want to blanch almonds, uncover them and then grind. I simply ran them whole in the processor.
  3. Gather whole wheat flour, dalchini, and oatmeal. Add desi ghee. Mix.
  4. De-seed dates and run them in the grinder.
  5. Add whole wheat flour and oatmeal to the grinder along with dates.
  6. Run the grinder.
  7. Add milk and run the processor again.
  8. If the dough feels dry, add 1 more tbsp of milk.
  9. Empty the dough in a plate.
  10. Roll out into a chapati.
  11. Cut it into round or square shapes.
  12. Bake in oven or microwave convection for 8-10 mts at 180 degrees. I baked on stovetop.
  13. Take an iron skillet (tawa).  Keep a stand over it. You may place a small bowl if you do not have a stand.
  14. Place a baking tray or greased steel tray above it.
  15. Place the cookies and cover them with a vessel.
  16. Cook on a slow flame for 5-6 mts. Flip sides of the cookies and bake for another 3-4 mts or until done. 
  17. Let them cool and then grind them to powder.
  18. Your baby food cerelac is ready to be enjoyed.
  19. To prepare cerelac for the infant, take 1 tbsp of this powder and add 2 tbsp of boiled water to it.
  20. Mix well and serve it to your kiddoo.
  21. Watch them relish the homemade cerelac happily.
  22. I will come up with another baby cerelac recipe soon with roasted ingredients, where you do not need to do any baking. So keep watching the space.
Disclaimer: I am no expert in baby food. These are the kid-friendly recipes that I have been feeding my 7-month-old niece for the past 20 days. So thought of sharing with you all. When it comes to choosing ingredients for kids, please make sure you consult your baby's doctor. Remember, there is no substitute to breast milk. Never replace it with anything else. Always start with one ingredient at a time, so you know how your baby reacts to them.This will help you decide what ingredients are friendly to their health and body.

Quick Badam Burfi (Almond Fudge)


badam burfi
Who does not like badam burfi? Nobody, I guess!
Well, if you have been buying kaju katli until now, this may be the recipe you need. Yes, I am sharing a foolproof badam katli recipe that seconds as kaju katli recipe as well.

kaju katli

While making the power-packed treat for your family, you may be tempted to lick it when it reaches halwa-type consistency, Do not blame me if you end up eating the finger-licking badam halwa, leaving yourself with nothing to make badam katli.

Badam burfi is a delectable treat. A delicious way to savor almonds and make your kids enjoy the benefits of this heart-friendly nut, this badam katli recipe is what you need. Enjoy the benefits of almonds with this almond fudge, which makes a lip-smacking fasting treat as well.

Here's another badam burfi recipe made differently with slightly different ingredients.


benefits of nuts
Almonds are a power-packed snack that make lip-smacking treats, savories, and sweets.

benefits of almonds



quick badam burfi almond fudge recipe


almond benefits
Ever tried badam ladoo? Here's one delicious yet simple almond ladoo recipe for you to try.

Wanna try almond meal cookies? This was my first attempt at almond meal, and I was greatly surprised at the result. It is such a delicious way to treat your taste buds, especially at tea time. Any takers?



Badam burfi/almond katli ingredients
Almonds 20-30
Sugar/Jaggery powder- 4 tbsp
1/4 cup-water
Number-8-10 badam burfis

Procedure to make almond fudge

  1. Make almond meal. Soak almonds in hot water for 3-4 minutes ...wash them with cold water and blanch them. I dried them on gas stove in a heavy bottomed pan. Let them cool down a bit and then grind them to powder.
  2. Mix water and sugar powder and put on stovetop.
  3. Let it simmer.
  4. The sugar syrup will thicken immediately.
  5. Add almond meal to the thickened sugar syrup.
  6. Mix quickly until it forms a ball.
  7. Take out on a greased plate or on aluminum foil.
  8. Press with a heavy utensil.
  9. Let it sit under the vessel for an hour.
  10. Cut into pieces and enjoy delicious, simple badam burfi.
  11. Makes a perfect fasting snack.
  12. This badam katli stays good for days, since there is no milk involved.
badam burfi with condensed milk

Healthy Meals Cookbook: A Unique Collection of Low Fat Recipes, Food for Kids, Healthy Snack Ideas


As promised, we have launched our first healthy recipes cookbook, with recipes contributed by members from Healthy Recipes by Homemakers, a Facebook food group.

Perhaps you are looking for healthy snacks ideas. Or healthy recipes for diabetes or weight watchers? You may be looking for healthy meal ideas even or for that matter healthy dinner recipes. Of course, there is a diabetic loved one or a friend you want to host and looking for food for diabetics options.

Whether you are looking for healthy dinner ideas, diabetic food, low fat recipes, recipes for kids, healthy meal idea planning, low carb recipes, healthy lunch recipes, or quick healthy meals this healthy food recipes cookbook has you covered.

Available for zero cost download is our Healthy Recipes cookbook (veg only) - with recipe contributions from over 25 home chefs living in different parts of India. Our motto is to spread healthy ideas and bring those homemakers from the kitchen to the forefront of healthy cooking & eating habits. Learn the original ideas of nanis and daadis and creative innovations of modern day women all at one place. There is a variety of gourmet yet healthy food to try out - from desserts to sweets. from cookies to cakes, from beverages to snacks, from snacks to main course meals. We promise to bring health to your dining table. Any takers?

The food ebook is available for download below. Please click on the link to get free access to healthy recipes. We thank each of the contributors for their hard work and sharing with us unique, irresistible and healthy recipes.

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Our recipe contributors have proved that food can be tasty as well as healthy.

If you have fussy eaters at home, we promise you are going to have an easy time serving them healthy food, for we are sharing easy peasy healthy yet delectable recipes.

You won;t find such a huge collection of health food elsewhere. Whether you are looking for weight loss recipes, healthy festive recipes, diet food, healthy main course meal ideas, home remedies, health tips, or what not, our healthy recipes by homemakers cookbook is the answer.

You won't find an unhealthy ingredient used in these recipes - that's a promise.

Thanking the contributors, from Ravneet to Anita Chahal, Chitra Balachander, Ritu Mendiratta, Uma Srinivas, Divya Suresh, Deepti Aggarwal, Geeta Sachdev, Piyali Mutha, Radha Natarajan, Naturedeep Kahlon, Urmi Desai, Vins Raj, Parul Bansal, Mili Jain, Sangeeta Chandra, Neelam Avasthi, Tanvee Sarda, Shital Dhani, Anita Jaura Aggarwal, Balvinder Kaur, Anna Singh, Sarada Shreya, and Bishakha Kumari Saxena.



So what are you waiting for?
The healthy recipes cookbook is up for grabs. Download it for free and enjoy healthy food!
See you soon again with our next version of health food- healthy recipes. This time we would be looking for diabetes friendly recipes.

Keep watching this space!
Bye until then!

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