Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Kids Lunch Box Ideas

                                                                           Making toddlers eat healthy Indian food is tedious job for many mothers.I know how kids make big fuss on eating regular comfort food.I do get lot of inquiry for what i packed for school lunch and did she finished it.Some child make big fuss on eating certain food and other kind make fuss in eating itself.If the kid has low appetite,the reasons could be many like taken too much medicines for cold or less physical activity or illness. Every mom have tough time feeding the kids.The kids should be feed with liquid to semisolid and solid food.For all kids,rice,dal,fruits and vegetables should be the primary food.If you feed chips or other junk food for snacking,the kid will not eat the food on time.Once in a while, giving a mix of dry ginger,pepper and cumin powder will induce the appetite for the kids.Plan a menu with their favorite dishes,and feed them on time.Sometimes toddlers will bring the food back from school.For those kids, you can send two slices of bread and a serving of fruits.Once the kid returns from school,you should feed the rice or chappathi.You can make Bread with nutella or jam,Poori or chappathi for their lunch box.A bowl of curd rice or paruppu(dal) rice with ghee can be given too.You can pack lemon rice or any non sticky rice dish for lunch.Here is the list of lunch box (no mess) recipes 

To find recipes ,click on the dish name!

Channa Veg roll

Veg Frankie 

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Mayo Sandwich

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Cheese Toast 

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Foot Long

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I am sending the entries to the event for Kids Lunch Box recipes by indusladies


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Bisibela bath - Huli Ana - Karnataka dishes

 I had a Q&A session with a reporter about food blogging and it has published in NEWS TODAY today's edition (20/09/2014) .I love bangalore city for its nature,food and the climate.The food in bangalore is too good and less expensive compared to chennai.All these years i made my friend shalini's recipe for bisibele bath which was quick and easy.This time i tried to make bisibelebath powder with byadgi chillies.It is sure worth to try this most favourful huli huli ana with authentic flavors.It stays too hot for long time.I am sure many gonna try and give thumbs up to me.

                                               You can find the bisibela bath powder recipe here...

Bisibelebath powder-5 tbps
Rice-200 gms
Toor dal-100 gms
Turmeric powder-a pinch
Vegetables as available
Drumstick,carrot,beans,potato,white pumpkin-2 cups,chopped
Small onion-8-10 nos
Tamarind-Lemon size,soaked in 1/2 cup water
Salt to taste

To Season
Mustard seeds-1 tsp
Curry leaves-10 nos
Oil/Ghee-1/4 cup
Cashews-10 nos


1.Wash rice and dal ,add turmeric and 6-7 cups of water.Cook it in pressure cooker for 3-4 whistles
2.Heat a pan ,add the seasoning ingredients,once the mustard splutter ,add the small onions ,tomato and vegetables ,saute for two minutes.
3.Extract the tamarind juice from the pulp and add the tamarind juice (around 1 cup)to the pan
4.Add a cup of water and close the lid ,let it for cook in low flame until all vegetables are 3/4th cooked
5.Add the salt and bisibele bath powder to the pan
6.Add the rice to the pan and continue to cook in low flame for 5 minutes 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Bisibella bath powder

As festivals are around the corner ,I think we all need to make big stir up in kitchen back to back.Since, my recipe is too long,I cut short the long list of ingredients into bisibella bath powder now.You can make this powder prior.It comes handy while making bisibella bath.I used byadgi red chillies which gives nice flavor and color to the dish,yet it will not be much spicy.

Red chillies-10-14 nos
Hing-1 tsp
Coriander seeds-3 tsps
Bengal gram dal/Kadala paruppu-2 tsps
Fenugreek seeds-1/2 tsp
Dry Coconut/Koparai-4 tbsps

1.Heat a pan and dry roast all the ingredients altogether 
2.Cool the ingredients and grind it into fine powder

It can be stored for a month as well!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Cucumber raita

Raita is the sidedish for many maincourse meals like biryani and rice dishes.

Cucumber-1 cup,chopped
Salt-1/4 tsp
Oil-1/4 tsp
Mustard seeds-1/4 tsp
Urad dal-1/4 tsp
Curry leaves-4-5
1.Mix the chopped cucumber into the curd with salt
2.Heat a pan ,add oil,mustard seeds,dal and curry leaves
3.Once the seeds splatter and add the seasoning to raita 

Serve chilled!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Bread Upma

I made this bread upma with left out bread slices into a simple meal , those who made this will make it again.The recipe is so simple and you can stir up the upma in two minutes.

Bread slices-6
Butter-2 tsps
Turmeric powder-two pinches
Chilli powder-1/4 pinch
Green chillies,sliced-2
Coriander leaves to garnish
Salt to taste 
Oil-1 tsp

1.Apply the butter over the bread.
2.Cut the bread into small pieces with knife
3. Heat the pan,add oil and saute onion,green chillies and capsicum 
4.Add the turmeric & chilli powder and salt
5.Add the bread slices and toss it gently
6.Garnish with coriander leaves

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Methi Corn Paneer Subzi - Sidedish for Roti / Chappathi

Finally,the summer vacation is over and the kids are back to school, so its a vacation for parents, especially for me.I can do the cooking and cleaning non stop without any interruptions.Of course,i can roll the rotis and no one standing by side as my daughter do ."Mom Can i roll my own chappathi all by myself?".Once she starts she wants to roll everything.So during holidays ,the lunch became supper and breakfast becomes lunch.Thank god, they are going to school now.I am free-d from questions like when she can do everything all by herself. The whole summer she taught me how independent she wants to be and always she doesnt need anyone to help her..I wanted to try this combo of vegetables with paneer for long time as subzi,those who dont have corn, can substitute with potatoes.I made this subzi with soft rotis for dinner and had the leftover with bread in the morning.

Methi leaves-1 cup
Corn-1 cup
Paneer-1/2 cup,scrambled
Onion-1 cup,chopped
Cumin-1 tsp
Kasuri methi-1/2 tsp
Cumin powder-half tsp
Garam masala-half tsp
Chilli powder-half tsp
Turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
Salt-1/2 tsp
Oil-1 tbsp


1.Clean methi leaves in water ,scrub the corn from the cob and scramble the paneer.Set aside.
2.Heat a pan,add a tsp of oil and add cumin,onion and saute for two minutes till it turns pink
3.Grind the chopped tomato into puree and add it to the cooking pan
4.Stir and cook it until all the moisture is gone
5.Add the powders ,kasuri methi and salt and stir for a minute

6.Add two cups of water and let it boil.Add the methi leaves,corn and paneer.
7.Simmer it for five minutes and its done!!

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