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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Rainbow Food for Toddlers Event Roundup!

Hi Friends,

Sorry for the delay in roundup. I thank Nithu for giving me an opportunity to host the event.

Here you go with the Roundup for Rainbow Food for Toddlers. Thank you all for sending your delicious recipes for the event.

Nehal has sent 5 entries and she wins an Award. Thank you Nehal.

Gobi Paratha by Nehal

Khajur Rolls by Nehal

Kothu Naan  by Nithu

Palak Carrot Dal by Meghana

Food for Toddlers by Saraswathi Iyer

Vanilla Cup Cake by Shewtha

     1. Plain flour (Maida ) -  2 cups
     2. Sugar - 7 - 8  tblspoons
     3. Condensed Milk - 1/2 tin ( Approximately 250 ML)
     4. Buttermilk - 12 tblspoons . Incase of yogurt then use 6-7 spoons and mix sufficient water.
     5. Sunflower oil - 10 - 12 tblspoons
     6. Salt - 1/4 tsp
     7. Soda Bicarb - 1/2 tsp
     8. Baking Powder - 1 1/2 to 2 tsp
     9. Vanilla Essence - 6 - 8 drops.


   1. First preheat the oven to 175 - 180 celsius. 
   2. In a bowl mix and sift the dry ingredients twice or thrice.
   3. In another bowl mix all the wet ingredients and whisk either by a wooden spatula or hand blender for 4-5 minutes
   4. Now slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and keep whisking so that the mixtures are well blended without any lumps.
   5. Now arrange 12 paper cups in a baking tray or in a cup cake tray and fill the batter till half way in the cups.
   6. Bake for 20- 25 mins or till a toothpic inserted comes out clean from the cakes.
   7. After baking allow the cup cakes to cool completely.
   8. Decorate with Cream, Edible food pearls, Sugar spots etc as per ur wish.

Vanilla essence can be substituted by any other essence as well. 

Nehal pls accept the award and post in your blog.

Do send in your entries to Cooking with Love Uncle.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Potato Bags | Snack Recipes | Party Starters| Kids Recipes!

Hi Friends,

I am taking a small break now and then from blogging as tied up with other things at home. I was feeling bored not blogging for few days. I will be back with the event roundup.

Today I am sharing an easy snack recipe.

I actually wanted to name it as money bags, then renamed it as Potato Bags. I prepared this on a sunday, when it was raining. My son enjoyed and was asking what is this amma...

Ingredients for dough
Maida - 1 cup
Omam/Ajwain/Carom seeds - 1 tblspn
Oil/ghee - 1 tspn
Oil for deep frying.

Potato Masal- As required(click here for recipe) I used the left over potato masal.

Preparation Method
Mix maida, ghee/oil, omam, salt with little water to make a dough. Rest it for half n hour.
Heat oil in a kadai/wok.
Knead well. Take little quantity of dough like lemon size and spread thinly with rolling pin to small circle. Cut with a lid to round shape. (Like poori)
stuff required quantity of potato masal, slowly close the edges to form a bag and press in centre. (You can take out extra dough on top if required)
Deep fry till golden brown.

Potato Bags are ready to serve. Serve hot with Green chutney or Ketchup. This can be a party starter and snack recipe. Kids will surely love it.

This recipe along with Potato Cutlet is going to Crazy for Potatoes by Sowmya and Pari.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Food for Toddlers | 1-2 yrs

Dear Friends,

I am sharing this food for Toddlers actually reposting between 1-2 yrs. For recipes below 1 yr click here.

When teething process starts its good to give them fully mashed or paste. Food should not be too solid or too liquid just they can easily swallow.

Recipe 1 - Thayir Sadam/Curd Rice
This is very good for children curds should not be sour. So prepare the curds in the morning so by afternoon its perfect for lunch. This is very cooling to the body.

In a mixie add cooked rice - 1/2 cup, salt and 1/2 cup curds. Grind to a fine paste transfer it to a bowl and feed. Optional can also add cooked toor dal, rasam or cooked vegetables to very little quantity just for flavour.

Recipe 2 - Beetroot Rice

All vegetables are good for kids beetroot is good for haemoglobin.

Always wash, cut and cook vegetables. Its always good to cook vegetables in pressure cooker.

Take 1/2 cup cooked rice, 1/2 cooked beetroot, a little salt and 1/2 cup curds.

Grind all in mixie to a fine paste and feed the baby.

Recipe 3 - Mixed Rice
In a mixie add 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup vegetables in sambar or kootu, 1laddle rasam and a pinch of salt.

Grind all to a fine paste and serve the baby when cool.

Recipe 4 - Rice with Spinach/Palak

Cook Palak with or without salt. (Salt or sugar neednot be added while cooking since sugar makes them hyperactive)

In a mixie add cooked rice, palak, ghee and dal grind to a fine paste.

Recipe 5 - Tiffin you can also give them a little amount of Upma, Pongal, Idli, Dosa and Ragi Dosa which is healthy and tasty for the tiny buds.

Recipe 6 - Steamed/Cooked fruits thats Apple or Banana. Wash and remove skin, seeds of an apple and cook in boiling water or in pressure cooker. Mash and feed baby so it doesnot choke.

Recipe 7 - Fresh fruit juices/Plain Yogurt. Always its good to expose baby to new food like juices or yogurt which is very refreshing and healthy.

Recipe 8 - Vegetable rice

In a mixie put cooked rice , 2 tspns cooked tour dal, 1 cup cooked veggie (beans,carrot and potato) ghee

1/2 cup non spicy rasam.

Grind all these to a fine paste and feed the baby when its cool.

Apart from these you can also give follow up milk, baby products juices or bottle food. After 2 years when almost all teeth has come, you can start feeding a little mix of normal food without grinding. Its also good to make baby sit when parents are having lunch/dinner and encourage self eating. Spoon feeding is recommended. The earlier you make them tastes all food, later you will have no problem otherwise surely they will not eat few food likes curds and fruits. This is very common problem with babies.

Last but not least have lots of patience and serve with lots of love:-) So many things will happen at this stage be prepared and enjoy!

Notes - 1 cup rice = steamed/cooked plain rice and you can adjust measure accordingly.

Tips - While feeding baby its good you intereact with them and feed. Keep warm water, spoon, towel ready before you start serving. Can also watch TV, rhymes and listen music. Its good to make them eat at one place and not moving inside and outside house. I remember in India, we used to feed them showing crow, dog:) here in abroad just at home.

Add little ghee for all the dishes for flavour and health benefits. Do not add ghee when baby has cold and cough.
Note : When adding curds do not add ghee.

Sorry, I was not allowed to take baby food photos that time.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Soya Paneer Vegetable Pulao and Enrico's Soyamate Product Review!

Today I am sharing a recipe and about a Product Soyamate. When I received a pack for the review, I accepted as this is very healthy. Thanks #enrico.

Enrico's Soyamate is produced by a special process, made from Soya Flour by extrusion process and cut into chunks. These are dried, made free from fines and hygeinically packed. SOYAMATE is an ideal family food/100% vegetarian/ rich in protein, vitamins and minerals, easy to prepare. Soyamate is rich in high quality vegetable protein, packed with natural vitamins and minerals.Its PROTEIN content is over 52%, which provides nutrition no staple food can match. 250gms Soyamate nas as much protein as 1 kg. mutton or 3.9 litres milk or 24 eggs. This is available in Malaysia. So when you are out to Malaysia, don't forget to buy.

Source: Soyamate Page on FB - Soyamate.

Soyamate Soya chunk is very good and tasted great. I was not big fan of soya and now after tasting, planning to include in my diet.

When I was going to prepare Soyamate Soya Veggie Pulav, added paneer, as my son loves paneer in all dishes.

Basmati Rice - 2 cups
Diabetic Basmati Rice - 1 cup

Carrot - 1no
French Beans - 20 nos
Green Peas - 1 cup
Soya chunks/Meal maker - 2 cups
Paneer cubes - 1 cup (Optional)
Spices - 2nos each cloves, cardamom, cinamom, bay leaf
Garam Masala - 1 tablespoon
Channa Masala - 1/2 tablespoon
Red Chilli powder - 1 tablespoon (Adjust according to your taste)
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tspn
Water - 4 cups
Milk - 1/2 cup
Oil - 2 tablespoons
Ghee/Butter - 1 tspn(optional)
Jeera - 1 tspn
Kasoori Methi - 1 tablespoon

To grind
Big onion - 1no
Ginger garlic -2" piece
spices - cloves, cardamom, cinamon, star anise.
Green Chilli - 3 nos (As per your taste)
Mint and coriander - 2 cups

Preparation Method
Wash, rinse and soak basmati rice in water.
Chop the vegetables to medium size cubes.
Soak soya chunks in hot water for few mins.
In a pressure cooker, add 1 tspn oil, spices, 1/2 onion, ginger, garlic, coriander and mint. Do not fry too much just fry until onions are transparant. Off the stove. Allow it to cool and grind to coarse paste.
Heat the same pressure cooker, with ghee and rest of the oil, bay leaf, add jeera, add chopped onion, the grounded paste, vegetables and allow it to boil once. Then add aneer and soya chunks.
Add the soaked basmati rice and mix well. Add water and milk.
Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder, channa masala, red chilli powder, salt, kasoori methi and mix well.
Let it boil once, then close the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

Delicious Soya Paneer Vegetable Pulao is ready to serve. Serve with Tomato Raitha.

This recipe is going to Cooking with Love Uncle event hosted by me.

Notes - You can add your choice of vegetables.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Cooking with Love - Uncle | Event Announcement!

Dear Friends,

This month one of the host was not able to announce the event, so I am taking this opportunity to host as my uncle/chithappa passed away  on December 20th 2011. We were all living in joint family, so this uncle is very close and attached, he used to take me to school, college, office. He was loving, patient and caring. He was diabetic and was under dialysis and passed away suddenly. I was shocked as I met everyone on 19th and told them will be leaving on 21st Dec to SG. Still I cannot believe this has happened. I saw his face and extended my ticket to do all rituals. Personally I will be posting his favourite dishes too and dedicate this event to him. He has a son who is studying MBA and wife also passed away 4 yrs back, just remembring my family back in Bangalore.

May his soul rest in peace and give strength to my cousin to his future.

Inviting you all to participate in this event and send in your yummy entries.


1. Post any vegetarian recipe from starter to desserts liked or prepared for your "Uncle" between July 1st to 31st July with this event announcement.
2. Please link your entries below, and if you have any problem do drop in an email at with your entry.
3. Non-bloggers too can participate in this event, send in your recipe by email to me with a photograph.
4. Archived entries are accepted only if you repost with this event announcement. Multiple entries are accepted.

Do send in your entries  for 
Healthy Food for Healthy Kids - Rainbow Food for Toddlers ends 10th July click here for details. 

Feel free to leave your comment. Hope you enjoy the participation @ Sara's Corner.
Looking forward for your support and participation.

Saraswathi Iyer


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