Inspite of several requests from mums, Iam unable to post any kids recipes for a long time, I feel extremely sorry for that. It is not that i do not prepare for my kids, but i barely have time to photoshoot the dishes, especially step by step clicks and then for the writeups. Life has been hectic since March. Iam totally stressed out with Personal commitments, managing 2 kids and yet i have to keep this space going, as it is one of my best stress busters. I will be posting kids recipes in the coming days, but before that i thought of putting together some of my best Sweets Recipes for Kids that i have posted earlier
A few important words to my readers and anonymous commenters (critics) who have been questioning me how deep fried & ghee recipes on my blog can be healthy. I have never claimed that all the recipes posted here on Indian Healthy Recipes are healthy. This blog features all kinds of recipes : healthy, unhealthy junk too but with tips to tweak & make them slightly better and healthier. According to me there is no one universally accepted right or wrong strategy to healthy cooking & eating. Different people have different thoughts towards eating healthy. Some refrain from eating fats totally with Zero exercise, while others eat contentedly everything and exercise. I believe the concept of "Moderation" and it is the key to keep us healthy to a major extent. I do post recipes with ghee. Cow's Ghee has been used for 100s of years in Indian cooking and has been revered highly in Ayurveda. I use and recommend ghee for some of my recipes. Next, I do post some deep fried recipes too, my intention behind posting them: homemade ones are far better than the street side fast foods and restaurant foods , where the oil has been heated to very high temepratures and for very long period of time (which can buildup cancer causing agents). I know most mums strive to keep their kids away from these toothsome deep fried foods available at the fast food centers and would love to prepare these at home. So my deep fried recipes could be useful.
so now coming to today's collection of kids recipes, i have used ghee for some recipes. kids need fats. i have seen moms, restricting butter and ghee totalling in a baby / toddler's or kid's diet. But in fact they need moderate amount of fats too for healthy growing. Active kids burn fats faster than we adults do. So try to increase their physical activity rather than putting them on a low fat diet. It is not a good idea to put kids on a very strict low fat or fat free diet, unless they have a obesity problem or other illness (where they need to follow a strict diet). Incase of obesity or specific illness too, doctor's suggestion is crucial ,before the kid is put on a low fat or fat free diet as it can hinder their growth.
My suggested reads on saturated fats are here and here.
Thursday, 16 May 2013
Bottle gourd is called as sorakaya in telugu. Sorakaya pulusu is a stew that is prepared in andhra pradesh with bottle gourd. In our family, apart from the Andhra sambar (using pumpkin, bottle gourd), this pulusu is often prepared for festive meals. It is served with mudda pappu (plain tuvar dal) and steamed rice and or papad or its variations. Pulusu can be prepared with most vegetables like pumpkin, bhindi, potato, sweet potato, yam, drumsticks and even with eggs. It can even be prepared with a combination of veggies. It does not need any garam masala or any other powder. It has the natural flavors of the veggies cooked in tangy ,sweet and hot stew. While there are not much variations to these pulusu recipes, some people add coriander powder and methi powder to get a thick stew. But traditionaly no powders were added and is more of a watery consistency.
If interested take a look at my other pulusu recipes I have posted earlier
Potato | Bangala Dumpa Pulusu ,
Kanda mulakkaya Pulusu | Yam and Drumstick Stew
I have also posted bottle gourd curry | sorakaya senagapappu kura
I have used a potato along with the gourd to enhance the taste of the pulusu. It is optional. Instead of a potato, you can even add boiled eggs at step 7
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Bell peppers are well known for their high antioxidants. I prefer to use the red capsicum as they are high in vitamin c too. Added to any dish they enhance the color, taste and flavor. Earlier I had posted an capsicum chutney recipe which is one of my favorite chutney recipes to serve with breakfasts like idli, oats idli, Andhra pesarratu, paneer paratha, Instant pesarattu / Moong dal dosa. Chutney prepared with red bell peppers have a subtle aroma and taste. Today’s recipe is a slight variation to the one I already shared. I have used peanuts to give a nutty taste. If you want to go for lighter chutney instead of the usual peanut chutney or almond chutney, then peanut capsicum chutney could be perfect for you. I have mentioned the approximations of what I use. You can adjust to suit your taste. Needs no onion, no garlic.