Easy Aloo Paratha and Masala Poha ~ Breakfast ideas for Toddlers!

>>  Saturday, February 21, 2009

Since the boys take both breakfast and lunch to their school, deciding on the dishes has become even tough. To add to that, their teacher has asked us to feed them half of their breakfast at home and pack the rest to the school. This way they eat their full and also learn to eat on their own. So while packing their boxes, I also make half of it to be feed while they wait for their auto to come.

Few of the breakfast they like a lot is the Chapatis and Masala Poha. And since they like chapatis, I thought I could get some potato into it to make it more filling. This is very simple and unlike the regular Aloo paratha where you got to stuff it with masala, this is blended into the dough. It makes it easy to prepare and more tasty and soft to eat. I try to make this atleast once a week for their breakfast.

The other dish that they seem to like is the Masala poha made with beaten Rice. This is also a milder version made specially for the young ones. So it becomes a double work for me, when I decide to serve this for the adults in the family. But I guess its worth the effort that they like to eat this.

Aloo Paratha

Ingredients Needed:

Wheat flour / Atta - 1 cup
Boiled Potatoes - 2 medium
Salt to taste
Milk - 1/2 cup
Chili powder - 1/4 tsp or less
Ghee / Butter 1/2 tsp
Water as required
Oil for frying

Method to prepare:

Pressure cook the potatoes till they are tender. Mash it to a fine paste using potato masher or food processor.

In a wide vessel, take wheat flour, mix salt, chili powder and ghee. Then add the potato paste to the flour and knead well. Slowly add the milk and knead to a soft dough. Add water if needed.

Let it rest for 10 mins.

Then divide into equal balls and roll out into small rotis.

Heat a pan and cook the rolled out rotis over hot pan on both sides, sprinkling oil/ghee.

The cooked chapatis are very soft as the potatoes are blended into it.

Masala Poha

Ingredients Needed:

Beaten Rice / Atukulu - 1 cup
Onions - 1/2
Curry leaves - 2 -4
Turmeric powder a pinch
Green chilies - 1 small
Salt to taste
Oil - 1 tsp
Mustard seeds - 1/4 tsp or less

Method to prepare:

Wash Beaten rice in water, and soak for 5 mins.

Drain it in a sieve. Meanwhile chop onions into big squares and slit chilies into half.

Heat a pan with oil and splutter mustard seeds. Then saute onions till they are pink along with curry leaves and chilies. Then add salt and turmeric powder.

After 2 mins, add the drained poha into the pan and combine well. Simmer for 5 mins, till its all mixed.

Chopping the chilies into half and onions as squares makes it easy to be parsed!

Of course the poha won't taste good if curry leaves or onions are not added. But we can always remove them when the babies don't like them!


Masala Peanuts ~ Healthy Snacks!

>>  Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I can go on and on on this wonderful snack that never fails to tempt me or excite me. Many fond memories come rushing in when this comes to mind. The many vacations that we went along with our family friends. This for sure was something Amma would pack for the journey. The long or short train journeys become an adventure and these lovely masala peanuts would sure accompany those. Peanuts have also been very important to our menu and Dad just simply loves this. So Amma always used to make this very often.

I was in for a surprise after marriage, as I came to know that its hubby dear's favorite too. Athamma said she always has a batch ready for his request. Maybe its in the genes or whatever, my kids also love these peanuts. And when hubby dear wanted something to munch, this is what came to mind. Making it, I was recollecting all those days back when this was made at home. Hubby really enjoyed this snack and I made sure I get this recorded too.

Ingredients Needed:

Fresh Ground nuts/ Peanuts - 1 cup
Besan / Gram flour - 1/2 cup
Rice Flour - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Fresh Garlic - 4 -5 cloves
Chili powder - 1 & 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Water enough to make a stiff dough
Jeera powder a pinch (opt)

Method to prepare:

Wash the peanuts and let it drain.

In a bowl, take the peanuts, besan, and all the spices. Mix well. By now you will have a thick batter coating the peanuts. If needed add some water. else you can fry it as such.

Heat oil in a kadai, when its piping hot, drop the peanuts into the oil. Turn when its cooked on one side.

Drain them to kitchen towel and store it in a air tight container.

Sending this to Alka for her Just for you event, since I made it specially for my hubby.

Since I feel this is an healthy snack on a moderation, sending a bowl to Rachna too for her Healthy bite event. Hope she feels this is healthy too.

And finally to Susan for her MLLA - 8th helping, since this uses both besan and peanuts! Hope the ladies like this!


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