Monday, September 29, 2014

Penne Pasta with Vegetables - Kids Lunch box Recipe


This dish is an easy, well nutrition and stomach filling meal. It is my daughter's favorite pasta dish. She likes the cheesy flavor and colorful veggies. It is perfect for school lunch.  Do try this for your kids, they will definitely like it. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Penne pasta
  • 1/2 cup Broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup Carrots, cut into strips
  • 1/4 cup Green peas
  • 1/4 cup Fresh corn
  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Cheddar cheese, sheddred or powdered
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder or 3 garlic cloves, chopped finely
  • 1 tsp Ground pepper
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • Salt as required
Serves : 2 Kids

Instruction:



1. Wash all the veggies in running water.

2. Heat a tsp of oil in wide pan over medium-low heat. Add all the veggies, garlic powder, salt and pepper. 

3. Mix well, close the lid and cook until the veggies cooked well.



3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta in another pan according to the packet instruction. Drain well and put it back to the pan.

4. Add milk and cheese, cook untill it thicken.

5. Now add the cooked veggies to pasta, toss it well and remove it from the flame.


Penne Pasta with Vegetables - Kids  Lunch box Recipe
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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Make cute Baby Hats from Old Tank tops, T-shirts and Sweaters

Make cute Baby Hats from Old Tank tops, T-shirts and Sweaters

Make cute Baby Hats from Old Tank tops, T-shirts and Sweaters

Last week I made this cute hat for my little one. The method of making is very simple, hence I wanted to share it here. Use your baby's or toddler's old Tee, Tank top or Sweaters to make this hat for your kids. They will feel warm and more comfortable during this winter.

P.s: I have created a new page "DIY"in this blog. From now, I will share some simple crafts over there (DIY page). I always need your wonderful support :)

Things needed: 
1 Toddler/Baby Tank top ( you can also use old Tee or Sweater)
1 Scissor
Thread and needle
Fabric flowers for decoration 

Instruction:


Cut off the body of tank top from one armpit seam to the other armpit seam.

Now measure your baby's head circumference and cut according to the measurement.


Turn the body of tank top inside out.

Push the needle with thread where you want to start and bring the needle back through both layers of fabrics just in front of the previous stitch. Repeat the stitch until you reach the other end of hat.

Once it done, turn the hat. ( Its ready to decorate now)


Turn the hat inside out and stitch the fabric flowers.

To make it look more gorgeous you can also add beads, fancy laces and buttons.

Make cute Baby Hats from Old Tank tops, T-shirts and Sweaters
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Easy Pumpkin Soup




A fine, silky smooth textured soup, topped with natural yogurt and dried oregano.


Serve: 4 Adults


Difficulty: Easy


Ingredients


  • 1 pound Pumpkin
  • 1 cup Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup Chicken broth / Vegetable broth
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp dried oregano
  • dallop of plain yogurt

Instructions:

Chop the pumpkin


1. Peel the skin and discard it.


2. Cut the pumpkin flesh into small chunks and keep it aside.


Making of soup




1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high flame.


2. Add cumin seeds to the heated oil. When it starts to splutters, add chopped onion and sauté until it turn to translucent.


3. Add pumpkin chunks, mix and cook for couple of minutes.


4. Now add broth, oregano and garlic powder. Mix all well, close the lid and cook it in simmer for 30 minutes.


5. After 30 minutes, remove the pan from flame and let it slightly cool for sometime.


Blend them...




1. Take the pumpkin mixture into blender and blend it in high speed untill smooth. (or you can use hand blender)


How to serve


1. Laddle soup into serving bowl.


2. Top with dallop of yogurt, sprinkle some dried oregano and serve with toasted bread.


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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sprouted Moong Salad | How to Sprout Moong Beans | Moong Bean sprouts

sprouted moong salad

Ingredients
  • 1 cup moong beans
  • 1/2 cup carrot, grated
  • 1/4 cup cucumber, chopped
  • 1/4 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tomato chopped
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • Salt & Ground pepper for seasoning
Instruction

How to Sprout Moong Beans

1. Wash moong beans in fresh water and soak it in enough water for 8 hours or overnight.

2. Drain the water and keep the swelled beans aside.

3. Take clean cloth or kitchen napkin. Wet it in water and squeeze out extra water.

4. Add moong in the cetre of damp cloth. Gather the edges of the cloth and tighten it.

5. Place that in closed container for a day.

6. Next day, you will see small sprouts from the moong beans. If you want longer sprouts, you can keep it for one more day.

7. For making salad, combine all ingredients in mixing bowl and toss it well.

8. Healthy salad is ready to serve.

sprouted mung bean salad
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Homemade Candy Jewelery for Kids

Homemade Candy Jewelery for Kids

Homemade Candy Jewelery for Kids

My little one loves candies (me too), especially anything in Rainbow colours. So I thought of implementing both these ideas in making this one. The outcome of the candy jewel is extremely gorgeous and self satisfying. I just want to adore it and do not want to eat them actually. Hope you try this and am sure you would also have the same feeling.

1. Rainbow Candy Necklace

2. Rainbow Candy Bracelet

You can also use this jewels for Cake decoration.

Ingredients

  • 100 gm Mini marshmallow
  • 3 tbsp Water
  • 2 cup Icing sugar
  • silver dragees
  • Food colors - Green, Yellow, Blue, Red

Materials

  • Any Light color embroidery thread
  • Needle
  • Scissor
  • Knife
  • Toothpick

Making of Fondant


1. In a large mixing bowl, take Marshmallows with water.

2. Microwave it for 1 minute, then take out and stir with spatula and again microwave it for another 45 Seconds.

3. If you find any lumps, then microwave it again for 5 to 10 seconds.

5. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar, and mix it with rubber spatula.

6. Once it thickens and once you are unable to stir it any further with spatula. Stop stirring at this point.

7. Dust the working floor with powdered sugar and knead it well. (dust the floor often whenever needed)

8. Knead it until dough consistency.

Colouring fondant


1. Dust the working floor with powdered sugar.

2. Divide the fondant into 5 equal portion.

3.Keep one portion aside. Add few drops of food colour on the remaining 4 portions.

4.Knead it until you get a uniform colour.

5.Add few more drops until you get the desired colour.

Fondant beads



1. Divide each coloured portion into smaller portions approximately the size of a chickpea. Roll it between your palms so you form uniform round balls. Using toothpick, poke a hole in the center of each round ball.

2. Repeat untill you get 5 beads in each colours.

3. Let them dry for about 6 hours.

Gorgeous Rainbow pendant



1. Take small portion from each fondant. Roll them individually into thin thread shape using one hand. ( about 8 cm)

2. Place them closely and seal the edges.

3. Take one edge and start swirling it inside to reach the other edge. Use water to seal it.

4. Decorate them using silver dragees.

6. Flip the pendant to the other side and stick big bead on it using water. poke a hole in the middle of the bead.

5. Let it dry for 6 hours.

Bracelet Rainbow bead


1. Take small portion from each fondant. Roll them individually into thin thread shape using one hand. ( about 4 cm)

2. Place them closely and seal the edges.

3. Take one edge and start swirling it to reach the other edge.

4. Now roll them into ball between your palms. Rainbow bead is ready.

5. Decorate it with silver dragees.

6. Let it dry for 6 hours.

Making of Rainbow Candy bracelet ( After drying time)


1. Using needle with thread run the needle through the beads hole.

2. Make sure to keep the big Rainbow bead in the centre.

3. Tie big knot on both ends to secure the beads.

4. Candy Bracelet is ready.

Making of Rainbow Candy Necklace


1. Repeat the same procedure ( Bracelet ) for making the Necklace.

Rainbow Jewel set is ready to wear ( to eat ) :)

Homemade Candy Jewelery for Kids

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Fish 65

Fish 65

Fish 65 is spicy, deep fried fish. Here I made this dish in South Indian style. It can be serve as starter or snack.

Preparation time - 5 minutes
Resting time - 30 minutes
Cooking time - 10 to 15 minutes

Serve - 3 

Ingredients:
  • 300 gm Fish fillets, washed and cubed (I used shark fish)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp rice flour
  • 2 tbsp curd
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp Soy sayce
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil for deep frying
 Instruction:

1.Combine all the ingredients in mixing bowl, mix well using hand. Marinade it for 30 minutes in refrigerator.

2.Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat.

3. Drop fish pieces into the heated oil.

4. Deep fry it on both sides.

5. Remove excess oil using paper towel.

6. Serve hot with slices of tomatoes and onions.


Shark 65

Fish 65
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Clear Chicken Soup

Clear chicken soup

Clear chicken soup is packed with vegetables and proteins. It helps to ease cold, flu and soar throat. You can feed the broth alone for babies. It is easy to make, healthy and yummy.

Ingredients:
  • 300 g chicken, washed (with bone or boneless)
  • 1 cup frozen carrot and peas
  • 1 celery stick, chopped
  • 3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves. finely chopped
  • 4 cup water
  • A pinch of dried thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp peppercorns
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:


Chicken soup

1. Combine all the ingredients (except thyme) in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Close the lid and  bring it to boil.

2. Add thymes and reduce heat to simmer. Cook until the chicken cooked well.

3. Use tongs to transfer the chicken to clean cutting board. Chop the chicken meat, discard the bones and add to the soup. 

4. Ladle soup into serving bowls and garnish it with some cilantro. Serve hot.


clear chicken soup
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tomato Thokku | Thakkali Thokku | Tomato Dip

Tomato Thokku  |  Thakkali Thokku

Ingredients:
  • 2 cup Tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Urad dal
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/8 tsp turneric powder
  • A pinch of Jaggery/Vellam
  • 2 tbsp of Gingely oil
  • Salt to taste
Method:



1. Cube the tomatoes and set aside.

2. Heat oil in heavy-bottemed pan, add mustard seed and urad dal to it.

3. When mustard seed starts to splutter, add cubed tomatoes in it.

4. Stir Occasionally, til tomatoes turn to soft and pulpy.

5. Add in all the spices, mix and cook in low flame. 

6. After sometime, the oil will ooze out from the thokku. Turn off the flame and serve with Idly or Dosa.

How to store:

Once it completely cooled down, store it in air tight container. Use dry spoon every time. It will stay good upto a week.


Tomato Thokku  |  Thakkali Thokku
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