Tomato thokku

Tomato Thokku Recipe/Thakkali Thokku Recipe

Tomato Thokku Recipe :

Tomato Thokku or Thakkali Thokku is such a quick fix and an all-rounder accompaniment for almost all dishes ranging from simple curd rice to roti. I have already posted a version of tomato thokku with onion which goes well with roti and it is so great for travel.It stays perfect for three days at room temperature too.When refrigerated and handled right this can stay good for three months without preservatives.This recipe of Tomato Thokku is without onions and very easy to make.My step by step images turned out to be a flop, hence I am not adding them today. I shall include them when I make next time.



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thengai podi

Thengai Podi|Coconut Powder for babies , toddlers and kids

Thengai Podi or Coconut Powder recipe with step by step images.

Thengai Podi or Coconut Powder is a simple powder made with coconut, chilly and few more ingredients. Hubby is fond of the various combination of podis for idly and rice. And this recipe is from my mother in law.This recipe has fewer chillies to make it baby friendly. You can use this for babies above six months without salt.  Continue reading “Thengai Podi|Coconut Powder for babies , toddlers and kids”

home made spongy rasgulla

Spongy Home made Rasgulla|Rasgulla Recipe

Rasgulla-This is my most favorite sweet.Wondering how come a person who has avoided most whites in the pantry love Rasgulla!!Yeah-I used to just gobble up this Bengali sweet in no time.But it is a yearly twice kind of event. No harm right?Though I avoid whites in my pantry I don’t mind using once in a while or having them at a party or offering my kid during an outing.I tried making rasgullas at home some two years back and these recipe images have been lying on my hard disk since then. Accidentally a friend of mine wanted to know the recipe of spongy rasgulla,so posting it now. The images are of poor quality since they were clicked long back(before learning the techniques I use today).




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idly milagai podi

Idly Milagai Podi|Idly Podi|Idly/Dosa Podi|Milagai Podi

Idly Milagai Podi or Idly Podi or Milagai Podi for Idli is a very handy and quick fix for dinner or breakfast. Idli milagai podi goes so well with all varieties of idli/dosa/adai too. This combo of ildi+oil+podi is unbeatable and there are many in the family who would an extra plate of idly for the podi. I somehow have never had a liking for idli milagai podi but hubby and LO loves it. Here is amma’s simply superb version without garlic.I have added the alternations to be made for different other versions. I hope you find them useful. Continue reading “Idly Milagai Podi|Idly Podi|Idly/Dosa Podi|Milagai Podi”

Red velvet cup cakes

Eggless BeetRoot Cupcakes without Raising Agents|Eggless Red velvet Cake for toddlers and kids

Eggless Red velvet Cake for toddlers

Today’s recipe is Eggless Red Velvet Cupcakes or Eggless Beetroot Cup Cakes. This Red Velvet Cake/Beetroot cake has no APF/maida, no white sugar, no raising agents, no butter and trust me it was done in a jiffy. Don’t you feel tempted to give it a try? Baking is simply therapeutic and easy if you begin loving it.If you are a beginner in healthy baking please read this guide.

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pauppu podi

Paruppu Podi|Lentil Powder for Rice|Spiced Dal Powder for Babies,Kids and Toddlers

Paruppu Podi/Mixed lentil Powder/Spiced Dal Powder is a staple in most of our houses. It is a quick and healthy accompaniment to rice and especially for babies, kids and toddlers. If you have the paruppu podi in your pantry you can manage a quick, tasty and healthy lunch. Paruppu podi has different versions and the below one is a special method from mom for babies, kids and toddlers. We have always a stock of paruppu podi with pottukadalai at home as we have the habit of including it with sothi / vendhaya saru /puli kulambhu/keerai saaru. This can be stored for 3 months at room temperature. This is a no garlic version, I shall soon share the garlic version, special spicy version too. Continue reading “Paruppu Podi|Lentil Powder for Rice|Spiced Dal Powder for Babies,Kids and Toddlers”

Kesar Badam Mix

Kesar Badam Mix|Home Made Almond Saffron Milk Mix for babies-A fool proof non sticky recipe

Kesar Badam Mix for toddlers & kids:

The huge challenge/worry/doubt of all moms is about kid refusing cows milk .I have received a lot of queries about how can a parent can make his/her kid drink milk without any battles.My answer would prefer plain milk or instant dry fruits milk or Prefer no milk at all.Yeah..I prefer no milk at all if the kid has enough milk products on daily basis or takes other sources of calcium.I don’t force my kid to take milk.In fact, milk is only used rarely in cooking or for direct consumption at home.I stopped it way back in 2012.And none of us take coffee/tea too. But we consume all milk products like butter,ghee, cheese, paneer,curd regularly.This kesar almond mix is one of the oldest preparations at home.I made this for little one as I kept forgetting soaking almonds every night for daily consumption.I have finally come with a post on details to avoid a gooey mix when prepared at home.And you know what this is sugarless.So it is safe to use even for 6 months baby.The below procedure might seem complex but I can ensure a 100% non sticky powder which will just mix with warm milk.This will stay good even for a year if you freeze it. Continue reading “Kesar Badam Mix|Home Made Almond Saffron Milk Mix for babies-A fool proof non sticky recipe”

eggless rajgira ragi cookies

Finger Millet Amaranth|Ragi Rajgira Cookies For Kids-Without Raising agents

Ragi Rajgira Cookies

Yeppieee!!!I finally tried baking cookies for the first time and it ended up so successfully. And you know what makes it even wonderful? It is white sugar-free/gluten free/raising agents free -Sounds extremely nutritious right? It is made of finger millet+Amaranth flour as main ingredients. This is my first attempt at baking cookies/biscuits at home and it turned out super yummy and a great hit. Continue reading “Finger Millet Amaranth|Ragi Rajgira Cookies For Kids-Without Raising agents”

home made apple jam

Home Made Apple Jam

Jam Jam Jammy—Remember these ad guys?Every time when a jam is made at home I remember this tune and song.I even get amazed at myself when I think of having had a great craze for jam/any sweet when I was in school.And think of the change in me now?I have cut down all refined sugars in my cooking and have been used to even skipping sugars totally. Are you wondering why is this mentioned now? It is just to give you all a confidence that any change for a goodness is possible.There was a time when a few kgs of sugar was bought exclusively for me in my home and now I am into strict “no white ingredients” in my cooking mode. There is nothing “IMPOSSIBLE” dear friends 🙂 Today’s recipe is apple jam which I made when two months back.I still have it in my stock and I have carried it with me all along.It has no preservatives and no white sugar added.You can even make without any sugars by adding dates for babies below one year. Continue reading “Home Made Apple Jam”

peanut chikki /kadalai mittai

KADALAI MITTAI/PEANUT CHIKKI/GROUNDNUT CANDY FOR KIDS

Peanut Chikki/Kadalai Mittai:

Hello Friends! I hope all of you all keeping good. People in North India please take extra care of yourself because of the smoggy winter prevalent. There were no posts from me for the past two days because of the horrible pollution which has bombarded us. It was a real shock to the first timer like us and we are slowly finding ways and means to tackle it. I had severe eye irritation because of it irrespective of staying indoors. It is definitely not so simple as most people think. This is an alarming situation. I shall write a separate post on this because I would write several pages if I commence. Coming to today’s recipe, it is our own traditions and the most healthy snack “Kadalai Mittai/Peanut Bar/Groundnut Chikki/Groundnut Candy”.This is one of the recipes which I had been miserably failing several times and this time hubby made it perfectly. Yeah! You can call this a guest post from Kitchen King(H/O Kitchen Kathukutty). We have so keenly tried on this because we had a tough time to pick up a pure groundnut candy for our kid. By pure what do I mean? I mean the ingredients should be only “Jaggery+Water+Cardamom+Groundnut” and no glucose syrup or other artificial/refined sweeteners. You may ask me why so much of stress on this.It is because it is our regular snack. We don’t send packed snack/ready made food as our son’s snack. Peanuts/Groundnuts are so rich in protein and combining it with jaggery makes it a superfood. To know more about the benefits of groundnut refer here Continue reading “KADALAI MITTAI/PEANUT CHIKKI/GROUNDNUT CANDY FOR KIDS”