We understand that it can indeed be a tedious task to ensure that your littlest diner gets all the nourishment while satisfying its taste buds. Though these recipes are for kids, we are sure that all the family members will devour them. Even the pickiest of eaters will find them finger-licking delicious. So, what are you waiting for? Let’s explore!
1. Dry fruits milkshake
This healthy, creamy and delicious milkshake has the power of calcium and proteins which are essential for growing children.
- 2 tbsps. Pistas
- 10 almonds
- 10 cashews
- 2 dried figs
- 3 dates
- ¼ to ½ tbsp cardamom powder
- 2 ¼ cups of milk
- To give the milkshake a creamy texture, soak the almonds, figs, pistas and cashews in water for about an hour. If you want to serve it chilled, place the milk in the fridge too.
- After peeling off the skin of the almonds, dry the rest of the dry fruits and blend them.
- Add a cup of milk, cardamom powder and chopped dates. Blend the mixture again to give a creamy texture.
- Add more milk and blend the shake again.
Finally, garnish the milkshake with dry fruits and serve!
2. Cucumber raita
It is simple, it is quick, it is light, and it can be paired with anything you want! Sounds perfect, right?
- 1 medium-sized cucumber, or 1 cup finely chopped cucumber
- 1 cup curd (Dahi or yoghurt)
- ½ teaspoon red chilli powder/lal mirch powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon roasted cumin powder/bhuna jeera powder
- ½ teaspoon chaat masala powder
- salt as required can use rock salt, black salt or regular salt
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves or ½ tablespoon chopped mint leaves
- Rinse the cucumber. Peel it and either chop it in fine pieces or grate it.
- Beat the curd till it turns smooth and then add the cucumber to it.
- Mix dry spice powders, salt and coriander leaves and serve!
Try garnishing the raita with some coriander or mint leaves for that extra oomph.
3. Cauliflower bhajias (Pakoras)
Rainy days call for a plate of hot pakoras. Your kids will love the nutritious dish.
- 1 head cauliflower (or another vegetable of your choice; potato, spinach leaves, onion, paneer for example)
- 1 cup Bengal gram flour
- 1/2 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 1 pinch asafoetida
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon thymol seeds
- salt (to taste)
- vegetable, canola, or sunflower oil (for deep frying)
- Mix the gram flour and all the spices by adding a little water and turn it into a thick batter. Add salt to this mixture as per your taste.
- Cut the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
- Preheat the oil on a medium flame and fry the batter-coated cauliflowers till they turn golden brown.
Remember to drain the excess oil on a tissue paper. Serve the pakoras hot with tamarind chutney or tomato ketchup.
4. South Indian lemon rice
Every South Indian would be aware of this dish which can either be paired with yoghurt, chutney or kosambri.
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (or canola or sunflower cooking oil)
- 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 3 to 4 curry leaves
- 2 green chillies (slit lengthwise)
- 1-inch piece ginger (grated)
- 1/2 cup peanuts, roasted and unsalted
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Juice of 2 lemons
- 2 cups cooked basmati rice or leftover rice
- Firstly, grind the gently roasted coriander seeds into a powder and set them aside.
- Fry mustard seeds, curry leaves and green chillies in a pan till the spluttering stops.
- Fry the mixture for another minute after adding ginger and peanuts. Turn off the burner after adding turmeric.
- Add lemon juice to this mixture and mix it well.
- Finally, add the rice, coriander leaves and salt.
You can serve the rice with some poppadoms for a tasty and easy meal.
5. South Indian stir-fried potato
This potato dish can either be served as a filling in dosas or eaten with hot chapatis. The choice is yours!
- 6 large potatoes (cut into halves and then sliced thinly)
- 2 tbsp. vegetable/canola/sunflower cooking oil
- 1 tsp. mustard seeds
- 7 to 8 curry leaves
- 2 green chillies (chopped fine)
- 1 large onion (chopped fine)
- 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
- Salt to taste
- Fry the curry leaves, mustard seeds and green chillies on a medium flame till the spluttering stops.
- Add the onions and fry till they turn soft.
- Now, lower the flame to prevent the onions from burning. Mix the potatoes, turmeric powder and salt. Stir continually to prevent the mixture from sticking.
Relish the wholesome goodness!
The eating habits of kids can be unpredictable, to say the least. While they wipe their plates clean and ask for seconds on some nights, on the others, they refuse to even take a bite of the dish. Well, no matter how picky your tiny tot is, there is a dish on this list that it will love.