23 October 2013

Baby Food: Moong Daal Chilla/ Lentil Pancake

Food is such an important part of our day to day lives. We finish one meal and I am already in my mind thinking of menu for the next. When I go for my grocery shopping, it’s always related to what I want to cook.
 With two kids(5 year old: Chatter Box, and 10 month old: Little Lady), full time work, busy family schedules, I really don’t get as much time as I would like for cooking. I more often than not, resort to my -quick Fixes, which HAVE to be healthy, presented well and above all delicious. I have three vegetarian foodies in my house already and the toothless Little Lady takes after us.
 Here is my 'Anytime protein rich Chilla's' , perfect for breakfast, snack, meal and oh yes: Finger Foods
1. 2 cups Split Green Moong Daal soaked over night. (If you have not soaked them the night before, no worries, soak them in hot water for 30 minutes, or pressure cook them for 1 whistle)
2. Salt to taste
3. Grated Ginger: 1 teaspoon
4. Chilli Powder: Per taste (I tend to remove a part of the batter for Little Lady and then spice up the rest for us)
5. Cut Green Chilli: 2 (I tend to remove a part of the batter for Little Lady and then spice up the rest for us)

1. Grind the soaked daal with 1/2 cup water and all spices

2. Heat non-stick pan and make pancakes.

For my ChatterBox, I tend to make shapes using an assortment of cookie cutters I have gathered over the years.

For my Little Lady, it does not matter what shape it is, since it gets cut in tiny pieces anyways.

For Hubby and Me,  I spice it up and make thinner pan cakes (read crispy), top it off with Chaat Masala and enjoy with Green Chutney

I have made several variations of this pan-cake/ Chilla:
For Lunch: Grate Paneer with carrots and Cilantro. Adjust spice and make it like a filling to the pan cake.
For more wholesome meal: Feel free to add grated vegetables of choice. I have experimented with Kale, Brocolli, Carrots, Onions
In the batter, I have added other lentils but somehow, the most basic: Green Moong Daal has turned out the best so far.

22 October 2013

Carrot Ginger Soup for A New Start

Aah how times have changed! From the pursuit of the next gourmet recipe to create, to now scouting the web for healthy food options for the baby! This new phase still allows me to experiment with my love for cooking, but now with a whole new audience! Baby A! I enjoyed this soup as much as the baby did.

Simple, easy carrot ginger soup

Carrots - 4, peeled and diced into medium sized cubes
Onion - One large, chopped
Butter/ oil - 2 tbsp
Ginger - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Water - 6 cups

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, add the butter and cumin seeds and roast till they splutter. Add the onions and fry till translucent. Don't brown them.  Add the carrots, ginger and water, cover and cook on medium heat for about 20 mins or till the carrots are tender. Take off the heat.

When cooled, use an emersion blender or transfer carrots to a blender and puree till smooth.

Enjoy soup with a little cream or as is.