Food

Health Drinks

Recently, I was reading an article; a blog in fact. It has an extensive survey report on health drinks! The very popular ‘Bournvita’ ‘Horlicks’ and ‘Complan’ were researched for their stated claims and their true value! The author and the family have used/consumed the above for a certain time frame, observed the results and made the statistical analysis. For the readers who are interested in that data, numbers and equations the site is www.kidsandparent.com.

For the result keen parents like me, Complan was voted as the best health drink, followed by Horlicks.  And much to my joy (I simply am against BournvitaL) Bournvita was at the bottom of the list. All the claims they make in the advertisements are untrue. The DHA component and the advantages it supposedly has are needlessly escalated. Horlicks with the Barley in it is a better health drink. This is for the entire conscious mother’s fraternity; any other research you want to get covered or survey results you are in search of, it is good to go through the blog and put up the requisite queries. The survey currently inline is baby food brands and the best a mother can offer the baby, like Pediasure and Cerelac, Farex etc.

That article set me thinking as to what I gave my kids at that age. Memory digging revealed that with my first born, I was in the exact state of mind that most mothers seemed on that site! I went through identical doubt pangs and used to question everything in an earnest attempt to do my best for my kid. This net research was unheard of in India then and wise aunts’ tips, grandparents’ wisdom, mother-in-laws: “we did this and not this!”, mother’s consolation or Doctor’s advice were our only knowledge banks! I did what all of them said in bits and pieces and suffered a fair share too because of this! My first born is still very susceptible to all infections and viruses! His immunity levels are severely beaten and he is sick at the drop of a hat.

By the time I had my second baby; I was experienced and also determined not to make the same mistakes that I made with the first one! Tinned/ canned food and Powder milk never entered my house. Even feeding bottles lasted barely 2 months or so. I can count my visits to the doctor, apart for the regular immunization shots; I went twice in the first year and maybe 3-4 times in the following four years. I had to go almost every month for my first.

I, personally, am of the feeling that mother’s milk is the best for the infant, as many times as the baby wishes to feed. Secondly, start cereals and grains soups, boiled vegetable blends as far as possible. Keep Pediasure etc only as the last resort. This is your best chance to make minimal visits to the Pediatricians! Natural food is the best immunization for the child. With luck, you can also escape the woes of weaning the kid away from bottle and graduating to sipper and bribing the baby through colorful glasses, flavored drinks just to get the toddler to have a glassful of milk (You save a lot of money, time and effort! Believe me).

Once the energetic bundle reaches five years of age, it is inconsequential which health drink you choose. He/ she may drink milk as it is and in case you have to make a choice do choose the best, to be on the safer side! Raising a healthy child is honestly pretty economical still. Ask the mothers from rural India.

This is the mother of all surveys conclusions. Parents can always go and check elsewhere for better options and cross check whether they have made the right choice or not!

 

sweet and savory

Egg less cake

Again a two minute recipe:-) (not exactly two minute but REAL SIMPLE AND EASY) and kind of impossible to go wrong. Is tasty and can be eaten semi cooked and Over cooked too!!!!

ingredients:

1-1/2 cup flour(maida)

1 cup fresh cream

1 cup castor sugar

1/2 tsp- baking powder

1 tsp soda bi carb

1 tsp vanilla essence

method:

Sieve the flour , baking powder and baking soda together.

mix/blend sugar powder and fresh cream till a smooth paste is formed.

add this sieved flour and mix/ blend again. add essence.

bake in a regular oven for 15-20 minutes.

Try this one first and if this comes out well you can go on experimenting with added flavors.

keep the consistency of the batter same and add all the flavors/ colours you wish to add!!!

yummy yumming:-)

love health and blessings always

Milkmaid fudge

Absolutely instant, impossible to go wrong and even if such a calamity does occur, delicious and yummy anyway!!! noway you can  resist this:-)

Ingredients: 1- tin milkmaid (condensed sweetened milk)

1 cup- dry fruits, preferably, cashews or walnuts(chopped)

1-cup sugar

1-cup white butter, unsalted.

1-cup cocoa powder

method: simply add ALL the ingredients to a non stick pan. cook on slow flame till about 20 minutes or less. when the chocolate starts to leaves the ends of the pan , your chocolate is ready. smear a plate with butter and spread this mix to the greased plate. cut squares when semi hot itself. chocolate is ready!!

a word of caution, stir the mixture regularly so that it does not stick to the bottom and burn.

enjoy:-)

love and blessings ever

manchurian, indian style

ingredients and method: for machurian balls

vegetable- cabbage, onion, carrot. more of cabbage and 1 carrot, 2 onions.

add ginger garlic paste a bit of garam masala powder and salt to taste. white pepper if it is available

make balls  with the above veg mix  add a table spoon corn flour as binding agent, a 2 table spoons white fine flour  and deep fry . keep aside.

for sauce:

olive oil for shallow frying, capsicum- 1no cut to 8-10 pieces, spring onions-a cupful chopped. carrot – diced about 7-10 .

shallow fry the above vegetables in olive oil. add a tea spoon of soya sauce , a table spoon of tomato chilli sauce and and plain tomato sauce.  add some water  with a tea spoon of corn flour for a thick consistency. boil for 3-5 minutes. add the above balls and garnish with parsley.

 

manchurian balls with noodles.

manchurian balls and noodles.
manchurian balls and noodles.

making ribbon murukku (savory)

ingredients:

refined oil to deep fry– may need about 250 gms.

rice flour-2cups

Bengal gram flour-1cup

unsalted white butter- 3 tbspoons

salt to taste. chilli powder to taste.  A pinch of asitofeoda and one teaspoon cumin seeds

method:

Mix the above ingredients to make a smooth dough. The mould cast is available in the market.

This dough needs to be put into the mould and dep fried in the oil. the oil in the pan needs to be just right hot.The test is to put a wee bit of the dough and see that it rise instatntly. then you can deep fry to a nice light brown color and the yummy savory is rrady to eat.

They come out crisp and biscuity in texture and need to be stored in air tight containers.