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Very often we mum's think of healthy and interesting food options that we can make for our kids especially when they are back from school knowing that their lunch boxes never come back home empty. Hence I always feel its important to give them a healthy and wholesome snack once they are home. When my kid comes home from school I always try and give him some source of carbohydrate combined with proteins along with this, a fruit and milk, or puddings made from milk. Kids normally can't eat too much at one time, so the portions can be small but giving them a little from each of these food group ensures a balanced meal.

I have some interesting ideas that I'd like to share with you all. You might find some of my recipes very basic but I am hoping that my blog is helpful not only for Indians but for people all around the world! Indian food is quite popular and enjoyed by most, so hopefully you can attempt recipes from here and make it yourself now, in your kitchen. Please do go through my recipes and give it a shot at trying them. Let me know how things turned out and if you enjoyed your experience of cooking.... Feel free to get in touch, share your experience, leave a comment or ask any questions you may have. Thank you for stopping by and taking a look! I do hope its helpful.

Happy cooking!

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Vegetable Stew

1/2 cup finely chopped onions.
1-2 green chillies
2 tsp grated ginger
2 tsp grated garlic

1/2 cup chopped carrots
1/2 cup chopped french beans

3/4th cup diced potato.

1/2 cup green peas.

1 can of coconut milk (165 ml).

Salt as per taste.
1-2 tbsp oil.

Heat oil on medium flame. Add the grated ginger and garlic once the oil becomes hot.

Do not burn or make the ginger and garlic brown. Let them just sizzle in oil a bit and then add onions.

Stir well. Cook on a medium flame and allow the onions to become soft or light brown.

Add carrots.

French beans,

Green peas,

And diced potatoes.

Stir well and add green chillies (chopped or full as per your preference).

Add salt as per taste and stir again.

Add some water now (around 100 ml).

Cover with a lid, lower the flame and allow the vegetables to cook (stirring occasionally in between to make sure there is enough water and that the vegetables are not sticking to the bottom or getting burnt. Add a bit of water accordingly and cook the vegetables till they become soft).

After about 5-6 minutes of cooking on low flame pierce a knife to see if the potato and carrots have become soft.

Now add the coconut milk and stir well.

Stir well, increase the flame to medium and bring to a boil. Let it boil for a minute or two and switch off the gas.

Vegetable stew is ready. Serve hot with rice.

Recipe Source:
My dear friend Shalini. Thank you so much Shalini for sharing this awesome recipe with all of us. It really is so yummy! I do hope every one enjoys this dish as much as I did.

Below is the recipe for Banana Stew. I have cut this recipe short.
It is almost same as the vegetable stew. The only difference is that instead of the vegetables I have used raw unripened bananas here.

To remove the skin use a peeler as shown below, as the skin is very tightly attached to the banana and you need to use a peeler to get rid of the skin.

Keep them in water or else they will turn black very fast.

Chop into medium size pieces.

Follow the same recipe as the vegetable stew.

Add some water to cook the bananas till they are soft.

Add coconut milk.

Boil for 1-2 minutes. The banana stew is ready.

Garnish with freshly chopped coriander and serve hot with Rice or Paratha.

We don't need a melting pot in this country, folks. We need a salad bowl. In a salad bowl, you put in the different things. You want the vegetables - the lettuce, the cucumbers, the onions, the green peppers - to maintain their identity. You appreciate differences. ~Jane Elliot

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