Wouldn’t you say nutrition is important for all of us, especially our children? Your child may or may not be a fussy eater, but they still need their daily dose of nutrition. A nutrient-rich diet is important for your child to stay active. It is also vital for improved concentration and for their growth and development.
So, if you need to pack more nutrients in your child’s diet, here are 3 recipes that can provide adequate nutrition to your child.
Nutritional benefits: Beetroot is a good source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. It also provides fibre, potassium, folic acid and magnesium.
Grated beetroot (1 whole)
Finely chopped or grated garlic (1 clove)
Ajwain (A pinch)
Wheat flour (1 cup)
Salt to taste
Cumin powder (½ tsp)
Red Chilli Powder (A pinch)
Coriander Powder (½ tsp)
Mix flour in a bowl with the spices and ajwain.
Add grated beetroot, garam masala, chopped garlic to the bowl and now mix.
Add water to knead a dough. Roll out a paratha and stuff it with the filling. Cook the paratha on both sides.
Serve hot crispy parathas with curd and carrot and cucumber sticks.
Nutritional benefits: A yummy breakfast that keeps your child full for long. It also provides fibre, vitamins and minerals
Oats (2 cups)
Slightly sour curd (2 cups or ½ litre)
Urad dal (1 tbsp)
Chana dal (½ tbsp)
Oil (½ tbsp)
Finely chopped green chillis (2 tsp)
Grated carrots (1 cup)
Finely chopped coriander leaves (2 tbsp)
Turmeric powder (½ tbsp)
Salt to taste
Eno fruit salt (A pinch)
Serves12 small idlis
Roast the oats till slightly brown. Powder the oats in a mixer.
In a heated pan, add oil, mustard seeds, urad dal and chana dal. Allow the seeds to crackle and cook the dal until golden.
Add chopped chillies, coriander leaves and grated carrots to the mixture. Then, add turmeric powder and fry for a minute.
Add this to the powdered oats mixture. Now, add curd to make a smooth batter. Don’t add water to the batter if you want to make it smoother.
Grease the idli steamer plates with oil and pour the batter into each area of the steamer. Steam the idlis for 15-20 minutes. Serve with red chutney.
Nutritional benefits: Sprouts are easy to digest, improve blood circulation and boost immunity. It also provides carbohydrates, fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals
Black chana sprouts (2 cups)
Finely chopped onion (1 small or medium-sized)
Finely chopped tomato (1 medium-sized)
Finely chopped cucumber (1 whole)
Red Chilli Powder (¼ tsp)
Chaat Masala [optional] (½ or 1 tsp)
Lemon juice (1 tsp or as required)
A few salad leaves (optional)
Chopped mint leaves (2-3)
In a bowl, toss sprouts, onions, tomato and cucumber with salt and lemon juice. Leave this for 2-3 minutes so that the chana absorbs the spices and lemon juice.
Add tomatoes and mix. If you wish, you can add a few salad leaves to add some colour
Add some more lemon juice and sprinkle mint leaves over it.