Tried this dish for dinner last night for the first time. Healthy, Nutritious and easy to make. Try it!

Recipe courtesy ‘Cooking In Style’ cookbook.

Badshahi Khichdi

Badshahi Khichdi

Ingredients

1 ½ cup rice, washed and soaked

½ cup moong dal, washed and soaked

1 tsp mustard seeds

1 stick cinnamon

4-8 pepper corns

4-6 cardamoms

4 cloves

8 green chillies (i used 3)

3 onions, finely chopped

A pinch of haldi

Salt to taste

Ingredients

Ingredients

For the vegetables

¼kg boiled green peas

4-5 small brinjals, chopped

3 potatoes, boiled and cut into cubes

300 gms curd, beaten

1 tsp methi seeds

3-4 red chillies (i used 2)

Coriander leaves, chopped

2½ cm piece ginger, ground

1 small piece coconut, ground

6 flakes garlic, ground

2 tbsp coconut, grated

1 tsp jeera

Salt to taste

Ingredients

Ingredients

Method

  1.  Heat a little oil and fry mustard seeds.
  2. Add cardamoms, cinnamon, cloves, pepper corns, green chillies and onions.
  3. Add haldi, and fry onions till they change colour. Add salt.
  4. Add rice and dal and add enough water to cook rice and dal till done.
  5. Meanwhile, in another pan, add little oil and fry methi and jeera, add ground masala, red chillies and haldi. Add salt.
  6. Add brinjal, cover and cook on slow fire till brinjals are done. Do not add any water.
  7. Mix in green peas and potatoes.
Khichdi & Vegetables

Khichdi & Vegetables

  1. Grease a flat bottom vessel. first put a layer of khichdi and ½ of vegetables and ½ of curds. Repeat layers, keeping the layer of khichdi on top.
  2. Steam it for 15-20 mins. Serve decorated with coconut and coriander.

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Does your baby cry inconsolably everyday at the same time? Is your baby a colic baby?

infantile-colic

I totally understand what it feels like. B was a colic baby! Evenings were a frustrating and testing time for M and me. He would cry endlessly and nothing would soothe him or stop him from crying till the bout would not end or he fall asleep. Sigh those days..

SO i read and researched on this topic endlessly then, and this post is a result of that excess data stored up there. AND for the benefit of other moms sailing in the same boat. Read on.

Who is a colic baby?

Baby colic (according to researchers) is basically when your otherwise healthy baby cries for more than 2-3 hours a day for more than three days a week for three weeks between the ages of two weeks and four months. In some cases, it lasts longer, but don’t worry thats a rare case. B got out of it by 3-4 months.

Causes of Colic

The cause of colic is generally unknown. But researchers say it could be due to constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, lactose intolerance, cows’ milk allergy, or gas pains (when baby has difficulty in releasing gas). B had the case of lactose intolerance (or so the doctors told) and gas pain.

Colic-Causes-and-Symptoms

Remedies of Colic

There are many medicines available now such as anti-gas drops, anti-reflux medicines, and homeopathy drops for colic (surveys say many parents found these affective). You can also use gripe water (alcohol free) or Himalaya Bonnisan drops (B has literally grown up on these two!).

There are also many home remedies you can try. Mix a pinch of hing powder in 1/2 tsp ghee and rub it around the child’s belly button. Really effective in releasing gas. I’ve tried it on B and it works. The only draw back is it gets a bit messy, but hey if it works, who is complaining! Also massaging the tummy anti-clockwise 2-3 times a day will release the gas and prevent pain at the end of the day. I also used to do a simple exercise by lifting B’s legs and doing a cycling motion in air. it would help him to release air. And after sometime, B would do it himself. And that’s when his colic started to reduce.

Certain sensory stimulations also help.

1. Swaddling your baby (B hated being tied up)

2. Carrying her/him in a front baby carrier

3. Baby swing

4. Putting your baby in a carseat on or near a dishwasher or dryer (we used to put B in a carseat and M would walk around carrying it. It would silent him in a sec!)

5. Bathing your baby in warm water

6. Taking your baby out for a ride in the car

Colic usually gets over by 5 months but if it persists, consult your baby’s pediatrician. Hope this posts helps your baby!

I made Dosa for B’s lunch today for the first time. with the veggies he likes (for the healthy part) and cute shapes (again for the first time). And did he like it? hmmm well lets just say… he loved it and he had fun eating it!! he ate the papa, mama, hearts, babies.. no fuss! Try it! this is one dish that will surely go down in B’s menu. Till his next mood…i mean taste swing!

So how to make kids dosa? pretty simple. Just add your kid’s favourite veggies (puree or mashed form) in the dosa batter. cut them out in various shapes. Yumm!

this one is with tomatoes and mint. B’s fav (shapes and ingredients)!

Tomato and Mint Dosa

Tomato and Mint Dosa

Mashed carrots and sweet potato dosas. Sweet as!

Veg Dosa

Veg Dosa

Stunning one of a kind living room design by Judith Balis Interiors.

Stunning Living Room

Stunning Living Room

I love this living room for some of its coolest details. The brick wall turns into the feature wall in this interior, lending itself for a more industrial feel. The great steel pieces and crates stacked up to create a faux TV console also create a unique industrial vibe. Although the absence of curtains, the big brown sofas with the square ottoman are not the ‘cozy’ elements, the living room creates a feeling of warmth.

Would surely love to relax in here!

Fussy Eater? but loves fruit? this is the recipe just for you! i tried this on B when he was at his peak of being fussy. AND it was a HIT! Found this on ForBaby. But i made a few changes to the recipe. Try it!

Fruity Creamy Rice

Creamy Fruity Rice

Ingredients

1 cup cow milk or formula milk

3 Tbsp of short grain rice

1 cup grated fruits of toddler’s choice (i used 1 apple and 1 plum)

1 Tsp honey or as per taste

1/4 Tsp cardamom powder or as per taste

Ingredients

Ingredients

Method

1. Put the short grain rice and Milk into a 3 cup capacity microwave proof dish and stir it. Cover and cook it in the microwave on medium for 20-25 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Alternatively you can also cook it on a stove top over low heat. Keep stirring it every 10 minutes. Add extra water when needed.

2. Once the rice is tender and creamy, add the grated fruits and stir into the rice when still hot.

3. Add the cardamom powder and honey as per taste. Stir well into the rice. Allow to cool and serve warm. Can also be refrigerated until chilled and served cold.