As the chilly winter days melt into the more comfortable spring weather, people celebrate Basant Panchami or Vasant Panchami. For Basant Panchami the yellow color dominates for not only do people wear yellow coloured clothes, even the food that’s prepared as offering to the goddess is also yellow. Let's welcome this festival with nutritious and healthy food for kids. Who says that you can't make desserts for toddler healthier? Well, we say you can and you will, with the following healthy recipes for kids. We have something yellow to match the occasion and some ragi food for that extra calcium your growing little munchkin needs.
With the onset of spring and harvest after the cold and dreary winter months, here's something that we think would be great for you and the little one to relish. Loaded with all the essential nutrients much needed during this weather, so go on and learn how to make them under 6 steps!
1. Meethe Chawal
1. ½ cup Basmati Rice (long-grained rice)
2. 2 Tbsp ghee
3. ½ cup Slurrp Farm Jaggery Powder
4. ½ Tsp cinnamon
5. One Cloves (lavang)
6. One Green cardamom
7. ¼ Cup Water
8. 2 Tbsp Slurrp Farm Nut Powder (dissolved in one tbsp of milk)
1. Rinse basmati rice and soak it in water for 20-minutes. Boil the rice with water in a pan over medium flame until almost cooked for approx. 8-10 minutes. Drain water completely and keep aside until required
2. Add ghee on a pan and heat it over low flame. Add cinnamon, cloves and green cardamom, sauté for 30-40 seconds
3. Add the jaggery powder with ¼ cup of water and stir around for a minute. Then add the nut powder mixture and stir for 2 minutes
4. When the mixture starts boiling, add cooked rice. Mix gently until each rice grain is coated
5. Reduce flame to low and cover it with a lid (or a plate). Cook until almost all moisture is evaporated, for approx. 5-6 minutes
6. Garnish with a pinch of nut powder and your sweet rice is ready!
2. Sprouted Ragi Ladoo
1. One Cup Slurrp Farm Sprouted Ragi Powder
2. 3 Tbsp Ghee
3. ½ Cup Slurrp Farm Jaggery Powder
4. 2 Tbsp Slurrp Farm Nut Powder
5. One Tbsp Poppy Seeds
6. 2 Tbsp raisins
1. Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a pan and roast the sprouted ragi powder. Cook on low flame for 5-7 mins
2. Grind the poppy seeds and raisins together and combine the nut powder and jaggery powder
3. In a bowl mix the roast ragi and the ground dry fruit mix. Add 2 tbsp of ghee to hold the mix together
4. Pinch out a small portion from the ladoo mixture, give a tiny bit to your little one and roll it into a batch of round balls. Add more ghee if too dry or crumbling
5. Your delicious ladoos are ready to be served as toddler food!