I made this for lunch a couple of days back and then saw this event on Kid's lunches, hosted by Srivalli. I was not sure if this qualified - its healthy and all that, but would a kid relish this ?
I found the answer in all the slurps from my son when he had it for lunch and decided I will go ahead and post this and make it my entry for the Monthly Mingle- Kids Lunches, which is hosted by Srivalli this month and originally concieved by Meeta of the very popular Whats for lunch, honey.
My son's a little over 3 and he is really a no-fuss child(thank God for that !!) Already a budding foodie,(with parents like us, what did you expect ??) who relishes even his khichdis, which I make when I am really not upto cooking anything else !
Even on the days, I think I am being a cool mom and ask him if he wants to eat out at McDonald's (thats next door to where we stay), he will insist that I make roti sabji / khichdi at home. He does have his days when he wants just potato chips as a meal, but overall, he's a total sweetheart !
What I made for lunch that day was Palak with moong dal (Spinach and green gram dal), paneer burjee (cottage cheese), carrot raita and rotis - complete balanced meal
For the Palakwali Moong Dal
1 cup chopped spinach
1 cup green gram dal
1 small onion
1 tsp cumin seeds
1-2 green chillies
2 cloves of garlic
1 tsp butter / ghee
Wash the dal and soak in water for about 15 mins
Chop the spinach and blanch
Chop garlic, onions and tomatoes into small pieces
Cook the dal in the pressure cooker
Prepare a seasoning in oil with cumin seeds, slit green chillies and garlic
Add onions and fry for 2 mins
Then add tomatoes and the spinach
Add the cooked dal and salt and allow it to simmer
Add a little butter or ghee. Serve hot.
2 cups curd / plain yoghurt
1 tsp cumin powder
a pinch of salt
Peel and grate the carrots
In a bowl, which the curd / yoghurt with salt and cumin powder
Add the grated carrot and mix well
Garnish with a little cumin powder
Chill and serve
Paneer Burjee (Scrambled cottage cheese)
2 cups crumbled paneer (Made mine at home - method below)
1/2 tsp cumin powder
1/4 tsp chilli powder or 1 green chilli
1/4 tsp salt
a few coriander leaves
Finely chop the onion and tomato
Heat oil in a pan and add the onion and tomato
Add the cumin powder, chilli powder and salt
Add the crumbled cottage cheese
Stir for about 3 mins
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves
The days I forget to keep the milk in the 'fridge and it doesnt seem so good(there is no way it will survive the hot weather here), I make paneer out of it, so paneer at home is never intended, it just happens !!
To make cottage cheese /paneer at home, add 1 tsp of vinegar / juice of half lemon to milk when it is boiling. The milk will start to split. Keep it on a low flame for about 8-10 mins. The water will start separating and your paneer is ready. Drain the water out and the paneer is all done.