In a mixing bowl, take one egg; add a medium sized cup of flour (you can even use half a cup plain flour and half a cup of oatmeal). Add a pinch of salt and sugar to taste. Now add two tablespoons of melted butter and half a teaspoon of baking soda to the mix. Take one-cup (cup measure is of same as of the flour) butter milk (if you don’t have buttermilk you could also use half cup curd and half cup milk) and pour the mixture the bowl. Mix all the ingredients well.
On a medium hot non-stick pan, put a ladle full of the pancake batter and cover it. Cook on medium heat till the batter has cooked and it is firm in the center. Flip it on the other side and cook till it is light golden brown. Now the pancake is ready to eat. You could add a dollop of your toddler’s favorite jam, honey or chocolate syrup on top of the pancake for more flavor and fun. Make sure it has cooled before feeding it to your child.
Recipe: Stuffed Paranthas
Tip for making the dough: When you are making the dough for your toddlers Parantha , Use milk instead of water to knead the dough. The milk will make sure that the parantha is soft and easy to chew.
Stuff the dough with boiled potatoes and roll the dough so the potatoes are evenly spread inside the parantha. Cook it on a medium heat on a non-stick pan. Add a dollop of butter and your toddler will love it.
Instead of boiled potatoes, take some finely grated carrots and fill the dough with it. It might be a little tough to roll out the dough since the carrots have a lot of moisture but you can sprinkle some dry dough and continue to roll. Cook it on a medium heat on a non-stick pan. Add a dollop of butter and your toddler will love it.
Boil a couple of spinach leaves and blend them in the blender. Now add the spinach paste to the dry dough and kneed the spinach into the flour. Add a pinch of salt to taste.
Roll out a parantha, it will be green in color and your toddler will enjoy the colored parantha. Cook it on a medium heat on a non-stick pan. Add a dollop of butter and your toddler will love it.
Daal ka Parantha
The best way to get your child to eat daal without knowing is to knead any pre cooked daal that you have into the dough and make paranthas out of it. Add some ketchup and butter and it is yum yum.
Recipe: Grated Chicken Cheese and Potato Mini Cutlet
Take a boiled potato and mash it evenly. To this add finely shredded boiled chicken (the chicken that you boil needs to be boneless) and a small slice of cheese to it. Now add a bit of seasoning like salt, cheese, oregano flakes for salt and make small bite sized (bite size needs to be your child’s; it cannot big or else it can be a choking hazard) balls and lightly shallow fry it till it is golden on the outside. Make sure the mini cutlets are cooled before you give them to your child.
Take a boiled potato and mash it evenly. To this add grated/ steamed vegetables like carrots, peas, beetroot, spinach, and any other that you think will taste nice once it is steamed.
Make sure the carrots are grated first and then lightly steamed as otherwise they will be coarse for your child and will not blend well with the potato mash.
This is an easy recipe, which your child will enjoy thoroughly. Take some corn kernels and pressure-cook them for about 15 minutes on medium heat. Once cooled blend them to make a coarse paste. In a separate bowl mask a boiled potato and add the corn paste to it. Add a bit of butter and salt for taste and mix it well. Make bite sized small flat pellets of the mixture and shallow fry it in a pan to give it a golden outer look. (You could keep the size of the cutlets as you wish). Make sure the mini cutlets are cooled before you give them to your child.
Take a boneless piece of chicken and boil it till it is cooked. Blend the chicken with a piece of cheese and some salt and ketchup to taste in the food processor, make sure the chicken is still a little warm when you are blending it as the heat from the chicken will melt the cheese. Lightly toast the bread (make sure it is not hard and easy to bite and chew) and put a layer of the blended chicken and cheese between the two slices. Make sure you taste it before giving it your child to check for the salt and taste.