The harsh summer season is uncomfortable for everyone, but it can be even more difficult for the little ones, especially toddlers and small babies. Temperature rise can make babies cranky and irritable and it can also affect their appetite. (Also read: Summer Recipes: 8 Healthy Ice Creams You Can Make Easily at Home)
Planning a perfect meal for them is a challenge for all parents in the balmy summer. Adding some healthy drink options to their diet such as coconut water, lemon water, barley water, fresh bell pepper and buttermilk can help meet their nutritional needs and some of them also work well for improving appetite.
Also, interesting recipes with healthy seasonal fruits and vegetables like melon, mango, peach, tomato, cucumber, gourds, pineapple, etc. can also help beat the heat and survive the summers.
Shivani Baijal, Senior Executive Nutritionist, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals Gurugram suggests three delicious and nutritious recipes for small children.
The mix of soaked nuts: 10 gm
Basil seed soaked: 1 tsp
Homemade ice cream: 1 scoop
Chopped fruit: 1 bowl (mango, berries, pineapple)
In a bowl, take 1 scoop of homemade ice cream and garnish with soaked basil seeds, chopped nuts and fruit. And enjoy it with your toddler.
Dahi Ki Arbic
Arbi (colocasia) – 1 bowl boiled and chopped
Curd – ½ cup
Ghee or oil- teaspoon
Salt – to taste
Asafoetida – a pinch for tadka
Carom seeds – for tadka
Turmeric – a pinch
– Heat oil in a pan and add asafoetida, carom seeds and turmeric.
– In a separate pan, take 1 cup of water and add chopped boiled arbi. Smash it a bit to give a thick consistency to water.
– Now add this mixture to a pan and let it cook on medium heat for 5-7 minutes.
– Take the whipped curd and add some water to make it a little liquid. Then pour it into a pan and keep stirring.
– Add salt to taste and stir well. Now garnish it with coriander leaves.
– For adults, other hot spices can be used, such as red pepper.
Maize Jowar Dhokla
Corn kernels – 1 cup
Jowar (sorghum) – 1 cup
Curd – ½ cup
Salt to taste
Turmeric – a pinch
Mustard seed – For tadka
Sesame seeds – 1 tsp
Lemon juice – to taste
– In a bowl, take corn kernels and curds and blend the mixture into a smooth paste.
– Transfer it to a bowl and add jowar. Mix it well and make a smooth drip consistency by adding water.
– Leave this mixture for fermentation.
– When well fermented, add salt, turmeric and lime juice and mix well.
– Now take a pan and grease it with oil. Pour the batter into the greased pan and tap lightly to make the batter even.
– Meanwhile, prepare the steamer by adding a little water and let it come to a boil.
– Place the pan in the steamer. And let it steam for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.
– To check whether it is cooked or not, insert a knife if it comes out clean then it is ready.
– Let it cool for 10 minutes while preparing tadka.
– For tadka take oil in the pan. Add mustard seeds and sesame seeds. Let them sputter and then turn off the heat.
– Pour the herbs evenly over the dhokla and cut into desired shapes or different shapes to attract little ones.