Summers are here and with vacations arriving in another month or so, there’s space for little celebrations. And what says fun better than healthy and tasty recipes that your family will love to indulge in?
Which is why we have brought you simple to cook delicacies to add a little zest to your summer menu. All our recipes keep the health factor in mind, so you have no need to worry about extra calories!
Now let’s take a look:
1. Palak Paratha for the perfect breakfast
Palak paratha is an Indian flatbread with spinach filling that can be coupled with chutney, curry, or dahi for a sumptuous meal.
Step 1: Clean the palak leaves (120-150 grams) and rinse them in lightly salted water to get rid of any pesticide residue.
Step 2: Blend the palak with ginger garlic paste and one green chilli. Add 2 tbsp of water to make sure that the puree is smooth.
Step 3: Mix the palak puree with 1 ½ cups of whole wheat flour, garam masala, and salt to taste.
Step 4: Knead all the ingredients into a non-sticky dough and add a tsp of oil. Set it aside for 30 minutes.
Step 5: Separate the dough into 6-7 equal sized portions and flatten it into a round parathas with a rolling pin.
Step 6: Roast the flatbreads in a tawa smeared with hot oil until you see puffing and char marks appear on both surfaces.
Serve the hot palak parathas with chutney, achar, curry, or dahi and enjoy a filling and healthy snack. Palak is known for its high iron and fiber content that keeps the gut clean and enriches blood plasma.
2. Paneer Tikka recipe for snack time
Paneer is one of the primary sources of vegetarian protein and grilled paneer tikka can be a savoury part of any diet, calorie-controlled or otherwise.
Here’s our easy way to get it cooked and ready in no time.
– Paneer (1 ½ inch cubes)
– Bell pepper cubes
– Onion cubes
– 1 tsp red chilli powder
– 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
– Salt to taste
– 1 tsp garam masala
– 1 tsp coriander powder
– ½ teaspoon chaat masala
– 1 ¼ tsp ginger garlic paste
– 1 tsp kasuri methi
– ¼ to ½ tsp ajwain
– 1 tbsp dry roasted besan until aromatic
– 1 ½ tbsp refined cooking oil
– Freshly squeezed lime
Step 1: Use 1 ½ tablespoon oil to mix the entire ingredients into a thick marinade.
Step 2: Add capsicum and onions to the marinade and coat well.
Step 3: Put the veggies on one side of the marinade bowl and add paneer and mix well in the spicy flavours.
Step 4: Thread them on a skewer and refrigerate them for an hour. Make sure that each stick is proportionately balanced with veggies and paneer.
Step 5: Moisten the tawa with some oil and grill the skewers once hot. Do not forget to keep rotating them unless they have a golden colour.
Step 6: Finally, place them over direct flames on the gas over a metal grill to make sure that the marinade is cooked to perfection.
Brush the skewers with butter and add some chaat masala and lemon juice. Serve it on a hot plate and enjoy the perfect evening snack.
This high protein snack is healthy and gives you a sumptuous alternative to deep fried fast food.
3. Oats Idli for an all-day snack
While everybody knows the several health benefits of Oats, a gooey bowl at any time of the day is unappetizing to say the least.
But that doesn’t mean you cannot give this healthy cereal a creative twist. Oats idli could be the perfect snack for you and your kids at any time of the day.
– 2 cups oats
– 1 tbsp mustard seeds
– ½ liter curd
– ½ tbsp chana dal
– 1 tbsp urad dal (black gram)
– ½ tbsp oil
– 1 cup grated carrots
– 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
– Salt as per taste
– ½ tbsp turmeric powder
Step 1: Dry roast the oats and then grind them to a powder in a mixer.
Step 2: Stir mustard seeds in hot oil and add the dals while you keep stirring until they splutter, and the dals turn golden brown. Add carrots, coriander, and turmeric and fry for a minute.
Step 3: Add the oats, seasonings, and curd into a bowl and toss and mix it.
Step 4: Use the batter to make idlis in an idli steamer. You are allowed to add more curd if need be, but do not add water.
Step 5: Steam the idli for 15 minutes and serve it with the dals.
Oats is a high-protein and high-mineral cereal with plenty of fiber that makes it slow digesting. This meal will keep your kids full for longer and help them stay healthy and athletic.
These are our 3 healthy and tasty recipes for children that you must try at home. Keeping their diet requirements in mind, we have ensured that each of them have a good balance of protein, carbs, and healthy fats.
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