A lot of children are interested in cooking nowadays. Is your kid one of them? Then you must be on the lookout for easy kids recipes and fun recipes that kids can make on their own.
For parents like you comes this collection of 4 healthy recipes from Simran Oberoi Multani. This is all you are going to need to delight your kid chef – this summer vacation.
Unlike a lot of popular recipes for snacks for children that use a lot of refined flour, sugar, butter and oil – these are a collection of healthy snacks for children to make.
Channelize your child’s creativity, create an interest in healthy cooking and eating and teach your child an important life skill with Simran
Healthy Millet recipes that children can make by Simran Oberoi Multani
Simran Oberoi Multani is the Founder of Ovenderful, a healthy baking social enterprise (business with a soul!), that specializes in healthy, inclusive and organic baking. Ovenderful has been covered extensively in The Economic Times, Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Times of India, Deccan Chronicle, DNA, YourStory, ShethePeople, News9-TV9, India Today, Rediff, BuzzingBubs and many other prestigious news channels and publications. Simran is also the founder of the Ovenderful Mom Bakers Community (OMBC) which is a 22k member strong unique global community. OMBC has been recognized by Facebook for its work in the social impact space. Simran was honoured by Sheryl Sandberg at Singapore for building and sustaining this community and for touching so many lives with her work. Simran is also a TEDx Speaker and recently spoke on ‘Myth busting Veganism’. She was also the first guest on the BigBasket Live-Show series.
Why Kids should cook!
Summer vacations are upon us. And so are the many baking and cooking classes for kids. Those are great to create an interest and let kids have fun as they learn these skills but it needs to go beyond just a few classes. That is where the parents need to step in!
So how about letting your child try out some healthy recipes on their own?
To go beyond the fun part of it and actually help them foster this crucial life-skill, you need to get them involved in the regular aspects of cooking too – make the regular an interesting proposition! I am slowly discovering how breaking walnuts can make a 5-year-old feel so independent. That squeezing lemons and adding sugar, and then finally tasting the lemonade which is the result of that effort, makes a little child feel that he or she has scaled a mountain and the view is great !
It is important to remember that we aren’t training them to become chefs. We are nurturing them to become self-sufficient and confident.
And so while the exotic things are great, the simpler ones need to form the core of what they learn. When you take them to buy the ingredients, they know what goes into what.
Keeping a mix of knowledge, activity and fun intact is what makes the difference.
Try introducing one healthy category of food at a time – Here are a few snack recipes that kids can try out on their own with Millets. They are yum and simple. And more importantly, healthy and nourishing !
Recipe 1 – Millet Chocolate Cake
- 1/2 cup Jowar flour,
- 1/2 cup Ragi flour
- 1/2 tsp Baking powder
- 1/2 cup Cane Sugar
- 2-3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 cup Applesauce ( can replace with 2 eggs for an egg version)
- 1/4 cup Oil
- Preheat the oven to 160 degrees Celsius, grease a round baking pan and keep aside.
- Sieve together the flours,baking powder, cocoa and keep aside.
- Whisk together the applesauce,oil and sugar, beat together until the sugar gets dissolves.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet one. Dont over beat.
- Bake for 30 minutes till the toothpick comes clean at the center.
Recipe 2 – Millet Crackers
- 1 1/2 cups Bajra / Pearl Millet flour
- 1/2 cup Rice flour
- Salt , red chilly powder as per your taste
- 1 tsp of Amchoor powder
- 1-2 garlic pods that are mashed
- 2 tbsp Jeera
- 2 tsp homemade Garam Masala
- 3 tbsp oil
- Hot water to bring it together.
- Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add the oil and rub it in. Add the hot water and knead it. Cover and keep for 30 minutes to rest the dough.
- Roll out the dough. Cut the shapes you want ( I used a pizza cutter for this). Roll it very thin so that they are thin and super crisp.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven at 170 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes. And let them cool off. Store in an air tight container.
Recipe 3 – Pan Seared Potato with a Kodo Millet Filling.
- 2-3 mid sized boiled potatoes
- 1/2 cup boiled Kodo Millet grains
- Salt , as per your taste
- 1 tsp paprika
- Spring onions
- 2 tbsp oil
- Sear the boiled potatoes for a minute or less in a pan with some oil. Meanwhile boil kodo millet grains and add the salt and paprika.
- Slice the potatoes into half. Spoon the filling into it. Sprinkle the spring onions. And eat ! Its that simple to make and just as great in nutrition
Recipe 4 – Indo-Western Millet Upma
- 1 cup boiled Millet Rava
- Salt , as per your taste
- 1 tsp jeera
- Chopped bell peppers
- Some grated sweet potato
- 2 tbsp oil
- 1tsp garam masala
- Saute the bell peppers in the oil until it softens a bit.
- Add the grated sweet potato too and the jeera.
- Once they are semi-cooked, add the boiled millet rava, and the seasoning.
- Cook for about 15 minutes and add a bit of water to prevent it from sticking to the pan.
- Serve this yum and nutritious dish as a breakfast or early evening snack.
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