Hindu Mommy

October 19, 2006

Besan Laddoos (Diwali sweets)

Filed under: Festivals,Recipes — hindumommy @ 10:44 pm


2 cups gram flour (besan)
11/2 cup sugar
2 sticks on unsalted butter (ghee)
1tsp each almonds, pistachios, cashew nuts (chopped)


* In a vessel mix gram flour and ghee over low heat.
* Keep stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
* After about 20 minutes, remove from the heat and allow it to cool
* Cool thoroughly. Wait atleast 15 mins before proceeding to the next step
*Add sugar and nuts and mix thoroughly. 
* Form ping-pong size balls.
* Laddus are ready to be served.
Yummy in your tummy ! 🙂


October 9, 2006

Diwali snack for kids

Filed under: Festivals,Recipes — hindumommy @ 10:33 pm


  • Wheat puff or rice crispies
  • Curry leaves
  • Peanuts
  • Mustard seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Garlic powder
  • Chilli powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Hing
  • Turmeric


In a small wok heat oil add mustard and cumin seeds

Once they splutter add peanuts and fry em 

Reduce heat to low and add hing, curry leaves, garlic powder, salt, sugar, turmeric and stir well.

Remove from heat

Add the chilli powder

Pour this hot oil onto the wheat puffs/ rice crispies, with the fried peanuts and mix well

Yummy snack ready to eat

Also see recipe for Diwali sweet (Rava Laddoo)

October 3, 2006

Rava Laddoo – Easy to make Diwali sweet

Filed under: Festivals,Kids,Recipes — hindumommy @ 9:48 pm


  • 2 cups sooji rava (cream of wheat)  
  • 1.5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 10 cashews broken
  • 5 cloves crushed
  • dessicated coconut (optional)
  • 1/2 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder



  • Fry rava with a tsp of ghee ina low flame for 5 mins
  • In remaining ghee, fry raisins & cashew bits.


  • Take a big bowl & mix together fried rava, raisin-cashews, crushed cloves, sugar, cardamom & (optional) coconut.
  • Continue mixing  well.
  • Add milk slowly to the mixture & mix again.


The mixture should be just wet enough to bind & make a ball. Make as many balls as you can and place them in a serving dish

Quick and yummy !

See also recipe for Diwali snack

September 18, 2006

Pretend Soup

Filed under: Entertainment and Books,Parenting,Preschool,Recipes — hindumommy @ 10:22 pm


My daughter is a very very picky eater ….so picky that even if it’s her favorite food she will not eat it if it doesn’t look right (like the pizza that just looked different because we ordered it from a different restaurant !)

As a last desperate attempt, I got this book and absolutely love it. It is a cook-book for preschoolers that they can “read” themselves. It’s got the same recipe with words for grown-ups and pictures for kids so they can “read’ and cook.

The concept of the book is that kids eat better when they are involved in the food preparation….Wasn’t too sure about my kids “helping” me but it turned out great and not too messy.

The recipes are mostly based on food found around the house and healthy and tasty.

My daughter ate broccoli for the first time when she ate the “bagel face” from the recipe found in this book….YAY !!

September 17, 2006

To become the Energizer Bunny…

Filed under: Kids,Recipes,Self Improvement — hindumommy @ 4:04 pm

 …eat these top 10 power foods compiled by the Food Network

  1. Berries
  2. Citrus
  3. Vegetables
  4. Whole Grains
  5. Salmon
  6. Legumes
  7. Nuts and Seeds
  8. Lean Protien
  9. Tea
  10. Olive Oil

I do want my kids to be “power”-full . Can I get a Magic Bunny to make some of these more appealing so that the kids start asking for vegetables instead of candy?

July 12, 2006

Ziploc Icecream

Filed under: Kids,Recipes — hindumommy @ 2:00 pm

Found this recipe in Parent Hacks, a really cool weblog for parents. The about reads “…everything they left out of the instruction manual. oh yeah. there is no instruction manual” :). I already love the site 🙂 🙂

Ziploc Icecream

Fill a pint Ziploc bag with 1/2 cup milk (I suggest whole milk), 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla.  Place sealed pint bag into gallon bag and add ice to fill the gallon bag halfway and 6 Tablespoons salt.  Zip (and maybe double bag it), then shake, toss and play catch for 5 to 10 minutes.  Kids might want mittens!

June 25, 2006

For kids who are picky eaters

Filed under: Kids,Recipes — hindumommy @ 7:52 pm

These food blogs have easy to make dishes that look super yummy




My hats off to them – As an amateur cook, it’s amazing how they’ve got these delicious looking food which is nutritious and easy to make

Mmmmmm……my mouth is watering – Gotta go and try some recipes 🙂

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