Happy Grandparents Day

Today is Grandparents day and it’s time to #LoveJatao to them

Nabeel has is maternal grandparents living in the same city while his paternal grandparents live in the same state. Today he cannot spend the day with any of them physically but since morning they have been on his mind. Post having wished them he has been busy selecting pictures (of him with his grandparents) to create a collage which he plans to gift them on their next meeting. Kids are enthusiastic especially when you ask them to do something for their grandparents, after all their relationship is so pure and honest!

Grandparents make the world a better place!

It is commonly said that Grandparents spoil their grandchildren, which is true they spoil them real by showering true love and nothing but true love. I have been pampered by my grandparents and love seeing how Nabeel enjoys the same pampering from his grandparents.

Grandparents are magicians in true sense

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In today’s world of nuclear parenting where the day starts and ends with parents, children year to spend time with their grandparents. Parents tend to be harsh and unreasonable at times but grandparents are always loving and caring. They have their own way of handling a situation and comforting the child. Grandparents are magicians in true sense.

Grandparents definitely make the world a better place but the question is, are we doing anything to make the world a better place for them? All they need is our time, they have all the love to fill in that time.

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Nabeel is very much attached to his grandparents. Though he might not talk or meet them often but he misses them deeply. The spark in his eyes says it all when he learns that dada-dadi or nana-nani are coming home. I have seen him sob secretly when they leave and I have seen him throw all possible tantrums when they are around. I believe the bond Nabeel shares with his grandparents is very similar to what most grandparents and grandkids share – a bond of trust, respect and above all affection!

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Nabeel with his Great Grandparents

Grandparents definitely make the world a better place but the question is, are we doing anything to make the world a better place for them? All they need is our time, they have all the love to fill in that time.
This Grandparents day vow to reach out to your grandparents and tell them how your childhood has been so memorable with their presence and unbiased love! #LoveJatao

I look forward to hear from you how would you celebrate Grandparents Day. Do share a selfie with your grandparents on Sept. 10, 2017 on Twitter or Facebook with #LoveJatao & tag blogadda to win a goodie from Parachute Advansed.

Signing off with this video on Grandparents Day

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Rendezvous with Meghana & Shauravi – Founders of Slurrp Farm

We are in conversation with Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik, founders of Slurrp Farm and mommies with a mission to make Indian kids eat healthy! 

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Shauravi with her 3 yr old son & Meghana with her 4 yr old daughter

When Meghana & Shauravi could not find healthy and yummy food options for their children in the Indian market, they decided to make some! As their tag line goes “founded by two mothers, for their children, and yours”

Read on to find out all about their journey till now

BAM: Tell us how did Slurrp Farm come into being?
SF: Both of us have lived and worked in London. On our trips home, we were bombarded with requests from friends and family members to bring healthy, organic and yummy products for their children. This had us thinking. Moreover, on moving back to India we realized there was indeed a dearth of good commercial products for Indian kids and just like us, many parents were worried and helpless about this very fact. So, we decided to do something about it and thus, Slurrp Farm was born.

BAM: What is Slurrp Farm all about?
SF: Slurrp Farm is all about bringing 100% yummy-ness onto your family’s plate in the form of natural and healthy food that is made using a combination of traditional recipes and real ingredients.

BAM: Why stress so much on creating a healthy commercial product when kids are mostly fed homemade food and nothing can be healthier than that!
SF: We are passionate about raising awareness of healthy eating for children and giving busy parents like us, the convenience needed in terms of being able to find food options which are as good as what we would make at home.
A huge part of what motivates us is the desire to return to simpler times, in response to the disarray in the way people are eating nowadays. This has led to several problems including the worrying prevalence of childhood obesity and diseases such as diabetes and cancer, which are often linked to the quality of our food. We believe that in some sense we need to go back to eating like our grandparents did, to question and understand the provenance of ingredients, and to eat organic whenever we can.

BAM: What is your source of inspiration and innovation for the products that you come up with?
SF: Our inspiration is definitely memories of our grandmothers’ and mothers’ way of feeding us. While everything fed to us was not always yummy, it was definitely natural and wholesome.
Meghana was often forced to gulp down a Ragi drink because of it goodness, that’s where the innovation bit came in, to replace that force with willingness.

We constantly strive at creating something yummy that kids will love to eat and mothers will be happy to feed.

BAM: What is the USP of your products?
SF: Currently we are offering Cereals and Cookies. These are available in never heard of combinations and flavours, and made using whole grains, without any added flavours or preservatives. We don’t use any transfat and we use much less sugar than comparables. We are very committed to sourcing the best quality of ingredients.

Our recipes are always tested by lots of children and parents. The products are what you would create in your kitchen using natural ingredients.

BAM: At a personal level how do you ensure your kids eat healthy and some tips you would like to share with fellow mothers?
SF: We ensure that our kids eat vegetables, fruit, and diverse set of grains and a bit of nuts on a daily basis. All our meals include significant amount of vegetables – we started early with them and hence broccoli and carrot feature on our kids list of favourites.
Over the years we have made changes such that now you will find very little to no white sugar or refined flours in our kitchens. The best way to make kids eat healthy is to set right examples for them. We ourselves eat our greens!

Meghana Narayan and Shauravi Malik, Co-Founders, Slurrp Farm 1

From moms to mompreneurs

Hope you enjoyed reading Meghana & Shauravi’s story! Do check out their products at www.slurrpfarm.com

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Kofta Biryani

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Eid ul Adha or the more common Bakri Eid is here and we are celebrating with some Kofta Biryani.

Kofta Biryani is a biryani that uses minced meat balls or koftas instead of meat pieces. Mince can be of any meat of your choice; however, mutton is the most commonly used meat for this biryani.

I made this special biryani for the main Eid that marks the end of Ramzaan, Eid ul Fitr and had documented the recipe then to be shared specially around Bakri Eid as that is when most people stock up on mutton and are looking for new ways to convert it into a lip smacking dish.

As exotic as it sounds, the biryani has many steps to it but is not difficult to prepare at all. Try is to treat your friends and family this Eid.

Eid Mubarak!

chicken kofta biryani

Kofta Biryani Recipe
Makes a pot enough for 4 to 6 people

Ingredients

For Koftas
250gms fine minced meat (chicken / mutton)
1/4th cup chopped onion
½ teaspoon chopped green chillies
2 tablespoon chopped coriander
1 bread slice (soaked in water for 5minutes)
1 tablespoon besan (gram flour)
1 teaspoon ginger – garlic paste
½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
½ teaspoon red cilli powder
½ teaspoon coriander seeds powder (dhania powder)
Salt
½ cup refined wheat flour (maida) for dusting the koftas
Oil for frying koftas

For the Kofta gravy
1 cup sliced onions
2 tablespoons oil
2 nos. Bayleaf (tejpatta)
2 nos. Green cardamom (elaichi)
1 inch stick of Cinnamon (dalchini)
3 nos. Peppercorns (kali mirch)
2 nos. cloves (laung)
1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (jeera)
2 green chillies slit
1 cup chopped tomatoes
3 teaspoon Biryani masala
½ cup curd (yoghurt / dahi), whisked
1.5 cups water
Salt

500 gms Basmati rice or any long grain rice meant for Pulaos & Biryanis
½ cup chopped coriander leaves
½ cup chopped mint leaves
1/4th teaspoon saffron (kesar) mixed with 2 teaspoon milk

Method

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Step 1 – To make the koftas, mix all the ingredients except the refined wheat flour and oil. Keep the mince mixture in the fridge overnight or at least for 8 hours.

 

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Step 2 – Divide the mixture in 10 portions and roll into smooth koftas.

 

IMG_20170623_105106Step 3 – Coat the koftas with refined wheat flour.

 

Step 4 – Heat enough oil in a kadhai and fry the koftas on medium heat till they are golden in colour. It’s not necessary to cook the koftas completely, they will simmer in the gravy eventually.

 

Step 5 – To make the kofta gravy, fry the sliced onions in hot oil (one used to fry koftas) till slightly brown. Remove immediately on an absorbent paper and keep aside to cool. Crush once cooled.

 

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Step 6 – In a thick bottomed pan, heat the 2 tablespoons oil and crackle bayleaf, green cardamom (elaichi), cinnamon (dalchini), peppercorns (kali mirch), cloves (laung), cumin seeds (jeera) and green chillies.

 

Step 7 – Add in the tomatoes, salt, biryani masala and crushed fried onions. Cook well till mixture leaves oil from the sides.

 

IMG_20170624_121124Step 8 – Add in the whisked curd and cook gravy for 5 minutes.

 

IMG_20170624_131828Step 9 – Mix in water and gently place the koftas in the pan. Simmer the gravy for 15 minutes. Remove from flame and keep aside.

 

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Step 10 – To prepare the rice, wash well and soak it for 30minutes. Then boil in 3 times the water with salt till the grains are almost cooked (around 80%). Do not overcook the rice. Drain and keep aside.

 

Step 11 – To layer the biryani, take a deep,wide and thick bottomed pan. Put in 1 tablespoon of oil and spread ½ the quantity of rice over it.

 

Step 12 – Spread the entire kofta gravy over the rice. Top with chopped coriander and mint leaves.

IMG_20170624_134428Step 13 – Spread other half of rice over the gravy and sprinkle the soaked saffron evenly.

 

Step 14 – Pour ½ cup water from sides and place the pan over low heat. Keep on flame till you get the Biryani aroma, it should be approximately 20 to 25 minutes.

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Yummy & Healthy Sweet Breakfast Recipes for Kids

We generally tend to look out for savoury recipes for kids especially when it comes to breakfast. That is one important meal of the day which needs to be taken and so all efforts are on finding yummy, nutritious breakfast ideas for them. Kids prefer eating sweet stuff more in comparison to savoury; have you ever considered preparing something sweet for breakfast for them? Also if you notice the regular, ready to eat breakfast items are commonly sweet in taste..why is that? Because, dishes that are sweet in taste please kids more than anything else.

Here are 3 sweet breakfast recipes that I shared on BabyChakra for its readers. You can check them out and try for your child.

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  1. Chocolate Porridge – To witness a warm bowl of freshly prepared porridge gobbled up in minutes by the child is any mothers dream ..hehehe. Such dreams shall definitely turn true if you try out this super nutritious and yummy chocolate flavoured porridge which is on the lines of dalia.

Chocolate Porridge / Chocolate Dalia Recipe 

Chocolate Porridge

 

  1. Date & Nut Milkshake – Yummy, wholesome and high on energy this milkshake tastes very similar to chocolate milkshake which means the kids can never say no to it! A huge glass and your child will be energized for a good part of the day.

Date & Nut Milkshake Recipe

date and nut milkshake

 

  1. Flapjacks – Flapjacks are sweet energy bars made out of oats. They are rich in folic acid and calcium and a very popular treat for kids. When there is no time to prepare something fresh, these make-ahead goodies are great are your ideal breakfast fix for kids. They work wonders with a glass of milk and keep the child energetic for a long duration.

Flapjacks Recipe

Flapjacks

 

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Guilt Free Chicken Hot Wings

Chicken Hot Wings are the perfect snack to indulge when its pouring outside and all you want to do is snuggle up with some comforting food while watching a movie or reading a favourite book.

However, it is given that scrumptious food that satisfies you today, usually takes you on a guilt trip later on. So, here’s a quick snack hack of making Chicken Hot Wings in the most guilt free way.

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Guilt Free Chicken Hot Wings Recipe

Ingredients

For the wings
20 chicken wings
2 teaspoons garlic powder
¼ cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons oil
Salt as per taste

For the sauce
¼th cup melted butter
1/4th cup any hot sauce (shezwan or red chilli sauce)

For serving
Cheesy dip or Mayonnaise

Method
Step 1 – Clean and wash the Chicken wings.
Step 2 – Toss them with garlic powder, flour, salt and oil. Keep aside for 1 hour.
Step 3 – When ready to cook the chicken wings, pre-heat Bajaj Air fryer to 400ºF for 3 minutes. Next Air-fry the marinated chicken wings for 12 minutes and do remember to shake half way through cooking.
Step 4 – To prepare the sauce, mix both the ingredients well in a bowl and throw in the hot wings. Give a quick toss coating the wings well with the sauce.
Step 5 – Dish out the wings in a serving platter and serve the delicious wings with cool blue cheesy dip or mayonnaise.

Hope you liked the recipe, do try it out and treat yourself to a delicious delight.

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post and the recipe is suggested (not tried) by me for the given product.

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Why it is important to take your child for a hearing test?

An enchanting Bharatnatyam performance, live “last-over” cricket skit and a 10-minute feat by a linguist, this is how I enjoyed one of the weekends of May.
These special performances were executed by special kids all of which had one thing in common – they all suffered from hearing loss. This was at the Cochlear™ Celebration event, where not only did I witness the performances but also learnt a great deal about hearing loss and it’s occurrence.

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Hearing Loss in children
Deafness is as serious a problem as blindness. It is very common to get one’s eyes tested but seldom do we think of getting our ears checked for its proper functioning. Likewise, we never suspect our child/children would suffer from a hearing problem or be deaf because hearing problem can easily go unnoticed or is usually given less importance compared to blindness or other health issues.
The fact is, in India scores of kids are born deaf or suffer from some level of hearing loss, it is only wise to intervene early and get them tested by gauging the symptoms.
Babies begin to hear from their mother’s womb, starting from mother’s heartbeat gradually taking in other sounds. It is nearly impossible to know if your newborn is born deaf or suffers from partial hearing loss by just general observation. The young child is equally clueless about sounds and what it is to hear them. A child suffering from hearing loss resorts to lip reading giving an impression that everything is fine until one day the truth surfaces. Here is some reading you can do to find out the early symptoms of deafness or partial hearing in your child.

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Cochlear™ celebrates the joy of hearing
It was a fine Sunday morning when I entered the huge Shamukhnanda hall, which was packed to the brim with a crowd that comprised of recipients, prospective implantees, clinicians and well-wishers of Cochlear Implants. The event in question – Cochlear Celebrations was organised by Cochlear India and ihear foundation to reach out to masses and educate them about how hearing loss and how implants are an ultimate solution to the problem. A lot of young recipients of Cochlear implants shared their experiences, while clinicians busted myths and shared great knowledge. Watch one such successful story of Jehan Daboo, an Olympian, here.

What are Cochlear™ Implants?
Cochlear implants are long term and effective hearing solution for people with severe to profound deafness. Their scope is beyond the reach of the most advanced hearing aids.
Unlike traditional hearing aids that amplify, or make sounds louder, a cochlear implant system can be a more effective hearing solution for certain people. A Cochlear implant is capable of directly stimulating the cochlea hearing nerve, bypassing the damaged area of the hearing pathway. Watch this video to understand the implant functioning better.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUxQaO0Ltac

 

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Parental Duty – Testing & Early Intervention. Why is it important?
At the event, an expert panel of doctors, audiologists and pediatricians discussed the vital role of parents in testing and then taking early decisions to bring back sound to a child’s life and help them lead a normal life.
Sharing below few videos where experts talk about importance of early intervention and why parents need to act fast for their own child’s benefit.

Video 1 – Dr. Milind Kirtane, ENT & Padma Shri (2014) and pioneer of Cochlear Implants in India urging parents to get their babies tested even if they appear normal.

Video 2 – How soon can hearing be tested reliably in babies? Paediatric Audiologist – Geeti Char explains.

Video 3 – Dr Samir Dalwai, developmental paediatrician, explaining why testing is important for all babies.

 

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As parents, I believe we are responsible for our child. It’s not only enough to take wise decisions for them, but more important to take them on time. Like we would get worried over minor illness and wounds it is important we get the child tested even if there is an iota of doubt when it comes to hearing. Hearing testing, as explained in above videos, is vital and needs to be done as part of general well-being check-up of the child.

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Methi Murg Tangdi Kebab

It’s the last weekend before school re-opens (Yay!) and I decided to treat Nabeel with his favourite food – Chicken. It’s Ramzaan too so I narrowed down on an Indian recipe this time which would double up as our iftar treat 🙂
On an average, Non-Indian recipes (read baking recipes) out number Indian recipes on my blog, why? Because, I usually am bored cooking up the everyday (& boring) dal, chawal subzi, that’s why the blog recipes are an exclusive affair to keep the interest alive. Therefore, today’s recipe is a sumptuous Indian Grill – Methi Murg Tangdi Kebab.

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Before moving onto the recipe here is a bit about why this title. Honestly, this is the very first time I struggled to name my dish. I like my recipe titles to be very clear and straightforward, so that even before you get to the recipe you get a fair idea of what it’s going to be just by reading the title. Methi Murg was incorrect because that name is commonly used for a gravy based dish…so misleading. Since it’s a grill I wanted to use the word kebab, but technically kebabs are made of minced meat and this one is not. I had to fit in the word “tangdi” (chicken drumsticks / leg) any how along with kebab and this is the best I could come up with. I personally find the title a bit too long and if you too, then please bear with me.

Sorry, let’s get back to the recipe.

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I made the most of the sun these last few days by drying leafy vegetables in order to preserve them for a longer duration. I dried Methi / Fenugreek, Mint / Phudina and Lemon Grass, it’s so simple to do so; the flavours also intensify giving the dish a very good aroma and taste. Plus, it is very easy to store as the bunch of fresh leaves reduces to 1/4th (or even less) of its original size.
I used part of the dried methi to make khakhras, a snack the family loves. And then, some of it to make this grill.
I have shared a short note on how to dry methi leaves at home. I urge you to do so. But, if you are not in the mood to do so use the readily available “kasuri methi” for the dish.

How to dry fresh methi / fenugreek leaves at home?
1. Separate out the leaves from the stalks and spread them out on a big steel or glass plate.
2. Keep the leaves to dry out in the sun till they wilt. Direct drying in sunlight will take about 6 hrs.
3. Alternatively, dry roast the leaves in the oven at a low temperature of 50C for an hour or so.

Yes, finally coming to the recipe.

indian grilled chicken

Methi Murg Tangdi Kebab is quite simple using few ingredients and requiring even less amount of your time to prepare it. Long hours of marination is the trick here. The succulent chicken legs have a dominating flavour of methi complimented by creamy texture lent by cream and yoghurt. You could even try replacing methi with dried phudina. I grilled few of the drumsticks on the gas stove and tried grilling a few in the oven. The oven ones cook better but lack the look. Choose whichever cooking method suit you. However, a real Tandoor is anyday the best choice 😉

I have compiled the step by step pictures into a video to create an interesting way of browsing through the recipe. Let me know how you like it and if you prefer to see recipes in this format, henceforth.

 

Methi Murg – Tangdi Kebab Recipe

Ingredients

1 kg drumsticks approx 10 to 12nos
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup curd (yoghurt), whisked
½ cup cream
4 tablespoon dried methi
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Pepper powder, as per taste
Salt, as per taste
Butter for cooking

Method
Step 1 – Marinate chicken legs with lemon juice and salt. Keep aside for 30 minutes.
Step 2 – Meanwhile, mix cheese, yoghurt (curd), cream, dried methi, pepper powder and salt in a bowl.
Step 3 – Coat the chicken well with the prepared marinade.
Step 4 – Leave the chicken overnight in the fridge or for at least 6 hours for the flavours to seep in.
Step 5 – To cook the chicken legs, take a pan and sizzle butter in it. Place chicken and cook.
Step 6 – Cook the chicken legs on both sides for 10 minutes or till the meat tenderizes.

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