Digestive Raisin Sticks – Iron Rich Recipe

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Raisins or Dried Grapes are a good source of Iron. If you are looking at consuming Iron Rich foods then make raisins a part of your daily diet for sure. The best way is to snack on them couple of times during the day. Sharing here an easy recipe of Digestive Raisins which can be consumed after meals and also munched on as a mouth freshner.

Recipe Credit: This is my mom’s recipe. She serves it after meals for her popular food soirees. It is highly savoured and big hit with family and friends. These days am relishing the raisins to up my Iron intake and also help change my mood and taste buds ..after all being pregnant needs to have its perk 🙂

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Digestive Raisin Sticks 

3 tablespoons Raisins
1/2 cup Orange Juice
2 teaspoon roasted jeera powder
1/2 teaspoon chaat masala
a pinch of salt

Step 1 – Remove Raisin stalks and quickly wash them.
Step 2 – Soak the raisins in orange juice for 1 hour or till they are hydrated and plump.
Step 3 – Drain the orange juice and toss the raisins in remaining ingredients.
Step 4 – Arrange the raisins on toothpicks and refrigerate. Consume as required.

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Review – Baby on Board Hamper

What to expect when you are expecting? Lots of pampering, of course! My pampering just got to another level when I was sent a curated pregnancy hamper for my first trimester. The hamper aptly named Baby on Board (BoB) is the product of Pamper Hamper and is a very thoughtful box full of elements that are useful for women who are undergoing the most beautiful phase of their life.

The Baby on Board hamper sent to me was attractively packed in pink & green net. The contents of the hamper were:
1. Mommylogy – Activity Book
2. Happy Mommy Cards
3. Pregnancy Keepsake Pillow
4. Baby Bump Ahead – Board Game
5. Pregnancy Cook Book – By Tarla Dalal
6. Garbh Sanskar Audio CD

Watch the hamper UnBoxing Video here and read below, my review of all the items I received in the Baby on Board – Beginning of the journey Hamper and their importance in making the pregnancy journey joyous.

1. Mommylogy – Activity Book
The Mommylogy activity and baby brain development book is a highly researched book developed after consulting Doctors, Garbhsanskar Gurus and expecting moms. The book has a set of activity, puzzles, colouring pages individually focusing on the development of the 9 months.
I personally enjoy the book while resting and when I need to jog my brain over some intellectual stuff. Even though it’s my second pregnancy, I learnt a lot about being pregnant and fetal development by doing the various activities in the book. Particularly enjoyed the colouring pages, something I indulged in after ages. Once you start, it is impossible to keep the book down. The book is a great way to wade through the lethargic, bored moods of pregnancy in a creative way.

 

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2. Happy Mommy Cards
Happy Mommy Cards are illustrated cards that can be used as props to click pictures during pregnancy. They are a great way to capture little developments and preserve them as sweet memories. When did the baby first kick, or what was the most bizarre craving you had, etc can be captured through the cards. You can also use them as a way to announce your pregnancy to friends and family.

 

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3. Pregnancy Keepsake Pillow
An attractive pillow that covers the 9 month journey, in a quirky manner, with illustrations and caricatures. I love its vibrant yellow tone which instantly lifts my spirits. The pillow is made of fine cloth and can be used to rest on the bed or as a back support during car travel.

 

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4. Baby Bump Ahead – Board Game
A pregnancy themed board game specially designed for moms-to-be. The very fact already makes you feel like a queen and takes you on seventh heaven. This by far has to be the best item in the hamper. This is the ideal thing for any pregnant lady who often finds herself restricted indoors missing out on all the fun. Now, she can rejoice and gather family and friends for her indoor fun can be taken to another level. Besides the fun element the board game is a good way of understanding a pregnant lady’s journey and how exactly she feels.
I often play the game with Nabeel (my 5 yr old) who is very fond of the game. He too is learning how the baby will behave and is excited to welcome his sibling.
The game is designed on the snakes and ladder theme and has very cute pegs in the form of a baby’s hand n foot, pacifier and a feeding bottle.

5. Pregnancy Cook Book – By Tarla Dalal
Something a pregnant lady is always advised to concentrate on is a healthy diet, right from the planning to the breastfeeding stage. The right food intake is essential both for mother and the baby and a pregnancy cookbook by an expert like Tarla Dalal comes very handy. The book has simple doable recipes using common ingredients and also a lot of content related to how to choose ingredients and plan a daily diet. This book is definitely a to-be- moms best kitchen guide.

6. Garbh Sanskar Audio CD
Listening to soothing music during pregnancy is a way of creating “Happy Hormones” in the body. The Garbh Sanskar CD has a good selection of devotional and instrumental music that helps de-stress and unwind. I listen to it before sleep time which helps me sleep better and indulge in some sweet dreams 

About PamperHamper
Pamper Hamper is a one stop destination to find perfect gifts for an expecting mom and her newborn. A lot of their products are in-house and are created after thorough research and care. One can buy individual gifts or even opt for customized hampers as per the stage of pregnancy. Know more here

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Creamy Mushroom Crostini – Iron Rich Recipe

creamy mushroom crostini

Iron deficiency is a common problem in women. As per statistics, every second women in India is Iron deficient which causes a lot of serious mental, social and economic issues in her life.

The most simplest and effective way of overcoming this problem is to start early with an Iron rich diet made of foods and supplements that supply enough nutrient to the body.  Being pregnant myself, I have devised a daily diet which includes Iron rich ingredients like mushrooms, dates, leafy vegetables, chicken, etc that ensure a good supply of Iron to the fetus for its right development.

Here is an Iron rich recipe – Creamy Mushroom Crostini using mushrooms and whole wheat bread, both excellent sources of Iron, which I regularly whip up for its nutrition quotient as well as the ease in which it can be prepared. The recipe is a equally savored by my 5 year old child making it the perfect dish to prepare for the entire family.

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Creamy Mushroom Crostini
Makes 8

Ingredients
8 Wholewheat bread slices
2 cups thickly sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon cream
2 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon pizza seasoning or oregano
Salt & Pepper
1 cup Grated cheese
2 – 3 cloves of peeled garlic
Olive oil to drizzle

Method
Step 1 – In a non-stick pan heat butter and sauté the mushroom slices for 5 minutes.
Step 2 – Add in cream, water and all the seasonings. Give a stir, cook on simmer for 2 minutes and switch off the flame.
Step 3 – Toast the bread slices. Rub garlic on hot toast and drizzle with little olive oil.
Step 4 – Spread the creamy mushroom mixture and top with grated cheese.
Step 5 – Place in a hot oven for few minutes till the cheese melts. Serve immediately.

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Pista Badam Biscuits

Here’s a recipe I learnt more than a decade ago and finally tried for Diwali this year. Pista Badam Biscuits are those typical melt-in the mouth kinda Indianised cookies loaded with nuts and with a hint of saffron, sold commonly at local Indian bakeries.

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The recipe is off my bakery journal from my IHM days. I prepared the biscuits during one of my third year practicals and since then have been a fan. However, I have always craved for the biscuits and quickly bought them but never made them. This year I don’t know what motivated me to dig out the journal from one of my cartons kept in the loft and try it for Diwali. I thoroughly enjoyed baking the cookies and thinking about the lost days of college life, especially the ones spent sweating out in the kitchen.

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Pista Badam Biscuits

Ingredients
3 tablespoon butter
3 tablespoon ghee
5 tablespoon powdered sugar
2 tablespoon milkmaid
1 cup flour (maida)
1/4th tsp cardamom (elaichi) powder
1/4th teaspoon saffron strands or yellow colour
½ teaspoon pista essence
Slivered almonds and pistas, for garnish

Method
Step 1 – Whisk butter, ghee, sugar, milkmaid, cardamom powder, yellow colour, pista essence together well.
Step 2 – Add flour and mix well.
Step 3 – Bind together, to form dough. Refrigerate for 30minutes if the dough is too soft to roll.
Step 4 – Roll and cut into a shape of your choice. Place on baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 25min.

Top with slivered almonds and pistas.

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Kaju Katli

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Kaju Katli the much loved cashewnut based Indian sweet needs no introduction!

Every month Nabeel has a show n tell activity in school. As per the given theme, children are asked to get objects / images and talk about them in class. This month’s theme was Diwali. Kaju Katli was the first thing that came to my mind for Nabeel has this undying love for the sweet he relishes year round. And, instead of buying the sweet I decided to make it at home.

Now, Kaju Katli is also known for how difficult it is to make, atleast that is what I have heard. So, after a lot of mental debate I decided to give it a try. Trust me this sweet is as simple as it can get. With just 3 ingredeints required I can say it is instant in comparison to any other Indian sweet. I have already made a couple of batches and the product keeps getting better. If you are holding back because of all the myth surrounding kaju katli then please don’t. This Diwali treat your family and friends with some Homemade Kaju Katli.

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 ***********************Happy Diwali*****************************

Homemade Kaju Katli

Ingredients
Cashewnuts / Kaju – 1 cup
Sugar – 1/3rd cup
Water – 1/4th cup
Cardamon (elaichi) powder – ½ teaspoon
Ghee / Clarified Butter – ½ teaspoon
Powdered or slivered nuts for decoration

Method
Step 1 – Grind the cashew nuts to a fine powder. As you grind them they tend to release oil and get lumpy, which is ok as long as the powder is spread out to dry, after grinding. You can spread over a tray for few hours before using. Spreading is not a vital step but in order to have a smoother and softer product this is advisable.

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Step 2 – Put water and sugar in a non stick pan and let the mixture boil on medium flame till it converts to 1 string sugar syrup.

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Step 3 – Immediately add in the cashew nuts powder and mix continuously till all the ingredients come together.

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Step 4 – Add the cardamom powder and ghee, mix vigorously.

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Step 5 – Remove the mixture on a greased surface and cool by spreading it with a spoon. Keep mixing and spreading till the mixture comes together like dough.

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Step 6 – Take a greased tray / thali and spread out the kaju katli mixture, keeping a thickness of ½ cm. Using a greased knife cut into diamond shape, sprinkle nuts and refrigerate till set.
Step 7 – Remove Kaju Katli pieces from tray and serve or store.

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This Diwali hop on The Krazy Kids Karnival Bandwagon for some Family Fun Time

While Diwali is all about traditional fun, one can always take a break from the monotony and do something unconventional. If you are looking for fun family time doing something crazy, this Diwali, then head to The Krazy Kids Karnival which is coming to town on the 4th & 5th November 2017 (new date of event )

 

Spread over 2 acres of fun space, the event will have interactive fun & learning workshops, amazing live shows, dramatic amusements & adventure camps. Aimed at attracting children aged 0 to 15 along with their parents, with wide range of fun activities for the children, tasty treats for the family and great shopping experience for the parents.

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Your favorite characters like Chota Bheem, Doraemon, Gajju Bhai, Chacha Bhatija along with Guru Aur Bhole will be awaiting your presence with loads of goodies for your children, come join their gang !

What? The Krazy Kids Karnival – Family Fun Time

When? 4th & 5th November – from  11.00 Am – 11.00 Pm

Where? 12 hours of non -stop entertainment at City Park , Bandra, BKC, Mumbai. 

Tickets? Entry Rs 200/- Per Kid / Adult.  Can be booked on BookMyShow. Free Entry for Kids below 3 Yrs.

 

I am going with the super mommies and kiddos of JAMM’s network. Will you be joining me? 

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Happy Grandparents Day

Umaima

This post was selected as one of the Top 10 entries by Blogadda for the contest.

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

I am participating in this contest by BlogAdda in association with Parachute Advansed.

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