Homemade Churros

churros

Just like the Deep Fried Oreos, I learnt about Churros on my favourite food show Carnival Eats. Since then I have been itching to try some.

My brother is currently in Spain and I have been coaxing him daily to try Churros. I don’t know if he tried them yet but the very thought of Churros made me make some in my kitchen.

Churros are essentially a Spanish – Mexican dessert popularly sold as street food. Outside these countries they are treated as a dessert and served with lip smacking dips or accompaniments. But the chocolate sauce happens to be its best pal.

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Churros is made using Choux Paste – a flour dough consisting of eggs which is extremely difficult to get right. When I found this eggless easy recipe of Churros here, I got excited and tried it the very next day.

The Churros originated in Spain and then brought to Mexico by the colonists. There is a slight difference between the 2 versions (not sharing here due to ambiguity in reasons I found) but both are deep fried and look and taste the same. These are thick, 3 to 4 inch long strips of fried dough, coated with sugar and served with a sweet dip. They are always served warm and fresh; never fried and kept beforehand.

homemade churros

⇒Churros work great as a party snack or when friends get-together.

⇒The dough can be made in large quantity and frozen to be used as and when required.

⇒Try serving Churros with variety of sweet dips or sauce.

⇒You can also try flavouring the dough to have a burst of flavours in your mouth when you bite into this flaky goodness!

 

Homemade Churros Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup flour
1.5 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water
Oil for frying
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
Chocolate Sauce to serve

Method
Step 1 – Take water, sugar, salt and oil in a thick bottomed pan. Place over medium heat and bring it to a boil.
Step 2 – Take off flame and add flour to the pan. Mix vigorously using a whisk, till everything comes together to form a ball.
Step 3 – Take a piping bag and attach a star shaped nozzle to it.
Step 4 – Put half of the flour mixture into the bag and test by piping some of the dough onto a plate.
Step 5 – Heat oil, about 3 to 4 inches deep, in a wok / kadhai. Pipe out 3 inch long churros and fry over medium heat till they are crisp and light brown on the outside.
Step 6 – Remove on an absorbent paper and slightly cool.
Step 7 – In a bowl, mix powdered sugar and cinnamon powder well. Toss the churros lightly in the sugar- cinnamon mix. Pick each Churro, tap off extra coating and place on a serving plate. Serve immediately along with Chocolate Sauce.

This recipe makes makes approx 20 to 25 Churros

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Everything you need to know about your baby’s sleep

This is a guest post by Angelina Gupta – a baby sleep consultant. She is sharing valuable details a mother of a newborn needs to know in order to understand or tackle baby sleep issues. I have found her extremely helpful while dealing with my newborn’s sleep pattern that’s why I requested her to do a guest post on the blog for all you mommies with newborn babies. 

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How do Newborns Sleep?

In first 4 months your child will sleep 16-18 hours overall. You can say that half of this time will be day sleep, half – night sleep. Newborns also wake up 1-3 times per night to have a feed, it’s normal, because baby’s stomach is very small and not big enough to store food for the whole night.

Mostly Newborns don’t have “night” in a proper meaning. Child will understand and make out what is “day” and “night” only after 6-8 weeks of his life. Still, you can help your baby to learn more quickly by doing simple things like:

✔️open curtains in the morning or every time baby wakes up (in day time)

✔️in the day time newborn is in active time so ensure there is as much day light as possible in baby’s room

✔️and opposite – during night-time, avoid bright light even during breastfeeding or diaper changing.

 

New Born Sleep Pattern

♦ Newborns sleep on and off through the day and night.

♦ Babies should have 3-4 day sleeps, 1-2 hours long.

♦ Gap between each sleep (active time) should be not more than 1.5 – 2 hours.

♦ Newborns tend to sleep only in short stretches because they need to be fed and changed regularly.

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Myths about Newborn Sleep

“Give more active time, so baby will sleep more”

It’s the most popular myth or bad advice anyone can receive. Here is the truth – giving long activity time to a baby may exhaust him and lead to over-excitement. This process is very difficult to stop and baby will have difficulties to get into actual sleep. Even if the baby sleeps it will not be a peaceful one and might wake up frequently. So it is not advisable to make your child too active before night sleep. Ideally, a newborn shouldn’t be active more than 1.5 hours.

“Child will outgrow disturbed sleep by the time he/she is 1,2,3…. years old.”

If your child is going through sleep troubles then he/she might not be able to overcome them till a long time. Pediatricians say if the baby doesn’t get the right amount of sleep for his/her age then it may continue with this pattern till 4 – 5 years old. Not having enough sleep as per the age is a big issue and needs to be nipped in the bud itself to allow proper development.

“Don’t help your baby fall asleep, he/she needs to know how to sleep without your help or else you will form a habit.”

Not helping a crying baby to sleep is cruel, in my opinion. Never leave your child alone when he/she is not able to fall asleep and starts crying. Help him and show him that he can fall asleep without your help, using mild and soft methods, which you can find on my blog. When your baby doesn’t know how to walk, to eat with spoon, drink from cup – you do teach him. Same with the sleep – you need to teach your child to do that with no harm and tears.

“If baby wants to sleep – he/she will sleep on its own.”

Of course, sleep is a natural process. But baby doesn’t understand that it’s time to stop playing and go to sleep, without getting over excited. Baby is not able to provide for itself conditions for sleep – close the curtains, off the light, enter the bed, etc. It’s like saying that if baby is hungry – he/she will eat by him/herself: climb to fridge, remove and cook food, eat, and maybe even will clean utensils :). So remember, it is important for you to assist the baby to fall asleep.

Hope this information and tips was useful for you. As we all know – well rested and properly sleeping baby is pledge of happy motherhood.

 

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Post by Angelina Gupta – a baby sleep consultant. She runs an Instagram blog by the name babysleep.in where she regularly posts useful information on baby sleep patterns and other relevant baby topics. She is avaialble to help you out with any questions related to baby sleep for free. Consult her here babysleep.in

 

 

Pizza Dhokla

pizza dhokla

I love Gujarati Snacks (well, who doesn’t?) but have never made any of them at home. Always devoured the readymade ones from the likes of Bikaner and  Haldiram. My attempt at making these snacks is only limited to borrowing recipes, so recently when a Gujarati friend’s moms passed on a tried and tested recipe of Khatta Dhokla I made it the very next day. It turned out really nice and Nabeel lapped it up in no time. Great, I had now found my new Tiffin recipe.  Since Nabeel picked the curry leaves and mustard seeds from the dhokla (tempering) I thought of eliminating them completely and came up with a version of incorporating pizza flavours in the humble dhokla.

Pizza Dhokla is basically a sandwiched dhokla with a filling of pizza toppings. It’s really simple and quite wholesome. It is a dry snack and apt for school tiffin, as a travel snack or even as a gourmet snack for parties and gatherings. Pizza Dhokla is meant for the entire family, kids and adults alike. Give it a try.

Pizza Dhokla Recipe 

Ingredients
1 cup Rawa (fine semolina)
1 cup curd (yoghurt)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons melted butter
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ cup chopped capsicum
¼ cup chopped corn niblets
¼ cup chopped tomatoes
¼ cup chopped mushrooms (use raw but can be sautéed if you wish to)
¾ cup grated cheese
3 tablespoons pizza sauce (use tomato ketchup if not available)
Oregano, as per taste
Chilli Flakes, as per taste
Salt, as per taste

Method
Step 1 – In a separate bowl, mix together rawa, curd and water. Keep the dhokla batter aside for an hour.
Step 2 – In another bowl, mix together capsicum, corn niblets, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese.
Step 3 – Add in pizza sauce, oregano, chilli flakes and salt. Keep this vegetable mixture aside.
Step 4 – After about an hour, add melted butter, baking soda, salt, oregano and chilli flakes in the dhokla batter.
Step 5 – Once the batter starts to froth add half of it in an oiled round container and steam*. This is the bottom layer.
Step 6 – After about 5 minutes, check if the bottom layer of dhokla is 90% done. Spread half the vegetable mixture gently over it.
Step 7 – Pour the reaming batter over the vegetable mixture and continue to steam till the top dhokla layer is cooked.
Step 8 – Remove the entire dhokla like one big cake and cut into wedges similar to pizza slices.
Step 9 – Serve immediately along with a dipping sauce of your choice.

*Note: To steam dhokla, you need a big vessel with simmering water. Place a stand in the vessel and keep your batter filled pan on it. Cover the big vessel with a lid and let the dhokla batter cook by way of steaming. I used an 8 inch round pan for this recipe.

 

dhokla

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Overcoming Odds with Shishu Sarothi

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Recently, mankind experienced a great loss in the form of Stephen Hawking. His valuable contribution in the field of physics and cosmology is known and highly appreciated, but what is most commendable about the man is that he achieved all of this in spite of being differently-abled. His achievements are at par or even greater than most perfectly abled men and women.

We often tend to underestimate or ignore the ones who are lesser-abled than us robbing them of their rights and means of a normal life. As the quote above clearly explains; disability is nothing but the inability of people to see the ability of others.

If disabled persons are empowered and given equal opportunities then they too can live a life of dignity and respect. This is exactly the thought and foundation of Shishu Sarothi – a non-profit civil society organisation working for the empowerment, upliftment and rights of the disabled.

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About Shishu Sarothi

Shishu Sarothi is a non-governmental organisation with a mission to uphold and advocate for rights of children and persons with disabilities, to ensure equal opportunities and promote their inclusion and active participation in a non discriminating barrier free environment. The organisation is solely dedicated to working for disabled persons and has set up special units that handle different aspects of a disabled person’s world.

♦ There is center for providing inclusive and vocational education for special needs kids which runs on the lines of a school. It offers Individualized Educational Programmes and has specially designed teaching and learning material.

♦ Its early intervention unit is set up not only to asses and detect early signs of disability in infants but also help stimulate their developmental functioning.

♦ Shishu Sarothi also has an in house Training and Human Resource division where government approved courses to generate trained rehabilitation professional are offered.

♦ It also houses a special counselling as well as employment unit for the disabled.

♦ Since one of the main mission of Shishu Sarothi is to fight for and protect the rights of the disabled there is a fully functional law unit covering the North East.

♦ Various services like psychological counselling, early intervention services and home management programs are offered by partnering with local bodies in North East via their OutReach Programmes.

Success Stories – Puja Das 

puja dasMeet Puja Das who was diagnosed with Cerebal Palsy and Athetoid. She had delayed physical and mental development during the 1st year of her birth, basic milestones like sitting, walking, standing were achieved only after 18 months of age. After enrolling with Shishu Sarothi, she received educational and therapeutic guidance which helped overcome her disability. Eventually, she managed to get admission in a mainstream school and has won many medals in Special Olympics.

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The disabled are usually the most discriminated lot of the society. They often are amongst the poor sections and are disadvantaged in most situations.

All facilities and services offered by Shishu Sarothi are economical so that the disabled who are usually with lesser means can afford them. Like every non-profit organisation, Shishu Sarothi sustains plainly on society’s support and understanding. It is only when you show one act of kindness towards them will they further pass it on to the disabled. Show that you care and support their good work for the disabled by donating in cash or kind. Click here to know how.

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Beat the Heat – Tender Coconut Milkshake

Tender Coconut water or Nariyal ka paani, is considered to be a very healthy drink for it is a natural source of electrolytes, calcium, potassium, magnesium, amino acids and sodium. During hot weather, tender coconut is something you should make a part of your daily diet because it is beneficial in maintaining the water levels of the body and regulating the body heat.

tender coconut milkshake

After water, tender coconut water is the purest form of drink found and is highly beneficial for the skin and body. Due to its purity and zero side effects the drink is highly recommended to babies and pregnant ladies. 

I have sipped ample of coconut water during both my pregnancies right from the beginning, but honestly its been more out of compulsion. Consuming something so bland and tasteless on a daily basis is really not my thing. That’s why I came up with this idea of whipping a milkshake using Tender Coconut;  it’s a fantastic drink that has the goodness of tender coconut water and meat, both.

A lot of people find the taste of tender coconut water to be quite bland and this delectable drink called Tender Coconut Milkshake is definitely a way of upping its taste quotient. 

Tender Coconut Milkshake makes an amazing thirst quencher for kids. Serve it for breakfast or at parties. It can fit anywhere you please. Use fruits to make a variety of combination.


Tender Coconut Milkshake Recipe
Makes 1 glass of milkshake

1 cup fresh coconut meat (malai)
1 cup tender coconut water
¼ cup vanilla ice cream or milk cream (malai) or fresh processed cream or milk
2 tablespoons Honey or sugar, as sweetener
Ice cubes

Step 1 – Finely chop tender coconut meat (malai). Reserve a spoon for garnish and put the remaining in the blender jar of a mixer – grinder.
Step 2 – Pour the coconut water, honey or sugar, ice cubes and ice cream.
Step 3 – Blend the mixture on a high speed till you get a smooth and creamy milkshake.
Step 4 – Pour in a glass, top with reserved coconut malai and consume immediately.

Notes:
• This is NOT a make ahead drink. Please extract coconut water minutes before making the milkshake because the water tends to get sour on storing for a long duration.
• 1 medium sized tender coconut’s water and meat is ideal to make 1 serve of the milkshake.


Disclaimer: This article was originally written for and published on BabyChakra.

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#CuttingPaani – Recipe for Survival

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“Water”
Grand father saw it in River
Father saw it in Well
We saw in Tap
Our Children see it in Bottle
Where will our Grand Children see it ! In CAPSULE???

If we still neglect
it will be seen only in Tears😥

The above message is commonly being circulated in Whatsapp these days. Most of us read, giggle and delete/forward. But how many of us have stopped to think and act?

It is known that water is priceless and soon mankind will have to pay a heavy price for ignoring it’s value. Keeping this in mind, Livepure has come up with a rather innovative initiative called #CuttingPani, to minimize the wastage of drinking water. Watch the video below to know more about the initiative.

I am blogging with the intention of supporting this initiative by Livpure and to create awareness about saving water in general. Sharing below a few hard-hitting slogans on water conservation. Read them, re-read them and do your bit today. Let’s pledge to save water by asking for #cuttingpaani – jitni pyaas utna mangao.

 

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I have signed this petition to Save Water. You should too. Click here.

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Homemade Strawberry Ice-cream

homemade strawberry icecream

I don’t know why I have always shied away from making ice-cream at home..especially, when it’s one of the preferred dessert of the family. I guess it’s always about getting the perfect texture – only creaminess and no ice crystals that made me run away from the thought of making ice-cream at home.

I always knew whenever I plan to make ice-cream at home it will definitely be using the below given easy-peasy recipe which many ladies of one of my recipe communities swear by. It is a no-cook, 10 minute recipe calling for just 3 ingredients; fresh cream, milkmaid and fruit puree/pulp.

strawberry icecream

Husband is an ice-cream lover and that’s how I got hooked to it. Obviously, Nabeel followed suit and now, it’s a fortnightly ritual post dinner to walk down to the nearby ice-cream parlour, known for its fresh hand churned ice-creams, for a quick treat.

We usually like eating Strawberries on their own or once in a while I whip up a Strawberry milkshake but this year the berries are not in their best form – very tart and sour, making it impossible to eat them raw. That’s how I decided to use them to make an ice-cream.

Did you know Strawberry is one of the top 3 flavours of ice-cream along with Vanilla and Chocolate?

The Homemade Strawberry Ice-cream Recipe shared is jhat-pat (jiffy) kind and I love the fact that it’s so convenient –  you just decided to make ice-cream and within 30minutes the mixture is ready and sitting in your freezer. I must admit this was not a 100% crystal free ice-cream I mainly suspect that’s because of the sugar and water that goes into making the sauce. If you use natural pulp then the ice crystals are nil. However, we enjoyed the luscious ice-cream which was creamy and full of flavour.

easy strawberry icecream

Homemade Strawberry Ice-cream Recipe
Makes 400ml

200ml / 1 cup milkmaid
250ml fresh cream
2 cups chopped strawberries
2 tbsp sugar (this may vary as per the tartness of the strawberries)
Red food colour, only if you desire

Step 1 – Start by preparing the Strawberry sauce. Mix strawberries with sugar in a thick bottomed pan, add about 1/4th cup water and cook till the berries are soft and sugar has melted to a sauce consistency. This may take about 10 minutes or so. Once done, keep aside and cool. The batch of strawberries I used to make the ice cream was very sour so I had to cook them with sugar. If your berries are sweet you may omit this step and roughly mash the strawberries.

Step 2 – In a big bowl, whip cream till frothy.

Step 3 – Pour in the milkmaid and mix well.

Step 4 – Add in the Strawberry sauce and whip for a minute to mix well. Do not over whip, as all the berries will liquidize. An ice-cream with fruit chunks tastes much better than a smooth one in my opinion.

Step 5 – Pour the ice-cream mixture in a container. Add few drops of food colour, if using. Mix well.

Step 6 – Cover the container with a tight fitting lid and keep in freezer for 4 hours.

Step 7 – Remove the ice-cream and mix using a fork. Place the ice-cream back in freezer till frozen completely.

Step 8 – Scoop and serve as desired.

fresh strawberry icecream

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Other Strawberry Recipes you should try

Berry Lollies

Strawberry & Guava Juice

Real Strawberry Pops