Party Shake Ideas for KIDS

party shake ideas

Planning a menu for a kid’s gathering is a mind-boggling task. While the food items are somehow easier to think of and finalise, what gets most of us is what drink to serve the kids.

I know the most common and easiest drink served at kids parties is the “fresh n juicy” mango drink but let’s admit it is as unhealthy and inappropriate as any soda-based or tetra pak drink.

For a few parties, I too served it to my son’s friends with guilt of course. That changed one day when I had a ‘Eureka’ moment of whipping up yummy shakes. Tried, tested and loved by Nabeel and his friends too!

Sharing below some recipe ideas of shakes you must try for your child’s next birthday party


Almond and Banana Milkshake (Makes 1 glass)

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon honey or more as required
  • 4-5 nos almonds
  • ½ cup chilled milk
  • Honey for garnish
  • Crushed ice, if desired

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • For a fancy presentation, drizzle honey along the rim of a tall glass and freeze it for a few minutes for honey to harden. Pour the milk shake and serve.

Chocolate and Coconut Milkshake (Makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup vanilla ice-cream
  • 4 tablespoons chocolate syrup
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • Crushed ice, if desired
  • Desiccated coconut for garnish
  • Chocolate chips or vermicelli for garnish

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • Dip the glass rim in milk and then in desiccated coconut, pour the milkshake and top with chocolate chips or vermicelli.

True Berry Milkshake (Makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup assorted berries (strawberry, mulberry, cranberry, blueberry), pitted and slightly crushed
  • ½ cup mashed frozen banana
  • 1 cup chilled milk
  • Honey or sugar as per taste
  • Crushed ice, if desired
  • Cocktail paper umbrella for garnish
  • Some chopped berries to top

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • Insert the cocktail umbrella in the glass, top with chopped berries and serve.

Orange and Carrot Shake (Makes 2 glasses)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • ½ cup shredded carrots
  • Crushed ice, if desired
  • Cocktail paper umbrella for garnish
  • Orange slice for garnish

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • Insert the cocktail umbrella in the glass, place the orange slice on the rim and serve.
  • Note: The drink has bits of carrot which might go well with older kids. If serving to young kids its best avoided as straining the drink might rob it of its goodness and texture.

Dates and Vanilla Milkshake (Makes 1 glass)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup vanilla ice cream
  • 3–4 seedless dates
  • 1/4th cup chilled milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar, or as required
  • Crushed ice, if desired
  • Chocolate wafer roll for garnish

Method:

  • Blend together the given ingredients and serve immediately.
  • Insert a chocolate wafer roll in the glass and serve.

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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.

mushroom starter

 

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.

mushroom on toast

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Kaju Katli

kaju katli

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.

indian sweet

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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.

kaju barfi

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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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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.

methi murg tangdi kebab

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.

chicken kebab

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 😉

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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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Roasted Vegetable Pizza Sauce

roasted vegetable pizza sauce

Roasted Vegetable Pizza Sauce is my way of sneaking vegetables Nabeel dislikes, into his food. Pizza is something he will never say no to; this way he gets his pizza frequently now, and I am happy that he is eating what I want him to.
This sauce is a super hit in our family and I use it in many more items than just pizzas. It works well as a soup base due to the roasted flavour or as light gravy over grilled chicken. Can be used as a dip or spread for sandwiches & quesadillas.
The base (of tomatoes) remains the same; I change other vegetables depending upon what is available. The recipe I have shared uses bottle gourd / lauki, however, you can use vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes, peas, carrots, brinjals, onions or even spinach as desired. Remember, to roast the vegetables as per their individual texture.

homemade pizza sauce
What I like the most about this sauce is the roasted tomatoes. Tomatoes, when roasted impart classic, smoky flavour to the dish they are being used in. The mature, concentrated flavours of all the roasted vegetables together bring out a very romantic taste and feel to the sauce. Besides, the sauce is so simple to make all you have to do is throw in vegetables on a tray and pop them in an oven, and then the oven takes over. No sautéing, slow cooking, sweaty foreheads while making this sauce. It’s a breeze and the resultant flavours sweep you off your feet.
Now, let’s get to the Roasted Vegetable Pizza Sauce Recipe, shall we?

Roasted Vegetable Pizza Sauce
Makes 1.5 cups

Ingredients
5 big ripe tomatoes
1 big capsicum
6 garlic cloves, peeled (sliced or crushed)
1 medium green chilli (optional)
1 cup bottle gourd cubes
Oregano, as required
Chilli flakes, as required
Salt, as required
Oil, as required

Method

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Step 1 – Cut tomatoes and capsicums into big pieces and place on a greased baking tray. Add garlic and green chilli. Sprinkle salt and oregano. Drizzle generous amounts of oil.

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Step 2 – Place the tray in an oven and roast vegetables at 250 C for 25 to 30 minutes.
Step 3 – Remove tray from oven and cool.

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Step 4 – Meanwhile, place bottle gourd cubes on a greased baking tray. Sprinkle salt, oregano and chilli flakes. Drizzle generous amounts of oil. Roast in an oven at 250 C for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and cool.

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Step 5 – Blend all the roasted and cooled ingredients together to a smooth sauce. You can also leave it a little chunky, if desired. Store in a container with lid and refrigerate. Can be stored in the fridge for a week or in the freezer up to a month.

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Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes

peanut butter cupcakesThe cupcakes are basic and light with chocolate beautifully complimenting the peanut butter flavour. 

And so, Nabeel is currently enjoying his summer break in full swing, ensuring I am on my toes 24 hours, or at least till he is awake. His constant needs to play, eat, read, and have fun sucks out all my energy and time. I am enjoying no doubt, but the everyday dilemma of “how to keep him busy? is tiring me completely. This year am adopting “no summer class” policy (hope to stick to it till the end) which means all me time will be converted to only mommy time..phew!

peanut butter cake

So, yesterday, we spent time in the kitchen baking cupcakes…something both of us thoroughly enjoy. We baked these cutsie mini cupcakes flavored with Peanut Butter and slathered with chocolate. Peanut butter gained entry into my kitchen for the first time and soon it was used in a baking recipe…something I generally do with all my new found ingredients :-).

We spent our evening snacking on these beauties while watching our 100th session (no exaggeration, really) of Kung Fu Panda.

cupcakes

Heading to the park now, please find this simple recipe of Mini Peanut Cupcakes, below. I adapted it from here.

Do try them with your kid..super fun and messy too 😉

chocolate frosting

Mini Peanut Butter Cupcakes
Makes 24 mini OR 12 regular sized cupcakes

Ingredients
Refined wheat flour – 1 cup
Baking powder – 1 teaspoon
Salt – a pinch
Creamy Peanut Butter – 1/2 cup
Butter – 1/3 cup
Castor Sugar – ½ cup
Eggs – 2 nos
Vanilla Essence – 2 drops
Milk – 3 tablespoons
Melted Dark Chocolate – ½ cup , for the frosting

Method
Step 1 – Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Keep it aside.
Step 2 – In a bowl, put peanut butter, butter and sugar together using an electric beater till fluffy and white in colour.
Step 3 – Lightly mix in eggs, one by one. Add Vanilla essence.
Step 4 – Fold in the dry ingredients with a light hand.
Step 5 – Mix in milk to adjust the batter consistency.
Step 6 – Pour the cupcake batter in moulds and place in a pre-heated oven at 180 C for 25 minutes, to bake.
Step 7 – Once the cupcakes have risen, remove and cool before serving.
Step 8 – Top the cupcakes with melted dark chocolate.

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