My Child Eva – Full of life: August 2014


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Inspiring Idli - A delicious south indian food

Idli - South indian Food
Kids can be fussy feeders or a picky eater, and as pertained mom we try everything to make even just a bite into them. Thankfully, Eva has been a good eater from beginning and enjoy foods because I feed her all types of intellectual nourishment from her toddler years/time.

Yesterday I was preparing idli and Eva was playing with play dough and creating different shapes. In between Eva came in the kitchen and asked me that what am I preparing to eat? I had replied her that mamma making idli for you. She inspired me to make idli in different shapes. So, I set out an idea of making “Inspiring Idli” for Eva. I have used play dough cutters for different shapes and make a smiley face with the help of idli mould. I’d urge to properly clean cutters with warm water before using it, one can always use another shape making cutters provided they are clean enough.

Inspiring idli recipe

What you need:

Rice : 3 full cups
Urad dal : 1 full cup
Oil : 2 tbsp
Salt to taste
A pinch of cooking soda
idli mould
black Kismis(raisins)
beetroot : chopped in long thin sliced for smiley face

Cooking Instructions
  • Soak urad dal and rice in hot water separately for 5 to 6 hours.
  • Grind rice and urad dal till fine and flossy paste.
  • Mix both batter and set them for 3 to 4 hours.
  • Add salt in batter and put a pinch of cooking soda on batter and pour hot oil on soda.
  • Pour batter into idli mould and steam.
  • Bring them out and cut into different shapes like star, circle, heart with play dough mould.
  • For making smiley face, first pour batter into mould and decorate with kismiss for eyes and beetroot slice for smileys like in the picture and steams.
Benefits of Inspiring Idli:
  • It inspires a child to eat due to different shapes.
  • It is a healthy food for kids and easy to cook.
  • Idlis are a big source of carbohydrates and proteins.
  • The fermentation process increases the bioavailability of proteins and enhances the vitamin B content of the food.
  • As it is steamed, fat content is low and it is easily digestible.
  • Use of dal and rice in idli is a good combination as the amino acids in them complement each other.
  • Idlis contain no fat, no saturated fat and no cholesterol.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Eva’s First Day Out - A Garden Visit

It was the one summer Sunday and sweltering heat during the day. It’s wonderful to be out in the evening to get cool fresh air and hence we planned for going outside, where Eva can feel cool and enjoy the outside. We wanted to go to some place like, the garden with a lake or fountain nearby our home.

This was Eva’s first outing with mamma papa in the garden. Eva was only 7 months old. She had barely begun to sit without support and walk by holding our fingers. It was really pleasing and memorable time spent in this garden. Eva became happy when we had allowed her to freely play on the grass.
Eva was busy in observing trees, flowers, lake, birds, squirrel and other children playing with a ball, jumping rope, badminton rackets and frisbee in the garden. We had taken plenty of photos of her first outing, here are few of them.
Eva with Mamma Papa

Eva with Papa
Eva sitting on papa’s shoulders. It was the best moment for both.