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Non fried snacks for kids || After school healthy snacks

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A healthy snack is the most required food for school kids,it keeps them energetic and charged up.Kids when back from school are very tired and hungry , what they need is hug from mom and then a super yummy snacks to eat.I prefer to give my kids something which keeps them energize and also which can keep them active for the rest of the day.We mothers are always enthusiastic to try something new for our kids and something which is easy and quick to prepare.So here i come with these collections of few recipes like salads, sandwiches and healthy non-fried snacks can be served after school to the kids.


BOILED CHICKPEA

BENEFITS OF CHICKPEAS FOR BABIES, TODDLERS AND KIDS

What are the different types of chickpeas?
Chickpeas are known by a variety of names. The type of chickpea which is popular is the Kabuli Chana variety – they are big in size, buttery in colour and has a smooth texture.

Whereas desi chana, more known as kala chana is darker in colour, smaller in size and has a rough texture. These are actually the most nutritious variety and hold high content of antioxidants.

Ingredients

Chickpeas – ½ a cup
Turmeric powder – 1 tsp.
Salt – as per taste
water – 2 cups

Directions || How to prepare chick pea snack

Wash and soak the chickpeas overnight. It will enlarge to about three times the original size.
Add salt, turmeric, a little grated ginger / a pinch of elaichi powder / a pinch of pepper to avoid gas issues
Pressure-cook on semi-heat approximately for 7-8 whistles (It should be soft enough to enjoy by our kids)
You can also add Kasuri Methi leaves for the aroma factor.


SWEET CORN CHAT

Sweet Corn Chaat is an easy-to-make snack recipe for kids after school. This simple corn chaat recipe can be
prepared in just 5 mins if you have the boiled corn ready in hand.Try this quick chaat recipe and you and your kids
will love it.

Ingredients

2 cup boiled frozen sweet corn
1 medium chopped,peeled cucumber
1 medium grated , peeled carrots
1 teaspoon chaat masala powder
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon lime juice
1 teaspoon salt
few finely chopped coriander

Directions || How to prepare sweet corn chat

Add boiled swet corn , cucumber , carrots and mix well.

Next add chilli powder, cumin powder, chaat masala powder and salt. Mix well.

Add lime juice and stir once or twice. Transfer to a plate.

Garnish with coriander leaves.

Serve as a snack.


SWEET POTATO BHEL

Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and starch that soothes the stomach and the intestines.
Because of their natural sweetness,kids love sweet potatoes.
You can simply boil the sweet potato ,peel them off ,cut it into pieces and serve to your hungry kid back from schoo
or you can try this yummy indian street food style bhel prepared with puffed rice and tossed with onion,
tomatoes ,peanuts or nuts.

Course: Snack
Preparation time : 20 mins
Cook time : None
Serves 2 to 4

Ingredients

2 cups puffed rice or rice crispies white or brown rice or other unsweetened puffed grains
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1 tomato finely choppedd
1/2 cup cubed sweet potato cooked and cubed small (measured when cubed)
2 tbsp raw or roasted peanuts or chopped cashews
1/2 tsp chaat masala , optional (See Recipe note for recipe)
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 tsp salt or more to taste

Directions || How to prepare sweet potato bhel

Cook the sweet potato by boiling or steaming to preference and set aside.

Chop the onion, tomato and sweet potato.

In a large bowl, add the puffed rice. Mix in the chopped onion, tomato and mix.

Add the sweet potato and nuts. Toss lightly.

Add salt, chaat masala, red chilli powder and some lime juice and mix. Taste and adjust flavor.

Garnish with sev (chickpea noodles) and serve immediately.

Bhel is best served immediately as the puffed grains will become soggy over time.

 


SWEET POHA

Sweet Poha can be a good breakfast as well as snacks which in an easy recipe for morning hurry or even quick
evening snacks. You can serve this poha with a glass of milk as it will be a great filling combination for you kids,
You can say this snacks serves as an great alternative to cornflakes.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 10 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients:

1 cup Poha / Flattened Rice
1/4 cup grated Jaggery
1 tsp Cardamom Powder(or 2 cardamoms)
1 tbsp Ghee
1/2 cup milk (optional)
2 tbsp chopped Cashewnuts
2 tbsp chopped pistachios

Directions || How to prepare sweet Poha

Wash the aval/poha in a bowl of water and filter using a colander/strainer ..
Heat a pan and add 1 tbsp ghee
Add the aval/poha and cook for 3 minutes on medium-low heat.
Add chopped cashew and mix well with poha
Add 2 cardamom and cook for 5 seconds..
Add 1 tbsp jaggery or raw suga mix for a minute
Next add 1/4 tbsp milk (this is optional) cook it for another 1 min and turn off the heat ..
remove the prepared sweet poha into a bowl ..and serve when slightly warm..

 


BREAD PIZZA

If you are craving for pizza and don’t have time to prepare the dough and let’s try this bread pizzza
An easy quick and really delicious. It takes no more than 15 or 20 minutes,you can choose your favorite
pizza toppings and is done, ready to be served. Not only kids but everybody loves pizza , so try this mini
bread pizza at home.I tried some innovative way of serving this pizza to my kids my creating a hut shape
pizza and named it as Pizza hut .So do try this Pizza hut at home 🙂 and I am sure you and your family will love these.

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 5 mins
Serves:4

Bread slices – 6
Mozzarella cheese – grated as required

For the pizza topping

2 medium size chopped onions
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 green bell pepper(capsicum)
1 tbsp garlic
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp salt
Oil for cooking
Salt

Directions|| How to prepare Bread Pizza

To prepare Pizza Topping

Heat oil in a pan.

Add garlic and saute it till you get nice burnt garlic aroma.

Next add onions and saute it.

Once it turns golden brown , add tomatoes, cook till it tomatoes turns tender.

Add salt,oregano, red chilli powder, tomato ketchup and mix it well.

Close the lid and let it cook for 2 mins.

Once cooked , turn off the gas and keep it aside.

To prepare Pizza

Toast the bread and apply butter over it.

Spread 2 tsp of the prepared toppings evenly on the bread slices.

Arrange the toppings and sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese all over the toppings.

To prepare over Tava/Pan

Grease the pan with oil , place the bread over the pan

cover with a lid and let the pizza cook over low flame

Cook till the base becomes golden and crisp and the cheese has melted

Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the bread slices.

To prepare pizza in Oven

Grill in a preheated oven at 180 degree C until the cheese starts to melt. Serve immediately.

Repeat the same procedure for the rest of the bread slices.

To Serve the pizza.

Cut the breads into two parts in triangle shape and other pizza piece into square shape.

Arrange it in house shape (triangular shape pizza as roof and square shape pizza as the base) and decorate it will chilli flakes and finely chopped capsicum.

Your kids will definitely love this Bread Pizza Hut 🙂

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Maggi Cheese Dosa

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Dosa is a perfect healthy and filling breakfast or even as a snacks.You can always keep some dosa batter ready and handy in a refrigerator,so whenever required you can some quick dosa or idlis for your family.Normally,my kids don’t like idli’s, they like dosa.But I was quiet fed up of making same dosa for them like oats ,bread and plain dosa.So today, I thought of giving a twist to our normal dosa and made dosa by adding some maggi masala noodles filling loaded with full cheese. This Maggi cheesy dosa is delicious and has an amazing aroma.
It really turned out good and yummy , they just couldn’t stop eating. I was quiet happy with my experiments as i also tried making cheesy sandwich dosa and aloo masala cheese dosa.
Check out this recipe , video shared on you tube.

Preparation time : 10 mins
cooking time : 5 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients

1 bowl dosa batter / rice /rava/oats/any dosa batter
1 small packet of maggi masala noodles
1/2 cup boiled corn
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
¼ cup grated cheese, like cheddar or any other melting cheese
oil as required
salt as required

Directions || How to make Maggi cheese dosa

Take a pan and make Maggi masala noodles,keep it aside once done.
Add dosa to the set dosa batter and mix well.
Heat griddle or dosa pan/tava , sprinkle some water and wipe it off gently using a tissue(this helps to remove dosa quicklyavoiding to stick)
Pour a ladleful of the batter on griddle and spread the batter gently in circular motion.
Spread some butter over it , allow it to melt over dosa
Now spread prepared maggie noodles all over the dosa.
Top it with some boiled sweet corn
also spread tomato ketchup all over and spread it evenly,
now sprinkle some pepper powder.
sprinkle shredded cheese all over the dosa.
Lastly fold the dosa and slightly press uniformly so that it gets sticked.
Flip the other side and cook for a minute so that cheese melts.
Maggie cheese dosa is ready to be served , You can also serve by cutting into triangle shape.
Serve hot with any peanut or coconut or tomato chutney or even ketchup.

Aloo masala Cheese Dosa

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Dosa is a perfect healthy and filling breakfast or even as a snacks.You can always keep some dosa batter ready and handy in a refigerator,so whenever required you can some quick dosa or idlis for your family.Normally,my kids don’t like idli’s, they like dosa.But I was quiet fed up of making same dosa for them like oats ,bread and plain dosa.So today, I thought of giving a twist to our normal dosa and tried this aloo masala dosa loaded with full cheese. It really turned out good and yummy , they just couldn’t stop eating.
I was quiet happy with my experiments as i also tried making cheesy sandwich dosa and maggie cheese dosa.
Do check the other two dosa varieties and share me your feedback.
Check out this recipe , video shared on you tube.

Preparation time : 10 mins
cooking time : 5 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients

For Aloo bhaji/Sabzi:

2 tsp oil
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp jeera / cumin
pinch of hing / asafoetida
½ onion, finely chopped
1 inch ginger, finely chopped
1 green chilli, finely chopped
½ tsp turmeric / haldi
salt to taste
2 potato, boiled & peeled
¼ cup water, adjust consistency
2 tbsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp lemon juice

For Aloo masala dosa

1 bowl dosa batter / rice /rava/oats/any dosa batter
prepared aloo bhaji/sabzi
2 tsp green chutney / mint chutney / sandwich chutney
¼ cup grated cheese, like cheddar or any other melting cheese
oil as required
salt as required

Directions || How to make Aloo masala cheese Dosa

Take a pan and prepare aloo bhaji or sabzi using your method.
Add dosa to the set dosa batter and mix well.
Heat griddle or dosa pan/tava , sprinkle some water and wipe it off gently using a tissue(this helps to remove dosa quicklyavoiding to stick)
Pour a ladleful of the batter on griddle and spread the batter gently in circular motion.
Spread some butter over it , allow it to melt over dosa
Now spread prepared aloo masala all over the dosa.
Spread green chutney on top of the masala and spred it evenly.
now sprinkle some pepper powder.
sprinkle shredded cheese all over the dosa.
Lastly roll the dosa and slightly press uniformly so that it gets sticked.
Flip the other side and cook for a minute so that cheese melts.
Serve hot with any peanut or coconut or tomato chutney or even ketchup.

Cheese Sandwich Dosa

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Dosa is a perfect healthy and filling breakfast or even as a snacks.You can always keep some dosa batter ready and handy in a refrigerator,so whenever required you can some quick dosa or idlis for your family.Normally,my kids don’t like idli’s, the like dosa. But I was quiet fed up of making same dosa for them like oats ,bread and plain dosa. So today, I thought of giving a twist to our normal dosa and made a sandwich by adding some potato and tomato filling just like sandwich style and loaded with cheese. It really turned out good and yummy , they just couldn’t stop eating. I was quiet happy with my experiments as i also tried making cheesy maggie dosa and aloo masala cheese dosa.
Check out this recipe , video shared on you tube.

Preparation time : 10 mins
cooking time : 5 mins
Serves : 2

Ingredients

1 bowl dosa batter / rice /rava/oats/any dosa batter
1 tsp butter
1 small potato , boiled and thinly sliced
1 small tomato, thinly sliced
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tbsp tomato ketchup
2 tsp green chutney / mint chutney / sandwich chutney
¼ cup grated cheese, like cheddar or any other melting cheese
oil as required
salt as required

Directions || How to make Cheesy Sandwich dosa

Add salt to the set dosa batter and mix well.
Heat griddle or dosa pan/tava , sprinkle some water and wipe it off gently using a tissue(this helps to remove dosa quicklyavoiding to stick)
Pour a ladleful of the batter on griddle and spread the batter gently in circular motion.
Spread some butter over it , allow it to melt over dosa
Now place sliced potato and sliced tomato on half of the dosa
On the other half of dosa, apply green chutney and spread it out.
also spread tomato ketchup all over and spread it evenly,
now sprinkle some pepper powder.
sprinkle shredded cheese all over the dosa.
Lastly fold the dosa and slightly press uniformly so that it gets sticked.
Flip the other side and cook for a minute so that cheese melts.
cheesy dosa sandwich is ready to be served , You can also serve by cutting into triangle shape.
Serve hot with any peanut or coconut or tomato chutney or even ketchup.

Paneer Cutlets/Paneer Patties

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Paneer cutlet recipe, easy to prepare crisp cutlets made with cottage cheese (paneer) ,potatoes and corn mixed with spices,coated in breadcrumbs and shallow fried.
They are a very popular Indian snack dish that can also be served as an appetizer.
Elders as well as kids will surely love this recipe that is made using paneer and potatoes and can be served as after school snacks.
Watch this step by step recipe and do leave me your valuable feedback.

prep time 20 minutes
cook time 20 minutes
serves 4

Ingredients

200 grams paneer OR 1.75 cups grated or crumbled paneer
3 small OR 1 cup potatoes
1 cup boiled corn
2 green chilies, chopped
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
1 teaspoon garam masala powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
1 teaspoon cumin powder (jeera powder)
1 cup rice flour or corn starch
2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves
1 tsp lemon juice
1 cup breadcrumbs
oil for pan frying

Directions || how to make paneer cutlet

In a bowl, add crumbled paneer,boiled potato and boiled corn.
Next add all the spice – red chili powder,cumin powder and garam masala , green chillies and chopped coriander.
Add 3 to 4 tablespoons rice flour and salt as required. instead of rice flour, you can also use corn starch.
Squeeze some lemon juice and mix everything very well. do check the taste and if required add more salt.
Take a portion of the mixture and shape in to patties.
Next in a plate take some breadcrumbs, place the paneer cutlet on the breadcrumbs coat well.
Make all cutlets this way and coat them with breadcrumbs.keep aside.

frying paneer cutlets:

heat 3 tablespoons oil in a pan or tawa. keep the flame to medium-low or medium and place the paneer cutlets.
when the base is golden, flip gently without breaking them.
fry the second side too without golden. flip a couple of times till the paneer cutlets are crisp and golden.
place fried paneer cutlets on kitchen paper towels to remove excess oil.
serve paneer cutlet hot with any sauce or chutney or dip.

Fruit Sandwich (Kids Lunch box ideas)

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Fruit sandwich makes a filling snacks ,just cut the fruits, apply cream to the bread slices, and assemble the sandwich. Kids love this sandwich due to its sweet taste. So if your kids are not fond of fruits , this is the best way to make them eat.
You can add any type of non-citrus fruits to this sandwich.So if you are looking for something healthier for kids, this is the best  lunch box ideas or snacks for your kids.You can pack them with any fruits This sandwich is inspired from Japanese cuisine.If you have never had a Japanese Fruit Sandwich, try it.

 

Ingredients

1 cup (240ml) heavy whipped cream
4 thin slices Bread
strawberries
banana
kiwi

Directions|| How to prepare fruit sandwiches

Put heavy cream and sugar in a bowl of an electric mixer and whip until forming hard peaks
or you can ready made cool whipped cream

Spread some whipped cream on one side of two slices of bread (not too thin, but not too thick).

Place fruits on the two slices of bread. Put one layer of sliced fruits over cream on the bread.

Spread some more cream over fruits. Place another slice of bread on top of the cream.

Wrap the sandwiches with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Remove the plastic. Cut crusts out and cut the sandwich into 4 pieces diagonally to make triangle shapes.

You can pack these sandwiches in kids lunch box.

Ragada Patties(Mumbai style)

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Ragda Patties or Mumbaiya Ragada Pattice is a favorite chaat all over the globe , be it India or USA or canada or any corner of the world ,mumbai chat is famous worldwide.This mumbai street food is prepared with potato patties topped with white peas gravy(ragda) and two chutneys (green corinder and tamarind date chutney),onions and sev. It has combination of sweet ,spicy and tangy flavors.

Preparation time : 45 mins +(8 hours of white peas soaking)
Cooking time : 45 mins
Serves : 5-6

 

Ingredients

For The Ragada

1 cup vatana (dried white peas)
2 medium size onions finely chopped
1 tomato finely chopped
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp chat masala powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil

For The Patties

4 big size potatoes boiled
2 tbsp bread crumbs
salt to taste
1 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala powder
1 tsp chat masala powder
1/2 tsp cumin powder

 

Other Ingredients

oil for deep-frying

To Serve

1/2 cup green chutney
1/2 khajur imli ki chutney
1 cup sev
1 cup chopped onions
1 cup finely chopped coriander
1 tbsp lemon juice

Directions || How to prepare ragada patties

For the ragada

Soak the dried peas overnight.
In a pressure cooker , add oil and then add finely chopped onions.
Once the onions turn golden brown, add chopped tomatoes.
Once the tomatoes turns mushy or soft , add red chilli powder,garam masala powder,cumin powder,chat powder and mix them well.
Add approximately 2 to 3 cups of fresh water and pressure cook for 7-8 whistles or until the peas are soft.
Keep the cooked ragada aside.

For the patties

Boil, peel and grate the potatoes.
Add the red chilli powder , garam masala ,chat masala and cumin powder , bread crumbs and salt and knead to a soft dough.
Divide into 12 equal portions and keep aside.
Roll out each portion into a 75 mm. (3″) diameter circle. Place a portion of the ground filling mixture on each circle.
Bring together the edges in the centre to seal the filling inside the potato.
Press lightly on top to make a patty.
Repeat to make the remaining patties.
Shallow fry on a non-stick pan till the patties are golden brown and crisp.

How to proceed for serving

For serving, place 2 patties on a plate and pour the ragda over.
Top with all the chutneys. Sprinkle the onions,green chutney,tamarind and dates chutney,chopped coriander,sev and sprinkle some lime juice on top.
Serve immediately.

Tips

You might need to add some more cornflour to the potatoes if they are not dry enough.