Kitchen and food, Recipes

Super Soft Protein Packed Savory Pancakes (Cheela)

Being a vegetarian I’m always struggling to manage my family’s protein intake. Some recipes are not tasty enough, some not easy enough and some are not nutritious enough…. It’s an everyday stress to decide on a dinner menu that meets all criteria.

To include more proteins I replaced roti with besan cheela (chickpea flour savory pancakes) in my dinner. Sometimes the cheela would be too dry so I grated Zucchini and added finely chopped onions to the batter, but the results still varied. One day I had a eureka moment and added lots of crumpled tofu in the batter along with the veggies. The result was a soft, tasty and super healthy cheela. Even my fussy kids happily ate it and asked again the next day. 

Recipe is pretty simple.

You need:

1 cup Besan* (Chickpea flour)

1 cup grated Zucchini (or Bottle gourd/Lauki)

2 tbsp finely chopped onions 

1/2 cup crumpled Tofu

1/4 tsp Ajwain (carrom seeds)

1/4 tsp Amchoor (dry mango powder)

Salt to taste

What you need to to:

  • Mix all ingredients together and add water in small quantities to reach pouring consistency
  • Whisk well so there are no lumps
  • Let it sit for 10-15 minutes 
  • Heat an iron skillet (tawa). Once its hot, add a few drops of oil and spread with a brush. Be more generous with the oil for making the first cheela
  • Pour couple of spoonfuls of the batter on the hot skillet, spread evenly and cook well on both sides until done
  • Enjoy hot with green chutney

*Notes:

  • Depending on my mood and availability I sometimes add a couple tablespoons of Jowar flour, Oats flour, Sooji or Ragi flour while keeping besan as the base. You can get as creative with the type and quantity of flour you are using.
  • You can add veggies like carrots, beans, cauliflower, spinach etc. in addition or in place of Zucchini and Onion. 
  • I don’t usually add chilies because my kids don’t eat very spicy foods but if you’d like you can add finely chopped green chilies. They lend a great flavor to the cheelas.
  • Don’t make the batter too watery, else the cheelas will take ages to cook. You can add more besan to thicken the batter.

 

Happy cooking!

-A

Crafty baby, Disciplining your child, DIY, Parenting

DIY Calming Bottle/Glitter Jar

As darling daughter is getting older she’s growing more sensitive to the idea of time out. If I ask her to go in a corner she sulks and pouts and outrightly refuses to do that. But there are times when I do need her to calm down for both her and my sake. In order to make time out fun for her I considered making a calming bottle. Of course there was added advantage of doing a craft together which is darling daughter’s most favorite thing to do!

Things we used :

  • Empty glass bottle (I used glass bottle that came with Starbucks frapuccino)
  • Glitter glue 
  • Extra glitter 
  • Confetti and assorted beads/tid bits
  • Hot glue gun (to seal the cap close)

How we made it :

  • We squeezed out one part glitter glue in a bowl and added 2 parts hot water. 
  • Whisk it together until there are no glue lumps in the mixture. 
  • Pour it in the clean bottle and add confetti, beads and more glitter as per your liking. 
  • Let the mixture cool down. Once cooled, close the lid and seal it with hot glue gun. 

Now give it a good shake and enjoy the glitter floating in the liquid. Your glitter jar is ready!


Notes:

  • It would be advisable to use a plastic bottle when making it for young kids.
  • If the mixture is not completely cooled before you close the lid, the plastic bottle may shrivel and ruin your efforts when it does cool down. 
  • Adding too much glitter glue would make the mixture too thick and glitter won’t settle down.
  • Closing with hot glue gun is important so the child doesn’t spill the contents while playing. 
  • This glitter jar is not perfect because the glitter does take a little long to settle down. I’ll experiment with other mediums and keep sharing my experience. 

Darling daughter enjoyed making the jar, she carefully chose stars and snowflakes from the confetti mix I got from Walmart. We used her favorite Frozen themed acolors and she was thrilled with the results. It’s another thing that we haven’t needed to give her a time out since we have made the calming bottle so I can’t really comment on its effectiveness… 😃

Do try this fun and easy project with your little one and share your experience with us!

Happy crafting!

-A