Holi Food and Drink Special! Make Ice Cool Thandais and More

posted by Vidhya , February 16, 2019

Cooking with kids is always fun.  It's a great family activity, and in fact, science encourages us to let our children cook along with us. As per the researchers at the University of Alberta, the easiest way to get kids to eat healthy food is to give them an apron!

As this month is all about Holi, our recipe is also a Holi special recipe. It is the Gujiya Recipe. It's the traditional gujiya presented in a modern way. I kept the steps simple and used a microwave and conventional oven to prepare this recipe. So it's a no-stove recipe. Also, I used the store bought milk powder to make the filling, which makes is easy for the kids to handle.

Here is the step by step pictorial recipe,

Ingredients:

For the Outer Layer

For the Filling:

For the Glaze:

Procedure:

Preparing the Outer layer:

Step 1:

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Step 2:

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Preparing the filling:

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Step 2:

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Assembling:

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Follow the same procedure and fill the remaining gujiyas too.

Baking & Glazing:

Let it cool and enjoy with your kid. :-)

 

Notes:

 

Toka Chef Eureka Moment:

During filling and shaping the gujiyas.
I: Bring the edges and form a semi-circle. (I explained and showed him how to do one)
Kiddo: Ohh, it's like taco amma. Why can't you say like that? Place the filling like in taco and seal the edges. It's simple amma.
I: Rolling eyes and huh moment. (See how they relate the foods)

Toka Chef Yum Moment:

While tasting the filling,

Kiddo: The filling is so yum amma, why can't we eat just like that?
I: Grinning ear to ear as kiddo approved the filling. :-)

 

Holi Fun With Ice Cold Thandai!

Holi is here and this is one of the popular recipes that are prepared during Holi – Thandai. This sweet masala drink is prepared with milk, nuts and flavorful items like fennel seeds, khus khus, white pepper, and saffron and a dash of rose syrup.

 The main step involved in this recipe is the boiling of milk and letting it cool. And this step requires attention and takes longer time. I followed Tarla Dalal’s recipe but adjusted the ingredients according to our likes and also included the rose syrup and cashews. It is a semi home-made recipe since I used the store bought evaporated milk. Now all I did was to soak the other ingredients and grind them into a smooth paste and mix it with milk. Let it sit for a few hours and drain and serve chilled.

Thandai can be prepared well ahead and stored in the fridge along with the masala mix and just before serving depending upon your preference you can drain the milk or serve as is, with the masala. Cool and refreshing Thandai is what you need for quenching your thirst and energizing yourself again to play Holi.

To be honest, we like this masala milk very much and we don’t need any occasion for preparing this.

Note: You can use regular milk and prepare it in the traditional way too. All you have to do is boil the milk and let it cool before adding the masala. You can either opt for this or go with store bought evaporated milk.

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Image credits: Vidhya

Celebrate Holi with Jal Jeera With a Twist!

Last month, when we visited one of our friends, they gave us this amazing and refreshing beverage, but didn’t tell what it was. I had never tasted that before.  I guessed it had some Indian spices, but couldn’t guess what exactly it was. And then my friend revealed that it was sprite with JalJeera masala. 

Holi is always fun and after playing Holi, we all need something refreshing. So how about this Jal Jeera with Sprite or Mountain Dew? 

Ingredients:

Steps:

Image credits: Vidhya

Kesari for Holi!

wish I could be in India for festivals. How do I teach about these awesome festivals to my kiddo? Am I an IBCP (Indian Born Confused Parent) and will my kiddo be an ABCD (American Born Confused Desi)??? Why am I using these terms? I guess, it is the effect of reading “R2I – Dreams For Here Or To Go” and can you believe, I spoke to all the three authors as well and interviewed them.  Yes! not one author but three authors. It was a wonderful experience talking to them and to know their thought process behind the book. You can listen to the interview as well

I wanted to try a simple sweet for this Holi under 30 minutes and decided to make this Kesari (Sheera).  As it was Holi, I used some edible food colors but that’s completely optional.

The ratio of rava to water and sugar is 1:2.

Ingredients:

Steps:

To make it colourful, I split the kesari into three portions, and added yellow and orange food colors. A simple sweet ready under 30 minutes. And I also realised, it is just a five ingredient fix 

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Image credits: Vidhya



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