Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kids. Show all posts

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Bengalis are fond of different type of chops - aloor choop (potato fritters), onion fritters, vegetable chop, dimer chop or egg devil, fish chop or macher chop etc. Hot chops and tea with a group of friends and relatives is the ideal way of spending evenings after a hard working day or even after a lazy afternoon siesta on holidays. Fish has a special place in Bengali cuisine. So it is obvious there will be fish chops when we are discussing various types of chops from Bengali food habits. Fish fry can again be of many types and is made of different types of fish. Today I would like to share my recipe of fish chop that I made on a chilly winter when a couple of my friends came to visit our place. This is prepared with a normal fish.

To make it clear to all, fish chop is different from fish fry. See the different type of fish fry recipes from my blog.


Ruhu or katla fish – 10 pcs
Chopped onion – 2 medium
Ginger-garlic paste – 2 tsp
Chopped green chilli – 1tsp
Chopped coriander leaves – ½ cup
Turmeric powder – 1 pinch
Bread crumbs – 200 gms
Egg – 1
Red chilli powder – 10 pcs
Cumin seeds – 2 tbsp
Cloves – 10 pcs
 Green cardamoms – 10 pcs
Cinnamon – 2 inches
Bread without side – 4-5 pcs
Regular flour – ¾ tbsp
Oil – 2 tbsp
Oil for deep-frying


  1. Marinate the fish pieces and boil it till cook.
  2. In a pan dry roast the whole spices like cumin seeds, dry red chilli, green cardamoms, cloves and grind it. Grind it till it becomes like powder and keep aside with a lid for aroma.
  3. Now take the boiled fish and smash it. At this time remove the skin and bones.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan and put the chopped onion and sauté it.
  5. Remove from heat and add the fish. Then add ginger-garlic paste, chopped green chilli, coriander leaves and salt and mix it.
  6. Now add bread slices and mix it very gently. These bread slices help to bind the dough.
  7. Then add the powdered spices and mix very well to make a dough.
  8. Make some balls from this dough and give shape as per your choice, I made here oval shape.
  9. Take a bowl and beat an egg with a pinch of salt.
  10. Take some regular flour in a plate and roll each chop to coat with flour.
  11. Now dip the flour coated balls into beaten egg.
  12. Take bread crumbs in a flat plate and role all the balls nicely, make sure all balls coated nicely with crumbs.
  13. Heat oil in a pan for deep frying and fry them till golden brown.
  14. Serve hot with salad and tomato sauce or kasundi (Bengali mustard sauce). I always prefer kasundi.

**If you want you can make the chops early and keep in refrigerator. Whenever you need just take it out of the refrigerator and fry them.
       **If you use regular flour, chops will consume less oil. Whenever you make any deep fried starter which will be coated with bread crumbs or anything else, try to coat them with flour first.

Friday, 2 June 2017


Broccoli florets – 1 hands full
Baby spinach – 2 hands full
Spring onion – 2/3 full
Chopped onion – 1 tbsp
Butter – 2 tbsp
Nutmeg powder – 1 pinch
Cinnamon powder – 1 pinch
Crushed black pepper
Fresh cream – 2 tbsp
Roughly chopped walnut – ½ cup
Milk – ½  cup (optional)
yummy crunchy broccoli soup with walnut easy recipe
Crunchy Broccoli Soup


Take a heavy bottom pan and heat 1 tbsp butter.
Add chopped onion and sauté it.
Add all green vegetables and occasionally stir for mixing.
Add 1 cup water and let it boil for 7-8 minutes.
Let it cool down and put this in blender and blend it.
Take a nonstick pan and put the remaining butter and fry the walnuts till golden, here you can use any types of nut like almond, cashew whatever you have. This nuts will give crunchiness.
Now remove nuts from the pan and pour the blended broccoli in it.
Time for seasoning, add salt and pepper.
Add nutmeg and cinnamon powder for nice aroma.
Let it boil for 2 minutes, in this stage if you feel the need to make it thinner, you can add milk.
Switch off the gas. Add cream and mix it well.
Add fried walnuts and serve in a bowl.
Your broccoli soup is ready.

This is one of my child's favourites. Another favourite soup of my daughter is Pumpkin soup. Both these soups are yummy and healthy. These are completely home made, so no added flavour or preservatives. Let me know how it turned out at your end. Happy cooking J

Friday, 26 May 2017

Potato smiley….yppee; what a mouthwatering tentative snacks for kids, rather to us also. And it is very much available as a frozen ready to cook item in any grocery shop. But these are not healthy and we have to say them good bye now. I tried it at home to make fresh smiley and it is very easy and off course very healthy. So this is the perfect time to say no to frozen food and enjoy  your healthy life.


Boiled potato – 2 large
Corn flour – 3 - 4 tbsp
Egg – 1 (optional)
Bread crumbs – 2 tbsp
All-purpose flour – 2-3 tbsp
Black pepper powder
Oil – for deep fry
Round cookie cutter
homemade easy potato smiley recipe for kids
Potato Smiley


At first smash the boiled potato.
In a mixing bowl take the boiled potatoes and smash them. Take egg (optional), salt, pepper powder and mix very well with smashed potatoes.
Add bread crumbs, it will give crunchiness.
Add all-purpose flour and corn flour both as per your need for binding to make a dough.
Now keep it in fridge for 15-20 minutes.
Keep on a butter paper and cover with one more paper.
Roll out like roti but it should be thick like 1 cm.
Take a round cookie cutter or whatever you have to make the cut out of a face.
Take a straw and make both eyes and with spoon edge make smiley face.
Now your smiley is ready for frying.
Heat oil in a pan and fry the smiles.

Serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Nowadays my child keeps saying mamma I want to have soups. Instead of making preparing soups using ready to make powders available in any grocery shops, this time I thought of trying my hand in pumpkin soup. This is easy and yummy at the same time which attracted me. My daughter and hubby both loved it instantly and my daughter said she wants to have it tomorrow again. J


Pumpkin – 250gms
Sliced onion – 1 medium
Tomato pulp – 2 tbsp
Crushed black pepper
Parmesan cheese – 2 tsp
Cream – 1 tbsp
Butter – 1 tbsp
pumpkin soup
Pumpkin Soup


First cut the pumpkin into cube size.
Put butter in a heavy bottom pan or pressure cooker (I used pressure cooker).
When it starts to melt add sliced onion and stir for 1 minute.
Add pumpkin and tomato pulp (here I used canned pulp. You can use fresh tomato. In that case use 1 tomato) and mix it.
Add 2 cups water and wait for 2 whistle.
Take out from fire and release the steam and let it cool down.
After 10 minutes when it will be in room temperature put it in a blender and blend it well.
Now take a nonstick pan and put this blended pumpkin.
Now it’s time for seasoning - add salt, sugar (optional), crusher black pepper.
Add herbs as per your choice, parmesan cheese 2 tsp (you can avoid it if you want) and let it boil.
If you like creamy texture of soup then no need to add water otherwise you can add half cup of water. Let it boil 2-3 minutes.
Add 1 tbsp cream and stir it well.
After 1 minute take out from fire and serve hot with some of cream.

Enjoy and let me know how it turned around at your end. Happy cooking J

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Stew is a very healthy dish which is a combination of meat and vegetables. This dish is cooked slowly in a close dish or pan and contains lots of liquid. This healthy dish has a very tamping taste yet good for calorie conscious people. Generally most of the seasonal vegetables like carrots, beans, potato, tomato, green papaya are combined with meat. This is very easy digestive for all.

Stew has been made since the ancient period. The evidence of preparing stew was found in several old civilizations thousands of years ago.

Soup and stew have a very little difference. Soup is more liquid than stew. Stew requires longer time than soup. Soup has smaller pieces of vegetables and meat and stew has larger pieces. Generally soups are always served in bowl and stews are served in a plate because of thickness.

I have made this dish ….. combination of chicken and vegetables, especially for my baby but we also liked this. I learned this recipe from my mother, but made some changes from her recipe. I don’t like to use turmeric powder. I think if I use that powder the stew will lose the beauty.  My grandfather had also made an awesome chicken stew….and that was really awesome. J Find below recipe of the chicken stew which is my all-time favorite.

healthy low calorie chicken stew with vegetables for kids
Chicken Stew

Ingredients for chicken stew:

Chicken – 500 gms
 Onion slices - 1 medium
Ginger paste – 1 tsp
Potato – 2 medium
Carrot – 1 pc
Green papaya – ¼th of medium size
French beans – 7-8 pcs
Chopped tomato – 1 pc
Crushed black pepper – 1 tsp
Green cardamom – 4-5 pcs
Cloves – 4-5 pcs
Cinnamon – 1 inch
Bay leaf – 1-2 pcs
Butter – 1 tbsp

Recipe of chicken stew:

Cut all vegetables into medium pieces. We need vegetable and chicken to be of same size as this will enhance the taste of stew.
Now take a pressure cooker and put butter. When butter will starts melting put the whole spices, such as cardamom, clove, cinnamon, bay leaf and crushed black pepper. After a few moments, add sliced onion and sauté it. Then add chopped tomato and ginger paste and mix it. After that add chicken and vegetables and mix it. Then add salt and add a pinch of sugar. Mix it and add 2-3 cups of water (according to the thickness you need) and cover the cooker with lid. Then cook the chicken stew in a low flame for 10-12 minutes or 4-5 whistles.
Now your chicken stew is ready. Serve with roti, bread or rice also.

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

muffins prepared with oats flour and applice
Oats Apple Muffins


Regular flour – ½ cup
Oats – ½ cup
Chopped apple – 1 cup
Baking powder – 1 tsp
Egg – 2 pcs
Butter – ½ cup
Sugar – ½ cup
Vanilla essence
Cinnamon powder – 1 tsp


At first, grind the oats to make oats flour.
Now take a mixing bowl and sieve the oats and regular flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder and keep aside.
Then take a mixing bowl and beat the sugar and butter. After 2-3 minutes add two eggs and whisk it. When you feel that it has become flappy, add vanilla essence and two types of flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder. Mix it properly. This is the most important step of making cake.
Now take the chopped apples and toss it with 1 tsp regular flour. then mix it with the batter.
Now take muffins mold and pour the cake batter and place it in the preheated oven in 180c for 20 minutes.

When time is over, take a muffin and gently prick it from top with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean this indicates that your muffins are ready.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Omlette Muffins with vegetables for breakfast
Omlette Muffins


Egg – 3
Chopped tomato – 1 large
Chopped onion – 1 medium
Pepper powder
Chopped green chilli (optional)
Any dry herbs
Al seasoning spices – 1 tsp
Grated cheese – 1 cube
Baking powder – 1 pinch
White oil for greasing


Take a mixing bowl and mix the chopped tomato – onion – green chilli, grated cheese, salt, all seasoning spices, dry herbs, pepper powder. Now take six muffins molds and grease it. Put some of this mixture into all the molds and keep aside.  Now, beat the eggs with a pinch of baking powder and salt. Put the beaten egg on the mixture and place it into the preheated oven. Set the convection mode in full power for 10 minutes.  After 10 minutes take one of them out from the oven and gently prick it with a toothpick from top. If the toothpick comes out clean this indicates that the muffins are ready.
Serve hot with tomato ketchup or any other sauce which you like.
Enjoy your lovely breakfast with omelet muffins J

Friday, 12 December 2014

This is a pure vegetarian recipe.  It is really very good for your kid because these balls are full of vegetables as well as very healthy and tasty. I am sure that your child will be very happy to get it and you will be satisfied also about their nutrition.

Crispy chopped vegetable cheese ball for kids breakfast
Crispy Vegetable Cheese Ball


Finely chopped cabbage – 1 ½ cup
Finely chopped carrots – 1 cup
Finely chopped bins – 2/3 cup
Finely sliced onion – 1 medium
Grated cheese – 1 cube
Chopped green chilli (optional)
Grated ginger – 1 tsp
Chopped coriander leaves – ½ cup
Sugar – 1 pinch
Lemon juice – 1 tbsp.
Cumin powder – ½ tsp
Coriander powder – 1 tsp
Black pepper powder
Corn flour – 2 tbsp.
Besan or gram flour
Chat masala or black salt
White oil


Take a large bowl and mix all the ingredients except oil, gram flour and cornflour. Then add two types flour and mix it. Actually gramflour has been used here for binding. Now make some balls from the dough. If you want to give any other shape you can give it. Do not add chopped chilli if you are preparing for kids.
Now take a wok or deep pan and heat oil for frying. Then put the balls into the oil and fry it till golden.

 Now sprinkle some chat masala or black salt which you like and serve hot with tomato ketchup.

Crispy chopped vegetable cheese ball
Crispy Vegetable Cheese Ball

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

easy Banana Loaf recipe in microwave
Banana Loaf


All-purpose flour – 1 cup
Ripe banana – 2
Egg – 2
Butter – ½ cup
Sugar – ½ cup
Baking powder – 1tsp
Vanilla essence


At first grind the sugar and keep aside.
Smash the bananas to make a smooth paste and keep aside. It is better to use a blender
Now take a mixing bowl and put butter and sugar powder and beat well. Then add eggs and beat well and add few drops of vanilla essence.
Take a mixing bowl and mix 1 cup of regular flour and baking powder.
Now, slowly add this flour into beaten eggs and mix well. And at last add the smashed banana and mix well. If you feel the batter is thick you can add lukewarm milk. Actually this batter should be ribboning.
Now pre heat the oven in 180c for 2 minutes.
Grease the baking tin and pour batter and place it into oven in 180c for 20 minutes.
Take out the cake tin and gently prick it with a toothpick from top. If the toothpick comes out clean this indicates that your banana loaf is ready.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

chocolate balls with smashed muffins especially for kids
Choco Pops

This recipe is especially for our naughty and cutie kids. Actually sometimes they don’t like to eat regular cake or muffins. This is absolutely my own experience. So one day I had makes these choco pops for my daughter and she is very happy to see it and told me…..”Yummy”….


Chocolate muffins 3mufins
Condense milk 1tbsp
Milk powder
Crushed cashew nuts


At first crush the muffins with your palms. Now add condense milk and mix it gently. If you feel it sticky you can add a little bit of water and make dough. Now keep it in a freeze for 15 minutes. After that make some balls from the dough.  Now spread some milk powder in a flat plate and the balls roll it over. You can also use crushed cashew nuts instead off milk powder. Now take toothpick and pined the ball on it.