The way to man’s heart is through his stomach, well, for me it was not applicable since I stole my husband’s heart first and then got a chance to cook for him. The way he is a fan of my cooking, I also want my daughter to say that her momma is the best cook. Earlier I used to prepare a feast for my husband and now I prepare dishes to attract my daughter, who is a fussy eater, to at least make her grab a bite.
It is so difficult to please kids to have food. People say, make colorful dishes, so that kids get attracted to eat. But for me it was opposite. My daughter loves modest looking dishes. So I try to make simple looking, innovative, scrumptious recipes which are full of nutrients and which don’t require much time in preparation & cooking.
Oats has been regular in my child’s diet. Oats have become very popular in recent times, due to its various health benefits. They are higher dietary fiber and have healthy cholesterol-lowering properties. It reduces risk of coronary heart diseases, lowers blood pressure, easy to digest, and helps in reducing obesity. Here is my dish which I made from Quaker oats:
Schezwan Oats Treat
Preparation time: 15 min Cooking Time: 15min Total time: 30min Serves 4 people
Ingredients for rolls/tikkis:
1 small packet Quaker oats Homestyle masala 40g
1 small bowl grated cabbage (boil it for a little while after grating. Usually I prefer boiling cabbage before using it. Squeeze it completely.)
1 small bowl grated carrots (squeeze it completely)
1 small capsicum finely chopped
2 boiled potatoes
2 Tablespoon Jeera powder
1 Tablespoon red chilli powder or as per taste
Black pepper (crushed) as per taste
2 Tablespoon Schezwan sauce
4-5 bread slices made into crumps by grinding
1 small cheese cube, finely chopped
1 small bowl suji/rawa
Oil for frying
How to make rolls/tikkis:
Take Quaker oats Homestyle Masala and empty it in a bowl filled with water (cook as per instructions given on the packet). Bring it to boil, make a thick paste. Add this paste to a big bowl along with grated carrot and cabbage, finely chopped capsicum, potatoes, bread crumps, jeera powder, red chilli powder, black pepper, salt, and schezwan sauce.
Smash it completely and make as soft dough. Start making finger rolls. Place the chopped cheese pieces in between the rolls before giving it desired shape. You can make finger rolls, round tikki or star shaped tikki out of it. You can also add chopped dry fruits in between the rolls/tikkis. Apply some oil on your palms before giving it shapes. Spread suji/rawa on a plate and place the rolls, slightly over it so that they get covered completely. This will give a crispy taste to it. You need not deep fry it. One can also shallow fry it on a non-stick pan with less oil.
Ingredients for Chutney:
1 small bowl finely chopped coriander leaves
Half bowl mint leaves
1 small onion
1 small green chilli
1 teaspoon jeera
Salt as per taste
Half cut lime
How to make Chutney:
Grind coriander leaves, mint leaves, onion, green chilli, jeera, salt and then squeeze lemon for some tangy taste.
Serve the rolls with chutney and some salad. Children would love to eat by dipping it in Mayonnaise sauce(its readily available in the market).
Easy to prepare, easy to serve dish with a twist, especially for children. They can carry in their tiffin’s. You can prepare the rolls/tikkis and keep it raw in the fridge. It shall last for min 2 days, and fry it whenever you want to. One can add vegetables of their choice. Serve it with bread or chapatti; it is filling and healthy too.