Cooking the Tricolour Mania!
Independence Day is here and so is the urge to get unrestrained creative in our kitchen! Well, the creative aspect is one thing, but on the other side, it comes down to showing the significance of our Independence Day to our kids via their favorite pastime – Eating (I suppose we can all call ourselves kid here).
Here we bring you a range of recipes that signifies our tricolor. These are not only easy to prepare but can make you get to your kitchens right away!
Text By: Poornima
Blending the tricolour with Dhokla
Originated from the land of Gujarat, Dhoklas indeed went ahead to seize the taste buds of entire Bharat! This yummilicious Indian snack itself is just enough to pull your kid right into the kitchen and adding the tricolour to it will simply leave your kid grinning endlessly! Dhoklas are in fact one of the best snacks we can ever find for they are not only easy to prepare but also quite healthy for its oil free preparation. Are you famished and wish to lay your hands on something that would keep you munching? Are you in for a rainy day and wants to grab something warm savoury? Well, I say, Dhoklas all the way!
On the other hand, making a tricolour Dhokla is no magic. All you have to do is, divide the batter into three equal portions and add tomato-carrot purée and spinach purée to two batters and steam separately while leaving the white batter as it is. Well, post assembling, you can just go ahead and temper the Dhoklas and enjoy!
A panache to your Rasagulla!
This is yet another great recipe that signifies India's independence and how can we miss this ultimate sweet recipe? Rasagullas are one exceptional sweet that is loved by all! Apparently, in the sweet market, Rasagullas are always selling like hot cakes (oops... perhaps we should call it the cool Rasagullas for there is no comparison ever found!) and when special days like Independence Day pops up, adding a slight panache to it undoubtedly accelerates our excitement!
Well, how do we do the Indian Tricolour Rasagullas? Now, honestly you don’t require a magic wand for this! All you need additionally are few drops of orange and green food colouring. When you make the paneer dough, just divide it into three part and add orange and green food colouring to each part while leaving one set plain. There you go! The rest of the process is simple and within few minutes, inviting, delicious and Rasagullas are ready to amaze your kids!
The Tricoloured Breakfast
When your kid barges into your kitchen with a rumbling tummy, won't it be wonderful to surprise them with something unusual yet tempting? I bet it would be! After Rasagullas and Dhoklas, it's the Idlis that hail from Tamil Nadu you can do magic with.
A traditional breakfast across Tamil Nadu, Idlies went on to capture the tongues of gastronomists not only across India, but across globe too. As a matter fact, Idlies are one of the healthiest breakfasts one can ever find and from kids to old, anyone and everyone can have this easy to prepare (and eat) food without worrying so much! Doesn't it sound cool?
The tricoloured Idlies are as easy as preparing the normal Idlies. The additional ingredients that you will be needing are carrot puree and spinach puree that will go into Idly batter separately. Of course, the standard white batter will be followed. Once the Idlies are cooked serve them with hot chutneys and Sambhar.
The Dosa and the Chutney Effect
Following Idlies, Dosa are yet another breakfast that has become people's favourite from what.. the time the recipe was invented? A very easy to make food and with chutneys and Sambhar, it never fails to leave a tangy taste even after sometime. Again like Idlies, Dosas has the privilege to call itself "anybody's food" for it can be consumed by anyone without much ado and the best part is, they can enjoy every moment of eating it.
Well, we all know Dosa and making Dosas is not something new for we Indians.. but the Tricolour Dosa? Now there, don't you panic! Nope, we are not going to play with the Dosas but with the chutneys. To bring on the Tricolour effect, all you have prepare are these super awesome chutneys: Tomato, Coconut and Pudhina (mint). Once the Dosa is cooked, simply spread these chutney on top of it to make it look like our Indian Flag tricolour.
A healthy start on a great day
Let us keep aside the mouth-watering and the delicious (only for sometime though), it is as important to provide your kid with healthy foods as well and trust me, our tricolour adventure is giving us all room to choosing a healthy snack! And the healthy snack is... the salads of course! Phew.. I know! Our job is reduced by half! As contradicting to my previous statement, this salad is undoubtedly a delicious snack to your kids and I know you will come telling, "They loved it Bawarchi!"
This tricoloured salad is one of the kind salads that require very minimum veggies and what, you can find them anywhere in the local store! Apart from the obvious "easy to prepare", they are as well quite tummy-filling and adds the necessary nutrition to your kid.