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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Veggie puris, anybody???

All mothers are necessarily inventors. Right from the time a child is born, we take on a new avatar. We invent new ways to put them to sleep, new ways to sleep while they sleep without waking them up(i tell you i can write a book on that), new stories to keep them engrossed, silly songs to make them laugh, devious err...clever methods to sneak those veggies in. One such invention is what I am going to talk about today.
A few days back, I thought of making puris for dinner. The little girl (to see what she is up to, click here) loves puris....and we don't have to go through our usual cycle of threats and tears if puris are on the menu, but she doesn't like eating any side dish with the puri. I started off by taking some atta for the dough and then thought, hey, why not add some ragi to this? And while I was kneading together the ragi and atta, I had another Eureka moment. I decided to add some cooked, pureed carrots and some mashed potatoes to the dough. A little salt, some kashmiri chilli powder and there.....I had a complete guilt-free and tasty meal which the little girl and her friend enjoyed.

What you need:
Ragi flour - 1 cup
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Salt
Red chilli powder (I used kashmiri chilli powder)
Carrot - 3 medium sized, cooked and pureed
Potato - 1 large, cooked, peeled and mashed well
Oil - for deep frying

Mix all the ingredients well. Add water if needed and knead to a smooth, pliable dough. Divide the dough into lemon sized balls. Roll into small, thick, circles and deep fry in hot oil until lightly browned on both sides.
I served this with a simple, tangy tomato chutney. To make this chutney, heat a few spoons of oil in a pan. Chop up some onions and tomatoes into large pieces. Fry some red chillies and then the chopped onions in the oil. When the onions starts to brown, add the tomatoes and fry till mushy. Let it cool. Add some salt and grind till smooth.

This is my entry to JFI-Ragi hosted by Madhuram, Creative Food for Kids hosted at Sara's Corner, and Kid's Delight event hosted by Srivalli.

21 comments:

Asha said...

True! The second you have that baby in your hand, you are a changed person and solely responsible for that life. We do anything for that baby, no matter how big that "baby" will grow, right? Amazingly natural emotion for a woman, makes you grateful to be born as a woman.

Ragi Poori looks yum, must try! :)

Madhuram said...

That's lovely idea to add cooked veggies to the pooris, Jayasree. Recently I too made pooris with ragi and whole wheat flour.

Vani said...

Very creative indeed! Love it, J!

Devi Meyyappan said...

wow.. thats a brilliant idea!!.. the puris look delicious!!.. ragi in puri - I love the combo!!... and interesting conversation with your little one :)..

Uma said...

What a healthy way to eat puris! looks absolutely delicious!!

jayasree said...

Side dish dish combined with the main meal. Adding raagi is a healthy idea and gives a nice brown color to the puris.

sra said...

Ingenious indeed! My 1.5 year old niece has just been introduced to 'normal' food (veg curries), along with her bland dal-veggie-rice mix, and she's taking us for a merry ride as she gets used to that little bit of spice.

sowmya.s said...

very true..we do have to think of umpteem ideas to make our kids eat..thats the toughest job!!lovely yummy pooris..

Deepa G Joshi said...

nice creative recipe. looks very nice.

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Saras said...

Hi Thanks for the lovely entry. I too made similar puri. Good one.

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Srivalli said...

Very nice jay..I am sure all of us need to be so innovative..thanks!

Red Chillies said...

I hear ya in terms of sneaking healthy food for the little ones. Thanks to them, we get to see our creative side. Looks good.

Laavanya said...

My daughter loves pooris too and on her request we all feasted on them the past Saturday. Great idea to incorporate veggies and ragi flour - will keep that in mind for the next time.

Ramya Vijaykumar said...

Oh addition of Ragi in puri should amke it very healthy... Lucky LO of urs she gets nice healthy food!!!

Ruchikacooks said...

Yes. I would like to take that plate please :)
Nice idea to add ragi and veggies to kids pooris.

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Archana Vivek said...

Interesting and looks nice jay.

Renu said...

true..mothers are inventors...we always make pooris and parathas with different vegetables either filled or kneaded in flour.

Rachel said...

however I try to mask veggies into my daughter's food, she discovers it..Guess I'm not that far in disguising veggies in her food well..

Bharathy said...

Have tried ragi in dosas and pakodas...Ragi in puris is new to me...Love the combo :)
Yes, Girl we did have pracs for 12th.In fact it was 'college'(pre degree 1st and 2nd year) we hopped out soon after the higer secondary..:)..I opted Home Science for predegree..:)/..Got it?..may be you're right with etahekkappam being a ktm name..hmm...:)

AshKuku said...

Oh! the poori looks so great & persuasively tempting....

Ash...
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Srivalli said...

Thank you for the lovely entry