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BADAM PISTA BARFI – for the kid’s guilt-free snacking!

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Dry Fruits like Pistachios, Almonds, Cashews are considered some of the best healthy snacking foods for children during their growing up years. While we adults love munching on them, not all children take to them quickly. This BADAM PISTA BARFI recipe is therefore a very good way to incorporate these dry fruits into their daily meals. Add it to their lunch boxes as a sweet or let them snack on it in the evenings after a busy day at school. They will come to love it, just as much as you do.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup pistachios
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 3 green cardamoms
  • 100 grams or ¾ cup grated khoya (milk product)

Method:

  • Begin by heating a pan and on a low flame, roast the almonds and pistachios lightly for about 2 to 3 minutes. Make sure they don’t get browned. Just a light roasting. Meanwhile, grease a tray or plate with ¼ tsp ghee.
  • Once the almonds and pistachios cool down, blend them in a grinder. Also add the seeds from 3 green cardamoms pods to it.
  • Grind to a powdery texture. If there are tiny pieces or bits of almonds or pistachios, its fine. Don’t grind too much as then oil would release from the nuts.

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  • In the same pan, directly grate the khoya and add ⅓ cup sugar. 3
  • Keep the pan on a low flame and begin to stir the mixture. Keep on stirring the mixture continuously.
  • Both the khoya and sugar would begin to melt. The consistency of mixture would become slightly thin. So as soon you see the mixture bubbling and slightly thickening, remove the pan from fire. Here we don’t need to cook the khoya more, as the powdered almonds and pistachios help in binding the barfi. Don’t overcook as then the barfi will become chewy. 4
  • Add the powdered almonds, pistachios & cardamom mixture to the khoya mixture. Mix quickly and very well. 5
  • Pour the barfi mixture on the greased tray and spread it to a layer of ½ inch thickness from all sides. Level the top with the spatula.
  • Sprinkle some finely chopped or powdered almonds and pistachios all over the barfi. With a spatula or your fingers lightly press the chopped dry fruits on the barfi. 6
  • Once cooled at room temperature, slice the barfi into smaller pieces.
  • Serve Badam Pista Barfi straight away or store in an air tight box. These stay well for 3 to 4 days in a cold climate. Otherwise keep in the fridge.

Reference: http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com

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Dial a TELEPHONE – Keeping them busy for hours

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Remember those big instrument boxes that carried your voice from one place to another? We used to call them ‘telephones’. Although they are still called that, telephones nowadays have lost their entire intrigue and novelty; their large size, the long wire that connected the box to the receiver, dialing/ punching the numbers and hearing the connecting sound to an instrument far away.

Our craft today, brings back a little nostalgia of the instrument, helping you and your child connect on something that was a big part of your past. Craft this lovely little piece yourselves, and watch how a simple cardboard box becomes an interesting and fun way to spend the afternoon.

Materials

  • Two tissue boxes
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Markers
  • Craft foam
  • Construction paper
  • Gift ribbon
  • Stickers
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch
  • Glue gun or tacky glue
  • Glitter glue (optional)

Steps:

  •  You need two tissue boxes (or similar-sized boxes) to make this telephone craft. Cut one box vertically in half.

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  • To make the phone’s base, use glue gun or tacky glue to attach one box half with the whole box. 2
  • Notice the other tissue box half has a curved shape on one side. Trace this curve on the opposite side. 3
  • Cut along the line. Your box half now looks a bit like a phone’s handset. 4
  • Find a small box piece with the same height as the inside of the handset. Use glue gun or tacky glue to attach this at the center of the handset.

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  • Punch a hole on one end of the handset. 6
  • Punch a hole at the lower side of the phone base as well. 7
  • Paint the box telephone with your desired color of acrylic paint. 8

 

  • Prepare a long curly ribbon. Insert one end of the curly ribbon through the hole at the bottom of the phone base and the other end through the hole on the handset. Tape the ends in place.

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  • Measure the length and width of the telephone handset and draw the same dimensions on construction paper (paper’s color should be the same with the color of your painted telephone). Extend the length by about 5 inches. Cut the piece.

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  • Fold the piece to fit nicely onto the telephone handset. 11
  • Apply glue on the center box of your handset before laying down the construction paper piece permanently onto the handset. Glue the ends in place as well. 12
  • Cut 2 circles from craft foam or colored paper and glue onto the handset to mark the earpiece and the mouthpiece. 13
  • Cut twelve 1 in. x 1 in. squares from craft foam. Use markers to write the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 0 on ten of the squares. Draw fun shapes on the remaining two squares.

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  • Glue the number keys onto the telephone, making sure to put them in the right order. Each fun shape sits on one side of the number “0”.

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  • You may decorate your telephone further with stickers, puffy paint, glitter glue, or sequins. 16
  • Use the telephone to practice numbers. You can practice by dialing small digit numbers like “12” or “24” or challenge yourself by dialing up to 5 to 7 digit numbers.

 

Reference: http://www.firstpalette.com

 

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SOCK SNOWMAN- Adding to the Christmas cheer

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Christmas is just a week away, and everyone everywhere is gearing up for the festivities ahead!

Our craft today ties in with the festive spirit, something that you and your kids can sit together and make out of things found around the house. These SOCK SNOWMEN can be made in as many colors as you like. Craft them and display them on your mantel or table and watch them add cheer to the home.

You’ll need the following:

  • 1- White sock.  Use one that has a mid-calf or knee high tube on the top.
  • decorative socks
  • Rice for filler
  • twine or ribbon
  • rubber bands
  • buttons
  • something for the nose (like, a BBQ stick that I painted orange)

Making Instructions:

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First, cut off the top of the sock from the foot.

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Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock. Then turn the sock right-side out again.

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Fill the sock with rice. Make sure to pack it down as you go so the sock gets a nice round base.

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Rubber band the top of the sock closed and put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top for the head of your snowman.

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Now, decorate! Tie a scarf around your snowman’s neck and add eyes, nose, and buttons.

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Use the toe of your cut socks to fashion a stocking cap.

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You can either sew or glue on your buttons, and add embellishments – twine, bows, ribbons, etc – as needed.

Source- http://www.darkroomanddearly.com/blog

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CHEESE STICKS- Soft, melt-in-the-mouth & definitely yum!

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Cheese and Bread are two foods that most children love. It may be the taste, their ability to munch into it or even the softness, but hand them these and they will be on it for hours.

Our recipe today combines these two ingredients to make a wonder dish, CHEESE STICKS. You can make them fresh or even store them for a couple of days. They make for wonderful options for snack boxes or even evening snacks, and since made at home, is packed with health and freshness.

Ingredients:

1 cup Maida/ All purpose flour

1 tsp Red chili flakes

Salt to taste

1/2 cup Cheese, grated

Oil for deep frying

Directions:

1. Begin by grating the cheese and when done, keep it ready.

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 2. Make the chili flakes if you don’t have them ready.

3. In a bowl, take the flour, add chili flakes, salt and slowly add water to knead to a stiff dough.

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 4. Pinch out small balls from the dough, dust it with flour and roll out into thin discs. Spread the grated cheese over one layer, completely cover with another rolled out layer.

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 4. Press the top layer very firmly over the bottom and tightly roll them forward. You will end up with a roll, which you can again roll down to make sure the two layers are completely struck together.

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5. Now cut out small cubes from the rope. Dust and press it down to get an oblong shape. You will have the cheese coming out. You can ignore and twist it round. Cheese sticks9

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 6. Heat oil in a pan. When it is hot, drop these into it and fry on both sides. Cheese sticks11

 7. The cheese will not seep out, rather it helps the dough layers to separate. Cook on low flame to make sure all the layers are cooked to crispy texture. Once done, drain these on a kitchen towel and serve hot.

These CHEESE STICKS are a wonderful snack option for kids. You can even add some oats/ragi flour to the maida when making the dough.

If you want similar kind of recipes for your kids, visit http://kidsdirectorybangalore.in/category/receipe-of-the-week/

Source: http://spicingyourlife.blogspot.com/2013/04/cheesy-swirl-sticks-cheese-sticks-easy.html

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EGG ROLLS, they wouldn’t stop at just one!

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Finger foods and kids, they go so well together. Besides these foods being delicious, they are no mess and can be rustled up quickly. Make these delicious EGG ROLLS for your child’s lunch box and see . All it needs is Chickpeas to be prepped the previous day and everything else just comes together in a jiffy. Whats more, the way they look can get even the most stubborn eater hooked :)

INGREDIENTS-

  • 4 hard – boiled eggs
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp. Very finely sliced green beans
  • 4 tbsp. grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 tbsp. corn starch
  • 2 slices bread – ground in a mixture to get one cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • ½ tbsp. salt, ½ tbsp. pepper
  • ½ tbsp. prepared mustard or 1 tbsp. mustard powder, 2 tbsp. tomato ketchup
  • Oil for frying

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METHOD-

  1. Begin by grating the boiled eggs in a small bowl. Add in the onions, green beans, cheese, corn starch, salt, pepper, ketchup and mustard and finally add the breadcrumbs.
  2. Mix the mixture thoroughly and shape it into oblong rolls. When done, keep it aside.
  3. Heat oil in a pan and fry rolls, few at a time, on medium heat, till the rolls turn golden brown. Finally, drain them on absorbent paper.
  4. Serve these Egg Rolls as an evening snack with some sauce on the side.

These delicious tasty Egg Rolls make for a quick and healthy snack option for the kids evening tea. When you make them, we’d love to see what you do. Share with us photos on your version of these rolls on our Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/kidsdirectorybangalore

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