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Fruit/Veggie a Month Roundup(Pumpkins)

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Here is the delicious round up of the Fruit/Veggie a Month event where the star vegetable was Pumpkin. From snacks to gravies to parathas my blogger friends sent me versatile entries to showcase this vegetable in the spotlight. Dig in!!

Shoba’s Pumpkin Curry:

Priya’s Pumpkin Lacha Parathas

Archana’s Pumpkin-Paneer-Mint Parathas

Archana’s Pumpkin- Stir fry:

Smitha’s Karnataka Style kumbalakayi-kayirasa-pumpkin-coconut

Harini’s Roasted Pumpkin seeds:

Saraswathi’s Pumpkin Morekozhambu:

I hope I have included all the recipes I received. If I have left out any entry, please send me an email to ruchikacooks@gmail.com and I will include it asap.

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Announcing Event- Fruit/Veggie a Month- Pumpkins for May 2012

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Priya started the event Fruit/Veggie a Month and I should say it really puts the veggies and fruits in a special place rather than using it as a side in our food. Since I spend time in my garden growing vegetables, I know the value of the ingredient, the time it takes to produce one and the benefits of organic ingredients in our everyday meal. Naturally I asked priya if I can guest host it for a month and it was a long wait, mainly because of the success of the event and the host lineups :) Finally it is my time to host her special event here at my place. You can check out the past entries and corresponding star ingredient by visiting this page.

I chose the vegetable-Pumpkin for May 2012. You can use any variety of pumpkin, white or yellow.

There are few rules to consider as per the creator of this event.

· The chosen vegetable- Pumpkin has to be the STAR of the recipe.

· It can be cooked in any way or can be in its raw form in the recipe.

· It can be any course of the meal (appetizer/main course/side dish/dessert/beverage or breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack).

· Recipe has to be strict vegetarian (eggs are allowed). This is simply to re-enforce the fact that we can eat veggies without any meat and also for all our vegetarian friends, who do not eat meat.

· You HAVE to make new recipes and old archived posts are not allowed. This is just so that we try and make new fresh recipes :)

· Please send in your entries before end of May 31,2012.

· If you are a blogger, you can simply send your Name and URL of your recipe along with the picture to ruchikacooks@gmail.com with the subject of “Veggie/Fruit A Month – Star Ingredient”.

· Non bloggers can email me your name, recipe and picture at ruchikacooks@gmail.com with the subject of “Veggie/Fruit A Month – Star Ingredient”.

· Link your post to the original event post along with the event announcement for that month. (The original event announcement can be found at this page and this month’s event announcement is here)

· Feel free to mention the variety if you know.

· Always try to buy and use locally grown veggie and fruits :)

. Use of logo is appreciated as it helps to spread the word. This logo features the pumpkin plant from my garden :)

Looking forward for your entries, if you have any questions please leave a comment or mail me at ruchikacooks@gmail.com

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Baby Food Event round up

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Around 10-12 months is when little ones try to explore eating on their own, so if you think they are trying to grab the spoon with food just to mess up- think again, they are trying to self feed and master the hand-eye coordination. For this age you can find many snacks in the stores which are easy to pick up and eat, say rice puffs, baked cheese goodies and veggie and fruit melts. Here are some more that you can add to the list, a round up of finger food for babies from 10-12 months of age.

I would take this opportunity to suggest that though I have posted recipes here sent by my fellow bloggers, please take the time to check if your baby is ready for finger food. If you think they may choke on food like channa(garbanzo) beans and peas or cannot chew pasta, just mash it lightly so that they can still scoop it, pick it up and eat it. If your child has any allergies to any of the ingredients or if you are unsure please check with your pediatrician if it is acceptable to give these foods. It is always better to be safe than sorry!

Straight to the recipes then:

Jaleela Banu has sent the following recipes:

Penne Pasta Idli Popcorn

Boiled Sweetcorn

Channa-Melon-Salad:

Potato Finger fry:

apple fritters:

Water Melon Fingers:

Cucumber Salad

Bread-Bajji:

Asiya Omar’s entries:

Mini Idlis:

Pal Aval(Milk flattened rice)

Buttered baby carrots:

Boiled potato sticks

Nithu’s cauliflower and peas flavored with pepper:

Nithu’s Colorful Mini Dosas:

My recipe suggestion:
Pasta trio! I personally feel that pastas are great finger foods for babies. I am just suggesting a method, feel free to alter it according to your needs.


Bring about 2 cups of water to boil. Add a dash of salt and olive oil. Add just less than 1/4 cup of either bow-tie pasta, penne, wagon wheels, angel hair pasta and cook it well(not al dente).

Discard the water, toss the pasta with your child’s favorite chopped boiled vegetables like sweet potato, corn, peas, beans, carrots etc., and serve. If your child is going through a picky eating phase I’d suggest cook a pasta meal with different kinds of pasta, it is a fun game for the child to see various shapes as well as colors in one bowl!

For sending maximum number of entries, Jaleela receives this award created by Nithu. Congratulations.Asiya, is the runner up!

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Announcing event- Healthy Finger food for babies!

Friday, March 9th, 2012

There are a lot of events and giveaways going on in blogs, but this one is quite unique. It is all about cooking for your very special critique at home- your precious baby :) Right from starting solids to cooking lentils to satisfying your picky eater with tempting finger foods, Nithu has started an event in her blog called as Healthy food for Healthy Babies. It is my turn to guest host this event for this Month and I am glad that Nithu gave me the opportunity to host this lovely event. I am sure this event is going to be useful for new moms as well as moms looking for new ideas to cook for their kids.

Straight to the rules then- as it explains most of what is required from you all for this event.

Rules :
Post any vegetarian finger food that you feel suitable for babies between 10 months to 12 months of age.
Give link to this announcement and this announcement and Nithu’s event announcement
page(Adding logo is important).

Once all of that is done:

Step 4. Send your entries to ruchikacooks@gmail.com with the subject
line as ‘Healthy Food for Healthy Kids-Finger Food (10-12 Months)
with these details.
Name :
Blog Name :
Recipe Name :
Recipe URL :
Picture of your recipe :

Non-bloggers are welcome to send in their recipes. Send recipe in full
with the picture with the same subject line as above.

Person who sends highest number of entries will be declared as the
Winner of the Month. A winner badge will be awarded by Nithu which you can
proudly post in your blog:-)

I’l acknowledge your entries within 3 days else do leave a comment in this
announcement.(I have a toddler too and I will respond ASAP once I finish running after him all day :D)

The event is from March 10- April 10, 2012.

Any questions about the event please send me an email at ruchikacooks@gmail.com.

The logo for the event is :

Just a reminder before you start cooking for the lil ones :)

There are few important things that we should be keep in mind while we prepare food for babies.
1. Please wash hands before preparing baby food.
2. Wash fruits and vegetables before cooking.
3. Wash blender jar in clean water before blending anything for your little
one.
4. Do not over cook or under cook.
5. Please avoid additives like sugar, salt & fat. If you still want to use it,
keep them in minimum.
6. Most important thing is to consult your pediatrician regarding the food that may
pose allergic risks to your baby.

7. Please don’t use honey till your little one is one year old. Honey may
cause rare form of food poisoning in babies.
8. Avoid nuts in baby food preparation as they may pose allergy.
9. Use separate vessels and a small pressure cooker to prepare baby food.

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