Continued from: 18 Healthy Meal Ideas for Picky Kids
Vermicelli/Sevai Upma for kids
Vermicalli Upma is a one pot meal for kids, as it has lots of vegetables, vermicelli and some dals. You may also add some paneer or cheese if your kid likes them to make it even more nutritious. It is easy to make and great for breakfast, but can be given to kids at lunch, snack or dinner too.
How to make vermicelli upma
Vermicelli / Seviyan – 1 cup
Oil – 1 tbsp
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Urad dal – 1/2 tsp
Chana dal – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 8-10
1 small onion – chopped fine
1 small tomato – chopped fine
Finely Chopped vegetables – carrots, capsicum, peas
Turmeric – 1/2 tsp
Water – 2 cups
Dry roast the vermicelli in a kadai or pan, till they get golden brown and a nice aroma is released.
Keep aside in a plate.
Heat oil in the kadai/ pan.
Add mustard seeds.
Once mustard seeds start crackling, add chana dal and urad dal.
Finally add curry leaves. Saute for half a minute.
Add onions and saute for a while.
Add tomatoes and let it cook for couple of minutes.
Add turmeric and salt to taste.
Now add chopped vegetables. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes covered.
Once vegetables are a little soft, add roasted vermicelli and mix well.
Finally add 1 cup water, mix well and bring to a boil.
Cover and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.
If needed, you can add some water. Vermicelli should get cooked but not lumpy.
P.S. If your kid likes chillies, you may also add some chillies.
Red Rice Pulao
Red rice is high in fibre and is healthier than regular rice. This pulao can be served to kids as a snack or breakfast or even as a meal, since it contains all food groups.
1 cup red rice – soaked for 3-4 hours
1 cup Chopped vegetables – carrots, capsicum, peas, beans etc.
Chopped onions – ½ cup
Chopped tomato – ½ cup
Raw Peanuts – ¼ cup
Mustard seeds – 1 tsp
Curry leaves – 1 sprig
Oil – 1tbsp and to fry
Salt – to taste
Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
Chopped coriander leaves – as per preference
Cook soaked red rice in water till it is 90% done.
Heat oil in a pan to shallow fry peanuts.
Fry raw peanuts till they turn red. Take out and keep aside.
Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan.
Put mustard seeds. When it crackles, ass curry leaves.
Add onions and fry for few minutes.
Add tomatoes and sauté for few minutes.
Add chopped veggies and sauté.
Add turmeric powder and salt.
Add cooked red rice.
Mix well and add 1 cup water.
Cook till all water dries and vegetable and rice till fully cooked.
Serve garnished with coriander leaves and fried peanuts.
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