It is kind of interesting, how your cooking 'style' changes according to the people you cook for. You tend to cater to their likings and needs. I have learned/discovered some recipes which I had never tasted before in my life. Cooking for 'E' , has been a learning experience for me.And I am sure, same goes with every 'new mom'. You have to cook and modify recipes to suite your little one and your family.
'E's palate has always been sensitive to 'texture'. As a baby, it took him a while to graduate to 'solid' foods. So he started eating the typical Indian food like chapati+ Bhaji (subzi ) very late. To incorporate 'wheat' and veggies in his diet...I started making these dosas. They are pretty soft(not crisp like the regular dosas) and packed with nutrition.He used to really like these and had no problem chewing. Sometimes I would also add the 'oat flour/ baby whole grain oat cereal 'to the batter.
Now that he has all his teeth (well almost..) at 2 years, he has finally started eating 'normal' food like..chapati,bhaji,parathas etc.
Though I started making these for 'E', both 'M' and I like these too.They are easy to make,taste delicious,are good for you...what's not to like???We often make these for lunch/dinner and have with sambar/chutney/ketchup/pickle.
Here is the recipe I started making as 'my experimentation as a new mom'-
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup finely chopped Spinach
1/4 cup finely shredded carrots (shred with finest grater)
1/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic finely chopped/paste
1/4 tsp chili powder/green chilies
Salt to taste
1) Mix together, whole wheat flour, spinach, carrots,onion,garlic,cumin,salt, and make into batter by adding little water at a time.
2) Keep aside 10-15 mins.
3) On a non stick pan, on medium heat, spread some oil and add a table spoon of the batter.Spread into a circle evenly.Dab some oil on the sides
4) Once the dosa sets, and turns golden brown,flip on the other side. Fry for 2 mins on that side
5) Serve warm with Ketchup/Chutney/Sambhar etc
1) Spiciness can be increased by adding ginger-garlic-green chili paste.
2) Add some owa seeds.Gives distinct flavor.
3) Finely grated potatoes can also to added to the same batter.
4) I have also tried adding,oat flour/baby oat cereal to the batter. The dosas come out softer.But then its difficult to flip them.