Holiday Special Recipes…

It’s that time of the year again when this year is near to end & the new year is about to start, days are shorter, mornings are cold & children have school holidays. It is a break for children from the school work and time for them to refresh. It is also a good time for parents to bond with their children but keeping them busy and taking care of their extra demands make parents more stressed than usual. Despite planning different activities, we, parents need to answer questions like “What should I do now?”, “I am bored”, which is a challenging task.
Other than that, even tough we parents stock up on healthy snacks, at times those snacks won’t help and we have to get to the kitchen, rather during holidays we spend more time in the kitchen preparing breakfast, meals, snacks etc for children. Wouldn’t it be good  if we get an extra hand in the kitchen during holidays???  Exactly, we could make cooking as a fun activity for our children and  spend some quality time with them . Based on my personal experience I can surely say that, “Learning to cook” is an important life skill for children, they enjoy helping and learning new things  at the same time children also feel a sense of accomplishment when they cook something.
Please try these kids friendly, easy to make & delicious recipes with your kids and enjoy your quality time with your little ones…


1 Jello (Jelly) pack any flavour
Water as per the Jelly pack instructions
½ cup mini marshmallows.
Any medium size plate or 8-9 inch baking pan
Cooking spray or two drops of oil to grease the pan

How to proceed
Mix together water and Jello powder in a bowl per Jello pack instructions.
Add marshmallows once the Jello is dissolved & the mixture is still warm
Mix quickly until marshmallows are dissolved completely.
Pour the mixture into the greased pan or plate and chill in the refrigerator for 45 minutes or until well set, Marshmallow, creamy layer will be on the top.
Remove the pan from refrigerator. Carefully take out one side away from the pan using knife & gently start to rollup.
Cut into small pieces using a thread or a greased knife.
Colourful-yummy Jello-rollups/pinwheels are ready.

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Paneer-oat-Sesame titbits
250 gm Paneer (Indian cheese like Tofu)
1 cup Yogurt (dahi)
¼ cup oats
¼ cup of sesame seeds
¼ cup finely chopped methi (fenugreek) leaves or spinach or coriander
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
1 small piece ginger-grated
1 finely chopped small green chilli (optional)
½ tsp chilli powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
½ tsp Jeera (cumin seeds) power
½ tsp chat masala.
Salt to taste
Greased baking pan

How to Proceed
Mix yogurt, methi leaves, garlic, ginger, green chilli and all the spices in a bowl.
Cut paneer into rectangular pieces.
Add paneer pieces into the yogurt mixture and keep it for 20 min.
Preheat the oven @180 degrees
Mix oats and sesame seeds and spread the mixture in a plate
Roll the paneer pieces into the oat-sesame mixture and arrange them in a baking pan.
Bake it for 20 min
Crunchy, yummy Paneer-oat-sesame titbits are ready.
Serve it with tomato sauce or chutney, Enjoy!!!

Happy Holidays!!!



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