Saturday, July 20, 2013

I love to cook for my toddler. She is not a picky eater and the food goes in easily provided she is busy with her Ipad. I cook separately for her as she still eats very soft food due to her crazy reflux issues which now seem to have subsided quite a bit. She has graduated from mashed food which is a great milestone personally for me. Her lunch is rice with a vegetable and either meat, chicken, fish, pulse, paneer (cottage cheese) or egg.
This recipe can be cooked for adults too as it is a great one pot meal. You can prepare it as is and enjoy it as a soft porridge or adjust the rice to water ratio and make it into a one pot rice meal. tastes yummy. I add 2 tablespoons of yogurt and a little bit of ghee (clarified butter) just before feeding her. You can also do so and it tastes awesome.

So here goes the recipe:

Rice with Zucchini & Paneer (cottage cheese)


Zucchini 1/4 cup peeled, cut into cubes and washed
Paneer (Cottage cheese) 4 or 5 cubes (You can use store bought ones like Amul Malai Paneer or make at home)
Rice 1/4 cup washed and soaked in water (You can use any rice)
Onion 1 Tablespoon finely chopped
Tomatoes 1 Tablespoon chopped (Optional)
Ginger Garlic Paste 1/4 Teaspoon
Red Chilli Powder a pinch or as per taste
Turmeric Powder a pinch
Salt as per taste
Yogurt 1-2 Tablespoon (while cooking or while serving)
Water as required
Cooking Oil 1 Teaspoon
Ghee (Clarified butter) for serving (Optional)

Method :
1. Heat cooking oil in a non stick pan.
2. Add the chopped onions once the oil is slightly hot.
3. Fry the onions till translucent.
4. Add the Zucchini and the Paneer. I crumble the paneer while adding but you can add it as is.
5. Saute for a minute and add the ginger garlic paste.
6. Saute for a minute and add the red chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
7. You can add some water if there are any signs of burning or sticking as very little oil is used.
8. Add the tomatoes if using and saute for another minute.
9. Add some water and let it come to a quick boil. Simmer.

10. At this stage, transfer the contents to a pressure cooker, add rice and sufficient water, let the water come to a boil, close the pressure cooker and cook for 6-8 whistles.

11. Open the pressure cooker once the pressure has completely released on its own.

12. If there is any residual water, cook on low flame till the water dries.
13. Add yogurt and some ghee, mix well and serve.

Notes :
1. The above quantities are for a toddler. You can adjust the quantities for adults accordingly. If making soft porridge use less rice than you normally do to make your meal as the quantity is more in porridge form.
2. Tomatoes can be chopped or pureed or omitted altogether.
3. You can add some coriander powder for added taste and also garnish with coriander leaves
4. Always feed your toddler under supervision as there are choking hazards.
5. The skin of tomato tends to stay intact when tomato is chopped and cooked. Be careful while feeding your toddler as it may cause choking. The same goes with coriander leaves.
6. I prefer to cook in a pressure cooker as I achieve the desired porridge soft consistency easily. You can however continue to cook in the same vessel you started cooking, add water and rice and cook (or) add pre-cooked rice to the zucchini once it is cooked, cover and let it steam (or) you can transfer the contents to an electric rice cooker, add rice and water and cook (or) you can add half cooked rice to the half cooked zucchini and a little water, cover and let it cook over steam. the choice is yours.

If you do try it for a toddler or for an adult, then please do leave a comment.

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1 comment:

  1. This is quick & it looks beautiful too Delicious,love the colour of it..
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