Your Baby, 15 Month…
May 14th, 2006
STEPPING OUT ALONE Wherever you are and whatever you're doing, your toddler is always keen to go and explore his surroundings. Like a little wind-up toy, as soon as his feet touch the ground, he's off! At this age, children are constantly testing their abilities, climbing onto furniture, opening doors and cupboards, squeezing themselves into corners and getting stuck. At home, keep a regular check on your little one's whereabouts, especially when all goes suspiciously quiet! This usually indicates that baby's found something new and fascinating to do, and it could lead to trouble, or in the very least result in a big mess! When ...


Junk food
May 12th, 2006
Too much junk food causes * Tiredness * Lack of energy * Lack of enthusiasm about physical activity * Mood swings, irritability or restlessness * Constipation or loose bowels * Weight problems * Pale skin, dull hair, dark shadows under eyes * Tummy aches, nausea, headaches * Frequent colds, infections or other illnesses * Poor concentration


Food for Kids – Low Calorie Pizza
May 12th, 2006
Makes two pizzas. Baking temperature: 200°C (400°F) Baking time: 20 minutes Cooking time: 45 minutes For the pizza base: 2 cups whole wheat flour 2 teaspoons fresh yeast, crumbled A pinch sugar 1 teaspoon salt For the tomato sauce: 4 large tomatoes ½ cup chopped onions 3 to 4 peppercorns 1 bay leaf ¼ cup capsicum 1 teaspoon chopped garlic ½ teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon oil Salt to taste For the cheesy topping: ½ cup soft paneer 2 tablespoons low fat milk ½ teaspoon French mustard Other ingredients: ½ cup sliced zucchini (optional) ½ cup sliced onions 1 tomato, sliced 10 to 12 basil leaves 1 teaspoon oil for greasing For the pizza base: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Knead into a soft dough using enough water until it is smooth and elastic. Cover the dough with a wet muslin cloth and allow it to ...


Food for Kids – Corn Sev Puri
May 12th, 2006
Serves four Baking temperature: 200°C (400°F) Baking time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Preparation time: 5 minutes For the baked papdis ½ cup whole-wheat flour 1 teaspoon oil ¼ teaspoon salt To be mixed together into a corn topping: 1 cup boiled yellow corn kernels 1 cup chopped spring onion 2 green chillies, finely chopped ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes, 1 teaspoon chaat masala 2 teaspoons lemon juice Salt to taste For the tomato chutney: 2 medium sized tomatoes ¼ teaspoon carom seeds (ajwain) a pinch asafoetida (hing) ½ teaspoon grated garlic ½ teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon oil Salt to taste Other ingredients: 1 cup sev ¼ cup fresh pomegranate 2 tablespoons chopped coriander For the baked papdis: Mix the flour, oil and salt. Add water and knead into a firm dough. Knead for two minutes and keep aside. Divide the dough into ...


For Kids – Sprout and Fruit Bhel
May 12th, 2006
Serves four Cooking time: 10 minutes Preparation time: 10 minutes For the sev-mamara: 2 cups puffed rice (mamara) ½ cup sev ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera) a pinch asafoetida (hing) ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi) ¼ teaspoon black salt ½ teaspoon oil Other ingredients: 1/3 cup moong sprouts 1/3 cup chopped tomatoes 1/3 cup chopped apple 2 tablespoons chopped raw mango ¼ cup fresh pomegranate seeds ½ cup orange segments 4 tablespoons chopped coriander 4 teaspoons lemon juice Salt to taste For the sev-mamara: Heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the asafoetida, turmeric powder and puffed rice and mix well. Add the black salt and sev. Mix well and cool completely. Store in an airtight container and use as required. Method: Mix all the ingredients together and serve immediately. Energy per serving - 163 calories Fat per serving - ...


Food for Kids – Burger
May 12th, 2006
If you’re worried that your kids survive on fast food, turning up their nose at healthy food, Here's menu of healthy junk food that’s low in calories, easy-to-cook and good to eat. Whole Wheat Vegetable Burger Makes six burgers. Cooking time: 5 minutes Preparation time: 15 minutes For the burger: 6 brown bread buns For the cutlets: ½ cup broken wheat (dalia) ¾ cup grated carrot ½ cup finely chopped onions 1/3 cup finely chopped mushrooms ½ cup grated low fat paneer 1 tablespoon soya sauce 1 tablespoon chilli sauce 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour Salt and pepper to taste 1½ teaspoons oil for cooking For the filling: 12 lettuce leaves 6 onion slices 12 cucumber slices 12 tomato slices 2 teaspoons tomato ketchup mixed with 1 teaspoon chilli sauce (optional) ½ cup low calorie thousand island dressing Mustard sauce to taste For the cutlets: Clean and ...


Wrinklesless Face
May 12th, 2006
For your wrinkles, you can try this home remedy: Mix one tbsp of honey with egg white and apply all over your face and neck avoiding the eye area. Keep it on for 10 to 15 minutes and wash off. * Cover your eyes with cotton pads soaked in rose water. * Use a night cream daily.


Vanish blackheads
May 12th, 2006
Blackheads and Whiteheads on nose and chin. How to get rid of them? There is no permanent cure for blackheads and whiteheads. Use an exfoliating gel from a reputed brand. Apply it on your face and scrub the affected area with your fingertips. Leave it on for ten minutes, and rinse. Follow this routine thrice a week. Follow these do’s and don’ts: Do not rub, squeeze or prick blackheads/whiteheads. Avoid using oil-based creams, ointments and make-up products. Try to reduce stress levels. Wash your face at least three to four times a day. Tone your face after cleansing.


Preity lips….
May 6th, 2006
Q: My lips and the area around my mouth are dark. I am only 28 years-old, but I have already begun greying. I am also suffering from hairfall. A: For your dark lips, mix a little castor oil, crushed rose petals and butter. Apply it on your lips every night. Preity pout: Apply butter and rose petals to get Preity Zinta’s pink lips Apply this pack for the pigmentation around your mouth: Mix mashed bananas, a little milk cream and the juice of half a lemon. Leave it on your face for 20 minutes, and rinse. Apply sunscreen on your face daily. Eat a tsp of Curry Leaf Chutney daily. This will help prevent greying. For your hair loss, mix coconut milk, a tsp of ...


Hare bhare dahi wade
May 5th, 2006
1 cup green gram split skinless (dhuli moong dal) 5 leaves of fresh spinach leaves (palak, blanched and chopped fine) 1 green chilli (chopped fine) A few sprigs of fresh coriander leaves (chopped fine) Salt to taste Oil for deep frying 1½ cups yogurt ½ tsp sugar ¼ tsp red chilli powder ¼ tsp roasted cumin powder Pick, wash and soak dhuli moong dal in three cups of water for two hours. Drain and grind to a thick paste. Add spinach and green chilli to dal paste. Add salt to taste and mix well. Heat sufficient oil in a kadai till moderately hot. Drop spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil and fry wadas till crisp. Drain and remove onto an absorbent paper. Take three cups of water in a pan. Soak fried wadas in ...


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