A frustated mom needs your help..

June 17, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Posted in Food, Parenting, Talks about Aryan | 21 Comments

and suggestions on what qualifies as “acha sa” school snacks in your house.

Here anything with bread /parantha as base is not “acha sa” anymore 😦

Maggi and pasta are the only 2 yummy things that are qualified and this mumma is not ready to give maggi more than once a week.

So please help the mom ..sob sob



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  1. Dosa, thalipeeth, idlis, veggie cutlets, poha
    shallow fried potato wedges , sprouts dosa ( pesarattu)

  2. I send mini dosa, mini idli, star idli , moon idli [ cut in various shapes) , rava thalipeeth,
    I send cheese slice / cheese cubes and raw cucumber / carrot.
    Rava idly. I add veggies ( grated / masked / pureed) tomato, beetroot, palak , carrot, onion to the dosa batter and made gundus (dunno what its called in other languages)

    poha / upma is not acha sa?

    Best is to ask him what his friends get..

    • Thank you Shruti , idlies dont dry in school , does she eat them with ketchup / chutney ?
      Poha /upma is not acha sa , can be eaten at home with some fuss but not in school.

      I asked what ur friends get and you wud want to take and the answer was maggi ,choco pie πŸ˜› Basically junk food 😦

      I hope its just a phase

  3. if its for me .. it would be Chicken curyr- rice , chicken tika -rice .. Kadi -rice. Sarson ka saag with roti.. Aloo parantha , keema parantha and a lot of other stufffffffffffffff πŸ™‚

    but then thats for me πŸ™‚

    • LOL πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    • Slurp Slurp !!

      I wish he was fine with all this πŸ™‚

  4. Ah… the same story!! Try, Tarla Dalal’s books… Fun Food for Children, Healthy Snacks for Kids!

    • Ohh ya ..i have that book ..good you reminded me πŸ™‚ I tried the banana walnut pancake from that this weekend which he tried after a great fuss but I guess he did like it πŸ™‚

      Will keep it in his box one day and see πŸ™‚

  5. Dosas? Upma?

    • onion dosa was once a favourite ..not any more 😦

  6. pancakes, whole wheat muffins? colored dosas/pooris? veg and cheese cutlets, idlies… chopped fruits, these days mangoes is the favorite. fruit sandwich? fruit skweres?

    • pancakes , I can try , did try one this weekend. Baking is not my cup of tea , I am a big ZERO there πŸ™‚ And fried stuff like pakoras and cutlets, he does not like much (which is so strange :P) Chopped fruits , I am sure he wud have but will have be filling enough ?

  7. Try dry rice items, i mean non-sticky rice. Methi rice, tomatoe/coconut/ rice,(mixed with enough of ghee-fried groundnuts,cashewnuts,walnuts,etc) lemon rice, chapati’s rolled in jam, etc.My wife does this for my dauhgter and it works πŸ™‚

    • Those are some nice ideas ..will try πŸ™‚ Thanks

  8. Cheese cubes, cheese slice sandwiched between biscuits (most kids love cheese), handful of dry fruits with a chapati roll, macaroni topped with grated cheese, home-made tava pizza (it works)!

    • home-made tava pizza ..yeah shd try that ..thanks !

  9. I really understand your problem, as it is very common with moms. Well, i just read this a few months back, if kids love junk, it is always better to blend the same with other nutritional foods.
    Eg: Mashed potato can be nicely be mixed with spices, onion, ketchup and other toppings that you prefer and the same mixture can be stuffed in brown bread or rotis (You can just roll the same roti to make it look like franky) πŸ™‚ I can bet that your child will refuse to take franky for tiffin.

    • I am sorry a small correction in the last line above ” I can bet that your child will NEVER refuse to take franky for tiffin.”

      • Thanks a ton ..will try franky πŸ™‚

  10. Thank you all ..I really appreciate all the help ..as first step the banana walnut pancake worked yesterday ! I am so motivated now πŸ™‚

  11. Stuffed Paratha(Paneer/Aloo/carrot-beetroot/palak-methi/dal or mashed black chana/grated cheese)…and yes, i too keep the paratha size small or cut them into 3-4 triangular pieces.

    –Uttapams- I make them like little mini dosas sprinkled with grated carrots,onions,caspsicum,cheese or any shredded veggies)

    –Mini Idlis or baby idlis.

    –A bread roll or paneer/veggie roll (cut into two portions) , with a curd based dip or ketchup, as u like.

    –Cheelas—dal, mixed dals, sooji, besan, soya.

    –Peas,carrots,baby corns, capsicum and corn pulao….she insisted on this one day, as one of her class mate brought rice regularly!

    –Sandwiches (chutney-cheese/mashed potatao/paneer-bhurji/grated carrot and cheese/jam and butter/curd and cheese spread)

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