Archive | October 2013

Sathu Maavu Ganji Recipe (Multi-cereal Health Mix porridge)

In this post I am writing the recipe for a healthy Multi-cereal porridge. I try to give this to my son on a daily basis but this can be consumed by adults as well.

There are a lot of ready-made versions of this available in stores (in India) but as far as I have noticed none of them contain as many ingredients as I like to include in it. Youย  alsoย  have the flexibility to omit a few ingredients if you prepare this at home.

I also like to sprout most of the cereals/pulses as I feel it makes it healthier – this is also not done in most of the store-bought ones.

So here goes my recipe –

Ingredients

Cereals

Raagi (Finger Millet) – 2 cups

Red rice – 1 cup

Parboiled rice (white)/Puzhungal arisi – 1 cup

Bajra (Pearl millet) – 1/2 cup

Jowar (Sorghum) – 1/2 cup

Wheat – 1/2 cup

Oats – 1/4 cup

Sabudana (Javarisi/Sago) – 1/4 cup

Corn – 1/4 cup

Barley – 1/4 cup

Pulses

Green gram (Full moong) – 1/2 cup

Soyabean – 1/4 cup

Chickpeas (Chana kabuli) – 1/4 cup

Fried gram (pottu kadalai) – 1/4 cup

Nuts

Groundnut – 1/8 cup

Cashew – 1/8 cup

Almonds – 1/8 cup

Cardomom – 1 handful

Flax seeds – 1 handful

Procedure

– Out of the above ingredients

  • Raagi, Bajra, Jowar – Wash each separately in water and soak for 2 days and tie in muslin cloth for 2 days in a dark place for sprouting. Then dry in shade till completely dry.
  • Green gram(Moong), Soyabean, Channa – Wash each separately in water and soak for 1 days and tie in muslin cloth for 1 days in a dark place for sprouting. Then dry in shade till completely dry.
  • Red rice, Boiled rice (puzhungal arisi), Wheat – wash and dry in shade till completely dry.
  • Rest of the ingredients use as is.

– Mildly Dry roast all of the above ingredients one by one.

– Mix all the ingredients and blend into a fine powder – if you are in India, you can do this in the flour mill.

Once powdered, your Sathu Maavu Ganji powder is ready. If stored in an airtight container in a dry place, this can be kept for 3 months.

Porridge Recipe

The porridge can be made by dissolving 2 tbsp of this powder in some water. Then add to this glass of milk/water and cook on low flame stirring continuously. Depending on how thick you want your porridge you can vary the amount of porridge mix and the water/milk. Sugar can be added to taste and you can even add a few raisins if you like.

If you would like to have a salty version of the porridge cook the porridge as mentioned above in water, cool it and then add some buttermilk, salt, asafoetida (hing). However for this you might want to leave out the cardamom from the powder as it might not suit the salty version.

Nutritious Ganji Ready!

The process is pretty long but the end product is so nutritious and wholesome that the effort is justified ๐Ÿ™‚

Tips :

– Do not get overwhelmed by the ingredients listing – you can leave out whatever is not available

– The quantities I have mentioned will yield a lot of powder – so if you are not going to make it regularly please reduce the quantities proportionately.

– I started making this for my son from when he was 2 years old but if you want to give it to younger kids, check with your doctor first.

– If you plan on making the salty version, leave out the cardamom.

– Vegans can replace the milk with soya milk or any other suitable milk

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Rocking Bookshelf – DIY – Reuse

This is a short post… Its been a while since I have updated the blog, so just wanted to share this.

During Navarthri, I had to use his shelf for the Golu steps (Check my earlier post for more details on it). So I had to remove all his toys and books from it. There was a wooden rocking horse that his grandfather gifted him for his 1st birthday and now he has outgrown it. But it is so cute that I have not had the heart to dispose it. When I had to move his toys and books, I suddenly had an idea that I could use it as a bookshelf temporarily.

Easy Bookshelf for Kids room ๐Ÿ™‚

Now I am continuing to use it as a bookshelf for my son in his room and he loves it :)!

Rocking Bookshelf – Reuse DIY

Isn’t it rocking indeed ?!

DIY Kid-friendly Dandiya Sticks

With Dusshera around the corner, I know a lot of you will be busy with Dandiya ๐Ÿ™‚ In my son’s daycare they had a Dandiya event last weekend and as part of it, they had asked us to bring Kid-friendly Dandiya Sticks.

Knowing how these kids suddenly forget the dancing and start fighting, the regular sticks could be an issue. So the idea given was to use paper for making the dandiya sticks and decorate it without using glitter/stones etc.

I decided to make the sticks with some packing material foam which was lying around in my craft cupboard (Being a reuse person, I accumulate a lot of such junk). I just wrapped that to form 2 sticks and put sellotape around it. (See pic below)

Packing material foam rolled as sticks with sellotape

Then I found an old drawstring bag which was made out of velvet cloth – I thought it would be nice to cover the sticks with it. So I cut it and hand-stitched 2 pouches to put as covers for the sticks. Before covering it, I also put a small pencil through each of the foam sticks so that the middle portion would get some stability.

Old Velvet drawstring bag

Dandiya sticks ready for decoration!

Used some simple lace to decorate along with some regular fabric paint dots – I would have loved to use some kundan stones but as this was not allowed, I did not use it!

Here is the final outcome.ย  It was so soft that even if you tried to hurt someone with it, you could not ๐Ÿ™‚ ! There was a competition for the best dandiya sticks – though we did not win that, I was kind of happy that I made this absolutely kid-friendly and by reusing stuff I had at home. Let me know what you think!

Decorated Dandiya sticks – Ready to dance ๐Ÿ™‚