There are days when there is veggie rice or khichadi leftover from an unfinished meal and T just wouldn’t want to touch it again. So I am happy to recycle it for him into a form thats more acceptable. Presenting, rice cutlets.
It’s amazing that even toddlers gravitate towards food that is fried, whether pan or deep as long as it is crip on the outside and soft on the inside you can never go wrong and I am starting to think is a primal instinct. I mean don’t we all just love crisp food? I for one do!
I usually serve this with sweet mustard yoghurt dip and the combination seems to work rather well.
For the cutlet
- Leftover rice
- 1 slice of bread
- Salt to taste
- Ghee for pan frying
Crush the bread and combine all ingredients except the Ghee and make the cutlets. Heat the pan and add Ghee to it. When sufficiently hot, shallow fry the cutlets. Serve warm
For the yoghurt dip
- Pinch of mustard powder
- Pinch of salt
- A little sugar
Drain the water from the yoghurt for about half and hour. Add all the ingredients and mix until its smooth. Serve as a dip with the cutlets.
On the 25th was T’s star birthday which his awesome grandparents celebrated in grand style. Everyone gorged on yum food and I needless to say on ‘Dosas’, at the function and at home. I simply cannot get enough of CRISP paper thin dosas which my MIL is a total goddess at!
So after three days of oblivion on whether my fridge was stocked up for the coming week or not I came home to a rude shock of a nearly empty fridge. I really didn’t have the time to go veg shopping for T so I could fix him his regular meal so I decided to make do with what I had and this is what I had:
- Half a red pepper
- 1 small Apple &
- 2 medium carrots
I figured the combination was a little odd but since all the given fruit and veg were inherently sweet in nature I thought this could turn out to be an interesting one and it sure did!
Heres what I did:
- Grated the pepper, apple and carrots
- Sautéed it all in a teaspoon of ghee
- Added in a cup of water &
- Cooked until it got real soft
- A tablespoon of fresh cream / Malai
- Added in half a Katori of slightly mashed steamed white rice
Thrilled to report T relished his lunch and even had a scoop of cold curd to ‘seal the deal’. Happy Tummy equals Happy Mummy!