Mixed Vegetable Vada!

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I guess there must be very few precious things that could upset a 2 yr old baby. But when it does, it must be an abyss. Kids have such innocent approach and their take on most things, make you want to cuddle them to you, to protect them from all outside hassles. Life is so cruel, it forces a baby to learn and face such adversities at such young age. What would you think when a child that young, is forced to part with its most favorite thing. Yes I was forced to be cruel enough to keep away the feeding bottle from Peddu!

He has the habit of suckling it when he feels sleepy. The moment he takes his feeding bottle, he conks off to sleep as an angel that he is. Only saving grace has been the fact that its an empty feeding bottle. I know if its a bottle with milk or juice, it would have been even worse. Still the doctors advised me that its high time I made him break this habit. It broke my heart to see him pining for his dear bottle, but I had keep it away. I explained to him patiently that its bad for him and he shouldn’t ask for it. He nodded his head as if he understood. The first time was so hard, he was crying insistently. Finally I had to give in. But next morning I again spoke to him about it. He looked so pitifully at me, with a look that asked why he was forced to sacrifice his most beloved bottle. Its been four days now, there has been great progress on his detachment to his bottle. Hopefully end of this weekend, he should be able to break free from a habit he learnt as an infant. Life is really cruel to make a baby learn to be detached with material things!

Though a mother can never love one child more than the others, a wee bit is always more towards one child, whom she feels need more protection. My darling Peddu is so innocent, I know the other two can fend for themselves. Peddu is always behind one of us, with questions asking about everything he sees. He is so inquisitive to know his surroundings. While Konda and Chinnu have wheels on their feet and can never be idle for even a micro second, Peddu is more content to be sitting with us and watching and laughing at the antics his siblings will be up to. Not that he doesn’t join them in their play, when he does the house is turned up side down with three little monkeys jumping around!

Coming to the recipe for the day, I feel happy sharing a snack that my kids loved when I made it for them. I don’t mind giving them deep fried snacks. Its great to see how they enjoy these snacks.

I know most of you might lift up your nose at yet another deep fried snack, but what is life if its not juxtaposed with deep fried love!

And yes this is a sure way to clean up your pantry, with titbits of vegetables that you can add into this! I literally threw in whatever came to hand, more with the thought that I should make my kids eat their vegetables.

Ingredients Needed:

Mixed vegetables, chopped – 1 cup
Paneer – 1/2 cup
Besan/ Fried gram flour – about a cup (enough to get a thick batter
Rice flour – 3 – 4 tbsp
Salt to taste
Coriander leaves – 3 -4 stalks
Curry leaves – 4
Oil for deep frying.
Green chillies – 1 chopped (adjust to taste
Chili powder as per taste (opt)

Method to prepare:

Chop all vegetables, in a bowl mix in the vegetables and crumble the paneer. Add the chopped chili and chilli powder if you are using, along with salt. Mix well. If this is for adults, you can very well use more chilies.

Mix in the besan and rice flour, sprinkle water and gather everything together. You will get a thick but wet dough, just enough to pat them down as doughnuts or vada shapes.

Get the oil heated up in a kadai.

Meanwhile, wet your palm and take a ball and pat it down to get a 1 inch thick of vadas. Gently slide it into hot oil, simmer the flame for a while for the inner side to get cooked well.

Drain it to a kitchen towel.

Goes great with sauce!

Note: The vegetables that went in were Cauliflower, Beans, Carrot, Potatoes, Peas. You can just about anything.

My kids sure enjoyed this, try and let me know if yours does!

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  1. good read..Peddu really sounds very cute! those look like regular lentil vadas..this is perfect when you ahve to suddenly make something but did not have the time to soak the lentil and all!!

  2. I never said no to a fried food until now Sri. Unless the doc says “Don’t dare touch those”,I will keep on frying! ;D

    Those vadas looks mouthwatering, with Paneer and veggies it must taste delicious. I will try next week or this weekend! πŸ™‚

  3. Achoooo…so sad to hear about that.You have written it so well..I am sure when he grows up and reads this post,he would feel happy to know how his mother did that to him with a heavy heart!!Lovely vadas..but deep fried..hmm!!

  4. Lovely home cooked vadas are anyday better than Fries cooked in hydrogenated oil – thats my story and I’m sticking to it! πŸ™‚

    Hope Peddu has got over his bottle attachment….my paed warned me so I luckily stopped the bottle when K was one year old – she was too small to protest for too long since hunger took over and she took to the glass in a couple of days! πŸ™‚

  5. Every mom would understand wht u are talking about when it comes to weaning kids off their habits,its so heart breaking for us to be stern to them,though its just necessary for their own good.But don’t u worry,as he had already progressed well in this direction,in coming few days,u (and even he)wont even think about it.It will be just a passsseeee for him in some time
    And coming to this fried snack…i would any day prefer to make this for my kid instead of feeding him those cream coated pastries and empty calories providing cakes.Atleast these have some veggies to boast of health quotient

  6. All food is good as long as we can control ourselves, though I’m not sure I could limit myself to a few of yours.:)
    And I love savoury, crunchy and deep-fried (now my secret is out!).

    Kids are special, each in his/ her own way.

  7. i like your blog very much..i am not able to leave your blog ..not able to sit also becoz i want to go and try your recipes even thogh i am feeling tired..i cant say in words..

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