Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Recipes for Pregnant Women

Pregnancy surely is an amazing experience.. Every women goes through a
different experience. No two pregnancies are the same - I would say...
While I was expecting, I had 2 of my sis-in-laws, 5 friends who were
expecting before or after me ...
Talking to each other used to make us feel better and get different
views as well..
But one thing is for sure, Nausea has been a constant companion for
all of us, in some or the other stage of pregnancy... for some it was
just a friend, for some a best friend and actually being there till
the end of the pregnancy, I was lucky though as for me I just knew it,
never really got harrassed due to it..
As I blog on almost everything, I thought of writing some recipes for
preggy women as well..
So here you go girls, ladies, enjoy the recipes!!!

Recipes for Preggy Women:
Some basic instructions, before the recipes:
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, beans, lentils, and legumes as
they provide vitamins, minerals and fibre.
Eat roti, wholemeal bread and whole grain cereals.
Iron is extremely essential for adequate blood supply to the growing
baby and the placenta. For your iron requirement, eat iron rich foods
for pregnant woman such as green leafy vegetables, dried fruit, and
nuts. Still an additional supplement of Iron Tonic can be helpful, but
do not ignore the natural sources.
Folic Acid Supplements need to be taken all through out pregnancy.
For your requirement of Vitamin C, include citrus fruits, tomatoes,
broccoli, and potatoes in your diet. They help absorb iron.
You are responsible for the supply of calcium to your baby inside that
is necessary for baby's healthy bones.
Dairy products, bread, nuts, fish, and green vegetables are rich in
calcium. Milk, cheese and yogurt contain calcium and other nutrients
needed for your baby's growth.
The diet should contain proteins like paneer, cereals, lentils, dals,
fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken, etc.
Eat cumin as it is believed to increase lactation and reduce nausea in
pregnancy.
And other than this regime, eat and enjoy your heartout ... Discover
your cravings, and indulge into that food...
Here I am sharing some recipes which me and my other preggy friends
enjoyed eating during my pregnancy, though I never had any strong
cravings - I have been eating almost everything during my pregnancy,
but non-veg was definitely on top of my list...
Here you go...
Enjoy!!!

MIXED DAL DOSA (yummy n healthy treat)
Ingredients :
½ cup moong dal
½ cup masoor dal
½ cup chana dal
¼ cup soya flour
2 tbsp whole wheat flour
1 tbsp finely chopped ginger
1 tbsp finely chopped onions
1 green chilly finely chopped
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tbsp fresh coriander
½ tsp red chilli powder
salt to taste
2 tbsp oil
Procedure :
Soak dals overnight in a sufficient water. Strain water from dal and save it.
Grind dals to a fine paste. Add all the seasonings.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat and drop a spoonful of batter,
spread like a dosa or pancake. Cook both sides.
Serve hot with chutney and sambar

CUMIN PEPPER TAMARIND RASSAM: (Khatta-Mittha - yum yum)
Ingredients
2 tsp Tuvar dal (red gram dhal) (cooked in 1 cup water)
1/2 tsp Cumin seeds
1/2 tsp Black Pepper
a pinch of black pepper powder
2 red chillies
1/2 tsp Tamarind paste
1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
5-6 Curry leaves
3 cups Water
1/2 tsp Ghee
1/4 tsp Jaggery
Pinch of Hing (Asafoetida powder)
2 medium Tomatoes (cut into small pieces)
1/4 tsp Mustard seeds
Salt to taste
Method:
Soak tuvar dal in hot water for 10min, add a pinch of turmeric and
cumin seeds to it and pressure cook until soft. Use a whisk to make
into a smooth consistency and keep it aside.
Dry roast cumin seeds, black pepper and grind it by adding a little
bit of water along with red chilies and 2 curry leaves and keep it
aside.
Take a sauce pan, add water and mix the tamarind paste, turmeric,
salt, jaggery and asafoetida and bring it to a boil. Then add the cut
tomatoes.
Let this boil for few minutes, and then after about 5 min.add the
ground mixture and let it simmer for another 5 min.
Lower the heat and add the dal mixture.
For garnishing: Take a butter pan, add ghee, once warm add mustard
seeds. Once it starts to splutter add cumin seeds and sprinkle some
crushed pepper powder and add curry leaves.
Serve hot with dosas or rice or idli.

VEGETARIAN HOT DOGS (instead of outside food-make it at home)
Ingredients :
1 bun (long rectangle)
2 slices of brown bread
½ cup soya granules
2 medium sized potatoes
½ cup paneer
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp cumin powder
2 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp chilly powder
¼ tsp ajwain
2 tbsp finely chopped coriander
1 green chilly finely chopped
½ tsp mango powder
2 tbsp oil
salt to taste
Procedure :
Crumble bread slices and make it into fine crumbs. The soya granules
should have been soaked overnight in water so that it becomes three
times it size.
Place all the ingredients except oil in a mixing bowl. Add all the seasonings.
Divide into equal portions, make shape into cyclinders like hot dog.
Fry them till golden brown.
Serve them in between the bun.
Add lettuce leaves, tomato slices if desired.
Add mayonnaise and mustard sauce if desired.


VEGETABLE AUGRATIN (a different veggie for a change)
Ingredients :
1 cup macroni cooked
2 tbsp oil
1 onion finely chopped
1 tsp garlic finely chopped
200 gm mushrooms sliced
1 large capsicum finely chopped
¼ cup carrots parboiled
¼ cup beans parboiled
For the white sauce
2 ½ cup milk
3 tbsp flour
100 gm grated cheddar cheese
2 tbsp butter
½ tsp pepper powder
½ tsp chilly powder
½ tsp oregano
salt to taste
Procedure :
Heat oil, add onion, garlic and saute for a minute.
Add mushrooms and capsicum, carrots and beans and saute for 5 mins.
Mix all the ingredients in the white sauce.
Light grease a suitable dish.
Sprinkle cheese on top and bake for about 30 mins. till the top is
tolder brown.
Procedure to make white sauce:
In a non stick pan, add butter.
Stir in flour at low heat.
Gradually add milk mixture, stiring continously to avoid formation of lumps.
Continue cooking until slightly thickened. Add the seasonings.
Stir in cheese.

COOLING KOSHIMBIR:
1 cup Sprouts
2 Green chilies
1/2 cup finely chopped corriander
1 finely diced cucumber, (Washed well and cut w/ skin)
1 cup finely chopped carrots
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp mustard seeds
A pinch of Asafoetida (hing)
2-3 Curry leaves
Salt to taste(black salt is better)
1 tsp Oil for tempering
Procedure:
Peel carrots and chop them. Cucumbers can be diced small with the skin
on or without it. Mix the chopped veggies and sprouts in the salad
bowl along with desired amount of salt and let it rest. Chop the green
chilies and keep it aside.
Meanwhile, heat a small pan with oil, once warm add the mustard seeds,
once it starts to splutter add the chopped green chilies and curry
leaves and a pinch of hing.
Add the mixture to the salad mix, then add the lemon juice, stir well
and garnish with chopped corriander.

COOL CUCUMBER LASSI (GOOD FOR YOUR MOOD-SWINGS ;) lolz)
Ingredients :
4 cup yogurt / curd
2 tsp minced ginger
2 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
2 capsicum
½ tsp black salt
salt and pepper to taste
6-8 cups ice crushed
Procedure :
Place all ingredients in the blender except ice.
Blend until smooth.
Serve cool.

DRY FRUIT MILKSHAKE (great for your iron and calcium intake)
8 Dates
4 Fresh Figs (if dried soak it along with the Almonds)
5 Almonds (Peel off skins if you prefer once it is soaked)
5 Pistachios
2 Cashew
5 Currants
1 cup warm (or) cold milk (or) 1 scoop of your favorite flavored ice cream
1 Banana small
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tsp Honey
A pinch of Cardamom (or) 1/2 tsp Vanilla Essence
Hot water for soaking
Procedure:
Soak the dates, almonds, cashews, pistachios and the currants in hot
water for about 1 hour.
Blend all the above ingredients into a smooth paste warm milk. If you
want to have it cold add cold milk or ice cream.

PREGGY - PORRIDGE
Ingredients :
2 ½ cups water
½ cup wheat dalia
½ cup quaker oats
½ cup milk
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup almonds
3 tsp sugar
Procedure :
Bring water to boil over medium heat.
Stir in oats and wheat dalia.
Mix well, until the cereals are cooked about 5-7 min.
Add raisins and almonds, sugar, milk.
Stir it again.

Cheers!!!
Tummy Mummy Amrutha Langs!!!