Experts believe that one of the best ways to develop your child’s taste buds, is to feed them a diverse variety of foods from the word go. Today, baby food is no longer restricted to fruit pulp and cereal porridge and has moved to become Instagram-friendly platters that are as colourful as they are healthy. These food blogging mommys pick the best of their Indian regional cuisine, along with several international ideas and present children-friendly recipes.
Bong Mom Cookbook
In a bid to pass on everything she learnt from her mother, mom-in-law, mashis-pishis, kakimas-jethimas to her two daughters, Sandeepa Datta Mukherjee started a Bengali food blog that translated into an epic cookbook titled Bong Mom’s Cookbook in the year 2013. On this mom’s blog you’ll find lunch box ideas like kheema quesadillas, egg curry and other ideas that help you incorporate different food groups into your child’s diet. She has a massive range of classic Bengali recipes like a Bengali fish fry, charchari: a hotchpotch of vegetables and sweets like sandesh or orange kheer, also known as kamla lebur kheer that fit a weekday dinner table just right. The blog is rooted in tradition but once in a while will treat you with recipes like savoury puff tartlets, banana bread with orange zest and so on.
One of the most underrated Indian cuisine, Sindhi food is spectacular and needs to be spoken about more often. Alka Keswani runs a food blog since 2008 and dives deep into traditional recipes that range from basic Sindhi curry and aloo tuk to nuanced recipes like kuneh ja bhee (steamed lotus stem chaat) and awran jo murabo (gooseberry conserve), all that suit a growing adult’s meal plan. She has a special kid’s corner on her blog where this mom of one shares recipes that will win the fussiest of eaters. These feature dal sandwiches, tuk chaat, kulfi and so on. Since Sindhi food isn’t too heavy on dairy, some of these ideas fit those following a vegan diet plan too.
Mom Under Pressure
If you’re a busy Indian mom, this one is for you. Michele Narsinghani is a clinical pharmacist and mom to a four-year-old. She is based in Chicago and her take on Indian cuisine is regional and traditional, yet modern and cool. Take for example the hariyali pesto paneer pizza, vegan eggplant kofta, keema stuffed naans that she blogs about. She goes by the name Mom Under Pressure because of the fact that her busy schedule leaves her with little time to spare, yet she insists on good-looking, glamorous and delicious meals for her family. Besides Indian cuisine, you’ll also find cakes, bakes, wraps and tarts on her blog.
The Curry Mommy
The Curry Mommy is based out of the Bay Area in California, but has a strong Indian bent. She is a mother to two girls and uses her blog to help other mothers with not just kid-friendly recipes but also baby skincare tips! On her blog you’ll find tips like how to keep kothmir fresh to recipes of dishes like sooji seera, Gujarati khichdi, Surti khaman and hold your breath….an avocado roti! That’s what happens when you live in the land of Hass avocados, California.
Easy Mommy Life
From quirky breakfast ideas for your toddler to bento boxes that can make you satisfy your child’s lunch-time tantrums, this blog has a lot to offer if your children are very young. Here you’ll find ways to incorporate Indian superfoods like ragi, millets, almonds into your child’s diet with ideas like porridges, dosas, ladoos and so on. Alongside, there are also food-based tips like fighting flu with a soup or foods for weaning children or breastfeeding mothers.
Khandekar has been running a successful food blog since 2008. In India, she is one of the most renowned food bloggers and is the final word on Marathi cuisine because of the deep knowledge about the region and its food. She’s penned several cookbooks, including Pangat, a Feast: Food and Lore from Marathi Kitchens and is a mom of three children which makes a lot of her recipes naturally kid-friendly. Take for instance the bhadang bhel, baked karanji, coconut bhaat, patole and mango sasav, those that can help you strengthen your know-how about traditional Maharashtrian cuisine and keep the kid happy.
Run by Uma Raghuraman, this mother of two has a following of over 1.5 million fans and over 100 lunch box ideas! Save it for after the virtual school world. From vegan recipes to those that focus mainly on championing the cause of South Indian cuisine, she serves up not just rasams but several varieties of it (orange peel rasam!), different types of kuzhambu, chutneys and dosa recipes. She teaches her readers how to cook based on diets too, for instance if your child prefers a vegan or a gluten-free diet, Raghuraman has you covered.
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