Quick bites

Toddler meal- Healthy Beetroot Dosa/Pancakes

Like all toddlers, my 1.5 year old is at best finicky, picky and downright refuses to eat if she dosent like or is not in the mood to eat. Each day is a struggle to come up with healthy gastronomical meals for her.
You just can’t repeat the same food item 2 days in a row and coming up with healthy yet tasty recipes can literally drive you mad. Well, in the quest of finding a recipe, I instead came up with a spicy beet root dosa/pancake which is easy and quick to make.
All, you need are the following ingredients:
  1. Store bought dosa mix (Indian pancake mix), my suggestion MTR Dosa mix. 2 tablespoons
  2. 1/4 cup grated small beet root
  3. A pinch of grated ginger
  4. 1 tablespoon organic yoghurt (homemade yoghurt is what I use and is preferable) Propotion if you need to make more is 2:1
  5. 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  6. A pinch of red pepper (yes, you read correct, but my baby does eat as we Indians do eat spicy food)
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
  8. Salt as per taste
  9. Butter/Indian ghee
  10. 1/2 cup water
I also make this for myself and usually just make it more spicy by doubling on the above Propotion of spices. (Please note in the pics I was making a 1 meal for me and the baby and hence the proportion of spices are less in comparison to the amount of dosa/pancake and yoghurt. I have basically taken 6 tablespoons dosa/pancake mix and 3 tablespoon  yoghurt and would have doubled the spices were it not the baby going to have the same as me.)
 


Barring the butter mix all the ingredients till you have a  thick batter just like the batter for fish and chips and make sure you don’t have any lumps, and let it stand for 5-10 mins.
Post the standing time, take a non stick skillet or pan and heat it up. When you are sure the pan is hot, just sprinkle some water and let it evaporate; this helps in cleaning the pan and the pancake dosent stick.
Once, the water evaporates, pour in the prepared batter and spread it quickly and thinly as possible.
Apply butter around the spread batter  making sure all sides are covered and let it brown. Once, the side is golden brown, gently flip it over and cook on the other side. The thinner the batter, the crisper the dosa/pancake, but for toddlers I spread out a thicker batter, brown it one side, flip it over and cover it for 2-3 mins on the other side on a low flame to ensure even cooking. Make sure it is evenly browned on both sides.
And voilà you have a healthy tasty beetroot dosa/pancake which also make a good grown up meal when in a hurry. And best thing is that you can have this as breakfast, lunch/dinner or as a quick snack. When I make it for myself I usually replace butter with vegetable oil and it makes the best quick meal anytime.
Cheers
Namrata
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