Saturday, 31 August 2019

Not Giving Up

Going by a past few examples of Indian female players, one Gold Medal in a reputed World Championship would mean taking a backseat till the next Olympics. Somewhere in between the Extreme Fame and Perseverance we find sport stars choosing a relaxed sports life rather than thinking about improving performances. But shuttler PV Sindhu’s recent win in the World Badminton Championship proved that Not Giving Up is the new attitude- the new in thing.

PV Sindhu
Post her Olympic Silver medal win in 2016, P. V. Sindhu became a household name in India. For a change one could afford to get hit by a feather weight shuttle instead of the bold Cork balls in the parking lots as children started to play Badminton instead of Cricket. An Economic Times report published in March 2017 said that she was second only to Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli when it came to earnings from brand endorsements. 
But this year in her very first tournament of the season the Indonesia Masters 2019 Sindhu lost to Carolina Marin in two consecutive games. In her next tournament on the home ground she lost in the final to Saina Nehwal, another three times National Champion. The All England Badminton Championship again turned out to be a big disappointment for Sindhu due to her loss in the very first round to the feisty Korean opponent. The saga of losses continued in the India Open, the Malaysian Open, the Singapore Open, Indonesia Open and then the Japan Open. The critics, social media reporters and users felt that her spark had ended and so was her Badminton career.
Badminton World Championship 2019
Imagine her situation when she entered the World Championship. Although she was fifth seeded, she had not won any final in this season. She had to give her best in each of the matches till she reached the Final where she was to face Nozomi Okuhara of Japan. Although she looked a little unprepared in some of the matches till the semi-finals, she won in straight two sets 21-7, 21-7 against her opponent. In the process she also became the first Indian to win this Championship. She wrote history and with that she also proved that Not Giving Up was the new Attitude.
Imagine how difficult it is to lose and overcome when so many people in addition to your own parents and family members are watching over. In fact the whole country’s expectations are that she must win every single championship. There is no room for excuses or weaknesses. And in such a situation when you are failing again and again, it must be so difficult to keep up the pace.
Back to Childhood Days
P V Sindhu started playing the game when she was hardly eight years old. With an elder sister who was also a Handball player and an Arjuna awardee father who played Volleyball, Sports must have been an integral part of the daily routine. But it’s not an easy decision to pursue sports professionally in India, keeping in mind the importance we give to Academics in India. It must have been a tight rope walk managing her daily practice sessions, back-to-back tournaments, commercial endorsements and if she gets time, some studies.

Not Giving Up

Every day while she saw the kids living around her getting up late in the mornings, going to school/college, then doing homework after coming back from school/college, attending extra classes at coaching centre and then strolling in the parks in the evenings doing nothing; she was running around with her gear the whole day from one practice session to another. It must not have been easy to get used to the Losses in the beginning. She must be upset about her first defeat. It must have been difficult to control emotions or let’s say not to try and show your disappointment, frustration and anger to others. The thought of Not Giving Up would not be so important then because maybe that was just the first defeat.

But what after you lose every tournament you play in this season? It must be very difficult to think about Not Giving Up! There must be a moment when Doubt on own abilities must have peeped in to her and her coach’s mind. Maybe that’s when they must have done some retrospection to understand the meaning of so many failures. Maybe it was to prove the value of coming so far and Not Giving Up yet.

That’s exactly what every parent and kid needs to learn about sports, studies or anything you do in life: Not Giving Up is the right way to achieve success. And while I write this article I come to know that MC Mary Kom has been lauded as the Best Woman Athlete in Asia. Read more about this fighter Mommy in my next article. Till then I hope all of you parents are planning 

Not Giving Up…..  

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Denial of Martyrdom

 Comparing Deaths of Osama Bin Laden and John Wycliffe

The Master mind who planned the 9/11 Attacks, the man whom  three US Presidents wanted to catch Dead or Alive was killed one fine day in an affluent suburb in Abbottabad, roughly 62 miles away from Islamabad. The long awaited Justice was delivered for all the relatives of people who got killed in the Twin Tower Attack. More than the operation conducted to kill the Enemy number one, what posed a greater difficulty for US government and CIA specially was the burial of Osama Bin Laden's body. His body had to be buried within 24 hours according to Islamic traditions. US is not the only country to be blamed or held responsible for the Denial of Martyrdom to Bin Laden. It is alleged that Us officials did approach the Saudi Arabian Government for permission to bury Bin Laden's remains in their country as it was his birthplace. But it is believed that no country wanted a share of Osama's Fame in any sense.

Denial of Martyrdom: Osama Bin Laden

Moreover US also feared that burying the man would mean creating a tomb or monument or simply a place which would convert the Man buried below a Martyr in the eyes of his Followers. They wanted to completely finish his legacy from this world. But they had to think fast even because according to Islamic traditions, a dead body needs a burial within 24 hours of a Muslim's death.“Bin Laden's body was flown to the USS Carl Vinson in the North Arabian sea," a senior defense official said. There, aboard a U.S. warship, officials conducted a traditional Islamic burial ritual. Bin Laden's body was washed and placed in a white sheet. The preparations took about an hour. He was placed in a weighted bag that, after religious remarks by a military officer, was slipped into the sea about 2 a.m. [Ibid]

 Phil Stewart of Reuters wrote: “At the funeral service, his shrouded body was placed in a weighted bag and eased into the north Arabian Sea. Religious remarks were translated into Arabic and read aloud, the U.S. military said. U.S. officials have offered various reasons for the at-sea burial, including the need to bury him within 24 hours according to Islamic custom. Others have said it would prevent bin Laden's grave from becoming a shrine. [Source: Phil Stewart, Reuters May 3, 2011]

Blast from the past: 

Instances of Denial of Martyrdom before Osama Bin Laden
This was not the first time that some country was thinking of  plans to incorporate Denial of Martyrdom  to anyone.In times of Crusades,both sides were engaged in completely destroying the good/bad deeds of the other side. World history is full of such examples. But one of the best happens to be from the Great Britain. Somewhere after the Medieval Age and during the Renaissance, there were many who questioned the growing influence of Church and the Pope in the lives of common people. 

But one of the most important one whose life and death was the best example of Denial of Martyrdom was the one associated with the Lollardy Movement and the translations of Bible in vernacular languages: John Wycliffe.

                      John Wycliffe:The Morning Star of Renaissance

Born in 1330 and popularly known as The Morning Star of Renaissance, Wycliffe studied Theology at the Oxford University. He was appointed as the Master of the Balliol College but he resigned to become the Vicar of Fillingham. In 1374, King Edward III appointed him as a rector of Lutterworth and later made him part of a Papal Deputation at Brussels. Pope Gregory heard about this Bold English Master and issued Five Papal Bulls ordering that Wycliffe be shut in the prison. The stage was being set for events which would eventually lead to the Denial of Martyrdom after his death. Wycliffe managed to stay out of the prison because of his friends in London, but finally he did have to face a trial in England in 1378.    During the trial, Wycliffe openly attacked the authority of the Pope. Everyone feared that this was the end of the bold n beloved Vicar,but luckily for the man, Pope Gregory's sudden death and new rule in Kingdom led to the dissolution of the trial and he was saved.

John Wycliffe's beliefs

Wycliffe  believed that the Church had drifted away from its purely spiritual foundations. In reality it had no part to play in the worldly affairs of the state but that was what it had started to indulge in the most. He was strongly critical of the Papal Influence in secular life. He tried to make the religious preaching more accessible to all the common people. 
         John Wycliffe's achievements

 Wycliffe produced a very large body of  literary work, both in Latin and English, a great portion of which has been edited by the Wycliffe Society between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. All his works discussed ideas which were revolutionary for the religious times and beliefs prevalent in those days. For instance, he believed that Christ's presence in the Eucharist after consecration was doubtful. But his most important work was the translation of Vulgate's Bible in English (from Latin).For the Renaissance Man,it was an act of extreme courage. It also brought him in direct conflict with the church in Rome. Maybe that's when deep down the Church of Rome had decided to start thinking of Denial of Martyrdom to John Wycliffe if at all it came to that. There were already a few translations of Bible existing in portions, but the whole Bible was not available in the vernacular. He was the first to undertake the enormous task of translating the complete Bible in vernacular. Although he could not complete the task but his disciples  followed in his footsteps and did complete the task of translating whole Bible.

Events that led to the Denial of Martyrdom

In 1382,Wycliffe was expelled from Oxford University because of his opposition to traditional church doctrines. But after his exclusion,Wycliffe became more determined to translate the religious scriptures into English so that it could be read and understood by the common people. This meant they could start questioning the authority of the Pope And Church, in general Also, this would mean that the Clergy at the Church would have to follow the norms laid out in the Bible in true letter and spirit. This agitated the Pope, the clergy men and the Church officials in general. 

In addition, what actually aggravated the whole situation was the Reform movement called Lollardy based on his teachings and works. The "Lollard" is derived from the Dutch word meaning "to mutter". It was probably related to the act of reading the religious scriptures aloud which was the style followed by the Lollards. Lollardy is also known as the first noteworthy movement of Heresy in England. Although it was never a very organized movement,as in there was no one prominent Master/Noble/leader whom Lollards followed or listened to. They were simply a group of people: nobles,clergy, academicians or common farmers who were bound by a common set of beliefs. These believes varied in focus and intensity from time to time. As a result they propagated some common ideas which questioned the church's increasing material interests and its policies of keeping the masses ignorant and away from the scriptures, religious practices and Books like the Bible. 

Wycliffe's health deteriorated in the later years of his life. He probably suffered a stroke while he was attending Mass in his church and three days later died. He was buried at Lutterworth. However in 1415, the Council of Constance gave orders that his body be dug up and thrown into the river. His ashes were thrown in the Swift River in 1428. Predictably, Wycliffe's Bible was denounced by the Church as an authorized and inaccurate translation. In 141, the Constitution of Oxford made a rule saying any act to translate Bible into English would be considered as Heresy.  

Comparing the deaths and Denial of Martyrdom to Osama BIn Laden and John Wycliffe

Although one can not say there are any similarities between the reasons which led to Denial of Martyrdom to Osama Bin Laden and John Wycliffe. Except for the method through which the dead bodies were disposed off in both the cases, there is no similarity in the lives or principles of these two warriors. While Osama had taken to spreading Hatred, Fear and Terrorism in the name of Religion; Wycliffe actually wanted to stop all of these and make religion more acceptable to the masses. While many people who were close to Osama from his childhood days agreed to the fact that he was a calm and composed man who was never found fighting or hitting his own siblings. Then how did the man become what he actually became in the later part of his Life, is not a mystery at all. But in case of John Wycliffe his bold and assertive stand about the role of Church in one's life was way ahead of his times, still it got followers,even in those days.

Whether the Denial of Martyrdom and its method was right or wrong is not for me to decide, but what I do understand from these two examples from the Past is that it is not possible to run away from the past and also Human minds blinded with Power, Ambition and Hegemony work in same ways universally. The race to prove one's supremacy over another's believes, religion or for that matter the way of life, altogether is not one full of instances of  brotherhood, love or compassion. Instead it is void of all that. But what we forget is the simple rule of Physics as told by Newton........

Whatever we throw into the soil or water, 

Comes back to us.....

Who knows, maybe as love, hatred or fear

Comes back to us...

Because it was always there

Somewhere near us........

Saturday, 24 August 2019

Go... Go... Go...Govinda !

Mach gaya Shor sari nagari re,sari nagari re
Aaya Biraj ka banka sambhalteri gagari re!

Go..Go.. Go.... Govinda
Govinda Aaala Re Aala
Zara  Matki Sambhal Brijbala!

Many more such songs from Bollywood are based on the famous folklores revolving around the Hindu God Krishna. The blue-bodied boy with a flute and a peacock feather as his trademark,the creator of Bhagvad Geeta, the saviour of Mathura and creator of Dwarka,one of the Dashavatars of Vishnu,another Hindu deity, Krishna is one of the most explored,worshiped and loved God from Hindu Mythology.His valour, diplomacy as well as well as his negotiation skills have been the topics for much discussion amongst his followers. They dance to the tunes of  Go..Go…Go.... Govinda

And not to forget the main reason for his popularity many feel is his love life: his interest in women folk all around the Indian subcontinent. He was loved by one and all even prior to he actually got married to his wives. One visit to the cities of Mathura and Vrindavan make you aware of not only Indian sect following him but global groups following him and his teachings. For the Brijbasis (residents of Brijbhumi, Mathura-Vrindavan) Krishna is not just a God to be worshiped in isolation, but also a style of living which has to be followed still. Their days start and end with chants like

 Hare Rama, Hare Krishna and

 Go..Go…Go.... Govinda.

Readers must be wondering why I am talking so much about this one Hindu God today! It’s not only because the Janmashtami (Krishna’s Birthday celebrations) was close by. And the words Go..Go…Go.... Govinda were echoed all over the country. Krishna is one of those Gods whose childhood is more interesting and full of stories of valour than his adulthood. In case of any popular Greek Mythical characters, the childhood of the protagonist has been full of depravities. Yet S/he overcome these hardships to perform that one big heroic deed which makes them look like a Hero and then s/he lives happily ever after or dies a heroic death.

In case of Krishna we find his hardships begin even before his birth as his maternal Uncle Kans imprisons his parents because one of her children would kill him eventually. His father still manages to save the child and smuggle him out of the prison and bring him to his friend Nand at Mathura. Here he spends most of his childhood as a goatherd with his foster parents, siblings and friends.

It is here that most of his acts of innocence, adventure and valour take place. It is here that he tries to save his friends from the clutches of various kinds of deadly animals, demons, demigods and other natural threats. There are stories wherein he manages to kill a sorceress who tries to breast feed poison to him, kills the huge serpent who tries to pollute the main water source of the village while people keep on chanting his praises as they say Go..Go…Go.... Govinda.

 In short, he starts with heroic deeds from the time he is an infant! Is that actually possible? There are many parallels of such acts in Greek and Roman Mythology, for instance characters like Achilles, Hercules! So what makes Krishna so special? It is that even after such acts of valour, it is the normal deeds of a goatherd that keep him grounded and associated with common folk like us. All his stories in the background highlight the fact that he enjoys his childhood activities such as playing with the cattle, his pranks with the Gopis (female milkmaids) and his eternal love for dairy products such as Buttermilk, cheese and so on.

Every time his adventures start with some routine activity that he is performing as a kid: maybe loitering in the house as a toddler, playing under the trees in the courtyard, swimming in the lake with friends or maybe going to the hills to feed the cattle and singing loudly Go..Go…Go.... Govinda. That is when he encounters his adversaries shows some presence of mind and common sense which becomes famous as an act of heroism! And the best part is all this happens while his parents are in the prison in his own uncle’s kingdom! There is no feeling of angst, jealousy or anger in any of his foster parents even when they tell him that he is not their biological son and has to go and free his biological parents from the Prison.

With this kind of a broken family he goes on to rescue his parents, win kingdoms and hearts of his followers and preach the philosophy of life through Geeta. I believe that is what the magic of childhood is. If we give the same kind of love, affection and trust to our children today there will be less of broken houses and hearts in today’s world too. So this Janmashtami, go on and show your love for your child while you celebrate the birth of Go..Go…Go.... Govinda!

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Eating the Rainbow

Many times it is difficult for the parents to encourage their children to eat food that is healthy and nutritious but still it is not always appealing to them. Adding a little colour to the plate and the food that you prepare for them will make lot of positive changes in your kids’ appetite and eating habits.  The phrase “Eating the Rainbow” refers to adding most of the colours, found in the rainbow to your kid’s meals in such a way that it the meals become healthy and nutritious. While doing so, you are also taking care eliminating certain sins such as GLUTTONY and teaching them concepts like SATEITY, COMPASSION and PATIENCE.
You must be thinking I am exaggerating. But no, it’s true. Studies have even proved that even the colours of the plate, leave apart the food affect the levels of satiety that a child or adult can feel. So, the bottom line is colours do play an important role in determining the food habits and how children perceive their meals. This means, the modern lifestyle diseases such as Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension and Stress Anxieties can be controlled or limited to certain extent with the help of adding some colours to your plate. That is what I mean by “Eating the Rainbow”.           
                                Advantages of “Eating the Rainbow”

There are lots of advantages of “Eating the Rainbow”, the first and most important being the nutrition that the colours add to your plate.   
  In addition to it, the most important thing when it comes to picky eaters or fussy kids is that the colours break the monotony and make even the boring sandwiches interesting if you make them to look like and call them the Tricolour Sandwiches. For instance if you layer your sandwich with something green such as the cucumber, something saffron/orange like the carrots and something white as the radish or may be the cheese, the sandwich becomes Tricolour!

So it doesn’t mean you have to look for exotic or expensive veggies and fruits to start “Eating the Rainbow”. It means you need to look for colours in your cellar and plan your meals in such a way that every meal is multi colour. For example, in your child’s breakfast you go for some sandwiches or milk or fruits such as pineapple/mango or banana. Now this means roughly two-three colours in every meal.     

Do not always keep it monotonous such as only the chapattis/rice/Pooris and a vegetable like the mashed potato.       Here’s a quick list of certain colors of food that indicate an abundance of specific nutrients. You can include any of these to various meals in order to ensure your kid is “Eating the Rainbow”:
       Yellow, red and orange fruits and vegetables (citrus fruits, gourds,) are abundant in vitamins C and A
       White and Cream coloured Foods (milk products such as paneer, cheese, butter, buttermilk and curd)

·            Green fruits and veggies (green peas, spinach, fenugreek, asparagus, avocado) are high in vitamins K, B, and E
        Brown Foods (almonds, kiwi, chickpeas, whole wheat, beans) are rich in Vitamin E, B complex, zinc, magnesium, chromium
           Blue, Deep Red, Purple produce (blueberries, eggplant, red cabbage, grapes) are high in vitamins C and K

Dangers of Eating the Rainbow

An over-focus on "nutrients" and "vitamins" leads to nutritionism, or the over-focus on food being a collection of vitamins and nutrients, rather than a whole package that your body treats differently depending on how its eaten, prepared, or what you eat alongside it. It's easy to focus too closely on colors and nutrients and avoid the real goal—a balanced diet full of fresh, varied produce. When it comes to health and nutrition, it's important to remember that focusing on one thing—especially when it comes to vitamins and minerals—is generally a bad idea. For most people, as long as you eat a well-rounded, balanced diet, you'll get the nutrients you need, in a form that your body can use.

Methods to ensure "Eating the Rainbow"
Offering a wide range of colours in children’s food not only looks great but also ensures that children are receiving a great variety of nutrients. Here are some healthy ways you can interest children into the marvellous, colourful world of fruit and vegetables.
       A great way to keep track of the colours children eat each day is to create a fruit and vegetable rainbow poster. Every time the children eat a colourful fruit and vegetable they can place a corresponding coloured sticker on the rainbow or get them to colour in a small section on the rainbow. This is also a great activity that parents can do with their children at home.
·      Make a tropical rainbow fruit salad with fruits of each colour: oranges, strawberries, mango, kiwifruit, bananas, and blueberries. Stir fry your own mix of vegetables using each colour: red onions, carrots, baby corn, broccoli and mushrooms.
So, parents take advantage of the visual appeal of a rainbow of colours and help your kids to enjoy the healthy, nutritious meals throughout their lives.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Best Foods for Weight Gain in Kids: Part II

 Recipes using Best Foods for Weight Gain in Kids

As a mother working in a job with frequent transfers all across the country, I learnt about different best foods for weight gain in babies. I also learnt about interesting recipes and ways in which the natives of one region of the country made best foods for weight gain in Kids. For the benefit of some of the first time parents who are not so confident in cooking, I would be sharing some of these easy, quick to make but high protein/calorie recipes of best foods for weight gain in kids.
Here are some of my favourite recipes of dishes to be made with best foods for weight gain in  kids

Recipe no 1: Grandma’s Classic Chicken Soup

Recipe type: soup Cuisine: American Prep time:  15 mins Cook time: 1 hour, Serves: 05 kids
1 /2 kg chicken, cut into 8 pieces, 1/2 kg  chopped carrots, ½ kg onions, 2 cloves garlic, crushed; salt, pepper, parsley/coriander to taste, a teaspoon of pepper, 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped ginger
Place the chicken pieces in a large pan, cover with water, and bring it to a full boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and skim off any foam that rises. Add the chopped carrots and onions, and simmer for 1 hour, topping up with water as necessary. Crush the garlic and add then season to taste with salt, pepper, parsley and coriander. For a thicker soup, scoop out a ladle or two of the veggies, puree them in a food processor and stir back into the soup.

Recipe no 2: Ragi Kheer/Porridge

Recipe type: Dessert       Cuisine: Indian    PREP TIME: 15 mins COOK TIME: 15 mins

Ragi Flour - ¼ cup, Figs – 2, Dates -4, Almonds – 5, Cashews -5, Pistachios -5, Powdered cardamom - ¼ tsp, Saffron - a pinch (optional), Milk -1.5 cups, Hot Water - 1.5 cups, Ghee/Clarified Butter - 3 tbsp + 1tsp, Powdered Jaggery or brown sugar - 2-3 tbs

Measure brown sugar or jaggery (if using) and keep aside. Melt jaggery and strain water if using jaggery with impurities. Take a pan and add a tsp of ghee, roast the cashews, almond and pistachios for a minute. Remove from the pan once done and set aside. Soak dates and fig in warm water for 15 minutes, and then grind them in a blender to a smooth paste with the water used for soaking the figs and dates. In a pan, add the remaining ghee and the ragi flour. Sauté the ragi flour in ghee for 5 minutes or until nice aroma comes. Then add hot water little by little. Mix well without any lumps. Now cook everything in a low flame for 5 minutes or until the ragi gets cooked well and the kheer becomes thick and shiny. Stir it continuously otherwise it gets stick to the bottom. Once the ragi is cooked, add milk (for babies above one year) and cook it further for 5 minutes. For babies below one year, skip this step. Then add powdered cardamom, ground dates fig paste and powdered jaggery or brown sugar (if using) .Mix well and cook it further for 2-3 minutes. Finally add ghee roasted nuts and saffron (if adding). Once this is done, switch off the flame.  For babies below one year, add 2 tsp of nuts powder instead of whole nuts.  Add formula milk once the kheer is warm. Your kheer is ready for serving/feeding the babies.
This is one of the best foods for weight gain in kids. It is easy to feed, high on protein and calorie for all ages of kids.

Recipe no 3: Tortilla de Patata (Spanish Omelette)
Recipe type: breakfast meal Cuisine: Spanish Prep Time: 10 min Cooking Time: 01-05 min Serves: 4-6 kids

01 tablespoon oil, 06 eggs, 200 grams new potatoes, 01 onion thinly sliced, 01 red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced, 02 tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped, 01 tablespoon milk, 02 tablespoon finely grated cheese, 01 teaspoon salt and pepper powder

Let the potatoes cook in a saucepan of boiling water for 08-12 minutes until tender. Drain and leave to cool and then slice. Heat oil in a frying pan and cook the sliced onion and red pepper until soft. Add the tomatoes and cook for a minute. Add the potatoes to the pan and spread out evenly. Beat the eggs, milk, cheese, salt and pepper powder together in a bowl. Pour it over the potato mixture. Cook for 04-05 minutes until the eggs set underneath the potatoes. Leave it to cool in a plate after that and then cut them into smaller triangular pieces and garnish it with pepper flakes/ powder as your kids like and serve.

Recipe no 4: Sugar Plums

Recipe type: Finger food Cuisine: European Prep time:  10 mins  Cooking  time:  10 min  Serves: 2-3 kids

3/4 cup nuts or seeds, toasted   1/2 teaspoon orange zest 1/2 cup dried plums (prunes)   1/4 cup maple syrup 1/2 cup dried apricots    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup dried cranberries   1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/4 cup dried cherries 

 Put all ingredients in a food processor. Mix until smooth. Wearing gloves roll into 1-inch balls. Store them in the refrigerator in an airtight container. Plums are ready for serving to the kids in lunch boxes/eating at evening snack time.

Recipe no 5: Dalia Upma
Recipe type: Snacks Cuisine: Indian Prep time:  10 mins  Cooking  time:  15-20  mins   Serves: 2-3 kids
1 1/2 cup broken wheat (dalia), 1 medium green chilli, 1/4 cup peas, 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds, 2 1/2 cup water, 1/2 medium chopped onion, 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger, 1/4 cup diced carrot, 1 1/2 teaspoon refined oil
For Garnishing: 1 handful chopped coriander leaves
Clean and wash the broken wheat thoroughly under running water. Drain the excess water and keep the broken wheat aside till further use. Now add refined oil in a pressure cooker and heat it over moderate flame for a minute. Add the mustard seeds and once they start to splutter, add onions, green chilli and ginger. Sauté the ingredients till the onions turn slightly pinkish in hue.
After few seconds, add green peas, carrots, broken wheat and salt. Mix well and sauté all these ingredients for 3- 4 minutes on medium-low flame. Add 2 1/2 cups of water in the mixture and pressure cook for 1 whistle. Once the vegetables and broken wheat is properly cooked, turn off the flame and transfer the Daliya Upma in a serving bowl. Garnish the healthy dish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot.
Again this is one of the most economical yet high on protein best food for weight gain in kids.

Recipe no 6: Peanut/Groundnut Butter Balls/Laddoos 
Recipe type: Dessert /finger food Cuisine: American/Indian Prep time: 10 min setting time: 1 hour making time: 10 min serves: 2-3 kids
This is no baking required high on calorie finger food for your little ones. Kids just love it.
1/2 cup creamy peanut/groundnut butter   2/3 cup shredded coconut 1/3 cup maple syrup    1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal 1 tsp vanilla extract    1/3 cup mini chocolate chips 1 cup old-fashioned oats (raw) 
In a mixing bowl, stir together peanut /groundnut butter, syrup and vanilla extract.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until coated.   Transfer mixture to refrigerator or freezer and chill until set.  Remove from refrigerator and shape into 1-inch balls. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container.  

Recipe no 7: Mango Mastani
Recipe type: drink/ a kind of mango milkshake                Cuisine: Indian
Prep time:  10 mins Cook time:  10 mins  Serves: 4 -5 kids

Ripe Mangoes – 2 ( 400 grams ), Grapes – 15 to 16, Cashew nuts – 2 tbsp. ( finely chopped ), Almond – 2 tbsp., Milk – 400 ml, Pistachios – 1 tbsp. finely chopped, Chocolate syrup – 2 tbsp., Ice cream( of any flavour) – 2 scoops
Wash, peel and cut 2 ripe mangoes into small pieces. Keep a little mango aside for making the shake. Take 15 to 16 grapes. Cut its tip and dice into 2 or 4 small pieces.
Put the thick pieces of mangoes in a jar. Add 3 tbsp. sugar, 400 ml milk to it to prepare a thick shake. Blend it well. To prepare Mango Mastani, put the chopped pieces of mango in a glass; pour the mango shake into it. Leave a little space in your glass. Put 1 or 2 scoops of ice-cream in it, Put chopped dry fruits (cashew, pistachios almonds in it. Put a few pieces of mango and little grape pieces on the top. Pour a little chocolate syrup over it. Luscious Mango Mastani is ready. You can serve it to your little ones and relish it. This is another summer time best food for weight gain in kids without much ado.

Recipe no 8: Banana Toffee
Recipe type: Dessert Cuisine: Chinese Prep time: 10-12 min Cooking time: 20 min Serves: 02-04 people
This is again a typical traditional Chinese dessert. You can also try it with different seasonal fruits such as Apple.
 3 not so ripe bananas, ½ teacup plain flour (maida), 2 tablespoons corn flour, ¾ teaspoon baking powder, Oil for deep frying, water, Ice-cubes, For the caramel coating dip: 1/2 teacup sugar, 2 tablespoons oil, 3 teaspoons sesame seeds.

Caramel Coating:  Put the sugar, oil and 2/3 teacup of water in a pan and cook on a high flame for some time. When the mixture begins to bubble, shake the pan continuously to prevent burning. Continue cooking and shaking the pan until the syrup is light brown in colour. Remove from the heat and add the sesame seeds and mix well. Your Caramel syrup for coating the toffees is ready.
 Banana Toffees: Mix the plain flour, corn flour and baking powder in a bowl.
Add water and stir into a smooth, thick batter. Once your batter is ready, peel and cut the bananas into small, round, thick bite-size pieces. Coat the bananas evenly with the batter. Heat the oil for frying the Banana Toffees. Deep fry the toffees in hot oil until golden. Fill a bowl with ice-cubes and cover it with water. Place the fried bananas in the caramel syrup and coat evenly. Drain well and put them into the bowl full of ice-cubes. Keep it for a few minutes till the caramel coating hardens. Drain thoroughly and your toffees are ready to be served.
When infants and toddlers get the right nutrition for their needs it helps them to grow, be healthy and heal more quickly after any illness.  Extra nutrition and extra energy (calories) diet are important to help children gain weight. I have tried all of these recipes and found them to be some of the best foods for weight gain in my daughter. Try these recipes  for weight gain in kids.

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