Palak (Spinach) Puri/ Paratha and Buttermilk
If you’re a mum who constantly thinks of finding the best nutrition for your child, packed all in one, this meal is perfect for you. This simple meal delivers 50% daily requirement of Protein and Calcium for your child along with 15 vitamins and minerals and also adds good bacterias to their gut for smooth digestion.
Most of the times we know what is good for our kids daily nutrition. However, in today’s pressing times, and/or reliability on house-help, we tend to forego or forget the traditional purpose and recipe of any dish. Juggling between ‘what nutrition to feed my child and how to include it my child’s routine’ we tend to lose track of the core method of preparation.
Buttermilk is a great example of this. Traditionally, butter milk was prepared after extracting butter from curd, fresh, everyday. The water (whey) left behind after churning the curd was the true buttermilk. This is a painstaking process but worth it! Agricultural workers still drink this before hitting the fields everyday. Nowadays, and even at my place, I have been served buttermilk which was simply a high speed churn of curd in the mixer, topped with salt and roasted jeeras (cumin). While this is not bad, but it is not what it was meant to be.
Whey is a Superfood. It’s a powerhouse of Protein along with gut healing bacterias.
Spinach is one food which has a never-ending list of benefits, densely packed with over 15 vitamins and minerals– vitamin K, vitamin A, manganese, folate, copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, calcium, zinc, fibre, phosphorus, choline and antioxidants. Don’t be overwhelmed, this is just to give you an idea of how nutritious this is!
Without such superfoods in our meal itinerary, it becomes difficult to meet daily nutrition.
If your luck works, and your child agrees, you can top up the meal with a magic chutney made by grinding yoghurt (½ cup), freshly grated coconut (½ cup), almonds and peanuts (½ cup) and garnish with a mix of roasted flax seed powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. This chutney will further increase the protein, calcium and fibre content of the meal.
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By Vaishnavi Tambat