How do you make your child eat vegetables? I found my answer with Savory Semolina Muffin and spicy semolina cake. Do you have some other alternates?
Being a mom of 10 years who now is in 6th grade, I am connected with many other moms. I am also a part of a few dozen mom groups. In the open forum like chat groups, we all have been discussing our challenges.
Within those conversations, I found that every mother finds it challenging to make their child eat vegetables. Potato is their kid’s friend and rest other vegetables, their enemy. Many mom’s even confessed that kids are mostly surviving on Maggi Noodles.
Fortunately, as a child I never had these options. The only option I had was “roti and sabji” (and trust me not just potatoes).
I was observing my child for quite sometime and realised that he has become too picky in his choice of vegetables. He has started removing peas from his vegetable and same is the case with carrots. I completely understand the importance of both of these vegetables, however kids don’t. And that is why they are kids. I needed a viable solution.
I am also aware of my child inclination towards muffins. Be it any muffin, he would simply grab one and eat it at different intervals. This was a lot of sweet intake and I was contemplating of replacing sweet muffins with savory muffins. I decided to kill two birds with one stone. This gave birth to the idea of savory vegetable muffins recipe. I just needed to decide on the base cereal for this vegetable savoury muffins. There also I made a healthy choice of picking semolina and crafted savoury semolina muffins.
Vegetarian Savory Semolina Muffin
Inclusion of eggs in baked goodies makes the baked item perish faster. More than often, I keep my recipes egg free. Similarly, this time also, I made eggless savoury muffins. So I was ready to make healthy, eggless, vegetable savory semolina muffin (read benefits of semolina a little later in the recipe). Sounds awesome, isn’t it? Could I make it healthier than this. And yes, I did.
Health benefits of Wheat Bran
Wheat bran is a source of dietary fiber. It helps in preventing diseases like stomach and breast cancer, and gallbladder disease. It is also beneficial in treating constipation, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Health benefits of Semolina
Wheat Semolina is typically a hard variety of Semolina. Digestion process of a human body takes time to break wheat semolina. Therefore, it keeps the hunger away for a long time and hence helps in weight loss.
Semolina is a good source of selenium and iron. Selenium acts as an antioxidant and prevents oxidation of your cell membranes. As a result, the cell membranes stays healthy. Selenium also improves the immune system of your body. Iron, on the other side, helps increase in red blood cells. Furthermore, Iron in your diet helps circulation of oxygen in your bloodstream. Institute of Medicine recommends a daily intake of 150 mg iron and 60 microgram of selenium.
Few other reasons to prefer healthy Semolina in your diet:
- Cooks Fast.
- Fiber rich diet.
- Potassium in Semolina improves hearth health.
- Helps in lowering cholesterol.
- Good source of Vitamin B and Vitamin E.
- Zinc, Calcium and Magnesium in semolina helps the nerves and reproductive system.
- Low glycemic index and recommended for diabetic people.
- Improves metabolism.
Other Indian semolina recipes where you can use this healthy semolina are:
- Fresh Pizza dough
- Semolina Pudding
- Semolina cookies
- Rava Dosa
Finally, let us get down to recipe of Indian savory semolina muffin made of roasted semolina.
|Grated carrot||½ cup|
|Chopped capsicum||¼ cup|
|Roasted semolina with wheat bran||1 cup (100 gm)|
|Fresh curd/ Yogurt||½ cup (120 ml)|
|Water||½ cup (120 ml)|
|Chili flakes||1 tsp|
|Baking soda||1 tsp|
|Pizza seasoning||1 tsp|
|Total Calories||432.65 calories|
|Total Servings||9 muffins|
|Calories per Serving||48 calories per muffin|
In a large mixing bowl, add water, fresh yogurt/curd and whisk it well. Use only fresh curd as sour curd can make muffins taste sour.
Add roasted semolina, oil, all the vegetables and prepare a smooth batter. You can add vegetable of your choice as well. Actually, this is a wonderful way to make a fussy eater eat all the vegetables. Different colour of vegetables will enhance the colour of final outcome as well.
Initially, the batter will be runny. Do not make any adjustments into the liquid amount. Also, do not add more. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes. In the meantime, semolina will soak the moisture and will become soft. This will help to rise the muffins and will keep the muffins moist from inside after baking.
Meanwhile, keep the oven for preheating at 180 °C. Stir the batter. Add salt, chilli flakes, Pizza seasoning and baking soda to the batter. Mix everything well. Batter for savory semolina muffin should be of pouring consistency.
Arrange muffin liners in a tray and fill each upto 2/3. Finally, sprinkle some grated cheese on top. Bakes these muffins in a preheated oven at 180 °C for 25 minutes or until they pass the toothpick test.
If you want to make these muffins in Microwave convection or without oven, check the notes in the recipe card.
Once baked, take out the muffins from oven and let them cool completely before serving. Savory Semolina Muffin are ready.
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