In my endeavour to make everyday meals more nutritious, I incorporate a lot of whole grains, nuts, fruits and seeds in our food. In most of the breads and cakes that I bake, I use whole wheat flour. I keep experimenting with conventional recipes by adding healthy ingredients. To make kids eat healthy food, I have developed a lot tricks whereby healthy ingredients are beautifully hidden in their favourite food. I often add almond meal to porridges and breads. Recently I made their favourite semolina pudding by adding almond meal and flax meal. My kids enjoyed it. They would have never had flax seeds otherwise. Here goes the recipe-
4 tablespoons semolina
2 ½ cups milk
4 tablespoons crumbled jaggery or brown sugar
5 to 6 dried figs
2 teaspoons flaxseeds
Handful of raisins
Handful of cashew nuts
Seeds of four cardamoms
Roast semolina in medium flame till a sweet aroma emanates and colour begins to change. Add milk and cook till done. Powder almonds and flax seeds. Add to semolina. Cook for another five minutes. Turn off the gas. Add crumbled jaggery. Add raisins, cashews nuts and figs. Powder the cardamom seeds and add to the pudding. Serve hot.
My Notes: After adding almond meal and flax meal, pudding becomes thick. You may add more milk to get desired consistency. Do not cook after adding jaggery as it may curdle the milk. You may also add jaggery or brown sugar according to your taste.
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