You hear all the time that kids are fussy eaters and you got to try all kinds of tricks to get them to eat good stuff. I must say I got lucky, both my kids never troubled me with eating, they eat anything & everything I make for them( may be barring ‘indian bitter melon).
I also see and hear that the kids want to eat junk and throw tantrums if they don’t get any. I have seen kids eat chicken nuggets everyday. Again, I can not complain here, my kids don’t eat junk at all, in fact if you open my pantry, you will not find any chips, cookies with vegetable shortening. Instead of eating something that is processed and full of preservative, excess salt and sugar, my family eats dry fruits, dehydrated fruits & veggies, nuts…I am very thankful for that.
As you can see, my pantry is loaded with nuts, dry fruits, healthy indian style popped lotus seeds etc. I have a designated place for everything so they find it easily. Most of my containers are clear and labeled.
So back to the making food for kids. I feel that if you make it fun, the kids enjoy and might try different things.
Today’s recipe is one such fun recipe. It is tasty, healthy and easy to make.
Chicken porcupine kabob
It is a very simple recipe and if you have all the ingredients, you can make it in under 30 mins.
3/4 lb ground chicken ( I use a combination of breast & thighs)
1/2 onion chopped really fine
1-2 cloves of garlic crushed
1/2 inch Ginger, chopped or grated
1 green chill finely chopped
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2 tsp cumin powder
3/4 tsp coriander powder
1 tbsp chopped cilantro
1 tbsp chopped mint
1 tsp chaat masala
1/2 cup basmati rice plus 1tsp salt, soaked for 1 hour
1 tbsp oil
Drain the soaked rice. Take it on a plate.
Start boiling the water to steam out Kabob.
Mix all the ingredient for kabob very well.
Take the oil in a bowl.
Make small balls from the chicken mixture. Dip it briefly in the oil, and roll in the rice grains.
Arrange them on the steamer dish.
Steam for 5-7 mins depending on the size of the chicken ball.
Take out one and check if the chicken is cooked through.
As you can see the rice is steamed and pluffs up nicely.
You can serve these with spicy mint chutney or a sweet and sour tamarind chutney or tomato ketch up.