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My little one does not enjoy eating food. She is a picky eater. I took her to a paediatrician several times to understand what the problem was and what I can do to get her to eat food. The paediatrician did not prescribe medication. Instead, they told me to try different foods and even suggested that I gave her pasta once in a while. So I tried making wheat semolina pasta for my child and she loved it. She relishes it every time I make it for her.
Here is a recipe for pasta that I make for her. My picky eater loves this pasta (or patha, as she calls it!).
1. Pasta – 11/2 cups (or 20-25 in no.)
2. All-purpose flour – 1 tsp
3. Ghee – 1 tbsp
4. Milk – 1.5 cups
5. Salt to taste
Utensils You Can Use to Cook Pasta
1. Pressure cooker (optional)
2. Wok (kadhai)
1. Cooking Pasta: In a pressure cooker, add two cups of water, pasta, and a pinch of salt, and mix well. Pressure cook the pasta over medium flame for 1 whistle. Wait for 10 minutes or until the steam subsides to remove the lid. (You can also cook pasta in boiling water in a pan. Since I make it for my child, I prefer cooking pasta in a pressure cooker.)
2. Draining and Rinsing: Transfer the cooked pasta in a colander and strain the excess water and rinse it with cold running water. Keep aside.
3. Cooking Pasta: Heat the ghee in a kadai. Add all-purpose flour and sauté until you get a fine paste. Stir in the milk slowly, sauté the mixture well so that no lumps are formed. Once the milk starts boiling, add in the pasta and some salt. You can also add a pinch of pepper or oregano if you’d like. Mix well and let it cook on medium flame until you get a thick and creamy texture.
Tip: While cooking, do involve your child as it will get them interested!
I let my child observe when I am cooking for her, especially when I drain it. I usually say, “Look what mummy is preparing for you. Yummy, yummy pasta.” And she repeats in excitement and is even more excited to eat!
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