In today’s post I bring to you a combo of 5 variety chutney recipes or dips that goes well with your toddler’s morning breakfast and snacks.
My little one loves to have idli for her breakfast. Every day it is a big deal when it comes to satisfying my cutie customer.
Whenever I serve idli in her plate, she will ask for chutney or a dip. So I started preparing separate chutneys for her so that her breakfast is more healthy and tasty.
Chutney is a main side dish/dip prepared in south India for idli, dosa, aapam, pongal etc. Chutney will be mostly prepared with fresh coconut.
We can prepare a wide variety of chutneys with vegetables, fresh green leaves and dals, lentils and grams.
For babies and toddlers it is important that we prepare side dishes and dips that are more healthy, less spicy and tempting for the taste buds.
5 Chutney recipes your toddler would love:
Usually no cooking or heating is required for preparing chutney. When you have uncooked coconut, it is healthier.
Below is the recipe for 5 varieties of chutneys or dips for your munchkin. All these recipes can be prepared in less than 10 minutes.
1. Tomato chutney with coconut
This chutney is tangy in taste. It goes well with idli or dosa.
Preparation: In a pan add little sesame oil. To this add 1 teaspoon chana dal, 1 teaspoon urad dal, 10 small onions, few curry leaves and 2 red chilies. Roast them till the raw smell goes.
Fry two tomatoes separately in another pan. Tomato should be fried as a whole until the tomato skin changes color. Finally add half cup of coconut and salt to taste. Grind this by adding water a little by little and your chutney is ready.
2. Tomato chutney
Tomato chutney just needs 5 minutes of preparation time. This chutney is an excellent combination for pongal, idly, chapatti and rice. This can be even served when your little one is sick.
Preparation: Chop 2 tomatoes, 1 onion (optional), 4 crushed garlic, ¼ teaspoon chili powder, cumin seeds ¼ teaspoon, turmeric powder and salt as required.
In a pan add sesame oil. Add jeera when oil is hot and let it splutter. Add onion and garlic and sauté for a minute. Then add the tomato, chili powder, turmeric powder and salt. Add a little water. Once it is well cooked its ready to be served.
3. Coriander leaves chutney
This chutney will go well with idly, dosa, pongal and even with brown bread.
When you are in a real hurry, go for this chutney. It just doesn’t require any cutting and chopping and so can be made in a jiffy.
Preparation: In a mixer jar add one cup of coriander leaves, half cup of coconut, ten small onions, one green chili, two garlic pods and salt to taste.
Make a fine paste and it is all ready to be given to your little one.
4. Groundnut or peanut chutney:
Groundnut chutney is very healthy. Groundnut or peanut chutney should be advisable to be given only during breakfast.
Preparation: Dry roast ¼ cup of groundnut till you get the aroma. When it cools down remove the outer skin of the groundnut (don’t remove the skin completely).
In a mixer jar add ¼ cup of roasted groundnut, one cup of coconut, 2 green chilies, and salt to taste. Make it to fine paste. Yummy healthy groundnut chutney is ready!!!
This chutney is a yummy dip for idly, dosa, chapathi, poori and rice.
5. Coconut chutney
Coconut chutney is popular and can be served even with a main course.
Preparation: In a mixer jar add 1 cup of coconut, ¼ cup of roasted gram (pottukadalai), ¼ of a ginger, 4 garlic pods, ½ red chili and salt to taste. Grind it to a fine paste. Add required amount of water depending on your kids preference.
My baby prefers to have her coconut chutney a little watery.
- It is always best to prepare fresh batch of chutneys
- Coconut must be grated fresh. Fresh coconut is healthier than the stores ones in the fridge
- When you prepare chutneys for toddlers, it can be seasoned with mustard seeds and curry leaves
- The number of chillies can be adjusted according to the hotness
Hope you will try out the 5 chutney recipes mentioned in this post. Do you make chutneys for your toddler? Which is his/her favorite chutney or dip? Share with me in comments.