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As vegetarians, our family tries to eat alot of tofu.  I couldn’t find very many flavourful tofu recipes for babies – so I improvised one day with refrigerator remnants and ended up with a family favourite.  My 9-month-old eats this as her meal, and everyone else uses this as a pita bread or chip dip.  My secret ingredient here is MTR Rasam Powder (available at your local Indian grocer) – but you can substitute a mix of cumin and coriander powders.

1/2 large potato, peeled and diced
2 tbs olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 ounces soft tofu
1/3 cup peas (frozen, cooked)
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp rasam powder
dash of red chili powder (optional)

Steam the potatoes in the Beaba –  water level 3.  Meanwhile, heat the oil in a skillet.  Add the onion and then the garlic, and saute until the onion is translucent.  When the potatoes are steamed, puree them with the onion and garlic (and their oil) as well as the remaining ingredients in the Beaba – adding water as necessary.

Beaba Be Mine
Author: Gnaana

beaba babycook


During a recent visit to my mother’s, I tried (really tried) to use her stainless steamer pot and her blender to make my daughter fresh baby food.  But it just took too much time and resulted in too many dishes in the sink.  So I held up my nose and resorted to jarred food.  My heretofore-voracious eater started pushing food away.

I’m sure she lost weight that week.

She was probably dreaming about the fresh pear and oatmeal with a dash of cinnamon or the zucchini and dhal with cumin I make her with our Beaba Babycook.  The stuff is so tasty, even my toddler eats and un-pureed portion.

So as an ode to this ingenious, time-and-effort-saving invention which has become an indispensible member of our family (we use it at least twice daily), I will post our favourite recipes in our new series Beaba Be Mine.


India Food Flag       Pakistan Food Flag

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than with food! We staged a pre-party yesterday afternoon with these tasty Food Flags (we called them jendaalu – one-up on the Telugu vocabulary).

I sliced some oranges and diced up some cheese, avocadoes and spinach, and we got crafty. Luckily, I had a star-shaped cookie cutter on hand (for the Pakistan flag) – which was a big hit with my 3-year-old Ahilan – he ate through many stars before he let me keep one for the picture. We referred to images of the flags I had on my laptop as we assembled the food on cutting boards.

Of course the best part was the de-construction. Even my 9-month-old daughter squealed as she dived into the avocado and spinach mix.

I don’t think Ahilan really understood the significance of Independence Day – though now he can at least recognize the flags of India and Pakistan. But more importantly, we had a memorable afternoon of healthy food and fun!

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