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Give kids dal parantha, uttapam, paneer kathi roll, suggests Unicef. Try these easy recipes

Unicef recently released a book on foods that kids should have to stay healthy. According Comprehensive National Nutrition Survey 2016-18, 33 per cent of kids are underweight, 40 per cent of adolescent girls and 18 per cent of adolescent boys are anaemic, and about 10 per cent are diabetic.

By: Parenting Desk |
Updated: November 21, 2019 12:47:44 pm
unicef, healthy food for kids, paneer roll recipe Paneer kathi roll (Source: Getty Images)

Unicef has come up with a book on nutritious food for kids to tackle problems of obesity, malnutrition and anaemia. The 28-page book gives recipes of freshly prepared foods and their respective costs of preparation. Among such recipes are paneer kathi roll and sago cutlets for managing obesity, sprouted dal parantha, uttapam and poha, to name a few.

Kids should eat a balanced diet to remain healthy. Here are easy recipes for sprouts parantha, beetroot uttapam and paneer kathi roll, courtesy Prachi Mandholia, registered dietician, certified diabetes educator and clinical nutritionist, which you can try making at home for your child.

Sprouts parantha

dal parantha recipe, unicef Parantha (representative image, source: Getty images)

Sprouts are high in protein and growing kids will get their strength to indulge in their activities. Instead of giving plain parantha to kids, give them stuffed parantha prepared with sprouts. Make this a new addition in the parantha stuffing list.

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Moong sprouts 1 cup, 1/2 chopped onion, few chopped coriander leaves salt to taste

For the dough

Whole wheat flour 1 cup, ghee 2 tsp


Knead the dough with enough water and keep aside.

Steam the sprouted moong.

Once it’s cooked and it cools, mash it lightly.

Add coriander, onion and salt.

Roll out the dough and place a portion of sprouts stuffing in the centre.

Bring together all sides in the centre and seal.

Roll out again.

Cook on the tava, using ghee on both sides until golden brown.

Repeat with the remaining dough and sprouts.

Serve hot.

Beetroot uttapam

Make an interesting uttapam for your kids using beetroot. Beetroot is a good source of iron, which is a mineral that can help beat anaemia. Beetroot uttapam is very appealing to kids because of its colour.


Idli batter 1 bowl, 1/2 finely chopped capsicum, 1 finely chopped onion, 1 grated beetroot, 1 grated carrot, salt to taste


Add all the veggies mentioned into the idli batter and give a nice mix.

Add salt for seasoning.

Take a non-stick pan, pour the mixture on it, spread out the mix evenly to your desired size.

Cook from both sides and serve with sambhar and coconut chutney.

Paneer kathi roll

Paneer kathi roll is a wholesome meal in itself. You can serve this to kids for dinner or pack it for their tiffin. Paneer is high in protein and full of energy. It will keep kids full for a while and energetic too. Attempt making this for your kids and they are sure to like it.


Paneer cubes 150 g, 1 finely chopped onion, 1 1finely chopped tomato, few coriander leaves, salt to taste, oil 1 tsp

For the dough

Whole wheat flour 1/2 cup, maida 1/2 cup, ghee 2 tsp

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Knead a dough with enough water.

Roll out the dough and make thin wraps.

Heat oil in a pan, add onions and saute it.

Add the tomatoes to the pan and let it cook.

Add salt and mix well.

Add in the paneer and coriander leaves and mix lightly.

Place the paneer mixture on a wrap, roll it and serve hot.

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