Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Press release of Tarla Dalal's "Play and Learn ACTIVITY + COOKBOOK FOR TWO’S”

Dear Friends,

Why a book specially dedicated for 2 year olds?

Well 2 year olds are a special lot, a tough age to handle though. No wonder we call this stage as the terrible two’s – they seem as if in a hurry to grow up fast, learn things fast and get annoyed easily. A two year old is a copycat, so it’s the best time to teach them what you want by enacting the same yourself.

And so emerged the idea of this cookbook, which encompasses fun activities between the mother and child, to develop and boost several skills in them.

The book is divided into 7 sections viz. Creative Fun, Mathemania, Rhyme Time, Abra-Ca-Drama, Fine Motor Skills, Talk To Me and Its Story Time. Each section tells you why and how each skill is important and the role it plays in the overall development of your child. It will also provide you with fun learning activities that will develop different skills like hand-eye co-ordination, verbal skills, identification of different shapes and sizes, cognitive skills and so on in your child. Along with is also shared a delicious recipe with each activity specially designed keeping in mind the taste, interests and nutritional requirements of your two year old.

Planned and conceptualised in co-ordination with Mrs. Mona Dalal and Anupama Selarka, this book is an approach to explore two year old to a whole new world activities and food fare. Priced at just Rs. 89/- it’s a valuable guide for all the mothers of a two year old child.

Thanking you for your support, in making this new venture a successful one.
Cheers to a new enduring relationship!

Whip up these tasty and nutritious recipes for your little one and see them smile at every bite
Vitamin Bhel
Serves 10

1 cup boiled and peeled potato cubes
½ cup boiled peas
½ cup boiled corn
½ cup pomegranate
½ cup chopped apples
½ cup chopped orange segments
¼ cup boiled peanuts
¼ cup grated carrots
2 cups crisp mamra
1 cup sev
½ cup khajur imli chutney
2 tbsp green chutney
Salt to taste

1. Combine all ingredients in a big bowl and mix gently.
2. Serve immediately.

Banana Walnut Muffins

Makes 15 muffins

½ cup refined flour (maida)
¼ cup butter
¼ cup powdered sugar
½ cup mashed banana
¼ tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp chopped walnuts
2 tbsp quick cooking rolled oats
1 tsp fruit salt

For the topping
1/4 cup Chocolate Chips

1. Sieve the flour. Keep aside.
2. Cream the butter and sugar till smooth and creamy
3. Add the mashed banana, vanilla essence and milk and mix well.
4. Add chopped walnuts, oats and flour and mix well.
5. Add the fruit salt and sprinkle a little water on it. When bubbles form, mix gently.
6. Spoon the mixture into 15 paper cups. Top with chocolate chips
7. Microwave them for 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Serve warm.

Mango Cubes
Mango Cubes
Makes 30

½ cup fresh curds
¼ cup milk powder
¼ cup condensed milk
2 tbsp roasted and powdered oats
1 cup mango puree
2 tbsp castor sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla essence
Ice cream sticks cut into half

1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixer and blend into a smooth mixture.
2. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze for 4 to 5 hours till firm.
3. Insert wooden ice-cream sticks into the semi frozen lollies and freeze again for 6- 8 hours
4. Unmould and serve immediately.


Anonymous said...

Hi Tarla Dalal,

I live in the US and I have several cook books written by you.

1. Cooking with 1 teaspoon oil (http://www.tarladalal.com/ProductDetail.asp?id=120)

2. Forever young (http://www.tarladalal.com/ProductDetail.asp?id=165)

3. Zero oil Soups & Salads & Snacks (http://www.tarladalal.com/ProductDetail.asp?id=243)

4. Zero oil Roti & Subzis (http://www.tarladalal.com/ProductDetail.asp?id=240)

I'm actually venturing into RAW living vegetarian foods (100% no cooked or boiled). Will these books really help me?

Unknown said...


I have been reading your blogs regularly and im a huge fan of ur cooking also.
Can i make a small request ?Pls pls add a few simple microwave recipes here on your blog coz im really interested for everday home made food both for veg n non-veg items.
thanks.. hope you will revert with my request.

Unknown said...

Hi Tarla Dalal. I am so glad that I found this lovely blog.I get the recipes on email and I feel they are simply superb.I have seen u covering recipes from every corner of the world but can u please high light some of the Oriya cuisines from the state of Orissa.I also have a food blog of my own.

SG's blog said...

Hello Tarlaji. I had a question about the banana walnut muffins. How well do they keep/store? Can they be served cold if one wants to send a muffin in the kiddie lunchbox? Thanks a lot!

sapna said...
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Tarla Dalal said...

Yes you can these muffins hot as well as pack them in lunch box for your little one.
It just tastes amazing, however remember to wrap them in plastic cling film or a foil to keep them soft and moist.

you can store them in an-air container for a day or two...keep them refrigerated if need to keep for a weeks time.

Tarla Dalal said...

Yes you can relish these muffins hot as well as pack them in lunch box for your little one.
It just tastes amazing, however remember to wrap them in plastic cling film or a foil to keep them soft and moist.

you can store them in an-air container for a day or two...keep them refrigerated if need to keep for a weeks time.

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