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‘Leftover Rice Cutlets’ Recipe Your Kids Will Love!

All we mommies quite frequently face the battle of consuming leftover rice creatively and healthily! All of us are on the lookout for some quick and simple recipes to get that already cooked white rice in some palatable form on our kids’ plates. So here I am with a quick and smart recipe of ‘Leftover Rice Cutlets’ that will get your kids and husband munching away the leftover rice irresistibly.

RICE CUTLETS

Preparation Time: 15 mins.

Cooking Time: 15 mins.

Serves 4

Ingredients

Finely chopped onions – 1 medium

Finely chopped green chilies – 1 or 2

Gram flour (Besan) – 4 tbsp.

Semolina (Sooji) – 2 tbsp.

Cumin Seeds (Jeera) – 1 tsp.

Red chilly powder – according to taste

Turmeric powder – according to taste

Asafoetida (Hing) – a pinch

Oil – 1 tbsp for roasting and later, as required for shallow frying

Salt to taste

Method

  1. Take gram flour and semolina in a microwaveable bowl. Mix the two well. Gram flour helps the cutlets bind and semolina provides a crispy texture to them.IMG_20150112_111009
  2. Add 2 tbsp. oil and roast it in the microwave for a minute.IMG_20150112_111034IMG_20150112_111130
  3. To the dry roasted mixture of flour and semolina, add all the spices (red chilly powder, turmeric powder, asafoetida, cumin seeds and salt) according to taste.IMG_20150112_111457
  4. Mix the cooked rice and the roasted mixture thoroughly. Do it with gentle hands so that the rice does not lose its texture.IMG_20150112_111830
  5. Add chopped green chilies and chopped onions to the resultant mixture.IMG_20150112_111846IMG_20150112_111909
  6. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly and knead them into flattened balls.IMG_20150112_114712
  7. Using a flat and thick bottomed pan, shallow fry the rice cutlets in little oil on low flame till they turn crispy and golden brown.
  8. Garnish with fresh green coriander leaves and serve hot with tomato ketchup.

 

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Guest Post: Why I Chose To Have 3 Children?

Today’s Guest Post is by Mrs. LeeAnna Haugen
My oldest child is a ten year-old girl we call Chewy. Actually, she named herself when she first learned to say her name. I was twenty-three years old on December 17, 2003 when I found out I was pregnant.
I had been to the doctor earlier due to missing work for what I thought was the flu. I simply needed a doctor’s note to give my supervisor. My mother was with me, and for some reason, she pushed the doctor to take a pregnancy test. The doctor was doubtful but relented. I took the test and went home on the promise that he would call if anything came back. Well, minutes before walking out the door to take my college finals I got the phone call that literally changed my life.
Prior to this point, I had not thought about having children. The little I did think about it was just to say that I didn’t really think I wanted children. In fact, I do remember having a conversation with a coworker who was due to have her baby. She had reminded me of this later. She said that I had adamantly declared that I was NEVER having children. Obviously I was wrong.
Now, I think of my life as BC and AC.  Before Children and After Children. I don’t know what I would do without my kids.
When my oldest was only eight months, I felt confident that I wanted another. Six weeks later I found out I was pregnant with my second daughter we call Mimi.
I was done having kids. No more I said.
WRONG!!
Eight years after my youngest daughter was born I started feeling sick. I was always irregular but was way later than normal-like two months late. Yeah, I know. It shouldn’t have taken me that long, but I never in a million years thought about being pregnant. I have some serious hormonal issues and have been told numerous times I was lucky to have my first two.
I figured what the hey; I will take a test. I got the test, took it and took another, and another and another…I took eleven tests before I was convinced. I went to my mother-in-law’s, who lives nearby, with all eleven tests. I was beside myself. She looked at the tests and at me.
Her exact words were, “I am in shock”.
My third child was a boy. We call him June Bug. He was born in February of 2014. I am once again the mom of a baby and soon to be toddler. I am thirty-three and feel super old although I know many moms don’t even begin till they are my age.
The only real planned pregnancy was my second. The biggest shock was my last pregnancy.
Would I have it any other way? No. I love my children with my whole being. They have changed my life for the better.
I did end up getting all the way into the nursing program before I decided I really wanted to stay home with my kids. I want better for my kids than I had. We all do, don’t we? I want to be with them. It isn’t that we couldn’t use the money, but if we can make it, I would like to be home. My husband agrees. I know everyone’s situation, wants and needs are different. For now, this is me-stay-at-home-mommy.
I never really made a conscious decision to have three kids. I just did. I believe it was what was meant for me. It seems the more I try to plan things the more they work out differently then I thought I wanted. It is funny how the things we think we want are sometimes the farthest from the things we need deep down.
leeMy name is LeeAnna. I am a long-time stay-at-home-mom and blog at http://amomshumor.weebly.com/. I love being home with the kids, but I also have a passion for writing. I am trying to get myself organized so I can do what I want to be doing. I love interacting with others and getting to know more about things around me. I look forward to continuing this journey and being able to look back at how far I have gotten.