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Republic Day Special: 7 quick tricolour dishes kids can whip up

By Dhrubaa Ghosh,

Bring the tricolour alive with easy, tasty and healthy food even children can make.

Tiranga sandwich is a great Republic Day snack youngsters can prepare for themselves. Image: Instagram

Republic Day is not an easy concept to explain to children. The Constitution is a very distant thing to them, even though they study it in their Civics class. This Republic Day, help kids love the Indian tricolour with the recipes below. All use ingredients in saffron, white and green, can be prepared in about 15 minutes and does not require complicated cooking. Bonus: All of them are healthy.   

Irrespective of age, keep an eye on your kids as they try out these recipes. We have mentioned the appropriate age for each of them, but you must take the final call on which one is most suitable for your child. Cooking is fun, but accidents should be avoided.  

Tiranga sandwich 
An evergreen favourite, the classic tiranga sandwich is easy to make. It can be a great snack option for kids that can keep them away from junk food. 

Time taken: Less than 5 minutes  

Age group: Class 5 to 7 

Ingredients 

  • 2 slices of bread 
  • Tomato chutney 
  • Coriander chutney 
  • Cheese or mayo 
  •  2 tea spoons of optional garnishing such as bhujia, roasted pea nuts, fried moong dal  

Preparation 
Get your kids to follow these steps: 

  • Take the bread and spread tomato chutney on one slice, and coriander chutney on the other slice  
  • Put the cheese or mayo on top of the slice with tomato chutney  
  • Put the garnishing on the other slice with coriander chutney 
  • That’s all, your yummy tiranga sandwich is ready  

Tiranga salad combo  
Recreate our national flag with fruits and vegetables. This is a combo recipe, 2 in 1. It’s beautiful to look at and good for health too.  

Time taken: 15 minutes  

Age group: Class 6 upwards 

Ingredients  

  • 1 Banana 
  • 1 cup full of green grapes 
  • As much melon as banana  
  • 6 to 8 dark raisins 
  • 1 Cucumber 
  • As much carrot as cucumber 
  • ¼ Cup green peas 
  • 2 Large lettuce leafs 
  • As much paneer as cucumber  
  • 6 to 8 black olives 

Preparation 
Your kids need to follow these simple steps to make the salad combo. Once the flags are ready, keep them side by side, ask your little chef to pose, and take a photo. 

Fruit salad: 

  • Slice the banana and melon 
  • Lay the melon pieces on the plate, followed by banana, and then the green grapes 
  • Now make a circle on the banana with raisins  
  • You have just made a fruit flag!  

Veggie salad:  

  • Chop the cucumber, carrots, paneer and slice the olives in halves 
  • Place the lettuce leaves on the plate 
  • Lay the cucumber pieces mixed with peas, then the paneer, and then the carrot  
  • Make a circle on the paneer with the olives  
  • Your vegetable flag is also ready 

Tricoloured pasta  
Pasta is not an Indian dish, but add a touch of fusion to it this Republic Day with the recipe below.  

Time taken: 15 minutes 

Age group: For class 9 upwards  

Ingredients 

  • 100 to 150 grams pasta  
  • ¼ th cup of green olives 
  • ½ cup of button tomato  
  • 1 small or ½ medium orange capsicum 
  • Double the broccoli 
  • 1 egg or some paneer 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 
  • 2 tea spoons of mayonnaise  
  • Tomato and green chilli sauce (Optional) 

Preparation  
Help your child make some tricoloured pasta following these steps.   

  • Put the pasta to boil, stirring regularly to ensure that it doesn’t stick to the pan  
  • Chop the olives, tomato, capsicum and broccoli, and put them to boil  
  • Boil the egg or roast the paneer  
  • Mix the fully boiled pasta with the vegetables  
  • Dice the boiled egg or paneer and mix with the pasta 
  • Add salt, pepper and mayonnaise  
  • Add the sauces if you want  
  • Mix again thoroughly  
  • The pasta is ready 

Tiranga lassi 
This is a yummy alternative for kids that can take them away from harmful soft drinks.  

Time taken: 10 minutes 

Age group: For class 5 to 7 

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups of white curd  
  • 1 tea spoon of kesar syrup 
  • 1 tea spoon of khus syrup  
  • 2 tea spoons of sugar  
  • Cardamom, raisins and pista (for garnishing) 

Preparation 
This is a popular after-meal drink for all seasons in India. Help your kid make this healthy drink. 

  • Pour all the curd together and separate into 3 equal parts in 3 glasses  
  • Mix khus syrup in one glass and stir till it’s smooth  
  • Mix kesar syrup in another glass and stir till it’s smooth  
  • Mix sugar in the third glass  
  • Now pour green khus mix into a tall glass  
  • Pour the white sugared mix carefully on top 
  • Finally pour the kesar mix  
  • You have a glass of layered tricolour lassi  

Tricolour fruit dessert 
Indians are known for their sweet tooth. This dessert is ultra-simple, but really delicious.  

Time taken: 5 minutes  

Age group: Class 5 and 6 

Ingredients 

  • 1 slice of white and 1 slice of brown bread  
  • A glass of chilled milk  
  • 2 tea spoons of sweetened kiwis or kiwi crush   
  • 2 tea spoons of orange crush or marmalade  

Preparation 
Get your kid a long spoon to eat the dessert. That way, they can enjoy the layering more.  

Here’s the step-by-step prep method to follow. 

  • Tear the breads and soak them in milk in separate bowls  
  • Take a transparent glass and pour the kiwi crush or sweetened kiwis pieces into it 
  • Pour the brown bread, and then the white bread in layers on the kiwi crush 
  • Pour the orange crush or marmalade on top  
  • If you see from the side, your glass has the tiranga in it now! 

Tiranga healthy chaat 
This tricoloured chat is crunchy, fresh, and the perfect breakfast to start your child’s day. Make sure your kid eats this right away. This chaat is to be consumed fresh, keeping for later will make the chiwra damp and the vegetables would become limp and damp. 

Time taken: 10 minutes  

Age group: Class 5 and 6 

Ingredients 

  • 50 mg fried moong or soaked raw moong  
  • A small stick of raw saffron 
  • 4 raw garlic pearls  
  • A bowl of fried salted chiwra 
  • 1 tea spoon of mustard oil  
  • Half tea spoon chaat masala 
  • Optional garnishing  

Preparation 
Here’s how your kid can make the chaat 

  • Take the stick of saffron, peel it and chop into small pieces  
  • Chop the garlic pearls into small pieces  
  • Take a large bowl and pour the chiwra, garlic, saffron and moong into it  
  • Pour the oil and chaat masala  
  • Mix everything thoroughly by stirring with a spoon  
  • Add garnishing such as chopped tomato, onion, green chillies or bhujia  

Tricolour banana boat sundae 
All youngsters love sundae. Now help them make one at home celebrating the colours of India.  

Time taken: 5 to 7 minutes  

Age group: Class 5 upwards   

Ingredients 

  • 1 scoop each of vanilla, mango, and pista ice cream  
  • 1 tea spoon of orange rinds  
  • 6 to 8 raisins, half tea spoon of almond or pista flakes  
  • 1 banana  

Preparation 
Get your kids to follow these steps and make the sundae.  

  • Take a long bowl and place the scoop of pista scoop, then the vanilla and then the mango ice cream scoop  
  • Scatter the orange rinds, raisins, almond and pista flakes on the scoops  
  • Slice the banana in half and place one half on either side of the scoops like a border  
  • Your tricolour banana boat sundae is ready