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Tips and Recipes to Help your Child Recover from Diarrhoea

Diarrhoea (loose, watery bowel movements) is a common problem in young children. It rarely means a child has a serious illness. Three most common reason for loose watery stools are: –

  1. viral or bacterial infection
  2. drinking too much fruit juice
  3. starting a new medicine

The biggest risk of diarrhoea is dehydration which means losing body fluids and not having enough electrolytes for their body to function the right way. Your child NEEDS to stay hydrated at all times which means giving extra liquids in smaller amounts at regular intervals. 

I love summer season but with temperatures soaring comes a large variety of infections and stomach bug is one of most common infections in summers. Most of such cases don’t require any medication or medical attention and can be cured at home with few dietary changes. Mild diarrhoea is 2-4 watery bowel movements in a day which usually goes away on its own. 

When do you require medical attention?

  • If your child is below 18 months old, ALWAYS consult your pediatrician.
  • If diarrhoea lasts for more than 2 days

Now let’s come to the biggest question- WHAT TO FEED YOUR LITTLE ONE?

Yes, we all know the usual stuff that we Indians normally eat when we have an upset tummy like khichri (rice and lentil gruel) and curd rice. But we mothers are aware that our child gets extra fussy when sick and will need variety. As a mother of a 10 year old boy I can understand your plight. We are always in a fix when it comes to preparing the next meal for our child when he/she is sick. We want it to be nutritious, mild, wholesome and above everything else your child needs to find it tasty.

So yes! The biggest challenge is what healthy and tasty stuff can you give? So here I am to your rescue. I will share with you few tips and simple, healthy yet delicious tried and tested recipes which will help you sail through the infection.

Pro Tips

Diet rule for Diarrhoea is B.R.A.T.Y diet, i.e.: Banana, Rice, Applesauce, Toast and Yogurt

  • Include more of yogurt in your child’s diet. The probiotics in yogurt will soothe his/her digestive system.
  • Switch to fruits like apple and banana which helps in binding the stool and avoid all fruits starting with letter ‘P’ like peaches, plums, papaya, pear. Also avoid apricots and strawberries.
  • Give your child more food containing starch. Starchy foods like rice, pasta, potato, white bread (refined flour bread) are easily digested during diarrhea.
  • Avoid all green leafy vegetables like spinach, Broccoli 
  • Include more carrots in diet. Pectin in carrots soothes digestive tract and helps add bulk to the stool.
  • And most importantly, keep your child well hydrated at all times. Strictly avoid all kinds of juices, fresh or concentrated.

Now keeping the B.R.A.T.Y diet in mind, here are some simple and healthy recipes to feed your child

  • Banana Smoothie: Consuming bananas with a little curd/yogurt is a traditional combination which works wonders. Eating banana and yogurt can provide your child with potassium, electrolytes, probiotics and prebiotics which deplete during diarrhoea. Here’s how you can make it. 
  • Carrot Apple and Ginger Smoothie: Carrot are a must when a child is suffering from diarrhoea. Carrot contains pectin. When pectin enters the body, the intestine begins to swell and form a sticky gel, thereby reducing diarrhea. But remember to lightly cook carrots.
  • Potato Poha (Flattened Rice) Patties: Potatoes without the skin are easy on the stomach and contain potassium, an electrolyte lost through diarrhoea. Boiled potatoes are easy to digest and can provide a starchy source of energy when your child is feeling weak due to stomach issues. Poha is light, easily digestible and good source of carbohydrates. It’s also a great source of iron. The husk of rice from which poha is made helps to bind loose stools. Here’s how you can easily make these patties for your child. Remember to keep it low on spices. 
  • Aglio Olio Spaghetti: Pasta is every child’s favourite. This was my life saviour during these troublesome times. They are good sources of carbohydrates, which your child needs for energy, whether he/she is pooping prolifically or not. It can help to bind stools. Also, since pasta has less fibre than whole grains, it is easier on the gut. Check out the recipe
  • Herb Rice with Spring Onions: White rice is a great choice during episodes of upset tummy. It will help to add bulk to the stool and will also provide your child with energy. Since plain bland white rice is boring and children refuses it at times, I tried to spice it a little with black pepper, rosemary, garlic and star anise. All these spices and herbs aid digestion and are actually good for the gut. You can tweak the recipe as per your liking. This is just to give you an idea. 
  • Hung Curd Sandwich: Another great source of carbohydrates, protein and probiotics. Your child will love these sandwiches and will eat them without any fuss. I have also added boiled egg yolk in the hung curd spread. Eggs help slow down bowel movements and help the child recover faster from diarrhoea. You can of course add or remove the ingredients as per your liking. 
  • Chocolate Banana Pancakes: No child says no to pancakes. Ever! Atleast I haven’t seen any. I have added cacao powder instead of cocoa powder. Cocoa powder is more processed than cacao powder, hence cacao powder is a healthier choice. Keeping in mind the BRATY diet, I have added Maida (All Purpose Flour) and oats flour to this recipe with no leavening agents. Check out the recipe here.

Please note, that BRATY Diet and refined flour is recommended by pediatricians for only a short period of time. It helps to neutralise stomach acid and stop diarrhoea. It is to be followed only till diarrhoea is under control. Once the child recovers, please follow the usual diet with whole grains and all kinds of vegetables and fruits.

I hope these recipes help you. Please remember, not to force feed your child especially when the child is sick. Your child will let you know when he or she is ready for food. The most important thing is that your child should remain hydrated at all times. And in all this chaos remember to take a breather. Keep your sanity intact which is another most important thing. I promise it gets better. 🙂 Stay healthy! 

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Mustard Fish Curry Bengali Style (Shorshe Bata Rui Maach)

My hometown in Jharkhand has a significant influence of Bengali cuisine, and my inclination towards Bengali dishes is very strong. Among them, my favourite is Shorshe Bata, a Bengali-style fish curry. The rich flavor of mustard paste combined with the burst of spices in every bite is simply amazing. This dish is a perfect blend of earthy and spicy notes. The creamy texture of the mustard paste, paired with the tender fish, makes for an unmatchable taste. If you’re a fan of robust flavors, this recipe is a must-try.


To Marinate Fish:

  • 1tbsp turmeric powder
  • 1tbsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp salt

For Gravy Masala

  • 4 to 5 pieces Rohu Fish
  • 1tbsp black mustard seeds
  • 1tbsp yellow mustard seeds
  • 3-4 whole red chillies
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • ½ tbsp black peppercorn
  • ½ tbsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tbsp of turmeric
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 2 tomatoes( paste)
  • 2 green chilies for garnishing
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
  • 1/4 cup mustard oil
  • 1 tsp nigella seeds


Soak the black mustard seeds, yellow mustard seeds, and poppy seeds in water for 20 minutes. After soaking, drain the water and blend the seeds with whole red chilies, garlic cloves, black peppercorn, and cumin seeds, coriander seeds and turmeric powder to make a fine paste.

Heat mustard oil in a pan until it starts smoking. Fry the marinated fish pieces until they turn golden brown. Remove and set aside.

In the same oil, add nigella seeds and one whole red chilli let them splutter. Add the chopped onion and sauté until golden brown.

Add the prepared mustard paste. Add tomato paste Cook until the oil separates from the masala.

Add water and let it simmer for a few minutes, boil until desired consistency. Add the fried fish pieces to the gravy and boil again for 1 minutes.

Serve hot with pipping hot rice. The sharpness of mustard oil and the zing from the Dijon mustard paste enhance the dish’s vibrant

I hope you enjoy making and savoring this delicious bengali style Rui Shorshe Bata. Please try it out and share your feedback. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome!

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Green Peas, Corn and Mint Parantha for Toddlers

This recipe came into being when my then 4 year old suddenly one day decided that he hates green peas. Toddlers and their tantrums! But seeing the nutritional profile of peas, I wanted to make him feed peas in some form. I know, all mothers have gone down that lane atleast once where we are finding ways to hide such nutritious vegetables into our child’s meal.

I finally found this perfect way to make him have peas. He absolutely loves this parantha. But now that he is 10, the difference is that he now knows that this is Peas Parantha and sometimes requests for it too. He still hates peas in its whole form though. 🙂

This Parantha tastes extremely good and is perfect for toddlers. Your little one will enjoy the mild soothing flavour derived from apt spices and easily chewable texture. The natural sweetness from peas and corn is very well balanced with mint and spices. 

Peas I think are quite under-rated. It is not actually a vegetable but a small, edible legume and belong to the same family. They are rich in fibre and one of the best plant sources of protein. Always remember when it comes to nutrients, quality over quantity will always win. They are also a useful vegan source of iron. Just 80 grams of green peas can give almost 6 grams of superb quality protein and 1.2 mg of iron.

The combination of sweet corn kernels with peas is quite different and delectable. Sweet corn gives its own creaminess and milky sweet taste to this parantha and mint leaves not only adds that much needed freshness but also is an absolute MUST in summers to keep the digestive system cool.

Let’s see how we can make these parantha for our little picky eaters 🙂

Recipe: makes 3 Paranthas


  1. Green Peas: 1/2 cup, boiled or steamed
  2. Sweet Corn Kernels: 1/4th cup, boiled or steamed
  3. Whole wheat flour: 1 cup
  4. Mint leaves: 1/4th cup
  5. Ginger: 1/2 inch
  6. Roasted Cumin Powder: 1/4th tsp
  7. Black pepper: as per taste
  8. Salt: as per taste
  9. Coriander Powder: 1/4th tsp
  10. Garam Masala: a pinch (optional)
  11. Caraway seeds/Ajwain: a generous pinch
  12. Ghee for cooking and dough


  • In a large plate or bowl take wholewheat flour. Add salt, blackpepper, roasted cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, ajwain and 1 tbsp desi ghee. 
  • In a blender, add boiled/steamed peas, corn, mint leaves and ginger. Blend to a smooth purée. Use a little water to get a smooth purée.
  • Add the purée to the flour and knead the flour using the purée. Make a soft dough. 
  • Cover the dough and let the dough rest for 10 mins. Then make small balls and roll it with a rolling pin to the shape and size you want. 
  • Heat a tawa and place rolled parantha over it. Drizzle oil or ghee after it gets half cooked and cook both sides using ghee till golden brown. 
  • Serve with dollop of homemade butter and loads of love.  ❤️

Always serve homemade butter to your child and never store-bought one. Know why you should not give store-bought butter to your child and how to make homemade butter here- Is Homemade Butter really Worth the Effort?


  1. If you are boiling peas and corn then do that in minimal water and use the water to make the purée. Do not let the nutrients get washed away down the drain.
  2. Do not cook parantha on low flame for a long time. It will make harder or crisp paratha which kids don’t like.
  3. You can use frozen peas for this recipe but remember fresh will always taste better. 
  4. Do not skip adding caraway seeds or ajwain in your child’s parantha. They are excellent for digestion.

Do try out this recipe for your child. I am absolutely sure your child will enjoy it. More than your child I am sure you will enjoy watching your child gobbling down such healthy stuff. 🙂 Do let me know in the comments if you do. Would love to know how your child liked it. 

Happy Feeding! 

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Vegan Som Tam Salad Recipe | Raw Papaya Salad

Som tum or Som Tam is Thai Papaya Salad made from raw or green papaya. If you have been to Thailand, you must have tried som tum salad atleast once. It is a popular, fun and spicy salad often served as a side dish. You’ll find it everywhere in Thailand from the streets to high end restaurants. While papaya salad is a signature dish in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam, it’s the Thai version that is the most famous.

When I went to Thailand 2 years back, I was there for 8 days. I went in the month of June, so weather was a little humid and my craving for something bright, refreshing and light was at its peak. Everyday and I literally mean all those 8 days I had this salad. It is everything you want from a salad. It teases your taste buds with tantalising combination of crunchy, sweet, spicy, tangy and salty flavours. Thai cuisine is anyway so delightful. I love all the complex flavour profile of Thai food. It’s sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors, creating a symphony of taste in every dish. The combination of these flavors is what makes Thai food so addictive and mouth-watering. It is one of my favourite cuisines in the world. Every dish is packed with some fabulous kick ass flavours. 

Needless to say, as the summer approaches, this delectable papaya salad hits all the right notes for my cravings. I am a vegetarian but papaya salad in Thai cuisine is not vegetarian or vegan. It is usually made with baby shrimps and fish sauce. However, this vegan papaya salad recipe is packed with plenty of flavour and replaces fish sauce with soy sauce.

I also love how this simple recipe is also so healthy that I can eat as much as I want without a bit of guilt. 

  • Raw papaya is a fabulous source of Vitamin C, vitamin A, folate, potassium, and magnesium.
  • It also contains an enzyme called papain, which aids in digestion and can help relieve symptoms of indigestion, constipation, and bloating.
  • It is low in calories, high in dietary fibre, and contains enzymes that increases metabolic function.
  • Raw papaya has also been known to help reduce menstrual cramps and provide relief from the discomfort associated with menstruation.

Without further delay, let’s see how we can make this bowl of goodness.

Recipe: serves 2


  1. Shredded Raw or Green Papaya: 2 cups
  2. Shredded Carrot: 1 large
  3. Garlic: 1 large clove or 2 medium size
  4. Thai Red Chilli or Bird eye chilli: 1 (can add less or more as required)
  5. Palm sugar: 1 tbsp
  6. Tomato: 1 small size or 3-4 cherry tomatoes 
  7. Long Beans: 2-3 (optional; I didn’t add any)
  8. Lemon or Lime juice: 2 tbsps
  9. Roasted Peanuts: 2 tbsps
  10. Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce: 2 tbsps
  11. Rice or White Vinegar: 1 tbsp
  12. Sea Salt: as per taste


  • In a large mortar pestle add garlic, red chilli, lemon or lime juice, soy sauce and vinegar and peanuts. With the help of the pestle bruise the ingredients. 
  • Now add shredded papaya, carrots and sugar. Use a spoon and the pestle to mix and bruise the salad. Then add tomatoes and bruise again. 
  • Season to taste with more soy sauce, salt or lime juice if needed.
  • Alternatively, you can also make this salad using a large zip lock bag and use a rolling pin to bruise the ingredients. 
  • Serve Som tam as it is or have it with sticky rice. It also pairs well with Thai curries, grilled meats or can be enjoyed as a full meal with added protein.


This salad can be stored in the refrigerator for upto 2 days. But remember green papaya will soften the longer it sits.

If you are looking for more such healthy Thai recipes, do try out this Thai style Vegan Bowl with Peanut Butter Dressing. If you make this salad recipe, do let me know. I would love to hear your feedback and thoughts. Stay happy and healthy! See you soon with next recipe. 🙂

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Easy Crispy Okra (Bhindi) Raita: Crunchy and Cool

Just like any other raita this crispy bhindi raita is also easy to make. It’s a perfect side dish for your summer meal . This raita can make any boring meal exciting as a side dish. Eat this raita with any pulao or with simple dal chawal. The crispness of coated bhindi and creamy tanginess of curd makes excellent combination. The best part is that this bhindi raita remains crispy and never turns slimy.


For Okra Coating:

250g Okra (Bhindi), washed, dried, and sliced

1 cup Besan (gram flour)

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

1/2 tsp Red chilli powder

Salt to taste

For Tempering:

5-8 Curry leaves

1 tsp Rai

1 whole Red chillies

For Raita:

2 cups Curd (yogurt), beaten

Black salt to taste


In a bowl, mix besan, turmeric powder, red chilli powder and salt. Coat the sliced okra with the mixture. deep fry coated okra until crisped.

In a large bowl, beat the curd until smooth. Add black salt to taste and mix well. In a small pan, heat a little oil. Add curry leaves, rai, and whole red chilli. Let them crackle for a few seconds until aromatic.

Add the tempering to the beaten curd and mix well. You can keep this mixture in fridge to chill. Raita taste better when it’s chilled.

Serve the Okra Bhindi Raita chilled, garnished with a few extra curry leaves if desired.


  • Make sure the okra is completely dry before coating to avoid it becoming slimy.
  • Add the fried okra to the raita just before serving to retain its crispiness.
  • Adjust the spices according to your taste preference.

This Okra Bhindi Raita is a delicious and unique addition to any meal. The crispy okra adds a wonderful texture to the creamy raita, making it an irresistible side dish. Give this recipe a try and let us know how you like it! And don’t forget to check out our other recipes and share your feedback. Happy Cooking!