Monthly Archives: February 2016

Lito: Nutritious Nepali baby food

Living overseas, I always miss small things from home. When I had Chhori one of the things I wanted to feed her was Lito, a nutritious baby food used in Nepal. Luckily for me there are many Nepali grocery shops in Sydney and I finally found some Lito. I was happy as I didn’t need to make it but unfortunately, in a premade lito, they add powder milk making it sweet.

Chhori is not into formula so she didn’t like the store bought lito that much. So, I decided that it is time for me to make some lito at home for her which will be very high in nutrition and organic as well.

So here is my first attempt at making the Lito.

Ingredients

  • Rice 160 gm
  • Beaten/Flattened rice (Chiura) 160 gm
  • Corn 80 gm
  • Whole wheat 80 gm
  • Brown soybeans (bhatmas) 80 gm
  • Brown chick peas 80 gm
  • 6 Cashews
  • 6 Almonds

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Methods

  • Dry roast rice, beaten rice, corn, wheat, soybeans, chickpeas, cashews and almonds seperately on a pan.

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  • Grind each of them separately as they have different textures.

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  • Once done use the strainer to make sure that the powder is fine.

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  • Mix everything together and Lito is ready to be cooked.

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  • You can store the Lito in an airtight container for a few months.

To cook lito, just add hot water and mix well.

If you want it to be more flavorsome, heat a pan and, add 1/2 teaspoon of ghee, 1/2 teaspoon of ajwain. Now add lito and water and let it boil. Salt is optional. You can choose the consistency of the Lito according to the age of the baby and how your baby likes it.

Hope you will enjoy making this nutritious food for your little one.

Chhori is happy to eat Lito so I am happy to make an effort 🙂

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

P.S: Do not forget to nominate your favourite blog . NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2015

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Nominations open for NEPALIAUSTRALIAN’s Blog Award 2015

Like very year, I am hosting Nepaliaustralian’s Blog Award. Sorry this year it is a bit late as a little someone decided to be a part of our life in 2015 making mummy very busy. Thank you so much to everyone who emailed me or commented regarding the award. Yes it is back for 2015.

Nepaliaustralian’s Blog Awards celebrates the best in blogging with 12 winners being announced at May 2016.

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Every year many blogs are created to express thoughts and emotions. Some are really interesting while others are funny. While some choose to share about their life or relationship others share their skills and passion like cooking, photography or fashion. No matter what field the blog belongs to, if it is good, it needs to be recognized and more and more people should be able to reach these blogs.

Please nominate your favorite blogs in following the categories.

  1. Best Blog 2015
  2. Best Photo Blog 2015
  3. Best Food Blog 2015
  4. Best Travel Blog 2015
  5. Best Fashion Blog 2015
  6. Best Personal Blog 2015
  7. Most Diverse Blog 2015
  8. Best New Blog 2015 (Blog must be started in 2015)

 The rules:

  • Any pages with dated entries that existed at some point during the year 2015 are eligible.
  • Only one nomination from one person per category. You can nominate the same blog for multiple categories. Please leave  comments with your nominations as below. Your comments won’t be visible to anyone.

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  • You can nominate your own blog .
  • Nominations close on 30 March 2016.
  • After nominations close, I will post the top 5 blogs in each category and you can vote for them. The Blog Award will be announced in May 2016.
  • E-mail addresses or blog addresses are required to vote.

Please write a post in your blog about this award or reblog this post so your readers can nominate you for the award. There are buttons at the end of this post for you to share or you can use the link below.

https://nepaliaustralian.com/2016/02/27/nominations-open-for-nepaliaustralians-blog-award-2015/

Also add the image below with the link on the side bar of your blog so your readers can click there and reach this post to nominate you.

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 You can Facebook or Tweet this post so that more people become aware of your blog and this blog award.

Good luck everyone!!!

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Is it OK for adults to wear children’s clothes?

I am sure I am not alone in the boat where you admire kids’ clothes and you want to wear them.

When I first came to Australia, I was really skinny so when shopping adult clothes, they didn’t fit me. It was a really disappointing experience but then went to the kids cloth store and bought dresses in large sizes. Believe me if I don’t tell anyone about it, no one will know that it is kids’ clothes.

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Mind you, if you go to the larger sizes for kids, they are the same size as small in adult clothing which is what I wear so I see no problem. Not all the styles are adult appropriate but there are heaps you could get away with.

These days, Sydney has got lots of brands and they make size 6 clothes for most brands which fits me and I am very happy about it.

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Anyway, after coming back to work from maternity leave, I felt like I needed to buy a few dresses so I started to look around. Funnily enough I found a few girls’ dresses so pretty and they were perfect as work cloth. I tried a few of them and I couldn’t let go so I bought them. I haven’t worn them to work yet but I am planning to. I guess I should keep my mouth shut and not tell anyone that they are kids’ clothing but I think it should be acceptable to wear them as long as it look good on me .

The dresses are high neck and knee length which is perfect for work. I prefer the colours and these materials are nice too.

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I am thinking, in a few years Chhori and I can go shopping to the same store, won’t it be cool! :).

What do you think about it? Have you ever worn children’s clothes? Should I keep my mouth shut? 🙂

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Waiting for baby to wake up

Before we had Chhori, we had many friends and family who had babies and one thing I noticed was that whenever, we were going to meet somewhere and if the baby was sleeping, at home or in the car, the parents would wait for them to wake up before leaving home or getting out of the car.

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I thought it was a bit crazy as sometime it made us late if we had some plans. As a couple without babies, we didn’t understand it at all. Mind you, not all of our friends and family were like that.

Then we were blessed with Chhori, our heart and soul and then we also became parents who would wait for their baby to wake up before doing anything :).

Chhori takes very short naps during the day, around 30 to 45 minutes. On our lucky days, it is an hour. I know every baby is different and I know babies who nap for 2-3 hours every day.

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Anyway, as her naps are so short, we try not to wake her up if she is sleeping, either at home or in the car. We try to plan our life around her nap times. Sometimes, we find that we don’t have an option to wait and we realised that if we wake her up, she is a bit cranky while if she has her full nap, she is very happy so you can guess why we don’t mind waiting.

I am sure everyone has their own way of parenting and this is what I and AS are doing. How things change when you have a baby! 🙂

Does anyone have similar stories to share? I’d love to hear them 🙂

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

How much time do you spend with your kids?

My question is to every working parent: how much time do you spend with your kids?

After coming back to work for just a week, I have begun to realise that I will be spending a lot less time with my beautiful Chhori. It makes me really sad and I can completely understand why many mums choose to stay home or work part time after a baby.

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I know I am very lucky to have been able to spend a year with her at home and I did enjoy every moment of it. But now that am back at work, I only see her for around 30 minutes in the morning while I am getting ready for work and around 2 hours once I get back home before she goes to bed.

So every workday, I have around 2.5 hours with her which will include me cooking meals, cleaning afterwards and doing household chores as well. So weekends are going to be very precious now.

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I guess she has started to understand that I will be leaving her at home so in the mornings once she is awake all she wants is for me to hold her. So I brush my teeth, comb my hair and get dressed holding her. I want to feed her breakfast before I leave but it is not possible every day. If I leave late then I will get home late as well. I hate making these choices and I really think parents should not have to make choices like this in life.

I have a very supportive husband and he helps around a lot but I still feel really wretched that I have to compromise so much in life. I guess I will get used to the idea after a while but for now it hurts so much to be away from my little girl.

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I don’t know how to improve and utilise my time better when I am with her so any suggestion is very welcome. How do you manage your time so you can spend more quality time with your little one? Are there any tips or tricks that I can use to make both of us happy? Every suggestion and advice will be much appreciated.

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Newari Gwaramari

In Kathmandu most of us have happy memories of eating Gwaramari and tea for breakfast during cold winter months.

In Newari “Gwara” means round and “mari” means bread so Gwaramari literally means round bread but to people who have eaten it, it is not just ordinary bread but a very yummy one with a distinct flavour.

I was craving for some Gwaramari for a while so I decided to try making it with a friend. It took us a few attempts to get it right but I am very happy with the end result. It tasted really good.

Ingredients

  • 250 g plain flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • 300 ml water
  • 500ml vegetable oil (for deep-frying)

Method

  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cumin, coriander and salt.

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  • Add water slowly stirring continuously to make a thick paste.
  • If you have time, cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight otherwise for at least 2 hours.

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  • In a deep pan, heat the vegetable oil. The oil is hot enough, if you drop small amount of batter and it quickly rises and becomes brown.
  • Once the oil is hot enough, take a table spoon of mixture and place it gently on the hot oil. The dough will puff up and rise to the top of the pan. You can add multiple balls at the same time.

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  • Fry them until golden brown.
  • Take it out and use paper towel to soak the extra oil.

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  • It is best served hot with some Masala tea.

Take care everyone,

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Happy 1st birthday Chhori!!!

If you have been reading my blog, you know that my parents have returned back to Sydney after 6 months in Nepal and I just stared work again (after a yearlong maternity leave) but the biggest news is that my munchkin, my heart, my life, is growing up so fast that she is turning ONE today.

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This post is dedicated to the very special person in my life, my beautiful daughter.

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It feels like it was just a few months ago that I announced here that I was pregnant. Then she came into our world making our life so colourful and lively.

The first time I saw her, I learned what unconditional love meant. I had never seen anyone or anything more beautiful. Since her arrival, she has brought so much happiness into our life that I will would never have it any other way.

Each day has been better than the day before and I know that the future will be even better.

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Her first touch, her first word, her first smile, her first crawl, her first laugh, and her first step, everything is so special.

Her laugh has become our new favourite sound in life.

When she calls me “Mama”, I am the happiest person in this world.

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“Happy 1st birthday to the child who stole our heart. You are the best gift that we have ever received and thank you for giving us a thousand reasons to smile every day.

Your birth brought happiness and joys. It reminds us of how lucky we are to have a cutie like you in our family. You are the most amazing little thing we have ever seen. Our little angel, may your special day and every day hence bring you as much happiness as you are bringing to all of us. (And please stop growing up so fast. :))

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░B░I░R░T░H░D░A░Y░ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸♫♪

Chhori”

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To mark her special day, we did a cake smash. I’m sharing some of the photos with you all.

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Take care everyone

from nepaliaustralian

XOXO