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Do you love children?

I do.

I remember a time when I didn’t, though – I found them snotty, and whiny, and tiny, and annoying. This was probably when I was a snotty, whiny, tiny being myself.

Having now matured into a (slightly) less whiny adult, I find myself rather happy in the company of children.

They’re quite wonderful, these tiny people. They say the funniest things, look at every single thing in wonder, and teach us to really live when we forget.

Also they’re so darned cute. And I happen to know and love some particularly adorable ones. I mean just look at these faces.

Sometimes they wear yellow glasses and eat cake. That makes me happy.


Other times they take a break from pillow fighting and smile for the camera. You can’t help but smile too.

Rishi chikki

When you’re stressed, they tumble over boxes and chatter with you non-stop until you forget your worries. You realise you want to tumble over boxes too. (It looks like so much fun, right?)


And then, once in while, they dress up and look so adorable, it melts your heart. You realise they’re growing up too fast.

Raya rahil

Children are quite wonderful. But when you throw cooking into the mix, they’re unstoppable.

They love getting their hands dirty, they aren’t afraid to experiment, and they will try anything once. Tell me that’s not the very definition of a fantastic cook.

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Which brings me to an exciting announcement πŸ™‚

There’s a fabulous new treat for all the young chefs out there.

Dorling Kindersley India and Vikas Khanna have created a one-of-a-kind cookbook for children that’s being released on 14th November, 2013.

The book is a fantastic mix of modern recipes, step-by-step images, and easy-to-follow instructions. It’s a wonderful book for any child who is interested in cooking – both for those who are already cooking and want to expand their skills, as well as those who’ve just taken a peep into the kitchen and like what they see πŸ™‚ This book will give them just the encouragement they need.

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I’m giving away a copy of this book to one of you fabulous people. It’ll be signed by Vikas Khanna too! πŸ™‚ All you need to do is drop me a comment below telling me who your favourite little person is and why you love them. Entries will be accepted till 30th November, after which I’ll pick one winner by a random draw.

If you can’t wait to buy Young Chefs, go to Penguin India and get it now!

Thank god for children. For the silliness and the laughter and the fun.
There’s so much to learn from them πŸ™‚


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Chefs, in general, are quite wonderful.

They could be moody and temperamental, or lovable and cuddly, or bald and handsome.

Whatever their personality, it’s always a treat to spend time in their company.

Last week, Saffola Masala Oats organised an event at Blue Frog, Mehrauli to meet the Michelin Star chef, Vikas Khanna.

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Since I’m far from what you would call a fan of the Masterchef India tv show, I went with not-too-high expectations.

I was SO pleasantly surprised!

Vikas Khanna (as anyone who has interacted with him will know) is a veritable treat. He has that rare and supremely attractive quality of being able to laugh at oneself. He’s obviously very talented, but he’s incredibly humble. He lives in New York, but is endearingly Punjabi at heart. And he is crazy funny! We all were in splits throughout the event.

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He made a surprisingly tasty baked tinda dish (I know!) and spoke about the healthy + tasty dishes you can rustle up with oats.

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I decided I’d give it a shot too.

And these mini cuties are the result of that.

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What I don’t like about oats is their general gloopy quality. Made this way, the baking dries them out a little bit, while retaining all the goodness.

I used Saffola Classic Masala Oats, which is one of the 6 flavours available. You could be far more adventurous with your toppings – although this fresh, lemony tomato-onion mix is kinda perfect πŸ™‚

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Mini oat bites

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Makes: 5


1 packet Saffola Masala oats
oil, for greasing
1 tomato, chopped
1 onion, chopped
juice of 1 lemon
salt to taste

Saffola Masala oats


1. Preheat the oven to 180ΒΊ C. Pour the oats into a bowl and cover with about half a cup of boiling water (the mixture shouldn’t be too runny). Stir well, cover, and set aside.
2. Grease a cupcake tray with oil. Mix the tomato, onion, lemon juice, and salt together in a bowl.
3. Add about one heaped tablespoon of oat mixture into each of the grooves in the tray (I got about 5). Pat down gently with the back of the spoon and bake for 15 minutes.
4. Remove from the oven and run a knife around the sides of each oat patty and gently remove from the tray. Top with the tomato-onion mixture and serve.

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