Little M is now four months old! I can't believe just how fast time has flown! I'm glad that the days of constant worry and absurd fears (that seemed very real at that time) are over! Of course, I still worry sometimes (and I'm told that it's not going to end anytime soon!) but it isn't all-consuming like it once was. I am enjoying every single moment spent with her. She loves being spoken to and coos and gurgles a lot. It is fascinating just to watch her!
She was at the 25th percentile for height and weight when she was born. At two months, her weight was still at 25th percentile but her height was up to the 50th. At her check-up today, I'm glad to report, her weight is now at the 50th percentile and height 75th! It's hard not to get caught up with numbers, even though I know it is not indicative of the health of the child. She seems to be doing well on that count as well. Knock on wood! The only sad part of the doctor visit was her shots. The poor thing cried so hard. But it is a necessary pain, unfortunately. I wish they would come up with a better way of administering vaccines soon. Hopefully, within the next 2 months, when she's due for her next set of shots! :)
Alrighty! Onto food now!
There are many variations to the majjige huli (kadhi like yogurt gravy) that we make. Mom made this very delcious hasi (raw) majjige huli with snakegourd. While most majjige hulis require boiling the yogurt sauce, this particular form just has cooked snakegourd mixed with yogurt and a ground paste. It can also be made with boiled cucumber or boiled pumpkins.
2 cups Snakegourd (cut into small strips and boiled)
2 1/2 cups Yogurt
1 cup Water
Salt to taste
Grind to Paste:
1 tsp Cumin Seeds
1/2 cup coconut shredded
2 Tbsp Dalia
2 green chillies
A pinch of Asafoetida
1 Tbsp Ghee
1/2 tsp Mustard Seeds
A Pinch of Asafoetida
1/4 tsp Turmeric
Blend water and yogurt. Mix the ground paste and the boiled snakegourd and salt to taste. There's no need to heat or boil this mixture.
Heat ghee in a small pan. Add mustard seeds. Once they splutter, add Asafoetida and turmeric. Add to the yogurt/paste mixture.
Goes well with plain white rice.