Roundup: Food for 7 stages of life – Pregnancy

I just can’t believe that I am writing the roundup for my first blog event. Thanks to each one of you for making this event a grand success. Couple of months ago when I first thought about this theme I was not sure how it will be appreciated by my other blogger friends and my readers. I thought it was a silly theme but my inner conscious forced me to rethink about it. Then I came up with a draft of this theme and shared it with Sudeshna of Cook like a Bong. She not only encouraged me but also agreed to co-host this event. Thanks a ton Sudeshna :-) I was much more elated when my blogger friends/readers got back to me saying that this is a useful theme and they would love to participate.

Let us now read about the recipes for the very first stage – ‘Pregnancy (Zero hour)’ (Shakespeare did not talk about this though). This is the first event in the series of 7 events. Hope you enjoy reading the roundup and thanks to all the bloggers who made an excellent effort to share their wonderful recipes with all of us.


(Nutrition facts are based on the key ingredients only; Source: nutritiondata.com, whfoods.com)

1. Sesame Laddoo by Prasu

Key Ingredients: Sesame Seeds, Jaggery

Good Source of: Copper, Zinc, Calcium, Manganese, Iron

Prasu Says: This Ladoo would be given at the time of Pregnancy as well as During Mensturation especially for ladies to get energy because it helps in Ovulation

2. Steamed Tofu With Vegetables by Sudha

Key Ingredients: Tofu, Asparagus, Chicken

Good Source of: Proteins,Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese and Selenium

Sudha talks about pregnancy in her post. Click here to read

3. Garlic Vegetable Soup by Rupali

Key Ingredients: Garlic, Corn, Peas, Carrot

Good Source of: Manganese, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin K

4. Gingered Carrot Soup by Pari Vasisht

Key Ingredients: Ginger, Carrot

Good Source of: Vitamin A, Vitamin K

5. Jeera rasam / Sattumudhu by Shanthi Krishnakumar

Key Ingredients: Cumin, Tamarind

Good Source of: Iron, Manganese

Shanthi Says: This dish is good for Morning sickness

6. Vegan Fruit & Nut Cake by Sadhana

Key Ingredients: Whole wheat flour, Apricots, Dates, Raisins

Good Source of: Manganese, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Iron

7. Keerai Masayal by Sandhya Hariharan

Key Ingredients: Spinach, Toor dhal (Lentils)

Good Source of: Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Iron, Molybdenum

8. Dal Tiranga by Sandhya Hariharan

Key Ingredients: Masoor dhal, Chana dhal, Moong dhal

Good Source of: Molybdenum, folate, dietary fiber

9. Methi Thepla by Sandhya Hariharan

Key Ingredients: Fenugreek Leaves (Methi), Wheat flour

Good Source of: Manganese, Dietary Fiber,

10. Badam Kheer by Sandhya Hariharan

Key Ingredients: Almonds, Milk

Good Source of: Vitamin E, Manganese, Iodine, Calcium, Vitamin D

11. Kala Chana Chat by Sandhya Hariharan

Key Ingredients: Chickpea, Potatoes

Good Source of: Molybdenum, folate, dietary fiber, Manganese, Protein, Carbohydrates

12. Strawberry Treat – Shake and CheeseCake by Sandhya Hariharan       Key Ingredients: Strawberry, Milk, Honey, Cheese

Good Source of: Vitamin C, Protein, Calcium, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Iron, Iodine

13. Mumbai’s Original Pav Bhaji by Sandhya Hariharan

Key Ingredients: Cauliflower, Green peas, All purpose flour (bread)

Good Source of: Vitamin C, Vitamin K

14. Healthy Salad by Sandhya Hariharan

Key Ingredients: Lettuce, Cumber, Onions, Carrots

Good Source of: Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Chromium

15. Ragi Drumstick Leaves Roti by Lavi

Key Ingredients: Finger Millet flour / Ragi, Drumstick Leaves

Good Source of: Iron, Carbohydrates, Proteins

16. Lobia Curry [Black-eyed Beans Curry] by Renu

Key Ingredients: Black eyed peas

Good Source of: Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorous

17. Tamarind Quinoa by Sadhana

Key Ingredients: Quinoa

Good Source of: Manganese, Phosphorous and Magnesium

18. Tomato Soup by Sadhana

Key Ingredients: Tomato

Good Source of: Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and Manganese.

19. Onion Raitha by Sadhana

Key Ingredients: Onion

Good Source of: Vitamin C, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium and Manganese

20. Sweet Potato Curry by Sadhana

Key Ingredients: Sweet Potato

Good Source of: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese

21. Date Nut Milk Shake by Sadhana

Key Ingredients: Dates, Milk

Good Source of: Calcium, Iodine, Potassium

22. Snake gourd curry by Satya

Key Ingredients: Snake gourd

Good Source of: Calcium, Potassium, Iron and Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C.

23. Murungai keerai \ Drumstick leaves Poriyal by Aruna Manikandan

Key Ingredients: Drumstick leaves

Good Source of: Beta carotene, Calcium and Iron

24. Mung Bean Salad by Deepti Srivastava

Key Ingredients: Mung bean

Good Source of: Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Copper and Manganese

25. Rajma Paratha by EC

Key Ingredients: Rajma, Wheat flour

Good Source of: Iron, Potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, phosphorus and copper

26. Tomato Herb Soup by Lata Raja

Key Ingredients: Tomato, Chayote , Mint

Good Source of: Vitamin C, Vitamin B6,Copper ,Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Potassium and Manganese, Protein, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Folate, Riboflavin

27. Chocolate-Muesli Bar by Pari Vasisht

Key Ingredients: Muesli

Good Source of: Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Vitamin B12, Pantothenic Acid, Iron, Manganese

28. Triple duet by Lata Raja

Key Ingredients: Mango, Apple, Grapes, Pomegranate

Good Source of: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Dietary Fiber

29. Multigrain Zucchini Rotis by Priyasuresh

Key Ingredients: Zucchini, Ragi flour, Soya flour, Wheat flour

Good Source of: Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper and Manganese

Priyasuresh shares her experience during pregnanchy and how she learned to cook healthy version of many Indian dishes. Click here to read more…

30. Lauki N Black-eyes Peas by Priyasuresh

Key Ingredients: Black eyed pea, Bottlegourd

Good Source of: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Riboflavin, Zinc, Thiamin, Iron, Magnesium and Manganese

31. Nuts & Dryfruits Nectarine Salad by Priyasuresh

Key Ingredients: Nectarine, Almonds, Dates

Good Source of: Vitamin C, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Niacin, Potassium, Vitamin E

32. Chocolate, Strawberry & Banana Milkshake by Priyasuresh

Key Ingredients: Strawberry, Banana

Good Source of: Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Potassium, Manganese, Vitamin B6

33. Soya Beans Curry by Sunanda Dey

Key Ingredients: Soya beans

Good Source of: Proteins, Essential fatty acids, Calcium, Magnesium, Lecithin, Riboflavin, Thiamin, Fiber, Folic acid and Iron

34. Lal Math Bhaaji by Pari Vasisht

Key Ingredients: Amaranth Leaves

Good Source of: Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese.

35. Pappu Upma and Allam Pachadi – Moong Dal Upma And Ginger Chutney by Kalva

Key Ingredients: Moong dhal, Ginger, Rice rava

Good Source of: Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Riboflavin, Folate, Copper and Manganese, Vitamin A

36. Garlic/Poondu Puli Kuzhambu by Padma (Exclusively for nursing moms)

Key Ingredients: Garlic

Good Source of: Calcium, Phosphorus and Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6 ,Manganese

Padma says Garlic is very good for the lactating mother. It is good for both the mother and the baby as it is good for digestion and relieves acidity and also for the mother as elders say that it helps in producing more breast milk. Having garlic in any form is good during the third trimester as well as post delivery.

Padma shared few slokams that could be recited during pregnancy

a. This is the slokams that mom had in her book and also published in my friends devotional blog. ThiruKarukavur is the abode of Goddess Garbharakshambika and Lord Mullai Vana Nathar . Garba means “Pregnancy” and Raksha means “To Protect” and Ambigai is one of the names of Goddess Parvathi.A remarkable feast about the temple which distinguishes this temple from the other shrines is that the Goddess Garbakashambika not only protects the unborn child, but also bless people whose marriages are being delayed and who long for a child . The Slokas to be recited to the Goddess Garbharakshambigai : For Marriage and Women to Have child :

Aum devendhiraani namosthubyam  Dhevendhira piriya baamini

Vivaaha baakyam aarokyam Puthra Laabam sadhehime Padhim dhehi   sudham dhehi.

Soubaakyam dhehime subhe Soumaangalyam subam Gnayanam.

Dhehime Garbarakshake Kaathyaayini mahaamaaye.

Maha yoginya dhisvari Nandhagoba seedham dhevam.

Padhim Megurudhe Namah

b. For Safe Pregnancy and Delivery of baby:

Hey sangara Shamarahara PramadhaadhiNaadhari Mannaadha shaamba sasisuda

HarithiriSulin sambo sugaprasava kiruthbavame dhayaalo

Hey MaadhaviVanesa Paalayamaam Namasthe

This slokam can be recited by anyone to get the blessings of Goddess Garbarakshambigai : Aum Garbarakshambigaayai cha vidhmahe Mangala dhevadhaayai cha dheemahee Dhanno devi prachodhayaath

37. Churma Ladoo (Whole Wheat & Jaggery Balls) by Muskaan Shan

Key Ingredients: Whole wheat flour, jaggery

Good Source of: Manganese, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Iron

38. Dates Milk Shake by Aruna Manikandan

Key Ingredients: Dates, Milk

Good Source of: Calcium, Iodine, Potassium

39. Beetroot Soup by Aruna Manikandan

Key Ingredients: Beetroot

Good Source of: Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Folate and Manganese.

40. Whole Wheat Sweet Appam by Sadhana

Key Ingredients: Whole wheat flour, jaggery

Good Source of: Manganese, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Iron

41. Sweet Mixed Nuts Balls by Sadhana

Key Ingredients: Peanuts, Cashew, Almonds

Good Source of: Niacin, Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper , Vitamin E

42. Murungaikeerai Thuvattal by Kayal

Key Ingredients: Drumstick leaves

Good Source of: Beta carotene, Calcium and Iron

43. Palak Tofu Soup from Radhika Vasanth

Key Ingredients: Spinach, Tofu

Good Source of: Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese

44. Black eyed peas and Radish Gojju by Radhika Vasanth

Key Ingredients: Black eyed peas , Radish

Good Source of: Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Folate

45. Fish Fry by Radhika Vasanth

Key Ingredients: King fish

Good Source of: Protein, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Selenium

46. Beetroot Egg Poriyal / Stir Fry by Radhika Vasanth

Key Ingredients: Beetroot, Eggs

Good Source of: Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Folate, Manganese, Protein, Riboflavin and Selenium

47. Spring Onion Egg Poriyal / Stir Fry by Radhika Vasanth

Key Ingredients: Spring Onion, Eggs

Good Source of: Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Manganese, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Copper, Protein, Riboflavin and Selenium

48. Fish Curry by Radhika Vasanth

Key Ingredients: King fish

Good Source of: Protein, Niacin, Vitamin B12, Selenium

49. Chicken Liver Pepper Fry by Radhika Vasanth

Key Ingredients: Chicken Liver, Shallots

Good Source of: Proteins, Vitamins A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Copper, Zinc, Manganese

Radhika Says: Chicken or Mutton liver is rich in nutrients and it helps fe thetal growth, prevents anemia and birth defects. But at the same time it shouldn’t be consumed in huge portions as it rich in Vitamin A and it could cause some birth defects.

50. Spinach Dal Fry by Sushma Mallya

Key Ingredients: Spinach, Lentils (Dhal)

Good Source of: Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Manganese, Folate, Magnesium, Iron, MolybdenumVitamin B6, Vitamin C, Potassium

One recipe per blog has been chosen for polling. Please vote for your favorite recipe.

More information about the poll and giveaways.

Polls and Giveaways

  • A poll will be conducted to choose the recipe of the month. The picture of the recipe will feature in my facebook page with the winner’s name and blog name. (My facebook friend’s list is growing day by day J ). It includes recipes from non-bloggers as well.
  • 12 of you will enter a mega poll that would be conducted at the end of the series, of which 7 will be the winner of each month and 5 will be randomly picked up. The winner will receive a surprise gift. It will be shipped across the world.
  • It is not done yet. Sudeshna came up with a wonderful idea that we should compile the event series into an e-book. So your recipes will feature in this e-book which will be available for free download at the end of this event. The e-book will have a short write up on each author and a special article on the winner of the series. Ofcourse we need your consent to publish your recipe in our e-book.
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9 comments

  1. chakhlere says:

    Amazing round up!! I really appreciate the efforts taken to describe the benefits of each and very ingredients.

    It will help very much for newly married girls very much. Thanks.

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