Children’s Day is celebrated across India to raise awareness about the rights, education, and welfare of children. It is celebrated on 14th November every year on the birthday of the First Prime Minister of India, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, who was known to have been fond of children. On this day, many educational and motivational programs for children are held all over India. Children’s Day is a commemorative day celebrated annually in honor of children, whose date of observance varies by country. In 1925, International Children’s Day was first proclaimed in Geneva during the World Conference on Child Welfare. On 5th November 1948, the first Children’s Day was observed as “Flower Day” by the predecessor of the Indian Council of Child Welfare (ICCW) to collect funds for the United Nations Appeal for Children (UNAC) through the sale of “flower tokens”. On 30 July 1949, “Children’s Day” was widely celebrated and publicized through radio, articles, cinema, etc.
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Desserts have always been an attraction and reason to connect over as well among children and elders as well. besides the regular cakes, pastries, pancakes, and wafers there is a lot more which can be explored when it comes to innovative ideas and food trials. Custard is one such ingredient that is not only universal to work with but also it is a no fuss recipe for some too since it is easy to make and can be used and flavored in a number of ways.
Custard is a variety of culinary preparations based on sweetened milk, cheese, or cream cooked with egg or egg yolk to thicken it, and sometimes also flour, corn starch, or gelatin. Depending on the recipe, custard may vary in consistency from a thin pouring sauce to the thick pastry cream used to fill éclairs. Generally based on milk solids and starch, there are three main varieties of refrigerated custard: premium, regular and low-fat. Rich and creamy, premium custard has a fat content of approximately 6%, regular custard is 1–3% fat and the low-fat custard has a fat content of 0–1%. Custard and ice cream are basically created from the same three ingredients: milk, cream, and sugar. The major difference between the two is that custard must also contain 1.4% pasteurized egg yolk (per the Food and Drug Administration). The addition of eggs gives it a smooth and creamy texture. With milk as the main ingredient, the custard is a good source of protein and contains calcium, which is good for bone health. But custard is a treat food because it can also give us extra energy, fat and sugar that we maybe don’t want, or need. Both custards and puddings begin with a base of sweetened cream or milk.
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The main difference is the ingredient used as a thickening agent. Eggs are an essential ingredient in custard, as they give the dessert its gelatinous texture. Instead of egg proteins, flour or corn starch are thickeners in puddings. Some of our favourite desserts that go well with custard are Fruit strudel, fruit crumble, and baked apples. Add sliced banana to a bowl, pour over custard and sprinkle with desiccated coconut for delicious coco-banana custard. Pour warm custard over fresh or canned fruit.
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Here are a few simple custards based desserts and quick fix ideas on children’s day to treat not just the kids but all our loved ones!
Recipe-1] DESI CUSTARD WALA TWIST
Recipe-2] CUSTARD AND CAKE CRUMBLE
Recipe-3] FRUITY CUSTARD SWEET
Recipe-4] MEETHI MUSKAAN WALA CUSTARD
Recipe-5] NUTTY BERRY CUSTARD DELIGHT
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Dr. Kaviraj Khialani – celebrity master chef - is a Mumbai-based author, writer, academician, food –health-lifestyle coach, mentor & consultant.
He is specialized in over 33 International Cuisines & has worked with brands like the Taj Group of Hotels, Kuwait Airways to name a few. Chef Kaviraj has been awarded several Global and National Awards for his outstanding performance and achievements in his chosen field. He has been featured on Star Plus and Colors Television on several food shows as well.