Any mother would understand how difficult it is to make your little ones eat. You have to apply so many tricks to handle and control their eating tantrums. The food has to be glamorized so that they at least give it a try. This could be very maddening at times.


Another challenge is to make them eat healthy and something which is not processed. These days super markets are stacked with frozen snacks which are processed and have no nutritional value. Unfortunately kids are tempted by its appearance and taste. One such snack is Smiley Potatoes by McCain. So I decided I would recreate those smileys at home from fresh products. To my utter surprise they were delicious and tasted almost the same as store bought but many times healthier. I could see the excitement in my kiddos eyes as he grabbed one piece after another. Only a mother would know what satisfaction this brings in.


1. Boil potatoes till they are done and peel their skin off.


2. Mash the potatoes with a Potato masher in a bowl. Add corn Flour and mix with a spoon.

3. Add ginger garlic paste. Season with salt and red chili powder. If your kids don’t eat chili you can skip it.





4. Add little turmeric powder and juice of half a lemon.



5. Mix and mash  everything together till everything comes together in the form of a soft dough. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

6. Take a spoon full of potato dough and shape it into a ball.

7. Flatten it by pressing between your hands about 2mm thickness. In alternate you can use a cookie cutter or small lids to make perfect shapes.

8. Use a clean pencil back end to make eyes.


8. And a spoon end to make the smiley face.

9. Heat oil in a wok or kadai and fry these smileys till crisp and golden.



10. Absorb the oil on a kitchen paper towel and serve. You can put these as a lunchbox snacks for your kid. 

Other kids recipes you can try here are: Vegan Chocolate Muffins, Whole Wheat Banana Bread, Soya Veggie Vermicelli

Other Potato recipes on The Secret Ingredient: Punjabi Style Dum Aloo, Punjabi Style Aloo Methi, Aloo Patty, Yam Potato Chat, Aloo Anar Raita, Sabudana Vada, Roasted Potatoes with Garlic Rosemary.


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