My Daughter is four year old and is developing food habits and I make very conscious choice not to give her sugar loaded , preservative loaded store bought snacks. I am not against packaged food, but packaged food in my opinion should be used sparingly. As parents we should decide how often that “Once in a While” will be.
Panjeeri is a snack very popular or shall I say “was” very popular in Punjab and even Pakistan. It is made of whole wheat , ghee ( clarified butter ), Sugar and Dry fruits.
My grandmother was a very religious person. One of her more frequent religious activities was fasting. One of the fasts that she used to observ was of “Poornima” every month. “Poornima” is the full moon day. As an offering to the Gods she would make Panjeeri. She used to make it in a large quantity so that it would at least last a week for us. Every evening after playing we used eat it as an evening snack.
Traditionally in Punjab Panjeeri is given to the mother after childbirth. As it is loaded with Nuts/ Dry fruits, has herbal gum and cumin seeds, it aids in lactation and also provides energy for the new mother. This recipe for Panjeeri can be given to kids as well as a snack.