Granddaughter’s First Birthday!

This past weekend was a busy one for me as it was my granddaughter’s FIRST birthday!! The party was very fun and every one had a great time. I planned the menu and prepared a variety of dishes for this special occasion. We also decided to cater some dishes.

The menu included the following dishes: mattra chaat served with toppings including tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, chopped ginger, and chutneys, mini peanut butter jelly and cream cheese cucumber sandwiches shaped like hearts and butterflies, warm gulab jamun, fresh fruit and cheese skewers decoratively placed in oranges for presentation, and a chocolate fountain, which were all prepared by us. We had pesto and tomato cream pastas and fresh vegetable and cheese panini sandwiches catered. My daughter in law’s co-worker prepared the fresh chocolate and pumpkin spice cupcakes with animal designs. We also got a two -tiered bundt cake catered. We truly had a wide variety of food and everyone ate to their heart’s content. We received a lot of compliments about the dishes prepared! The kids especially loved the desserts and had a ball dipping strawberries and marshmallows in the chocolate fountain.

I think the beauty in these dishes was in the presentation. I decided to serve the mattra chaat toppings on big collard green leaves and fruits on skewers looked really nice. You can see this in the pictures posted.

This was a very special event and I’m glad I had a big part in planning in!


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25 thoughts on “Granddaughter’s First Birthday!

  1. Hello
    This s sneha I ve prepared whole wheat cake for my son it s very tasty but for wheat cake colour s very light in both sides if I keep another 5minutes in oven it becomes crispy in top so wat to do please answer

  2. Namaste Auntyji: Could you please do a post on how to make Mattra chaat? Boiling Mattra can be really tricky and I struggle with it every time I try it out. Thank you so much for your cooking videos. I have learnt a lot watching them. Regards, Shriya

  3. Hello Auntyji..

    The pics are amazing..Great Presentation…Ur grand daughter is really lucky to have a grandmother like u…..Must say u r an excellent cook….

  4. Dear Manjula,
    I came across your website, at You tube, where I was searching for a recipe for Papri, will try it tomorrow. You make Cooking seem so easy πŸ™‚
    By the way, really liked the presentation of food at your grand daughter’s birthday. Belated birthday wishes to her. I have twin daughters and they are going to turn 2, soon.

  5. aunti….. u r great u know so many things to do…wow i wish i had a wonderful aunt like u…great job auntiji….

  6. Aunty…everything looks wonderful..your granddaughter is very lucky to have a grandma like you!

    Can you please tell me what Mattra Chaat is? I’ve never heard of it before.

    Thank you. πŸ™‚

  7. Hello Majulaji,

    I came across your website looking for Mushroom Matar recipe. The recipe on your website was very simple and amazing. I prepared it for lunch one day and my husband really liked it. I have been following your website very closely since then.
    The dishes prepared for your grand daughter’s bday look and sound yummy…hope that you will be ableto post them sometime soon…

  8. NAMASTE MANJULA JI,WHEN I GOT MY IPHONE I WAS EXCITED BECAUSE NOW I CAN SEE U ANYWHERE.U ARE GREAT .CAN U PLZ LET ME KNOW WHAT FRUITS TO USE AND WHICH CHEESE TO USE FOR THE FRUIT AND CHEESE SKEWERS.UR MENU FOR THE PARTY LOOKS VERY GOOD.I WOULD KEEP FEW RECEIPES FOR THE BABY SHOWER THAT I AM GIVING TO MY SISTER.GOOD BLESS YOU

  9. Hi Manjula,

    I came across your website after watching a Youtube video on how to make roti!
    I’m a Pacific Islander residing in Sydney, Australia. I don’t eat much Indian food but after watching your videos, i’m inspired to try out your recipes. They look so scrumptious and the blog about your grand-daughter’s birthday was wonderful. The food looked divine, especially the way it was presented. Very mouth watering. Keep up the good work, you seem like a great cook!

  10. hello auntyji,

    everything looks so yummy….will u be able to post the video recipes for things u prepared for ur grand daughter’s b’day

    thanx in advance

    poonam

  11. The food presentation is gorgeous-gave me a few ideas for my next big party..:). If you don’t mind sharing, could you please let me know from where you ordered the two tier cake. It looks so pretty. I live in San Diego too and I always feel there are limited options for party cakes here.

  12. hi manjula didi

    what a wonderfull cook u r we all ur’s fan my home my grandson is very2 intrested 2 look ur video he become very happy 2 c ur reciepe video he does’nt know what is this fun but he enjoy too.Everyday it is must to open my comp. 4 seeing ur reciepe that what u made new

  13. I wonder if you got vegetarian marshmallows as regular marshmallows have gelatin which is usually made of pig or fish. There is only one brand I have heard of without animal products at health food speciality stores.

    1. Himani brings up a VERY important point. Gelatins are almost always animal based. Gelatins can be found in things like yogurt (like Yoplait brand yogurt and fruit cups), candies, and other foods. Always read the ingredient labels even for things that appear vegetarian.

      Animal based gelatins are also used in some medications, such as vitamins. It’s part of the inactive ingredient list.

  14. Hello Manjula Aunty,

    That is really a party to remember.Everything is delicious !!!

    Belated Wishes to Rhea…..

    I enjoy reading your blog and all your recipes πŸ™‚

  15. Oh wow Manjula, the pictures look amazing and it makes me wish it was all for my birthday :).

    I shall be trying another one of your dishes again this week I hope.

    Thank you so much.

    Forest.

  16. Sounds like a lot of fun! πŸ™‚ I was wondering whats been up with you. Long time no new posts. I guess the kids are getting Grandma’s attention. πŸ™‚ Enjoy!

  17. Hello Manjula Aunty ji,

    u really got a gud website out here.. all recipes r mouthwatering aunty. I havent tried anything but will try soon… im very novice to cooking and im sre, ur site will help me a lot…

    convey my best belated b-day wishes to ur grand daughter Rhea… The pics look awsome… im sure u all had fun…

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