Working Mothers & the Baked Nipattu (Gluten-free, Vegan)

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The laptop bag of a working mother who travels with her baby often yields such things – a disposable diaper changing sheet.
I get a lot of lovely comments, encouraging words and admiration too.
About how it must be tough to take my little daughter ( and some years back my son) – It is. But one does what one has to do when both, my husband and I are working. He might not be able to be at home that day and we live without any family to leave the baby with.
About how it must be tiring to hold her constantly or push the pram along with the laptop bag on days when I need to go on my own – It is. But one does what has to do because I want to go for that event or workshop or meet or project discussion. Or whatever that is.
I also get a lot of “well-meaning” advice from people about how I should take a complete break instead of trying to do this.
My response – This is not a compulsion. This is a choice. Perhaps the toughest one I have made in all my life. To oscillate mentally, emotionally, physically between being a mother, an independent HR consultant, a community leader and baker, and then some more.
Why do I “put myself through this” ? Because I love it 🙂 And because I hold meaningful living and financial independence as core non-negotiables for women.
P.S. Please note the views are my own. I mean no offence to anyone who has taken a break or has not. It is a very personal choice.


baked nipattu

Gluten-free Baked Nipattu ( Gramflour , Urad Dal/Lentil , Rice flour)

This is a traditional savoury Biscuit/Cracker kind of snack.


Besan      1  cup

Rice flour    2 tbsp

Ural dal ( grind finely)     2 tbsp

Curry leaves chopped finely      a few

Red chilly powder or paprika     1 tsp

Salt    as per taste

Chopped onions     ½   cup

Hot water to mix

Oil     1  tbsp

Dessicated coconut   1 tsp


  1. Mix all the ingredients well
  2. And then slowly add the hot water
  3. To bring the dough together.
  4. Let the dough rest for 30 minutes
  5. Then cut into small discs
  6. And bake on a greased baking tray for 10-15 minutes until crisp
  7. At 180 degrees C.
  8. Cool off and store in air tight container.

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