Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Homemade baby food



This one is for all those tiny tots who have just started their first solid food. This recipe was given or should I say prescribed by Purvi's paediatrician and I must say that this is the best thing that any doctor can prescribe. This is definitely time consuming but it is rewarding as well. This mixture of sprouted whole grains and nuts is a tasty and power packed food to be introduced to the baby. 
Since the ragi and wheat are sprouted, their nutrient content is increased ten fold. As there are four types of grains involved, it ensures that the baby gets used to a myriad of tastes. The other best part about this mixture is, it allows you to experiment with a lot of flavours. You can make this either salty or sweet. The weaning period can be difficult for both the mother and the baby. This recipe made the introduction of solid food to my baby relatively easy for me. I hope it does the same for you and your baby as well. 



Homemade baby food recipe:
Preparation time: 2-3days, approximately
Ingredients:
Rice- 1 cup
Wheat- 1cup
Moong dal- 1cup
Ragi/ finger millet- 1 cup
Elaichi/ cardamom- 10, powdered
Nutmeg powder- 3/4tsp
Almonds- 15, blanched, peeled and dried





Method:
  • Wash and soak the wheat and ragi in separate containers for 6-8 hrs
  • Drain the water and place the grains in separate muslin cloths and tie them to a horizontal surface
  • See to it that the cloth is wet and keep sprinkling water from time to time. It takes about 1-2 days for the grain to sprout completely.
  • Wash the rice and the moong dal togoughly and drain. 
  • Mix the rice and moong dal along with the the sprouted grains and dry them in the shade for 4-6 hrs or till completely dry.
  • Roast the dried grains in a thick bottomed vessel on a low flame till the grains are fragrant and well toasted. See to it that the grains are not over toasted or burnt.
  • Cool the grain mixture completely and grind them along with the dried almonds in the mixer to a fine powder.
  • Pass the mixture through a fine sieve to separate the large particles.
  • Grind the large particles again to a fine powder and sieve.
  • Repeat the process till all of the grain mixture is ground to a fine powder.
  • Mix the powdered elaichi and nutmeg powder to the grain mixture and store in air tight containers.

For the porridge:

Ingredients:
Malted grain mixture- 1-2tspn
Brown sugar/ Jaggery- 2tsp
Ghee- 1tsp
1 deseeded date or 1tsp of date syrup (optional)
Milk- 1/2cup

Method:
  • Mix all the ingredents except milk in a bowl and make a think paste by adding some boiling water.
  • Bring milk to a boil, and add the prepared paste. 
  • Cook for a min till the desired consistency is achieved. Serve warm
Note
  • Seive the ground mixture in a cheese cloth for the first couple of weeks and then make the mixture coarser with  each passing week. This will ensure that your child gradually gets used to chewing and gets ready for adult food
  • You can try adding different flavourings like, pureed banana or apple.
This is my contribution to Aipi's book marked recipes







30 comments :

  1. this is a healthy combination of grains and nuts....infants would definitely like this...

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  2. Cant agree with u more...no homemade food comes near to the store bought ones...though tedious worth every bit of it...Looks super yum, thanks for the recipe!

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  3. Lovely post dear, very helpful for new moms.
    I always made baby food at home as well, I think that's just the best.
    Thanks a lot for linking this to bookmark event :)

    US Masala

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  4. Power packed with nutrients.Sprouts contain Essential fatty acids and rich source of fibre.Eating 2 walnuts per day increases the memory power in kids.I think we can also add it .

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  5. COMBINATIO OF HEALTHY FOOD IT IS REALY NUTRITIOUS FOR BABIES

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  6. Very healthy and easy idea for kids.A great combo of fibre and carbs in the mixture

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  7. very healthy combo....thanks for sharing

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  8. very healthy food...im sure infants would love it!!Bookmarked!!

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  9. This looks and sounds very healthy!

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  10. Wow, what a healthy recipe for babies. I am sure going to try it out for my 14 month old

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  11. really very healthy food for infants and yummy too

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  12. Thats a really a great food for babies..sooo healthy and nutritious..

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  14. Great combo and such a healthy food for babies...

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  15. we make a powder of this & add it to milk .. good one

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  16. This is a great post. I know a friend desperately looking for such a post for her little one and I know she will love it.

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  17. Wow, that's a great idea! Wish I knew about it when my li'l one was even more little but at the same time thank god she can now eat some REAL food 'cos I used to go crazy finding her something interesting to eat.

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  18. Realy Nutritious. I was searching for this recipe since the past few days. My doctor had recommended for my 8 month old daughter. Thanks.I will surely make it.

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  19. Excellent post!! I feed this to my little one and I consider this as the healthiest food a baby can have :)

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  20. Thanks for sharing. Baby food really is expensive. I think that most parents who purchase the jarred ones just don't feel confident in making their own. It helps a whole lot when you get a vote of confidence from the little one who will be eating it.

    When that critic spits it out or otherwise voices a negative opinion regarding the taste as compared to baby food in a jar, that can push parents to spend what they don't have. However it really does help to save money this way and also, you know exactly what is inside the food.

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  21. These products are rich in nutrition and completely healthy for a baby. I guess, besides going for the market products, homemade foods are even much better. Thanks for elaborating the recipe withe methods to make it ready. Surely a good one as it is solid, would keep the baby full for a long time.

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  22. his is truly a great read for me. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Please keep up the effective work.

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  23. This is my first time visit here. From the tons of comments on your articles,I guess I am not only one having all the enjoyment right here! Thai Food Recipes

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  24. hi should I use muslin cloth or normal sieve to sieve the grounded mixture

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  25. Hi Jyoti, it is advisable to sieve the powder in a muslin cloth if the baby is starting on solid food. You could do this for 3 to 4 weeks and then start using a normal sieve.

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