Carrot and Spinach Puree Recipe

Carrot and Spinach Puree Recipe
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Carrot purees are one of the most common weaning foods introduced to babies between the ages of 6 to 8 months. They are sweet, mild on the tummy, and full of nutrition. If your baby loves carrot purees, you can take it up a notch in both nutrition and taste by adding some spinach to the mix once they are over 8 months old. Rich in all the essential nutrients and fibre, this simple carrot and spinach recipe is something your little one will crave every week.

Cooking Time

Type  Time (hh:mm:ss)
Preparation Time 00:05:00
Cook Time 00:15:00
Total Time 00:20:00


Cooking Method

Gas stove or electric stove

Type of Meal

Vegetarian

Great For

Babies who are over 7 months old who are being introduced to green leafy vegetables

Meal Schedule

Mid-morning snack or lunch

Recipe Type

Main dish

Ingredients

Type

Quantity

Tender carrot (fresh, organic)

1 medium sized

Spinach leaves (fresh, organic)

3 to 4 leaves

Jeera powder

A pinch

Asafoetida or hing

A small pinch

Instructions

Follow these step by step instructions to prepare the puree

  • Select tender clean carrots and wash them thoroughly with cold water to get rid of contaminants.
  • Peel the carrots and wash them with warm water to remove any leftover contaminants.
  • Clean the spinach leaves by rinsing them thoroughly with cold water multiple times.
  • Chop the tender carrots into small cubes, and finely chop the spinach leaves.
  • To tenderize, mix the two and steam in a pressure cooker with a cup of water and turn off the burner after two whistles.
  • Wait for the steam to completely release and use a blender to finely mash the ingredients.
  • It’s important to throw the water used for steaming as it will contain excess nitrates from the spinach. Do not use this water .
  • Add a pinch of cumin powder and hing and mix thoroughly before serving.

Recipe Tips

  • You can control the texture by how long you blend the ingredients to make it suitable or your baby. Teething babies like chewy texture, while some prefer it to be softer.
  • If you are wondering how to make carrot and spinach puree that is tastier and more nutritious, try adding other ingredients to it, such as a small portion of chicken, peas, lentils, or potatoes.
  • If your toddler likes it a bit sweeter, use baby carrots and spinach for a milder, sweeter taste.

Nutrition Information (Serving Per 100 Grams)

Nutrient

Value

Total Energy

125.5 Kcal

Protein

1.54 g

Total Fat

0.555 g

Fibre

3.29 g

Iron

1.8 mg

Calcium

58.5 mg

Thiamine (B1)

0.1 mg

Riboflavin (B2)

0.065 mg

Niacin (B3)

0.275 mg

Vitamin B6

0.13 mg

Health Benefits

  • Carrots and spinach are both high in dietary fibre, which is essential for maintaining good digestive tract health and easy bowel movement.
  • Carrots are loaded with a class of compounds called carotenoids. It is rich in beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A by the body. Vitamin A is an essential nutrient for infant development.
  • Spinach is a rich source of iron and calcium, along with many other essential minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, and selenium, that is needed by the body.
  • Although spinach is rich in oxalates and nitrates, which can cause discomfort to babies less than 8 months, mixing it with carrots is a good way to introduce spinach in the diet.

Buying Guide

  • To select tender carrots, look for those with the least bit of sprouting on the top. Excessive root-like hair is also an indicator that the carrot has been in the ground for a little too long.
  • If you are opting for baby carrots, check the packaging carefully to see what it says. ‘Baby-cut’ carrots are not the same as ‘Baby carrots’. While baby carrots are often available with organic growers, baby-cut carrots are unsuitable for babies as they are chemically treated.
  • Spinach is commonly grown with plenty of fertilizers and pesticides. So it’s good to buy it from stores that source their vegetables organically.
  • Choose the spinach that has fresh leaves without wilt or damage. Frozen spinach works well for your homemade carrot and spinach puree baby food recipe.