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A bowl of nutritious soup is the best thing to include in the diet of babies and toddlers who are 9 months old and older. Carrot-moong dal soup is one such recipe which you can include in your baby’s diet without worrying about nutrition and taste. It will surely be a hit amongst kids. The inclusion of some veggies adds on to its nutrition value and creaminess. Read on to find out how to make carrot-moong dal soup for your little ones!
Type of Meal
Weaning babies older than 9 months of age
Lunch, mid-evening snack or dinner
|Moong dal||5 tablespoons|
|Cumin seeds||¼ teaspoons|
|Carrot||1 medium sized|
|Potato||1 medium sized|
|Pepper powder||1-2 teaspoons|
|Butter or homemade ghee||1/2 teaspoon|
Follow these step-by-step directions to make yummy carrot-moong dal soup:
- Wash all the veggies thoroughly under cold water.
- Remove the skin from the carrot, potato, and beans. Chop all the veggies into small cubes and set aside.
- Wash the moong dal thoroughly with water, and keep it soaked in the water for about 10 minutes.
- In a pressure cooker, add all the veggies, the soaked moong dal, and 2 cups of water. Pressure cook for about 3-4 whistles. Remove from flame and release the pressure naturally.
- Once cooled, remove the lid and blend the veggie-dal mixture into a fine paste using a mixer blender or a hand blender.
- In another pan, heat the ghee and reheat the blended mixture. Add the remaining water and adjust the consistency. Bring it to a boil and season it with salt and pepper. Remove from the flame and serve hot!
- This simple carrot-moong dal recipe is easy to make and can be made using any seasonal veggies of your choice. You can also store the leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate it for 2-3 days.
- You can also skip blending the veggies and dal in a blender if your baby likes to eat mashed vegetables consistency.
- This homemade carrot-moong-dal soup baby food recipe thickens over time, so make sure that you add adequate water to adjust the consistency.
- Make sure that the veggies you are using are already introduced to the kids before this recipe, in order to avoid any allergic reaction.
- Pepper powder is purely optional for babies below one year. Instead, you can add some cinnamon powder to enhance the flavor without making it spicy.
- It is highly recommended to always consult with the paediatrician before you introduce any new food to the baby. Before introducing the moong dal soup, make sure that your baby is fine with veggies.
Nutrition Information (1 cup serving or per 200 ml)
|Vitamin C||4.6 milligrams|
|Folic acid (Vitamin B9)||47 micrograms|
|Vitamin A||880.1 micrograms|
|Vitamin B1||0.2 milligrams|
|Vitamin B2||0.1 milligrams|
|Vitamin B3||0.9 milligrams|
The following health benefits are associated with yummy and healthy carrot-moong-dal soup:
- Carrot-moong dal soup is a rich source of folic acid, which is a very essential vitamin for the growing children.
- It is also a very rich source of phosphorous that works closely along with calcium in the growth and development of the bones.
- The moong dal in the soup is an excellent source of protein, which is very important for children during their growth period.
- It is also a rich source of vitamin B1, which helps prevent heart diseases, production of red blood cells, enhances carbohydrate metabolism, and also protects the nerve cells of the body.
Mentioned below are certain buying tips while choosing the right ingredients for baby food recipes:
- If possible, buy good quality organic moong dal from a trusted brand source to avoid harmful chemicals.
- Go for fresh organic and seasonal veggies to make the soup. Avoid buying cold storage veggies for this recipe.
You can whip up this carrot-moong dal soup for babies at home within no time. A warm bowl of soup is like a warm hug and is perfect for those cozy winter evenings! Give it a try at home!