Babies are a bundle of joy! Until 6 months of age, they will be consuming only breast milk, so there won’t be much worry surrounding their nutrition. The real dilemma comes when we introduce solid foods. Here, I am going to share a few recipes which you can try feeding your little ones. These are the recipes which I give to my baby; you can take ideas from here, and prepare the dishes according to your preference. As the days pass, you will definitely know what your baby likes to eat, and prepare accordingly!
1) Mashed Green Peas
5 to 6 tbsp green peas
Boil the green peas until fully cooked. After cooling, grind to a smooth paste. Add a tsp of ghee or unsalted butter. A pinch of jeera (optional) is good for digestion, and avoids flatulence.
2) Ragi/Finger Millet Porridge
2 tbsp of ragi
1/2 tsp of chickpeas (chole) or sprouts
Few pieces of beetroot or carrot
1/4 tsp of jaggery or palm jaggery
1 tsp of ghee or clarified butter
Take the ragi in a bowl. Add a little water, and mix it firmly so as to avoid lumps. Add the sprouts and vegetables. Place in a cooker for two whistles. You can even boil the ragi and veggies separately. It should be cooked well. After it cools, add the jaggery or palm jaggery. It is a rich source of calcium. Grind to a smooth paste, then finally add ghee.
3) Tasty Apple Puree
Few pieces of apple
Peel the apple skin first. Boil the apple pieces until fully cooked. After cooling, grind into a paste. To this, you can add unsalted butter or ghee. No need of adding any sweetener to this.
4) Ragi Porridge with Banana
2 tbsp of ragi millet
One small banana
Mix the ragi millet in the same way as said in the 2nd recipe. After cooling, grind to a smooth paste. Add a banana, and grind again. Add a tsp of ghee. Banana gives a natural sweetness to it.
5) Mixed Dal/Lentils with Rice or Veggies
2 tbsp of lentils (green gram/yellow lentils/red lentils, etc.)
2 tbsp of rice (optional)
Jaggery and ghee
Add well cooked lentils to cooked rice. Mash or grind to a smooth form. Add a small piece of palm jaggery, and ghee. You can also add two boiled spinach leaves, or any other leafy vegetables of your choice.
You can also give separate purees of fruits, like mashed banana, apples, musk melon, and so on.
Some nutritional information about the above recipes:
I have mentioned ghee and jaggery in all the recipes, as they are a rich source of nutrients.
Ghee or butter is very beneficial for brain development. It also helps to boost metabolism. Ghee is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Jaggery, especially palm jaggery, is a rich source of calcium, which is very essential for overall growth of the babies.
Green leafy vegetables are rich in fibre. They are very good for avoiding constipation.
Lentils are a rich source of proteins.
Rice provides required carbohydrates to the body.
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