Dal Water for Babies: Nutritional Value, Benefits & Recipe

Dal Water (Dal Ka Pani) For Babies – Benefits & Recipe

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The moment your baby reaches an age where they can start having solids, you will receive a ton of advice. However, the one suggestion that seems to resound from nearly every source is dal pani – the water you get from dal that has the taste but not as much of the nutrition. Many parents choose to mash some dal along with the water and feed it to their baby. Balancing this with other items is just as necessary for the baby’s health. In this article, we have covered the information about how and when to introduce dal water to your baby. Let’s read!

Why Give Toor/Moong Dal Water to Baby?

Moong dal pani for babies is a suggestion that has trickled down from generation, and there is a pretty good reason for it. The benefits a baby receives from it are numerous, and they are essential for your baby. Let’s take a look at moong dal benefits for babies.

  • Dal pani is easy to digest, making it the perfect first food for your child.
  • The abundance of proteins, vitamins and minerals in dal pani is highly beneficial to the baby, even more so if the baby is given some mashed dal with it. 
  • Going for yellow moong dal is a better choice since the chances of allergies are minimal and it is easily digestible.
  • Numerous trace elements like zinc, iron, manganese present in dal pani benefit the growth of the baby and help in strengthening the immunity

When to Start Dal Water for Babies?

Dal ka pani for a 6-month-old baby is the usual way to go for most parents, as this is the age where babies start to consume solids. However, the right age for it depends on why the parent wants to feed the baby dal pani in the first place. While some prefer to make it an accompaniment to breast milk, others choose to feed dal pani as a way to wean the baby off milk. Nevertheless, the age of 6-8 months is ideal.

Dal water may be gradually replaced by dal within a few days of starting it because the water is only supernatant liquid from the prepared lentils has no carbohydrates, fats or proteins.

Nutritional Value of Dal Water

In a single serving of a cup of dal water for a baby, the nutritional elements are distributed as follows.

Nutrition Quantity
  Energy   130 cal
  Carbohydrates   22.4 g
  Protein   9.1 g
  Fibre   3.1 g
  Fat   0.5 g
  Vitamin A   18.3 mcg
  Vitamin B9   52.3 mg
  Niacin   0.9 mg
  Riboflavin   0.1 mg
  Thiamine   0.2 mg
  Zinc   1 mg
  Sodium   10.2 mg
  Phosphorous   1.7 mg
  Potassium   429 mg
  Magnesium   41.4 mg
  Iron   1.5 mg
  Calcium   28 mg

How to Prepare Dal Ka Pani for Infants?

Preparing lentil soup for babies is a pretty straightforward process. Ensure that all the utensils you use for preparation and serving the soup are sterilised and free of any external substances.

Ingredients Required

Procedure

  1. Wash and clean the dal and put in the cooker along with turmeric powder, water and ghee. Let it cook in the pressure cooker for 5 whistles or so, in order to make it soft.
  2. Use a strainer to separate the mixture and get the water alone. Depending on how your child reacts to the taste, choose to add a tiny pinch of sugar, only for the initial servings.
  3. Before giving it to the baby, check the temperature of the water on your wrist to make sure it isn’t too hot.
  4. Once he starts having it regularly and reaches the 10-month mark, you can make the dal pani thicker. To adjust the consistency and make it less thick, add boiled water to the mix.

Different types of dal

What Are the Advantages of Adding Garlic to Dal Water?

There are numerous advantages of giving garlic dal water to babies; some of these include:

1. Anti-inflammatory Properties

Garlic has anti-inflammatory properties that reduce inflammation within the baby’s body and help maintain a healthy balance, promoting overall wellness and supporting the baby’s development.

2. Antioxidants

The allicin present in garlic functions as an antioxidant, providing protection against oxidative stress. Antioxidants play an essential role in neutralising harmful free radicals and protecting delicate cells from damage.

3. Rich in Nutrients

Garlic is enriched with vitamin C, which aids in strengthening the immune system and supports the healthy growth of the baby. Additionally, the vegetable also contains valuable amounts of selenium, manganese, and vitamin B6, which play important roles in various bodily functions and promote optimal development.

4. Fights Infection

According to the studies, garlic is highly effective in combating life-threatening infections, especially in critically ill infants. The antiviral properties of garlic act as a natural warrior, assisting the baby’s body to fight against harmful microorganisms and bolstering the immune system.

5. Kills Intestinal Worms in Babies

When intestinal worms enter the baby’s body in the form of eggs, they settle in the intestines and feed on the nutrients, leading to infections and ailments. Garlic in dal ka pani can act as an effective anthelmintic drug to kill intestinal worms.

6. Brain Health

Aged garlic extracts contain a high amount of an antioxidant that can help protect the brain from damage due to disease. This may help improve memory, concentration, and focus.

Tips to Remember While Giving Dal Water to Infants

Before giving dal ka pani to a baby 4-month-old and above, there are a bunch of tips you can adhere to, in order to make sure that the baby does not have any adjustment problems.

  • Do not put the dal pani in a sippy cup or bottle for the baby.
  • Let your baby sit up straight with some support and then give him the dal pani.
  • If the dal pani causes gas in the baby, add a pinch of hing to the water.
  • As your baby grows up, you can introduce other variants of the dal as well.
  • Avoid adding salt in the pani to enhance the taste until he is at least one year old.

If you are wondering if this is the right time to introduce your baby to solids like dal pani, here are some ways to know your baby is ready:

  1. He can hold his head up when he is made to sit
  2. Your baby is showing interest in food that is presented on the dining table. 
  3. Your baby can make movements with his tongue. 
  4. Your baby is able to open his mouth wide for food to go in. 

FAQs

1. Which Dal Helps to Increase the Weight of Baby?

Moong and urad dal can help babies increase weight, as these dals are loaded with healthy nutrients.

2. Can I Give Dal Daily to My Baby?

Yes, you can give dal ka pani to your baby, once they are 6+ months old.

Dal water for baby is a great preparation that works for most babies and is a great way to introduce them to the world of solids. The bland taste of it can be good for their sensitive tongues. Gradually, he will start liking the changes in the taste and will be open to eating a thicker version of the dal pani as well.

References/Resources:

1. NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF INFANTS; chla.org; https://www.chla.org/sites/default/files/migrated/Chapter1_NutritionalNeeds.pdf

2. Narpinder Singh; Pulses: an overview; Pulses: an overview; National Library of Medicine; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5336460/; March 2017

3. Geoffrey P. Savage; Lentils: a Forgotten Crop; journals.sagepub.com; https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/003072709102000209; June 1991

4. Ali Kahraman; Nutritional Components and Amino Acids in Lentil Varieties; researchgate.net; https://www.researchgate.net/publication/319944858_Nutritional_Components_and_Amino_Acids_in_Lentil_Varieties; December 22016

5. Erol Ayaz, Idris Türel, Abdurrahman Gül, et.al; Evaluation of the anthelmentic activity of garlic (Allium sativum) in mice naturally infected with Aspiculuris tetraptera; National Library of Medicine; https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18673129/; June 2008

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