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An easy way to introduce spinach to your weaning baby’s diet, this Palak Soup recipe for toddlers packs the richness of spinach in a consumable form. Your growing toddler will have his tastes and may not take to new foods very quickly. Easy, tasty and healthy, this soup is an excellent way to introduce greens to his diet.
Gas Stove, Mixer/Blender
Type of Meal
Weaning babies older than 7 months of age
Breakfast, Appetizers, Main Course
|Spinach (blanched and finely chopped)||1 cup tightly packed|
|Onions (finely chopped)||1 tbsp|
|Garlic (finely chopped)||3 cloves|
|Turmeric powder||1/8 teaspoon|
|Salt||As per taste|
|Cumin seeds||½ teaspoon|
|Pepper Powder||¼ teaspoon|
Read these step by step instructions to learn how to make Palak Soup for babies:
- Wash the spinach leaves in running cold water at least twice.
- Chop the onions and garlic finely.
- Heat oil in a pan and splutter the cumin seeds
- Now add the chopped onions and garlic. Fry them until golden brown. Now add the chopped spinach along with turmeric powder and the necessary salt. Mix well.
- Add 2 cups of water and boil on low flame for 7-10 minutes. Keep checking to see if the spinach is cooked thoroughly.
- Once done, let the mixture cool down completely.
- Grind the cooked spinach in a blender to a smooth puree without any chunks.
- Strain the soup with a strainer to leave the tiny bits aside.
- Serve warm with a little bit of pepper.
This homemade Palak Soup baby food recipe can quickly become your toddler’s favourite. Just a few things to keep in mind:
- Always use ghee as toddlers love the taste of ghee more than oil.
- When you introduce it, strain the spinach and serve the water. It will build taste gradually.
- This soup can be given as an appetizer to the main meal.
- Clean the spinach thoroughly. It should be free from any dirt or mud before cooking.
- You can use any spinach leaves- amaranth/palak/baby spinach for this recipe.
- Use fresh garlic and only in adequate quantities. Too much of garlic could result in diarrhoea and vomiting.
- You can eliminate the pepper powder if you think it will make the dish spicy.
Nutrition Information(Per 100 Grams)
This simple Palak Soup recipe is packed with several health benefits. Read to know more about the nutrient profile:
- Spinach is rich in iron, folate, Vitamin A, potassium, calcium. It helps in the production of haemoglobin and aids in the development of the brain.
- Spinach supplies the body with Vitamin A, C, E and thiamin. All these vitamins improve immunity and maintain a healthy body.
- With its ample amount of fibre, spinach is a natural laxative.
- Spinach has antimicrobial elements that help to treat urinary infections that are common in babies.
- Spinach helps to relieve the gastric disorders caused in babies by their developing gut and stomach.
- Spinach is rich in water content as almost 90% of it is water. So it helps your baby stay hydrated.
- Onions are also rich in folic acid and help in digestion.
- Garlic is rich with medicinal properties. It is known to have anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It regulates the body and protects it from infections.
There are a few things to bear in mind while sourcing ingredients for Palak Soup.
- Spinach is a winter vegetable and is fresh during that season. Buy fresh spinach leaves and make sure to check the quality of the leaves thoroughly. The leaves should not be wilted. Most importantly check if the leaves have any holes as it is a sign of being infected by worms.
- Buy onions that are fresh and firm.
- Garlic should also be fresh. Since you are making it for babies, it is best to buy fresh ingredients.
Great food for weaning babies, this soup is packed with nutrients that will help in the healthy development of your growing toddler. It is a perfect addition to your baby’s diet and can be served regularly.