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Rava Kheer can be introduced to babies after ten months of age. Easily the most nutritious meal, this Rava Kheer for toddlers can be served as a dessert or even a main meal. It is easily digestible and also fills the tummy for longer. Combine the goodness of rava and dry fruits powder to make a rich meal for your growing baby.
Gas, Blender or Mixer Jar
Type of Meal
Toddler older than 14 months of age
Breakfast, Dessert or Porridge.
|Rava or sooji or semolina||1 cup|
|Elaichi or cardamom powder||A pinch|
|Dry Fruits powder||A pinch|
This homemade Rava Kheer baby food recipe will become a dietary staple once you learn to follow this step-by-step guide:
- Dry roast the rava in a deep bottomed pan. You can powder it if you wish or use it as a whole.
- Bring 3 cups of water to a rolling boil in a deep pan.
- Add the roasted rava little by little and stir continuously.
- Stir until the rava is mixed with water and there are no lumps left.
- Once the rava absorbs all the water, add the sugar and stir well until the sugar melts.
- Keep stirring until all the water content is evaporated.
- Add ghee and stir once again till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
- Switch off the flame when the mixture comes together into a ball and add the elaichi powder and dry fruits powder.
You have now learnt how to make Rava Kheer and now follow these additional tips to perfect the dish
- Always roast the rava until the raw smell disappears.
- Do not skip the step of adding ghee.
- You can add some milk to the water to make it richer. This can be done for kids over twelve years of age
- Add the dry fruits powder only if your kids are over eight months of age.
- For babies with molars, add some chopped nuts to make the dish more nutritious.
- You can choose to swap the sugar to palm sugar or jaggery.
- Instead, you can add some chopped bananas and reduce the amount of sugar.
Nutrition Information (Per 100 Grams)
This easy Rava Kheer recipe is one of the best weaning foods as it combines the richness of rava and milk to make a delectable combination for your toddler’s hunger pangs:
- Rava or semolina is high in dietary fibre and carbohydrates. It helps in digestion, provides energy and keeps the stomach full for longer.
- Rava is also high in protein and good for improving the immunity levels of the child.
- Rava is rich in Vitamin B, folate and thiamine that builds energy levels and supports the development of the brain.
- Rava prevents anaemia as the iron helps in building haemoglobin count and also improves the production of red blood cells.
- The calcium and magnesium in semolina keep the muscles healthy.
- Ghee is good for the increasing energy levels and also the development of the brain. Ghee also helps to break down the fat built in the muscles, thereby reducing the chances of obesity.
A few things to bear in mind when buying ingredients for Rava Kheer:
- Buy rava or semolina in sealed packets available in supermarkets. Stay clear of rava sold in loose form as they may be adulterated. Check the expiry date before using the rava.
- If using sugar, buy good quality sugar in sealed form.
- It is ideal to use homemade ghee. If you are not able to use homemade ghee, then buy store-bought ones. Buy branded ones from the supermarkets. Once again, check the expiry date and buy cow’s ghee.
Rava Kheer is a delicious dish to offer your weaning baby. It is a great food to start offering when your baby is being introduced to solid food. Easily digestible, it also tickles the toddler’s taste buds with its sweet taste and thick consistency.