11 Feb 2015

Mashed Dal and Vegetables | Baby Food

I wanted to post some baby food recipes that I have used for my kids. These are recipes that have worked well with both my kids.
When you start weaning a baby at 6 months, it is best to start off with rice porridge/cereals. Slowly you can start including other foods too. This recipe can be started at 7 months. 

So here's the second recipe for babies. The first recipe that I posted was mashed idli and banana. This is a wholesome meal with rice, dal, greens and other vegetables. You can modify this to your needs, add more vegetables if you prefer.

Mashed Dal and Veggies

Preparation 10 mins | Cooking time 15 mins | Serves 1

  • Rice - 2 tsp
  • Toor dal - 1 tsp
  • Drumstick leaves - 1 sprig (murungai keerai)
  • Beet root - 1 inch piece
  • Garlic pod - 1
  • Carrot - 3 pieces
  • Cashew - 1
  • Curry leaves - 2
  • Coriander leaves - 1 tsp, chopped
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Hing - a pinch
  • Cumin powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
Mashed Dal and Veggies

1. Wash and clean the rice, dal and all the vegetables and put it in a small bowl with a lid.
2. Add about 3 tbsp of water and mix well. Check for salt.

3. Take a pressure cooker and fill it with little water (about 1 cup of water).
4. Now close the lid of the bowl and place it in the cooker with water.

5. Close the pressure cooker, put the whistle and pressure cook for 3 whistles, simmer after the first whistle.
6. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker and remove the bowl. Open the bowl and allow the contents to cool down.

7. When it's cooled down, transfer the contents to a mixer/blender and blend to a smooth paste. Add little milk if needed to make it smooth and easy for the baby to swallow.

Mashed Dal and Veggies

1. Add any vegetable of your choice and any greens of your choice.
2. You can skip the vegetables completely and make only mashed dal rice.
3. Add very less or no salt. Salt is not recommended for babies until the age of one.
4. As your child grows, you need not blend it to such a smooth paste.

Until next time,

Sending this to Remmy's Kitchen!!!
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