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    Best Baby/kids foods...

    I have made or bought every kind of baby food, He/she just doesn't like it!

    I'm sure every mom says this atleast once in a while but nowadays its the line said almost!

    For me, Its always a long, difficult and a magical process to feed my baby since she says "No,No" for everything...

    Here, I'l share some of the good Indian baby recipes which are nutritious as well as helps in baby's weight gain..

    Please share your experiences also!


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    Re: Best Baby/kids foods...

    Dates walnut halwa:


    Dates 3 cups
    walnut 1 cup(1/2 plus 1/2)
    ghee 2 tsp
    milk 2 to 3 cups


    Boil milk well and keep in slim for 30 mts so that it will reduce a bit which is enough.


    Either you can grind the entire amt of nuts with dates or grind dates with one portion of nuts. Rest of the nuts, grind and keep aside to sprinkle finally.


    Now, take the milk, add ghee, ground mixture and keep in cooker for a whistle and sim fire for 20 to 25 mts so that the milk color and flavor will change like we put some condensed milk. Switch off the fire and when it is cold, add the remaining ground nuts and stir for a min on the stove, switch off. The consistency should be thick like halwa.


    No sugar or extra ghee and hence, the elders too can take it a tsp everyday as dates is rich in iron and walnut, read that it will help to fight disease and promote health. Not only that, was told that it helps to reduce bad cholesterol and to decrease blood inflammation.


    You can substitute almond too in the place of walnut as badham too has very good properties.


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    MALTED MAGIC MIXTURE


    A great combination of malted cereals and pulses that provides energy, protein and folic acid. Nachni is not a commonly used cereal which is sad because it is extremely rich in iron and calcium as compared to other cereals.
    You can store this mixture in an air-tight container for a couple of weeks.






    Makes 1/2 cup.
    For the malted magic mixture
    1/4 cup rice, washed and dried
    1/4 cup whole moong (green gram), raw
    1/4 cup whole wheat (gehun)
    1/4 cup whole ragi (nachni)


    For serving
    1 tablespoon of the mixture
    1/2 cup hot milk
    1/4 cup mashed banana


    For the malted magic mixture


    1. Soak the whole moong, whole wheat and ragi in separately containers for 6 to 8 hours.


    2. Drain out all the water, tie them in separate muslin cloths and allow them to sprout. This may take upto 2 days in warm weather. Remember to keep sprinkling water on the musllin cloth to keep it damp, as the grains will not sprout if they are dry.


    3. Dry roast all the whole grains separately on a tava (griddle) over a slow flame, stirring continuously till they are crisp and can be easily powdered.


    4. Cool for 5 minutes and combine all the toasted grains. Rub them between your palms to remove all the ;burnt skin and sprouts which will otherwise leave a burnt taste in the mixture.


    5. Separate this burnt portion from the toasted grains by passing it through a sieve. Discard the burnt portion.


    6. Grind the toasted grains to make a fine powder.


    7. Cool and store in a sterilised air-tight container. Use as required.


    How to proceed


    1. Take 1 tablespoons of the dry mixture , add the hot milk and mix well. Cover and keep aside for 5 minutes till it is lukewarm.


    2. Add the mashed banana, mix well and serve immediately.


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    Pumpkin Malagutal (south Indian dish):


    You will require equal quantities (say 4 tablespoons) of white pumpkin and either tur dal or moong dal. First peel the pumpkin and dice it into small pieces.


    Then lightly roast the dal of your choice. Next, take both the diced pumpkin and the roasted dal and cook them in boiling water; you should also add a pinch of turmeric powder and salt to taste. Once cooked, add ghee or butter for flavour. Malagutal can be served with rice, and is a very nutritious dish for an expectant mother as well as the baby.




    Spinach Malagutal (south Indian dish):


    The recipe for this dish is similar to the recipe for a pumpkin malagutal. Except instead of pumpkin use spinach. Although a blender is optional for the pumpkin malagutal,


    it will be required for the spinach malagutal, since the baby will find it difficult to eat spinach in the original form.


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    Help your baby be successful when eating.


    Choose foods that suit your baby´s or toddler´s abilities and age.


    Feed your baby whenever baby is hungry.


    Never leave your baby alone when eating.


    Talk to your baby in a low voice and encourage he|she to eat. Try not to overwhelm baby with attention.


    Make sure your baby is sitting up straight and is facing forward. A highchair is the best. Let your baby explore foods. With a highchair your baby will be less likely to choke.


    Include the baby in the family mealtime routine. Feed your baby while family members are eating.


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    Mixed vegetable Curry - Baby Food(1.5-2 years)

    Daal - 1/2 cup(cooked)
    Ghee - As reqd
    Carrot - 1 tbsp(grated)
    Beet root - 1 tbsp(grated)
    Potato - 1/2 of 1(chopped)
    Garlic - 1 clove(crushed)
    Tomato - 1/2 of 1(finely chopped)
    Turmeric powder - A pinch
    Green chilly(optional) - 1 no(slit)
    Salt - As reqd
    Water - As reqd

    1)For preparing mixed vegetable curry, first boil the vegetables together and keep aside with the remaining water.

    2)Heat ghee in a pan, add garlic and fry.

    3)Add tomato and saute well.

    4)Add turmeric powder, green chilly, salt and cooked vegetables with remaining water.

    5)Let it boil for 2 minutes.

    6)Add the cooked daal and cover it with a lid and cook for 2 minutes.

    7)Mixed vegetable curry for kids is ready.

    8)Serve it with rice/chappathi.

    9)Can be preserved in fridge for 2 days.


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    Kids Toast - Baby Food(1-2 years)

    Bread slices - 2 nos
    Egg - 1 no
    Cheese - 1 tbsp(grated)
    Milk powder(Kids) - 2 tbsp
    Water - As reqd
    Sugar - 2 tbsp

    1)For preparing kids toast, first blend milk powder, cheese and required water.

    2)Beat egg well.

    3)Mix egg, blended milk, cheese and sugar well.

    4)Dip the bread slices in it and place it on a baking tray and bake for 1 to 2 minutes.

    5)Else, fry it in a hot tawa.

    6)Kids toast recipe is ready.



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    Food ideal for babies starting from 7 months old...

    MOONG DAL KHICHDI


    This is a good combination of a cereal and a pulse which is suitable for your baby once she has adapted to rice after 1 to 2 weeks of starting weaning. This will add more variety to your baby's meal and also provide plenty of protein for healthy growth.


    Ingredients
    1 teaspoon split green gram (green moong dal)
    1 tablespoon rice
    1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
    1/2 teaspoon ghee


    Method


    1. Wash and soak the green gram and rice together.


    2. Add the turmeric powder and pressure cook it for 3 whistles.


    3. Remove from the pressure cooker and add the ghee. Mix well.


    4. Mash the khichdi completely to make a smooth consistency. Serve lukewarm.

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    Vegetables
    Mashed, well-cooked vegetables


    Method of preparation


    Vegetables should first be boiled, then mashed in a blender, and then strained. It is important to strain the vegetables until the baby is about 7 months old. After the baby is 7 months, straining is not required because vegetable fiber is very nutritious and contains certain useful toxins.


    Quantity of feed


    Begin feeding the child with a couple of spoons and then gradually increase the quantity every succeeding week to the limit accepted by the baby. Dark green leafy vegetables, carrots and pumpkin are very healthy.


    Salt, butter and other additives


    There is no need to add salt to the vegetables, since there is enough sodium in the vegetables. The baby’s system is not ready to handle too much salt in the first few months of life. Ghee, butter or cooking oil can also be added for flavor as well as for calories.


    Iron and Vitamin C


    Vegetables like spinach are high in iron. In order to improve the absorption of iron into the baby’s system, you need to give vitamin C. Vegetables like tomato and cauliflower contain vitamin C and therefore can be a good complement to spinach. Multivitamin drops also contain vitamin C and can be given once a day, right after a meal.


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    Rice Preparations


    Rice preparations are very healthy for the baby.If vegetables and pulses are added to the rice as in khichri then it becomes a full meal and is very nutritious and filling.Rice should be cooked well till tender. Here ate some recipes.


    Khichri (moong dal)


    You will require 4 tablespoons of rice and 2 tablespoons of dehusked moong dal. Prepare khichri by cooking rice and dal together, with a pinch of salt (added to taste). Once khichri is cooked, you can add 2 teaspoons of ghee, butter or cooking oil to the final preparation. You can also add vegetables like carrots or spinach to the khichri and then mash the mixture. If you want to add spinach, first boil, mash and strain it, and then add this puree to the khichri and stir it. Cool the khichri and serve lukewarm.


    When the baby is still young, you should mash the entire mixture in a blender so that it is easy for the baby to swallow. You can gradually increase the consistency to a semi-solid state so that the child's palate starts getting used to regular foods.



    Mashed boiled rice with milk (similar to kheer):


    This is a simple recipe to ensure that the child gets rice (for carbohydrates) and milk (for calcium). Mix 1 cup of boiled rice with 1 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Cook it on the gas for 10 minutes (keep stirring) and allow the mixture to thicken. Cool and serve lukewarm. You can also add badaam (almonds) scapings and elaichi powder for taste.



    Pulav


    First prepare the base for the pulav by sauting onions, cumin and mustard seeds in oil. Then add onions, potatoes, peas, carrots and any other vegetables and cook them with a little water until they are tender. Once the vegetables are cooked, add boiled rice and heat mixture for a couple of minutes. Cool and serve warm.

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