Pidi (Rice Dumpings in Coconut Milk )




Rice Powder- 1 cup
Grated Coconut-3tbsp
Pearl onion-3 nos
Garlic-2 cloves
Cumin seeds- 1/2 tsp
Boiling water- 1&1/2-2 Cups
Thick Coconut Milk-1/2Cup
Salt 


  • Grind cumin seeds,shallots and garlic to form a thick paste.
  • Add coconut, small onion paste and salt to rice flour. Mix well. Add boiling water gradually and make a soft  dough.Roll this into small balls and keep aside.
  • Boil 2 cups of water and add salt to taste.Add the dumplings and cook until it is slightly thick .
  • Add coconut milk and bring it to a boil.Switch off the flame and  mix well.
  • Tempering the pidi with mustard seeds, curry leaves,  and pearl onion.
  • Serve with Chicken Curry 



Butter nut squash ,Red bell pepper and Apple Purée for babies (from 9 months)


Apple -1
Butter nut squash (butter pumpkin )-100gms
Red bell pepper (red capsicum )-1/2 of 1
Water -1/2cup

Place butter nut squash  in the steamer and steam for 3-5 minutes.
Add bell pepper and apple and continue to steam until soft (approx 5-8 more minutes).
Add sterilized water and blend with a food processor or hand blender until smooth.

Plum ,Pear and Banana Purée for Babies (From 9 months )


Plum-1
Pear-1
Banana -1
Water-1/2cup


  • Peel, core and chop the fruits.
  • Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.Cook chopped fruits until tender .
  • Blend with a food processor or hand blender until smooth.

4 Day Wait Rule


When you are introducing your baby to solid food, you don't yet know what he or she will be allergic to.The “4 Day Wait Rule” is an an easy way to check for food allergies or sensitivities. Remember that in addition to possible allergic reactions, foods can also cause digestive troubles like tummy pains, painful gas or even poop troubles. 

For example, introduce baby to apple on Sunday and then wait until Thursday to introduce another food.If the child is allergic, the reaction would materialize in those four days, maybe through a rash or swelling. If nothing happens, then that food is safe and you can introduce a new one.

Butternut Squash & Pear Puree for Babies


Butter nut Squash (Butter Pumpkin )-200gms
Pear-1


  • Peel the butternut squash, cut in half, remove the seeds and chop into pieces.Steam for about 12 minutes.
  • Peel, core and chop the pear.Add to the steamer and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Blend with a food processor or hand blender until smooth.

Brown Rice and Plantain Porridge for Babies




Brown rice-1-2 tbsp
Plantain -1 (Steamed)
Water-1/2cup
  • Soak brown rice in water for 6-8hrs. Grind it into a fine paste.
  • Take a sauce pan, in which you cook your babies food. Add rice  paste and  water in it.Cook it for 3 to 4 mins on a low flame till the rice is completely cooked.
  • Add mashed plantains and mix well.
  • If the texture is too thick for your baby at the end of the cooking time, thin it with a little breast milk or formula

Carrot and Oats Porridge for Babies


Oatmeal -2 tbsp
Carrot (chopped)-2tbsp
Water


  • Grind oatmeal and carrot into a very fine paste.
  • Take a sauce pan, in which you cook your babies food. Add oats-carrot paste and  water in it.Cook it for 3 to 4 mins on a low flame till the oats is completely cooked.
  • Pour the porridge on to clean sterilized bowls and feed your baby. Add breast milk or formula if needed .

First Vegetables for Baby

Preparation and storage  of baby food

1.Wash,peel,chop and steam.
2.Puree with some of the steaming liquid then feed.

If you want to store it,
1.Pour into ice-cube trays
2.Freeze overnight
3.Put into labelled freezer bags
4.Reheat
5.Feed

First Fruits for Baby


First Grains for Baby

The best and the first Brown Rice



Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.

How to Make Sweet Potato Puree for Babies


  • Rinse the sweet potato in cold water.Peel and dice into small chunks.
  • Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.cook sweet potato chunks until tender (about 10-15 minutes)
  • Puree cooked sweet potato with the back of a spoon or potato masher. Add water as needed to reach desired consistency. 

Guiding Principles for Complementary Feeding



1.Practice exclusive breastfeeding from birth to 6 month of age and introduce complementary foods at 6 months of age while continuing to breastfeed.

2.Breastfeeding should continue with complementary feeding up to 2 years of age or beyond,and it should be on demand ,as often as the child wants .

3.Optimal complementary feeding depends not only on what is fed but also on how,when,where and by whom a child is fed.

4.Practice good hygiene and proper food handling .

5.Gradually increase food consistency and variety as the infant grows older .

6.Increase the number of times that the child is fed complementary foods as the child gets older feed a variety of nutrient-rich food to ensure that all nutrient needs are met.

Banana Kozhukkatta (Sweet Dumplings)

  1. Brown rice flour-2cups
  2. Boiling water-1 1/2-2 cups
  3. Salt
  4. Shredded coconut-3/4cup
  5. Plantains -2
  6. Ghee-2 tsp
  7. Jaggery-150gms
  8. Cardamom powder-1tsp
  9. Fried cashew nut-a handful

  • Add boiled water to rice flour and little salt to make the dough.Keep aside for 10-15 miutes.

  • Make ‘Sharkkarapavu’ by boiling 1/2 cups of water with jaggery.When it turns to semi liquid, add chopped plantains ,ghee and shredded coconut.Let it cook for 8-10 minutes.Add cardamom powder and cashew nuts . keep it aside.

  • Place each ball in your palm and press with the other hand to flatten.Place a spoonful of coconut-banana mix in the center of the flattened dough.Close the dough around the coconut to form a ball. Roll in hand until well formed.

  • Steam the dumplings for 10 minutes.

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