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Ragi Nachni Porridge(7 + months babies)

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Ragi(Finger Millet) or Nachni is one of the immune boosting super-foods for babies and growing children.Feeding babies with ragi porridge helps to improve overall immunity and growth. Ragi is good filling food for babies.It’s a good source of iron and contains good quantity of calcium and amino acid. It benefits your babies with good healthy skin and hair.
Homemade ragi powder is one of the vital nutritious foods given to most of the babies from sixth month onwards. Instead of store bought powders, it is best suggested to prepare at home.
Ragi Porridge is an easy and healthy breakfast porridge for kids. Ragi and jaggery together make a sweet and delicious porridge.

Make sure that you consult a pediatrician before including ragi in the diet of your baby.

Preparation Time : 0 mins
Cooking time : 10 mins

Ingredients

0.25 cup (2 tbsp)Ragi Flour
1 cup Water
1 tbsp Jaggery

Directions || To prepare Ragi Porridge

Dry roast the ragi in a medium flame, until the nice aroma comes out. It would take 5 – 6 minutes.
Add jaggery powder and mix well. Cook until the jaggery powder melts down completely and mix with the
ragi.
Add a cup of water and cook until the ragi turns into a thick consistency.
Keep stirring in between to avoid forming lumps.
Garnish the ragi porridge with chopped nuts and dates (optional)

Baby recipes for stage two(6 +months)

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Ragi Nachni Porridge(7 + months babies)

Ragi(Finger Millet) or Nachni is one of the immune boosting super-foods for babies and growing children.Feeding babies with ragi porridge helps to improve overall immunity and growth. Ragi is good filling food for babies.It’s a good source of iron and contains good quantity of calcium and amino acid. It benefits your babies with good healthy skin and hair.Homemade ragi powder is one of the vital nutritious foods given to most of the babies from sixth month onwards. Instead of store bought powders, it is best suggested to prepare at home.Ragi Porridge is an easy and healthy breakfast porridge for kids. Ragi and jaggery together make a sweet and delicious porridge.


Fruit Yogurts for babies (7+ months)

Yogurt is among the healthiest food because of the significantly high amount of nutrients it contains, particularly protein and calcium.
It is available in markets and can also be easily prepared at home.

Flavored yogurt and Greek yogurt are popular yogurt variants available in supermarkets.
Organic, home-made yogurt is better than packaged yogurt available in the market.
Home-made yogurt can be fed to infants above 7 months.


Rice Vegetables Puree 

Rice cereal is considered to be the less allergic food for babies and ideally it should be consume at the start of 5-6 months, At the age of 5-6 months babies can start having semi-solid food. Rice has many health benefits for kids like good source of B complex vitamins and the proteins found in rice are very useful for muscle development. Its a high source of energy and very easy to digest.It can be very well  mixed with milk or breast milk and introduce to babies at the early stage.After 6 months you can slowly and gradually introduce vegetables puree for kids.Full recipe..


Oats Apple Porridge/Lapasi

Oats apple porridge is one more great baby food for your baby to be introduced at the age of 6 – 8 months.Oats is a whole-grain food which is rich in fiber ,its contains more soluble fiber than any other grain and its works good on your digestive systems and hence prevents constipation.If you follow vegetarian diet , its the best food for your baby as its equivalent to  meat , milk and egg protein.Oats is one of the best nutritious food for your baby.

Apples can be started when baby turns 6 months old. Apples are highly recommended at this stage at its good to avoid constipation and diarrhea. Apples are rich in dietary fiber ,apple is good to treat cough and not to forget it apple is very good to solve dental problems.

So combining both the ingredients together , oats and apple porridge makes the best healthy morning
breakfast or snacks to keep your baby active for the rest of the day.Read Full recipe


Suji/Rava Banana Porridge/Lapasi

Semolina/Sooji/Rava can to be introduced at the age of 6 – 8 months
Suji is rich in potassium ,iron and proteins. Suji is made from durum wheat and hence it helps you to feel full. Sooji provides great energy and hence it keeps your baby active.
Suji tastes great and acceptable to babies too :)Suji also serves as a good diet during fever or when tummy upset as its light to digest.

Banana is just the perfect first food for babies and its recommended to start it in either in 5th or 6th month.Bananas is the one of the “power food” in baby’s diet as its highly rich in vitamin and potassium but low in cholesterol,in short it contains more calories and 0 fat.But make sure you start by smaller portion like 1/4 of banana in the beginning and then slowly and steady increase the quantity

So combining both the ingredients together , oats and apple porridge makes the best healthy morning
breakfast or snacks to keep your baby active for the rest of the day.Read full recipe..



Wheat Almond Porridge

Wheat Almonds porridge is a great baby food for your baby to be introduced at the age of 6 – 8 months.The reason being the first ingredient Almonds have a lot of healthy benefits like containing good fats instead of bad i.e. unsaturated fats, also almonds are also good for brain. The second ingredient wheat is a rich source of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrate is used to generate energy that we require for performing any physical or mental activity.
Thus this recipe is a good energy source for your little prince/princess.Read full recipe


Weight gain healthy mixed cereals and nuts powder

Home made cerelac powder of mix pulses and nuts is the best powder for your baby to help gaining weight.This might be a tedious jobs for mummies but it takes only 1 hour of a month or two to prepare and preserve this healthy powder at home.These kind of ready made powders are available in market too , but nothing like home made hygiene powders ,also you can customize the ingredients of your choice.
Once the powder is ready , you can easily prepare porridge by adding it to a boiling water and add some salt and ghee for a taste.Read full recipe

Baby recipes

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This is my first ever blog on home made baby food. I have been getting many request from my viewers and friends to share few baby recipes.The recipes which I am sharing have been tried by my both older and younger daughter when they were babies.I always preferred to go for home made purees as they are fresh ,hygiene and less expensive than commercial baby foods.

When should I introduce solid baby food to my baby ?

The Indian Association of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the exclusive source of nutrition
till 6 months of age. At around 4-6 months talk to your doctor and once the doctor gives you a go signal,
you can start solids for your baby.Your baby will also show you sign of readiness.

What kind of signs indicates that your baby is ready ?

1. Your baby will keep its head in a steady upright position.
2. Your baby is doubling its birth weight is a sign that your baby is ready.
3. Increase curiosity when they watch you eating food.
4. They hold their mouth open and imitate eating behavior.

Good hygiene practices before preparing baby food

Wash your hands and work surfaces(counter tops) before you start to prepare meals for your baby.
make sure you wash your pots , spoons , bottles ,bowls and spatulas, all the other equipment’s with water and
sterilize  it with hot water.
If your baby is eating finger foods or eating with his hands, wash his hands before he eats his meals.
Change kitchen cloths and tea towels frequently.
How to start your baby food ?
If you decide to start the baby food around 4-6 months, you ensure that the food should be in liquid form.
Introduce each new food after 3-4 days of interval , normally in India tradition baby is introduce with moong dal water.
Baby is fed with the same moong dal water for 3-4 days ,if everything goes fine like there is no allergies/rash or constipation
Baby can be kept on the same diet and then later introduce with new food after 4 days.

Babies should be start with fruits , vegetables and rice cereal for 4-6 months and then you can
introduce meat/fish slowly and gradually. There is no need to hurry ,take it very slowly
initially with one teaspoon and with one tablespoon or so. So here we go , try these recipes at home
and do share your experiences. I would love to hear back from you 🙂

Click here for baby food recipes Stage 1 (4 to 6 months)

Click here for baby food recipes Stage 2 (6 + months)

Click here for baby food recipes Stage 3 (8 + months)

Rice and Dal homemade cerelac(4 Months +)

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Rice Dal homemade cerelac makes very handy whenever you want to make instant food for baby.

Rice is considered to a very low allergic food and it is ideal for babies to consume.Rice can be given to babies who are as young as 5 months old.Rice is a good source of B complex vitamins and proteins and easy to digest.

The health benefits of moong dal for babies include good source of vitamins, minerals, and protein
and easy to digest.

I made this rice dal porridge powder in small quantity but you can make it in bulk for a month.
Store it in air tight container and use it whenever required.Try to introduce this porridge after you have started rice and moong dal water separately for your little one.
Check out in my next recipe , how to prepare porridge of this rice and dal cerelac.

Ingredients

1 cup Rice
3/4 cup Moong dal

Directions || How to prepare Rice Dal homemade cerelac

Rinse the rice and moong dal well with water and remove it in a kitchen towel.
Let it dry or use it directly.
Dry roast the rice in kadai, till you get a shiny, puffed up turned slight into golden brown.
Similarly dry roast the moong dal
Cool and grind to a powder. Sieve the coarse particles to get a fine powder.
Store in an airtight box in a cool and dry place.

Wheat Almond Porridge_lapasi

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Wheat Almonds porridge is a great baby food for your baby to be introduced at the age of 6 – 8 months

The reason being the first ingredient Almonds have a lot of healthy benefits like containing good fats instead of bad i.e. unsaturated fats, also almonds are also good for brain.

The second ingredient wheat is a rich source of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrate is used to generate energy that we require for performing any physical or mental activity.
Thus this recipe is a good energy source for your little prince/princess.

Preparation time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 5 mins
Serving 2 times

INGREDIENTS

For making wheat almonds mix powder

2 tbsp Wheat flour
¼ cup almonds

For porridge

1 tsp Ghee
2 tbsp wheat almonds mix powder
¾ cup Cows milk or breastmilk (for babies under one year )
¼ cup + ¼ cup water
sugar as per taste

Directions || To prepare Wheat Almonds Porridge

Wash the almonds thoroughly in a clean water.
Then heat a pan and dry roast the almonds for five minutes in low medium flame or until it changes its colour here and there.
Remove roasted almonds from the pan and transfer to a blender. Let it cool down for sometime.
Now Dry roast the wheat flour for five minutes in low medium flame for 5 minutes or until nice aroma comes.
Then switch off the flame and add the roasted wheat flour to the almond powder,blend it together and mix it well.
Once done, cool it down and store it in a airtight container.

Direction || How to make Porridge

Heat a sauce pan and add ghee in it.
Add mix powder to it and mix it well with ghee
Add milk(avoid adding milk if baby is not introduce to a cow milk or try using breastmilk) now to it and mix everything slowly with a whisk.
Next add 1/4 cup of water or upto desire consistency.
Make sure that there are no lumps formed. Cook the porridge in medium flame until everything cooked completely.
The porridge becomes thick after cooling down.So make sure you are turning off the flame at the right time.
Add sugar to it if you want to sweeten it else you can feed the baby directly , serve it lukewarm.

Note :

Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
Boil cows milk if using in a vessel before using.
Try to use breast milk (for babies under one year )

Oats Apple Porridge_Lapasi

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Oats apple porridge is one more great baby food for your baby to be introduced at the age of 6 – 8 months

Oats is a whole-grain food which is rich in fiber ,its contains more soluble fiber than any other grain and
its works good on your digestive systems and hence prevents constipation.If you follow vegetarian diet , its the
best food for your baby as its equivalent to meat , milk and egg protein
Oats is one of the best nutritious food for your baby.

Apples can be started when baby turns 6 months old. Apples are highly recommended at this stage at its
good to avoid constipation and diarrhea’s. Apples are rich in dietary fiber ,apple is good to treat cough
and not to forget it apple is very good to solve dental problems.

So combining both the ingredients together , oats and apple porridge makes the best healthy morning
breakfast or snacks to keep your baby active for the rest of the day.

Do try this recipe and let me know your experience ?

Preparation time : 15 mins
Cooking time : 5 mins
Serving 1 time

INGREDIENTS

For oats powder

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

For porridge

1 tsp Ghee
2 tbsp oats powder
1 quarter of an apple
¼ cup + ¼ cup water
sugar as per taste

Directions || To prepare oats powder

Add 1/2 cup of cooking oats to a blender.

Blend it to a fine powder.
Store it in a airtight container.
Always keep oats powder ready,its very handy to prepare quick baby and kids food.

Directions || To prepare oats apple Porridge

Heat a sauce pan and add ghee in it.
Add oats powder to it and mix it well with ghee
Next add 1/4 cup of water or up to desire consistency.
Once oats is cooked well ,add grated apple in the mixture.
Add 1/4 cup of water to it.
Make sure that there are no lumps formed. Cook the porridge in medium flame until everything cooked completely.
The porridge becomes thick after cooling down.So make sure you are turning off the flame at the right time.
Add sugar to it if you want to sweeten it else you can feed the baby directly , serve it lukewarm.
Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
Boil cows milk if using in a vessel before using.
Try to use breast milk (for babies under one year )