baby purees recipes

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 🙂

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Baby Vegetables Puree

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Carrots , peas and sweet potatoes are the best vegetables purees to start for 4-6 old infants.

Carrots make a good first vegetable puree as carrots are excellent source of vitamin A,and its rich in fiberswhich helps infant to have normal bowel movements. Carrorts also contain some iron,calcium and Vitamin C.
Carrots puree is also smooth food before moving to on to a thicker food.

Peas , the next nutritional food for baby as peas contain protein and it also provides Calcium,Vitamin A and C as well as Iron.

Try to prepare puree with the fresh green peas ,avoid frozen peas.Avoid tough,thick skinned pods, look for fresh ,firm and bright green color peas.

Sweet potatoes are a great first food for infants.They are rich in fiber and starch that soothes the stomach and the intestines, and makes the movement of food much smoother.Babies and kids love sweet potatoes.
Because of their natural sweetness, you don’t need to do add any sweet to enhance sweetness and also the smooth consistency is easily accepted by little


Carrot Puree

Ingredients

1 medium size carrot/8-10 baby carrots
water as required

Directions || How to prepare carrot puree

Rinse the carrot in cold water and peel with a veggie peeler. Dice into small pieces.
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Reduce heat and cook carrot until tender.
Drain carrot and rinse with cold water for three minutes to stop the cooking process.
Puree cooked carrot in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.
Let it cool down for sometime and serve it in a bowl.


Green Peas Puree

Ingredients

100 gms green peas
water as required

Directions || How to prepare green peas puree

Remove the peas from pod, place in a colander, and rinse with cold water.
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Reduce heat and cook peas until tender.
Drain water and rinse with cold water for three minutes to stop the cooking process.
Puree cooked peas in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.
Let it cool down for sometime and serve it in a bowl.


Sweet Potato Puree

Ingredients

250 gm medium size sweet potato
water as required

Directions || How to prepare sweet potato puree

Rinse the sweet potato in cold water and peel with a veggie peeler. Dice into small pieces.
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Reduce heat and cook potato until tender.
Drain water and rinse with cold water for three minutes to stop the cooking process.
Puree cooked sweet potato in a food processor or blender until smooth.
Add water as needed to reach desired consistency.
Let it cool down for sometime and serve it in a bowl.

Baby Fruits Puree

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So are you ready to introduce fruits to your baby ?? If yes , you should understand one thing that babies are born with a sweet tooth hence they are likely to enjoy fruits more than vegetables.The best thing is that fruits are very essential and plays very important role in baby’s diet as its full of vitamins and minerals.

So lets start with three best fruits one at a time.

Banana

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.


Avocado

Avocado can be started after 5 months.
Avocado is the second best fruit for babies ,its and excellent fruit and it’s rich in mineral and vitamins.Its easy on digestive system and beneficial for liver protection.Good news is that ripe avocados are very soft and creamy and babies love the creamy and silky food.Avocado fruits requires no steaming and it can mix with various fruits like banana or apple but for the start do not mix it with anything.


Apple

Now what to say about Apple .. you all know “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” 🙂
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.Apples needs to be steamed and then pureed.

The Indian Association of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding as the exclusive source of nutrition
till 6 months of age. After 6 months please consult your pediatrician and once the doctor gives you a go signal, you can start solids for your baby. Please read the rules and regulations before starting any baby food.


Banana Puree

Ingredients

1 small ripe banana
2 tbsps of breastmilk or formula

Directions || To prepare Banana Puree

Mash the banana with fork well until smooth.
Mix milk, and stir into the banana(optional)
Serve immediately as the puree starts turning black.


Avocado Puree

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado

Directions || To prepare Avocado Puree

If Serving Fresh / immediately

Mash the avocado with a fork or blend it in a food processor.
Mix with breast milk, formula or water to reach desired consistency(but for the start do not mix it with anything)


Apple Puree

Ingredients

1 Apple
1/2 cup water(or as required)

Directions || To prepare Apple Puree

wash the apple ,Peel, cut apple into slices/chunks
Place slices into a pan with just enough water to slightly cover apples and boil/steam until tender;
be sure to check on the water level and stir.
Once the apple turns tender,add it to a blender and add the left over water upto desire constitency.
Blend it to a fine puree.

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.

Rice and Moong Dal water

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So is your baby ready for weaning , if yes ,the first think you should introduce to your baby diet is rice water
and slowly and gradually after 3-4 days start with moong dal water.Now why rice water ??
Rice water is good for treating diarrhea and it helps to treat constipation as its smooth on digestive system.
It helps to keep your baby dehydrated, you can feed your baby every 3-4 hours a day.
Next step is to introduce Moong dal water , now why moong dal ?? among all the lentils,moong is the most safe
and non allergic food,its one of the best food for your babies.It includes a good source of vitamins,minerals and protien,also it is easy to digest.


Watch step by step how to introduce both these food to your baby’s daily diet.
Please read the instructions before introducing any baby food.

Do share me your experience with your baby . I would love to hear back from you all 🙂 wish you all the very best.

Ingredients

For rice water

1/2 cup rice (please avoid basmati rice for your babies) I personally prefer using surti kolam.
1 cup water
salt
a pinch of asafoetida

For dal water

1/2 cup yellow moong dal
1 cup water
salt
1/4 turmeric powder
a pinch of asafoetida

Directions || How to prepare rice water

Soak the rice for 10-15 mins before cooking.
Wash well and add rice in a saucepan,add salt,asafoetida and water to it.
Boil until the rice is tender.
Strain the rice and collect the water.
Your rice water is ready.

Directions || How to prepare moong dal water

Soak the moong dal for 10-15 mins before cooking.
Wash well and add moong dal in a pressure cooker,add salt,turmeric powder,asafoetida and water to it.
Boil till 3-4 whistle.
Strain the dal and collect the water.
Your dal water is ready.