Recipes for Baby

Natural, homemade food is always best for baby. Though infant cereals and baby food are also nutritious, it is better to gradually introduce baby to the real stuff. Once your baby starts solids, you will find yourself trying to include a variety of foods into your baby’s diet. Here are some tips to make your baby’s meal time a pleasant experience for both of you. We also have some tasty and nutritious recipes for you to try.

Tips To Keep In Mind While Introducing Solid Food For Baby

  • When introducing a new food, do so late in the morning as it will give you time to watch out for any allergic reactions
  • Remember to start one new food at a time
  • Try out a combination of just two vegetables as it will be easier to keep a track if your baby is allergic to some vegetable. It also makes digestion easier
  • You may want to add a bit of ghee to your baby’s food to increase the calorific value. However, check with your doctor before doing so
  • You can use any of the watery soups below as a base for mixing the baby cereal mix as well

NAME OF THE RECIPE

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

INGREDIENTS & METHOD

LENTIL SOUP

This soup is a good source of protein, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons moong daal (split yellow gram) or split red lentils
  • 1 pinch of turmeric (haldi)
  • 1 pinch of salt (optional)

Boil the lentils in half a cup of water with a pinch of turmeric until it is completely cooked and soft.Mash the daal and add some more water. Boil again for a few minutes and strain through a wire-meshed sieve to get a clear daal soup.

Method

You can gradually reduce the quantity of water to the mashed daal to make it thicker and a more wholesome meal for your baby.

WATERY RICE GRUEL

This soup is a good source of protein, vitamins, calcium and starch.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of filtered water
  • 2 tablespoons rice

Method

Boil rice in 3 cups water until it is completely cooked and soft. Mash it a bit and strain through a wire meshed sieve to get a thin watery rice soup.

Initially offer your baby the water alone,gradually you could include the mashed rice as well. You could add some mashed daal and vegetable stock for an interesting variation in taste.

CARROT AND BEETROT SOUP

This soup is a good source of Vitamin A & C, calcium, iron, folic acid and protein.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 of a beetroot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 slice of lemon

Add two cups water to the chopped vegetables and pressure cook till the vegetables are completely cooked and soft. Mash the mixture and strain through a wire-meshed sieve to get a clear vegetable soup.

Method

Initially offer your baby the water alone, gradually you could include the mashed vegetables as well. You can also add potatoes for an interesting variation in taste as well as to make the soup thicker.

APPLE AND CARROT SOUP

This soup is a good source of Vitamin A & C, calcium, iron, folic acid and protein.

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped

Method

Add two cups water to the chopped vegetable and fruit and pressure cook till it is completely cooked and soft. Mash the mixture and strain through a wire-meshed sieve to get a clear soup.

MIXED VEG SOUP

This soup is a rich source of vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and iron.

Ingredients

  • 1 small piece of carrot, potato, bottlegourd, tomato and cabbage (all peeled and chopped)

Method

Cook in three cups of water till the vegetables are soft. Mash the mixture and strain through a wire-meshed sieve to get a thick soup or strain only the water to get a clear soup.

BARLEY WATER

Barley water is a good source of iron, calcium, vitamin C and protein..

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons barley
  • 1 tablespoon jaggery
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 slice of lemon

Method

Pressure cook the jaggery and barley in 3 cups of water. Strain the liquid and serve with a dash of lemon.