Wednesday, 20 September 2017
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Interesting Indian Baby Recipe Foods That You Ought To Try

Indian food is hot and spicy and for many people, it would probably not be their first choice of baby food much as they enjoy it themselves. You may like it hot but your baby’s taste buds are not yet ready for any strong or hot flavors. However, your baby’s food need not be bland, you can carefully introduce aromatic spices and herbs that are not hot but just add flavor to the meals. You can try a couple of Indian baby food recipes and the recommend age for such trials is when your baby is around seven to eight months or even when they are a little bit older.

Look out for possible allergens whenever you introduce new food to your baby and you can use the four-day rule as a guide. The rule advocates for the introduction of only one food at a time to your baby, and then feeding them this food for four continuous days giving ample time for you to detect any food allergies your baby may have. Here are a few Indian baby food recipes to get you started, but remember to use your discretion especially if your baby has a sensitive tummy.

Vegetable Korma- Indian Baby Food

Ingredients

• A quarter cup of peas either frozen or fresh

• 1/2 of a small onion, finely chopped

• A quarter cup of diced cauliflower

• 1 small peeled and diced potato

• 1 teaspoon of olive oil

• 1 small peeled and diced carrot

• 2 teaspoon of tomato puree

• 2 teaspoons unsweetened coconut (desiccated)

• Half a cup of water

• A pinch of coriander

• A pinch of turmeric

• A pinch of cumin

• A pinch of ginger

The Method of Preparation

Begin by heating the olive oil in a pan and then cooking the onion and carrots until they are tender. Add the spices and tomato puree and stir continuously for about two minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients i.e. the peas, potato, cauliflower, coconut, and the water. Bring everything to a boil. Let them simmer for another 20 minutes and when all the ingredients are well cooked, you can mash and serve when the food is at the right temperature.

Sweet Potato and Chicken Curry-Indian Baby Food

Ingredients

• 2 sweet potatoes that have been peeled and diced into small pieces

• 1 chicken breast that has been cut into small pieces

• 1 chopped small onion

• 1 tablespoon of safflower oil

• Half a cup of red lentils

• 2-3 cups of water

• A pinch of Turmeric

• A pinch of Coriander

• A pinch of Cumin

• A pinch of Cardamom

• A pinch of Cinnamon

The Method of Preparation

Heat the safflower oil in a saucepan and cook the onion and cinnamon until they are tenderly cooked. Add the chicken breast pieces and cook them until they are golden brown. Then add all the other spices and pieces of potato and stir for a few minutes. Add the lentils and water and proceed to cook for thirty minutes until the lentils and all the other ingredients are well cooked. You can add more water as needed. Run the food through a food processor to puree it for the right texture and consistency for your baby.

Indian Vegetable soup-Indian baby food recipe

Ingredients

• ¼ a cup of frozen or fresh peas

• ¼ cup of diced cauliflower

• ¼ cup of chopped up green beans

• 1 small, peeled and diced up carrot

• 1 small diced up beet

• 1 small, peeled and diced up potato

• 1 diced up turnip

• 1 leaf of cabbage that has been chopped

• 1 tablespoon of butter

• 4 cups of water

• 1 bay leaf

• A pinch of cumin

The Method of preparation

Melt the butter, add the bay leaf and cumin, and cook them for about 2 minutes. Add all the vegetables and cook them for 10 minutes stirring continuously. Add the water and bring everything to boil, and then let it simmer until all the ingredients are well cooked. Make sure to remove the bay leaf before pureeing the food in a food processor.

Chicken korma-Indian baby food recipes

Ingredients

• 1 chicken breast cut up into small pieces

• 1 small, peeled, and chopped onion

• 1 tablespoon of ghee (clarified butter)

• 2 tablespoons of safflower oil

• A pinch of ginger

• A pinch of coriander (ground)

• A quarter teaspoon of cardamom (ground)

• 6 whole cloves

• 1 bay leaf

• A quarter cup of unsweetened plain yogurt

• An eighth cup of milk

• An eighth cup of water

The Method of preparation

Heat the butter and safflower oil in a saucepan and cook the onions for 10 minutes until they are tender. Then add the ginger, cloves, bay leaf, cardamom, and sauté for another 5 minutes until the onions are brown. Add the coriander and yogurt slowly into the saucepan while stirring continuously. Add the chicken pieces once the yogurt has been absorbed and cook it until the chicken turns a golden brown. Pour the water in and let everything simmer for thirty minutes. Carefully add the milk in and stir it in before removing the saucepan from the heat. Remove the cloves and bay leaf and let the chicken korma to sit, as this will heighten the flavors.

Note : All the meals can be served with overcooked rice that should be mushy and of the right texture and consistency to prevent choking.

Even with the added flavors in your baby’s food, it is important to stick to the basics, which means ensuring that the meals are all nutritious and healthy. The recipes above all contain the main food groups found on the food pyramid, and your baby will find them delicious and flavorful. As with all other baby food look out for any signs of allergies and discontinue giving your baby any food that they may be allergic to. If they are not allergic and happen not to like all the new flavors do not be tempted to force feed them but rather, be patient and keep trying they may eventually come to like the different flavors. All the ingredients in the recipes are easily available and can be sourced from your nearest grocery shop and organic farmers markets. Indian baby food is full of wonderful flavors and the vibrant colors will entice your baby to try it.

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