Category Archives: 7-9 Months

Kerala Matta Rice Porridge for babies | Kerala Mattai Arisi Kanji for babies | Red Parboiled Rice Porridge for babies recipe

Kerala Matta Rice or Palakkadan Matta Rice is Red Parboiled Rice rich in fibre, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Matta Rice Porridge is a healthy wholesome food for growing babies.

Little one’s lil tummy demands lil food. So, giving nutritious portions is our responsibility. Say no to white rice, which are just fillers. Switch to Matta/Red rice for nourishing treats !!

Lots of thanks and loads of kisses to my pretty & kutty neighbor Ishaani for sharing her cute pink toys for these photos 🙂

Matta Rice Porridge Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Soaking Time : 1 hr
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 7+ Months babies

Kerala Matta Rice – 1 tbsp
Water – 1 cup

Preparation – How to make Matta Rice Porridge for babies ?

1.Take a tbsp of Kerala Matta rice/Red Rice and wash well.2.Soak for 1 hour. Transfer rice to a pressure cooker. Add a cup of water to it.3. Pressure cook for 2 whistles in high heat(#8 in stove knob) and 25 mins in medium heat(#4 in stove knob).4.Though the rice looks in shape, if you take one and press between your fingers, it would turn mushy, if cooked thoroughly.5.Cool down completely and grind in mixie along with cooked water in it. Add a drop of melted ghee and feed.

Tips/Tricks in making Kerala Matta Rice Porridge for babies

  • You shall add breast milk or formula to thin down and for added flavor.
  • Do not waste the cooked water as it has more minerals in it.
  • Minimum one hour soaking is required. You shall soak for more time too. Overnight soaking can also be done.
  • Hand blender can be used for 10+ months babies.
  • Salt is not recommended for babies below 1 year. Click here to see why ?

Nutritional Benefits in Matta Rice Porridge for babies

Matta Rice – Dietary Fiber, Protein, Magnesium, Calcium, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Iron, Vitamin B6

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Green gram rice mash for babies | Pachai Payaru saadham | Green gram rice puree baby recipe

Green gram rice mash/Pachai Payaru saadham is a great treat for babies. Babies will love eating this, making moms so happy. Every mom is so special. Wishing “Happy Mother’s day”(May 14th) to all Moms 🙂

The base of this recipe was in a booklet given by my Pediatrician Dr.Siva Bharathi(Kovai Kids Clinic), when I started weaning for Nilaa. He is a trusted physician. He never gives unnecessary medicines. Many times, he has sent us home empty-handed(without medicines), but with fulfilled hearts!! If you are in or near Coimbatore, do visit him and you will realize that you are in safe hands. Note: This is not a paid review. Just a tribute from heart!

Green Gram Rice Mash for babies Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Soaking Time : 30 mins
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 7+ Months babies

Green gram/Pachai payaru – 1 tbsp
Rice – 1 tbsp
Water – 1 + 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
Roasted jeera powder – 1/8 tsp
Garlic – 1 clove

Preparation

1.Take green gram and rice together in a bowl and wash with water.2.Rub well using fingers and wash it twice or thrice. Once the water is clear, take rice and green gram from water and transfer to another bowl, leaving any dirt in the water.3.Measure and fill clean water and let it soak for 30 mins. After half an hour, pour the soaked content along with water into a pressure cooker. Add a garlic clove, generous pinch of turmeric powder and roasted jeera powder.4.Cook for 7 to 10 whistles depending upon cooker. Once whistle releases naturally, open the lid. It should be mushy and cooked well. If not, add more water and cook for more whistles.5.Once cooled down, add to mixie jar and pulse it to desired consistency. Add melted ghee and mix well.                 Feed immediately..

Tips/Tricks

  • If the puree is so thick, you can thin down by adding lil water/breast milk/formula milk.
  • For 7-8 months baby , use 1 tsp green gram, 1 tsp rice, 3/4 cup water. Recipe same as above..
  • For 8-10 months baby , add 1/8 tsp coriander powder to the above recipe. Use blender for mashing.
  • For 10+ months, add 1/8 tsp pepper powder too. Use potato masher or mathu for mashing.
  • For 12+ months, add 1/4 green chilli(with seeds removed) too. Use spoon/hand for mashing.
  • Start with 1 tsp ingredients and then gradually move to 1 tbsp ingredients as per your baby’s appetite.
  • Do not add salt until your baby turns 1.

Nutritional Benefits

Green gram/Pachai payaru – Dietary Fiber, Protein , Iron , Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C

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Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie for babies

Strawberries and yogurt(curd) blend well for babies smoothies. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, folates and Probiotics, this makes an ideal choice for brunch menu.

If your baby has any food allergy or Eczema, pls consult with your Pediatrician before introducing strawberries. Otherwise, strawberries are advised for babies around 7-8 months. Prefer organic strawberries as normal ones have a big threat for pesticides.

Yogurt/Curd can also be introduced around 7-8 months. Babies with Eczema too are advised to take yogurt. Many good bacteria found in yogurt are good for developing digestive system and immune system. Make curd using whole fat milk at home and give fresh curd to babies either as fruit smoothies or mixed with cooked rice.
                I have used Nilaa’s toy mixie for photo bg 😉

Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 7+ Months babies

Strawberries – 5
Yogurt/Curd – 1 tbsp

Preparation

1.Wash strawberries well. Cut out the green leaves and also remove the pith as shown below:2.Slice further and add to mixie jar.3.Add a spoonful of fresh curd and grind smooth.

Fresh fruit smoothie is ready.. Feed immediately..

Tips/Tricks

  • Use fresh curd. Do not use sour curd.
  • If your baby refuses it, blend together ripe banana for sweetness.
  • After 1 year, you can add honey too.
  • You shall use more curd/milk/water to thin out the drink.
  • Caution: Cow’s milk is not advised for babies below 1 year.

Nutritional Benefits

Strawberries – Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Folates, Vitamin C & antioxidants
Yogurt – Protein , Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Biotin, Vitamin B

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Carrot Water for babies | When can I give carrot to my baby ?

Carrots are the common first food for babies. Rich in beta-carotenes and also easy to digest. When you start weaning for babies, always start with liquids and then gradually move to fluids and purees.

Warning: Mother’s milk is sufficient for babies till 6 months. Think twice and discuss with your Pediatrician before starting other food!

Carrot Water for babies Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 12 mins
Makes : 1/2 Cup | Suits: 4+ Months babies

Carrot – 1
Water – 1 cup

Preparation

1.Take a carrot and wash well. Cut head and tail part and peel off the skin.2.Grate it using grater. In a pan, add a cup of water.3.Once water boils, add carrot and cook covered in medium flame for 10 mins. Switch off the stove.
4.Let it sit for 5 more mins away from stove. Then strain the carrot water. Press well with spoon to extract all drops.                  Feed warm..

Tips/Tricks

  • Give this dilute carrot water when you start introducing carrot to baby. After 1 week, make it thick by grinding the cooked carrot along with water in mixie and then straining .. Then after 1 week, carrot puree(without straining) can be given.
  • Add a drop of ghee for additional fat and flavor.
  • Salt is not recommended for babies below 1 year.

Nutritional Benefits

Carrot – Potassium, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Fiber, Vitamins A & C

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Sweet Potato Puree for babies | Sakkaravalli kizhangu for babies | First solids for babies

sweet-potato-puree-for-babies-1Sweet potatoes are rich in Beta-carotenes than carrots. Beta-carotenes are converted to Vitamin A by body. But, Vitamin A is fat-soluble. So, fat is required to absorb vitamin A. Few drops of ghee or butter is added in this puree to supply that fat.

Sweet potato puree has a smooth texture and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Natural sweetness is an add-on. Being rich in dietary fiber(avoids constipation) too, it is an ideal first solid food for babies. Whenever you start weaning, after introducing liquid food for few days, you shall start this puree.sweet-potato-puree-for-babies-2

Sweet Potato Puree Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 5+ Months babies

Sweet Potato – 1 cup diced
Water – 1 cup
Ghee – 1/4 tsp

Preparation

1.Wash out the mud and dirts. Cut out the desired quantity. Peel off the skin.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-12.Once peeled, again wash it once and then proceed to cut further.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-23.Chop them to small pieces. Add it to a pan along with immersing level of water. Cover with a lid and cook in high flame for 10+ minutes. Bubbles might rise upto the lid and water might spill out. Intermittently, open and check.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-34.After 10 minutes, prick with a fork and check if it is cooked soft. Once cooked, remove from pan and allow it to cool.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-45.Once cooled, grind to desired consistency using mixie or blender. Add few drops of ghee, mix and feed warm.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-5

Tips/Tricks

  • Do not drain the water after cooking. Use the water to make the puree.
  • I have used American sweet potato. Indian varieties just differ in colors, but no compromise in nutrition. You shall use any available variety.
  • Sweet potatoes can be steamed/baked too for making puree.
  • As per traditional method, you shall cook along with skin and then remove it after cooking too. In such case, do not cut. Just cook as a whole.
  • You shall feed this puree as such or add some breastmilk/formula.
  • Puree consistency varies among babies. Initially, pulse it in mixie and give a smooth paste. Within a month, change to a lil coarse texture by reducing the pulses in mixie or using blender. After a month, change to lil more coarse texture by using mathu/fork/spoon. Then gradually switch to hand mashed food. The tactic is, do not make them accustomed to the same smooth texture.
  • Warning! Mother’s milk is sufficient for babies till 6 months. Think twice and discuss with your Paed before starting other food!

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Nutritional Benefits

Sweet Potato – Dietary Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Folates, Vitamins A,B&C

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Homemade Ghee Recipe | How to make ghee from butter at home ?

homemade-ghee-nei-recipe-1Ghee is pure and aromatic, if homemade. Never say “No” to ghee because of fat. Some vitamins are fat-soluble and your body needs fat for proper absorption of those vitamins. Moreover, ghee is just not “FAT”…

Ghee enhances eyesight, immunity, memory power, strong muscles, bones and teeth. It prevents and treats constipation. Ghee is specially recommended for dads-to-be, moms-to-be, pregnant women, babies and kids.

As milk solids are removed from butter, ghee can be consumed by lactose-intolerant(One who is allergic to milk and milk products) persons too.

Before mixing ghee to food, do melt it and add for proper digestion. Moderate consumption of ghee does more good and keeps us healthy!

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Homemade Ghee Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 2 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins
Makes : 1/3 Cup | Suits: 6+ Months babies and whole family

Homemade Butter – 1/2 Cup
Drumstick Leaves – Few

Preparation

1.Take 3 strands of drumstick leaves, wash it in water and dry it.how-to-make-ghee-at-home2.Pat dry using tissue paper so that it has no moisture in it. Add butter to a pan and start heating in medium flame.how-to-make-ghee-at-home-step-23.Butter melts and starts frothing. Reduce the flame if its starts sparkling out. Slowly, the foam melts down and sound reduces. When deep yellow disappears, then its done.how-to-make-ghee-at-home-step-34.Just add the drumstick leaves and switch off the stove. Leave it untouched for half an hour. The residue setles down.how-to-make-ghee-at-home-step-45.Filter out the impurities and leaves using a sieve.how-to-make-ghee-at-home-step-5      Store it in a clean air-tight container. Stays good at room temperature.

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Tips/Tricks

  • Refrigeration is not required. Shelf life is 3-4 months in room temperature.
  • Drumstick leaves are optional. But it gives a nice flavor to ghee.
  • Always maintain medium or low flame. Else, it will be burnt and you will end up in brown ghee rather than yellow(Once cooled down).

Nutritional Benefits

Ghee – Good fats, Protein, Calcium, Vitamins A,D,E&K

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Homemade Butter Recipe | How to make butter at home ?

homemade-butter-recipe-1Better butter is always homemade. Diwali month started and the festive to-do list expands. Before planning for diwali snacks, we need butter for murukku and ghee for sweets. First let’s make these both ready and keep handy.

Btw, I clicked this for Krishna Jeyanthi, but couldn’t publish here as I sold it out to Chellamaey magazine at that time.

Butter is said to promote fertility both in men and women. Vitamin D present in butter is essential for calcium absorption and so pregnant ladies and lactating moms can opt for this. Good fat in butter is recommended for children’s brain and nervous system development. You shall start including butter after introducing solids(7+ months) to babies.

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Homemade Butter Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Waiting Time : 10 days
Makes : 1/2 Cup | Suits: 7+ Months babies and whole family

Cream of Milk and Curd – 1 cup
Water – 1 cup

Preparation

1.Collecting cream from milk: Once boiled, leave the milk untouched for an hour or so. After some time,  you could see cream/malaai on the top. Just collect it to a tiffin box, close it with lid and keep refrigerated.
how-to-make-butter-at-home-step-22.Collecting cream from curd: Before you use your curd, collect the top cream layer and save it in the same box where milk cream is being collected.
how-to-make-butter-at-home-step-13. After 10-15 days, once the box is full, take out the tiffin box from refrigeration and keep it out for 8 hrs or whole night. After 8 hrs, empty the box to a large bowl and add a cup of water. Using mathu, twist to and fro in quick actions, holding the handle between your palms.how-to-make-butter-at-home-step-34.Keep twisting until butter and water(buttermilk) starts to separate as in the middle pic in below thumbnail. At that stage, just twist in the buttermilk side so that butter settles in one side. Stop twisting, once the water has no visible fat.how-to-make-butter-at-home-step-45.Collect the butter and drop it in a bowl of water. Rinse it twice and transfer to another bowl.how-to-make-butter-at-home-step-5     Homemade butter is ready. Store in a clean container with lid and refrigerate.

Tips/Tricks

  • I used pure cow’s milk and curd and so my creams are yellowish. You shall use any brand of store-bought Full fat Whole milk.
  • I recommend collecting creams both from milk and curd so that your butter and ghee will be more aromatic.
  • Whenever I find cream, I collect it. Even the cream settled in glass of milk will not be wasted 😉
  • It would take 10-15 mins to churn out the butter.homemade-butter-recipe-3

Nutritional Benefits

Butter – Good Fats, Protein , Calcium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Folates, Vitamins A,B,D,E&K

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Avocado Banana Puree for babies | Avocado Banana Smash Recipe

avocado-banana-puree-for-babies-1Avocado is so creamy and when mixed with banana, a fruit sweetener babies would love to have more. Avocado is full of “good” fats! It is much more needed for growing babies.

After 1 year, you shall just mash it with spoon and feed. But my 4 year kid still enjoys this smooth texture and wants me to puree in mixie every time 😉 Click this link of my Instagram page to peek into cane-sugar topped Mash. Include Avocado in kid’s diet till their teen ages.

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Avocado Banana Puree Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : Nil
Makes : 1/2 cup | Suits: 4+ Months babies

Avocado – 1 tbsp
Banana – 1/2
Milk – 1/4 cup

Preparation

1.Wash Avocado and cut into 2 vertically. Scoop out a spoonful of flesh.how-to-make-avocado-banana-puree-for-babies-step-12.Peel the skin of banana and cut half. Cut them further into 3-4 pieces. how-to-make-avocado-banana-puree-for-babies-step-23.In a mixie jar, add banana, avocado and required milk. Blend to desired consistency.how-to-make-avocado-banana-puree-for-babies-step-3

Tips/Tricks

  • Choose ripe Avocado. The outer skin should be fully brown. Still, it should be firm to see and touch(gently) and should not have any dents. It should neither be hard nor be too loose if you press with a finger.
  • De-pit(Remove the seed of) Avocado. Scoop out all the flesh including light and dark green ones. Throw away the outer skin. Once cut, I usually do not refrigerate this fruit, due to browning. I too like to have this puree. So, I make with whole fruit and enjoy with my kid 😉
  • It is easy to take out the flesh using spoon. So, do not use knife.
  • Prefer ripe and sweet banana.
  • For babies below 1 year, use mother’s milk/formula milk. Cow’s milk can be used for 1+ years babies.

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Nutritional Benefits

Avocado – Dietary Fiber, Good fats, Protein , Potassium, Magnesium, Iron , Calcium, Folates, Vitamins A,B&C
Banana – Dietary fiber, Protein, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Vitamins A,B&C and various antioxidants

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Godhumai Paal Kanji | Wheat Milk Porridge for babies

Godhumai kanji for babies recipe-1Though there are many varieties of ready-made baby foods available in the market, none can compete the satisfaction factor rendered by home-made ones. One such fresh and healthy porridge is Godumai paal kanji..

Wheat Milk porridge is a wise choice in introducing wheat to your baby. Try this light-version for a month before trying whole wheat foods. Always start with small portions and check if it suits your baby. Watch for wheat allergies in babies and immediately report to doctor, if you see any.

Do introduce Finger Millet(Ragi) Milk Porridge before introducing this.

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Wheat Milk Porridge Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 5 mins | Waiting Time : 8 hrs
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 8+ Months babies

Samba Whole Wheat – 1/4 cup
Water – 1/2 cup
Ghee – 1/8 tsp

Preparation

1.Wash wheat kernels twice or thrice in water and soak it overnight.Wheat Porridge for babies recipe step-12.In the morning, it bulges and becomes soft. Just drain the water and add the soaked kernels to a mixie jar.Wheat Porridge for babies recipe step-23.Grind to a smooth paste. Add half cup of water and grind again.Wheat Porridge for babies recipe step-34.Filter the ground stuff to squeeze out the wheat milk(Pls see Notes section).Wheat Porridge for babies recipe step-45.Pour extracted wheat milk in a pan and cook simmer.Wheat Porridge for babies recipe step-56.Keep stirring continuously. Once cooked and starts to shine, add lil ghee and switch off the flame.Wheat Porridge for babies recipe step-6

Top with breast milk/formula milk or just feed as such..

Tips/Tricks

  • Though Punjabi wheat can be used, I recommend Sambha wheat as it is more nutritious.
  • This porridge thickens quickly. So, feed immediately.
  • Do not add sweet or salt in food for baby below 1 year.
  • I use sieve(Milk/Tea filter) to filter wheat milk when I prepared for my baby. For this shoot, I used a muslin cloth as I have packed my sieves for US trip. After the shoot, I realized that wheat milk should not be squeezed using cotton cloth as it sticks heavily and doesn’t leave the fabric even after rigorous washes! So, please use normal filter and press with a spoon to extract the milk. If using cloth, do not squeeze much.

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Nutritional Benefits

Wheat – Iron, Protein, Fibre, Zinc, Selenium, Folate , Vitamins B&E

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Best Bananas for Babies

Best Bananas for BabiesBanana is the best first food for babies. Smooth texture makes it easy for babies to swallow. Being rich in fiber, it is easy to digest and avoids constipation. Rich nutritional benefits of banana make it a healthier choice!

Always give ripe bananas to babies. Unripe ones may cause constipation, sour throat, indigestion. Do not let it over-ripe as that might be spoiled at times. Do taste for the quality before feeding it to babies.

Among the varieties of banana available in TamilNadu, here are some best choices for babies. Best age to start the type of banana is marked in the respective photos.

Mazha Vaazhai for babies

Viruppaachi aka Mazhai vaazhai is the best first choice for babies. The one in the above photo is the hybrid variety. Country-side variety would be much smaller in size. Though smaller ones are preferable, hybrid can also be opted if the former one is not available in your locality.

I clicked these pics just 2 days before my US travel. So, couldn’t wait for banana to ripen. Ripened virupaachi will have black skin, but the fruit inside tastes delicious. Peel off the skin, make a cross section cut and remove the seeds, just mash it well, mix some BM/FM and feed it fresh to babies.

Cooked Nendran banana for babies

Yetham/Nentharam/Nendhran pazham/Ripe Plantains is the “King of Bananas”. Its nutrition and taste is doubled when cooked(steamed/boiled). Do not cook clean yellow fruit. Wait for 2 -3 days to ripen to get black skin here and there.

Wash and steam/boil the banana with skin. Then, remove the skin and cut it vertically. Discard the seeds, just mash it well, mix some BM/FM and feed it fresh to babies. Click here to see how to make  steamed banana puree with step-wise pictures. After 2+ years, you shall steam and feed as such without milk. Steaming is recommended till 8-10 years of age.

Sevvazhai for babies

Sevvaazhai/Red bananas are rich in Beta-carotene, Potassium and Vitamin C. This nutritious banana is advised after 1 year of age for proper digestion.

Do not let it over-ripe as it might develop dangerous bacteria. Fewer brown/black spots indicate ripeness. If you could touch and feel lil soft(not too softer), then feed immediately. Neither cooking nor removal of seeds required for red banana. Just peel the skin, mash well and feed. Mix with milk if you want to thin out.

Naattu Vazhai for babies

Naatu vaazhai/Pachanaadan pazham is more fibrous and loaded with nutrients. But, it is not easy to digest compared to other varieties of banana. You shall feed this after 2+ years of age. Avoid giving this banana in the night. This variety is mainly preferred during summer for it’s cooling effect. Try to get greenish one and let it ripe in your rice sack, just to stay away from induced ripening techniques.

Nutritional Benefits

Banana – Dietary fiber, Protein, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Vitamins A,B&C and various antioxidants

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