“Cooking for kids is not just about recipes, ingredients and methods it’s about harnessing imagination, creativity and experimentations”
Cooking for her baby is a mom’s favorite way of expressing her love. I remember the delicacies my mom served me as a child, I remember the tantrums I threw to eat home cooked food as a teenager. Now I yearn to visit my mom and binge on the meal she prepares for me.
As a mom now, I love to cook for my baby. He is all of 11 months, but I take it as a serious task to serve him healthy, nutritive yet tasty food.
At 6 months of age when an infant begins solid foods, a mother can feel intimidated as she strives to provide the best to her child.
But with her undying patience, perseverance and love every mom provides the best to her child.
I share here a few of my favorite instant recipes for infants ( 6 months above)
These can be fed to the baby as a meal.
1. Oats Dosa
In a bowl, take two tablespoons of oats and add half cup of water and stir well. Allow the oats to soak in water for a couple of minutes. Heat a non-stick pan, add a one spoon of ghee/ butter, spread the oats mixture on the pan like a dosa. Allow it to cook well from both sides. Add more ghee if required.
For this preparation I masala oats and plain oats in the proportion of 1:1. With the variety of flavours available in the market, you can choose the one you like.
There are different unique ways in which oats can be served to a baby. Oats porridge, oats upma and oats kheer make delicious healthy meals too. Adding purred fruits to oats porridge increases it nutritional value and also adds natural flavour.
2. Rava Kheer
3 table spoons of rava/suji
Homemade almond powder
In a frying pan add one spoon of ghee allow it to heat. Add 3 tablespoons of rava to it. Roast till the rava turns golden brown. Now add one cup of milk and stir continuously till the mixture begins to thicken. Add milk according to the desired consistency. Add homemade almond powder ( prepared by roasting and grinding almonds) and a small lump of jaggery. You can also add mashed banana or mangoes instead of jaggery for natural flavours.
3. Ragi porridge
2 tablespoons of ragi flour
1 cup of water
In a frying pan heat one spoon of ghee, add ragi flour and cook for a couple of minutes. In another bowl heat water with a lump of jaggery and stir till the jaggery dissolves. Add the jaggery water to ragi flour and keep stirring till the mixture thickens. Add milk to bring the porridge to the desired consistency. Cook this preparation on low or medium flame.
4. Veggie dal
1/2 cup moong dal
Turmeric powder, rosted cumin powder
In a cooker, add finely chopped veggies of your choice ( my favorite – carrot, pumpkin, tomatoes, french beans) add half a cup of dal and 2 cups of water. Add a pinch of turmeric powder, cumin seeds powder and ghee. Cook for 3 to 4 whistles on medium flame. Once cooked stir well and feed your baby.
5. Stewed Apple and Pear
Peel and finely chop the apple and pear. In a saucepan, add half a cup of water and allow to boil. Add the chopped apple and pear and allow them to cook. Mash and stir untill the fruits turn into jam like consistency.
PS – Incase your child is allergic to any food items be sure to confirm with your doctor before you try these recipes.