Friday, June 7, 2013

Baby food- plantain

Plantain is of banana family. I was introduced to this food by my husband. Its normally needs to be cooked before eating.As the plantain ripens, it becomes sweeter and its color changes from green to yellow to black, just like bananas. 
Mostly we ate plantain which were salted and fried (no wonder they taste good!). 
Ripe plantains can also be fried and eaten with black eyed beans cooked in palm oil; a popular dish in Nigeria.
"Steam-cooked plantains are considered a nutritious food for infants and the elderly. A ripe plantain is used as food for infants at weaning; it is mashed with a pinch of salt and is believed to be more easily digestible than ripe banana."

This is the recipe which I'm going to write about today. My baby ate the boiled plantain , mashed and mixed with honey without a hitch.  Maybe your baby will also like it..and if she doesn't well u can gulp down the tasty stuff urself…it 'll work as a snack between meals.

Plantain- 1, peeled and cut into a few pieces
Salt to taste
Honey- 1 tsp
Butter/Ghee- 1/2 tsp
Heat water in a pan and add the plantain pieces into it. They should be immersed in the water. Add a pinch of salt and cover the pan with a lid. Do not cover it fully, but leave it open on one side to let the steam escape. Cook on medium flame.
When the water is approximately half, check the doneness with a fork or knife.
Take out the plantain pieces, mash them and add butter/ghee and honey. Mix well . When it cools to room temperature, feed it to the baby.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Baby Food- What to feed the baby?

    Anybody with a baby can know the feeling which gets you when you see her/him sleeping peacefully in your arms. Its a perfect mix of love and contentment.

     You want to do everything which keeps the smile  on that face from fading. So, mothers do not give food to their babies, they feed love.

    Sounds mushy?….well it is …and its true .
    In the quest to give my baby the right foods I've given her an array of mushy, gooey, pasty  (but healthy) things. Here I've made a list of those foods and she ate them too…..yes….seriously (Ok, sometimes coaxing is required….but mostly yes).

  1. Suji kheer/ semolina pudding
  2. Suji upma/ salted semolina (with veggies and without veggies)
  3. Ripe banana (mashed)
  4. Ripe avocado(mashed)
  5. Ripe papaya (mashed)
  6. Mango puree/ aamras
  7. Banana and strawberry smoothie
  8. Apple and banana smoothie
  9. Dal-rice khichri/ lentil -rice porridge
  10. Sheera
  11. Home-made baby food mix (recipe by Anushruti)

  12.  She gets bored with everyday gruel (I can't blame her.) I'm continually in search of new ideas to make her food more interesting. You are welcome to add to these ideas.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Sooji upma as baby gruel

Sooji upma is an amazing dish in itself. I love it. We make it almost every week as breakfast. 

Here I'm giving a recipe which I have adapted to suit my baby's need. It's easy and made quickly. Moreover, it can be improvised to suit the taste of each child. It is one of the staples in my kitchen.

Ingredients for 1 serving
  1. Sooji - 2tsp
  2. Ghee/clarified butter- 1tsp
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Jeera powder- 1 pinch
  5. Haldi/turmeric powder- 1 pinch
  6. Baby carrot-1 (boiled and mashed)
  7. Peas-5-6 (boiled and mashed)
  8. Onion- 1 tsp (grated)
  9. Water - 2 tbsp

  1. Take a thick bottomed wok/Kadhai and put it on the flame. Put ghee and let it melt.
  2. Boil the peas and peeled carrot in a pressure cooker and mash them. Do not drain any extra water.
  3. Add sooji to the ghee and roast till it smells cooked and is slightly golden brown.
  4. Add the onions , immediately follow by adding the mashed veggies and water.
  5. Add salt, Haldi and jeera powder.
  6. Combine everything and cook till it thickens on a medium low flame.
  7. Serve hot or at room temperature.

 Other vegetables of your choice can also be added.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Sooji kheer/ Semolina milk pudding

Sooji kheer is one of the easiest things to make and is ready in a jiffy. It can be served hot as well as cold, depending on one's preferance. My baby loves this one so I make it practically everyday, hence I'm giving measures for a single serving. You might need to add more milk though, if you feel that its gotten too thick and adjust the sugar accordingly. The sooji has to be toasted but not burnt to get a proper flavor.

You need: (for 1 serving)
  1. Sooji - 2tsp
  2. Milk- 1/2 cup
  3. Sugar- 1 tsp
  4. Ghee/clarified butter- 1tsp
  5. Cardamom- 1, peeled and crushed
  6. Dry fruits (optional)- crushed almonds, cashews, pistachios etc.
  7. Kesar/saffron- 1 strand (optional)

  1. Take a thick bottomed wok/Kadhai and put it on the flame. Put ghee and let it melt.
  2. Add sooji and roast it till a cooked smell comes and it is slightly golden brown.
  3. Add milk and let it come to a boil. Lastly, add sugar and cardamom. (add kesar too, if you are using it)
  4. Remove from flame and garnish with dry fruits.
  5. Serve immediately or after cooling for a few hours in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Pineapple crumble

    An experiment with dessert.

    I took a risk when we had guests over for dinner.

    But, hey life is about taking risks…even foolish ones…:p

     (psst... I had a backup plan, a tin of Rasgullas..;)

    Thankfully, this Tarla Dalal recipe did not disappoint.

    You need:
  1. 1&1/2 cups chopped freash pineapple
  2. 2tbsp sugar
  3. 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  4. 1/2 cup rolled oats
  5. 3/4 tsp  cinnamon powder
  6. 3/4 tsp nutmeg powder
  7. 2 Tbsp butter+ butter for greasing the baking tray
  8. 1 Tbsp chopped mixed nuts (optional)

  9. How to make:
  10. Combine the chopped pineapple with 1Tbsp of sugar and mix well. Keep the pan on fire and cook on slow fire till the fruit becomes soft.
  11. Combine the flour, oats, butter ,cinnamon powder, nutmeg powder and remaining sugar and mix well using your fingers till the mix resembles bread crumbs.
  12. Spread the pineapple in the greased oven proof tray. Sprinkle  the dry mixture evenly over this. Top with nuts.
  13. Bake in pre-heated oven at 180 degree centigrade for 20-25 min. Till the topping is golden brown and serve hot.