5 simple South Indian weaning recipes
All five of these South Indian weaning recipes are easy to cook and introduce a new taste to your baby's palate, plus they are all highly nutritious
Last year when my sister gave birth to twins, I was fortunate enough to help her take care of her little bubs. As a hands-on maasi, I would often take over diaper duties and prepare baby food for my nieces.
After seven months of somewhat of a crash course in preparing weaning foods, I can say with confidence that it is no longer a difficult task, especially since most of them were North Indian recipes.
And as I prepare to start my own family, I know which North Indian foods to give to my babu. But in order to add some variety, I asked my Malyali mother-in-law to share some South Indian weaning recipes. To my delight, she listed these super interesting recipes, which am sure will help all new mums as well.
So in the spirit of sharing, here are some of her go-to weaning recipes, which she also prepared for my husband when he was a little one himself.
Nendran Banana or Kerala banana mix is a popular weaning food in South Indian, especially of course in Kerala. To prepare this all-natural mix, which has a consistency similar to that of mash, you just have to follow these simple steps.
- Take 4-5 Nendran bananas and cut thin slices. Now dry them out in the sun and grind the dried banana into a fine powder.
- Next, to prepare the mix the half cup powder with half a tablespoon of ghee and a cup of water or milk. Mix the ingredients well.
- Serve when you notice a thin consistency.
Benefits: Nendran banana is known to contain fibre, vitamin A, B6, C, potassium and energy; all of which are essential for the growth of your growing baby. Adding ghee will facilitate easy consumption and digestion of the mix.
Plain idli is another popular weaning food, which is fast gaining popularity up north due to its easy preparation and many health benefits. Idli for small babies can be taken with either milk or in a savoury form my mixing rice with urad dal. Here's how you can prepare it.
- Soak half cup of urad dal and a cup of rice overnight and drain them both in the morning. Reserve the water from the urad dal (which will be used later).
- Now, grind the urad dal with 1/4 cup of the reserves water and the rice with some water separately. Mix both batters together. Add a pinch of salt to the batter.
- Let this batter ferment for 8-9 hours. You can keep it outside the fridge for the purpose.
- Now, grease the idli moulds and pour the batter. Steam for 10-12 minutes, untill done.
- Mash the idli well and serve this to your baby with some milk or ghee.
Benefits: Idli contains fibre, protein and carbohydrates; all of which are extremely important for growing babies.
Continue reading to know more about the three other different yet easy South Indian weaning foods for babies.
The ragi powder mash is an all-natural nutritious and healthy cereal and is widely used in South India as a weaning food. It should be given as a supplement meal just when your baby is about to start solid foods. Here's how you can prepare this simple meal.
- Take some fruits and mash them into a thin paste. You can use apple, mango, pears or even banana.
- Now add the fruit mash to a cup of finely ground ragi powder. Use milk or water or orange juice as the liquid element and mix all the ingredients well together.
- You can add a bit of ghee if you so like to facilitate easy digestion for your baby.
Benefits: Ragi or finger millet is often called the 'super cereal,' because it has high protein content, it is a rich source of minerals and is also highly rich in fibre. All of these qualities will keep the baby's digestion strong.
Upma is a constant feature of South Indian breakfasts, and is also highly recommended as a weaning food. Given its consistency and easy to digest quality, it makes for a very good solid food for infants below the age of one. Here's how you can make it for your little bub.
- Grind vegetables including potato, tomato, capsicum and carrot, and keep them aside.
- Now prepare the suji upma, by adding roasted upma to vegetable oil or coconut oil.
- Cook it well and add the vegetables, some water and a pinch of salt to the mix.
- Once everything is cooked well, you can serve it luke warm with ghee.
Benefits: Wheat rava or suji upma contains vitamin B and E, both of which are immunity boosters, it also contains potassium,magnesium, phosphorous and zinc, which are good for the bones.
You may know that most North Indians do not use drumstick in their meal preparation. However, it is extensively used down south, most notably in the preparation of sambhar. To prepare drumstick soup, here are a few easy steps you can follow.
- Add a few drumsticks in a pressure cooker along with tomato, carrot, spinach and a pinch of salt.
- Now cook the mixture for about 20 minutes.
- Next, take the mixture through a sieve and use the water as soup.
- Serve this drumstick soup with some ghee and serve luke warm.
Benefits: Drumsticks are well-known laxatives and therefore, enable easy digestion of food for a growing baby. Plus, the addition of vegetables and salt ensure essential nutrients, minerals and iodine.
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