Baby Food



I added some baby foods for different ages(in months).As Infants grow,food supplements are added.Many parents choose commercial,ready-made baby foods to supplement mother's milk,while others adapt their usual meals for the dietary needs of their child. Here I am adding some home-made baby foods which are nutritious to your growing baby.

Instant Food Mix  
Instant Infant Food from staple cereals and pulses.Instant food mixes by roasting and powdering. The proportion of cereal and pulse can range from 2:1 to 3:1.Roasted groundnuts or gingerly seeds could also be added in the proportion 4:1 or 5:1. These mixes can be kept for more than one month in air tight containers and used whenever required. It is convenient and of much help to families where cooking is done once or twice a day only.Such instant foods help enable adequate feeding of infants.
The recipes are:  
                  Bajra Food Mix
                  Jowar Food Mix
                  Jowar Mix
                  Maize Food Mix
                  Maize Mix
                  Ragi Green Gram Mix
                  Malted Ragi Mix
                  Ragi Mix
                  Rice Food Mix
                  Rice Soya Mix
                  Puffed Rice Food Mix
                  Puffed Rice Bengal Gram Mix 2
                  Rice Mix
                  Chidwa Mix
                  Chidwa Mix (Rice Flakes)
                  Puffed Rice Bengal Gram Mix 1
                  Malted Food Mix
                  Broken Wheat (Dalia) Mix
                  Wheat and Green Gram Mix 2
                  Wheat Soya Mix
                  Wheat and Green Gram Mix 1
                  Wheat Food Mix
                  Wheat Mix

RECONSTITUTING INFANT FOOD MIXES FOR FEEDING: Take about 4 Table spoons (50 gms.) of mix. Add 100 ml of boiled hot water to get a thick consistency.Add a tea spoon of oil and sugar/jaggery/ghee to increase the energy content.Feed the infant with the spoon.The instant infant foods could also be fed to the child after reconstituting with dal, water, gravy, milk etc.Mashed fruit (Banana, Chiku, Papaya, Mango, etc.could also be added to the food).

Fresh Preparations( for use as Complementary Foods)

                 Paushtik Soup
                 Soru Chokli Pitha
                 Spinach Pongal
                 Banana Gharge
                 Sprouted Salad
                 Jowar Rabri
                 Paushtik Chila
                 Sweet Bajra
                 Murmura Lapsi
                 Jowar Kichidi
                 Maize Porridge
                 Ragi Laddu
                 Banana Carrot Halwa
                 Kichidi
                Green Gram Rice Porridge
                Poha Khaman
                Chidwa Laddu
                Chidwa Pulao
                Paushtik Kichidi
                Suji Khicheri(Rava)
                Wheat Besan Burfi
                Rava Payasam
                Paushtik Burfee
                Paushtik Laddoo
                Paushtik Panjiri
                Vegetable Cheela
                Suji Upma
                Suji Halwa
                Gola Roti
                Dalia Khicheri
                Dalia Porridge
                Suji Porridge
             
Other Recipes
Baby Food Tips
  • What type of Rice do I use for Homemade Baby Rice Cereals? The type of brown rice that you would want to use for cereals would ideally be a short-grain brown rice. Short-grain rice cooks up more soft than does long or medium grain rice. The only caveat is that it may become sticky and "pasty" when pureed so keep an watch over the rice when cooking and pureeing/blending it. You may use a blend of any type of rice that you like; ensure that it is whole grain however. Brown jasmine rice and plain brown rice make a nice blend for cereals as do basmati and plain brown rice. If you find that your baby does not like this blend, then consider switching to the plain brown rice type until the palate has become used to solid foods.
  • Do I Need to Cook the Powder Before I Serve it? You need to cook the rice-oatmeal-barley powder prior to serving because when you make your own cereal(s) you are taking a whole grain and grinding it into a powder. This powder should be cooked because the grains were not cooked prior to your processing them into a powder. This powder would not be easily digested if left in its "raw" state.
  • Why Doesn't Commercial Baby Cereal Need to be Cooked? The reason that you don't "cook" commercial baby cereal is that commercial baby cereal is precooked and then dehydrated. Commercial baby cereal is most often made from grain that has been processed and then milled into a flour. You notice this difference when you dump out some "flakes" of commercial cereal(s) and also when you mix up some commercial cereal and find a thin pasty substance in the bowl.
  • Can Homemade Baby Cereal be Stored in the Refrigerator? Homemade Baby Cereal may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 72 hours maximum. As with thawing frozen homemade baby cereal, you may find the texture changes. Simply warm the baby cereal and then add liquid of your choice, as needed, to reconstitute to a texture your baby prefers. 
  • Can Homemade Baby Cereals be Frozen? Yes, you may freeze homemade cereal. You would use the ice cube tray method (or whatever method of freezing you currently use) as you would for other baby food purees. It tends to be easier to grind and then store the uncooked grains and simply cook a day's worth as you go. It often happens that when you thaw the cereal, it becomes rubbery and does not reconstitute well. We do hear from parents who have great luck in freezing cereal. You may want to try freezing a few portions and see how it works for you.
  • Storing Grains You Have Ground for Homemade Baby Cereal: Grains that you have ground should be stored in an airtight container in a dry area of your cupboard or in the refrigerator. Whole grains may be stored for several months in a cool dry place. If the temperature becomes extremely warm in your home, you may wish to store the grains in the refrigerator. Milled whole grains, such as rice flour, whole wheat flour, oat flour and the like, should be stored in an air tight container and preferably in your refrigerator. You can store them in a cool dry place however ensure that you check on the status of the grains if you use them infrequently. Since these are whole grain flours, the natural oils that come from the grain may become rancid without refrigeration. When purchasing any type of milled whole grain, it's always best to buy smaller quantities to ensure that your whole grains are used prior to them going rancid.The same "rules" apply for rice powder or oat powder, barley powder etc. that you have ground (milled) for your homemade baby cereal. You should store it in an air tight container, in a cool dry place but preferably in the refrigerator if your home is warm.
Remember, always consult with your pediatrician regarding introducing solid foods to your baby and specifically discuss any foods that may pose allergy risks for your baby.




BALANCED DIET FOR INFANTS & YOUNG CHILDREN
Food Groups
Infants
6-12 months
Children

1-3 years                       4-6 years
Cereals & Millets(g)
45
120
210
Pulses(g)
15
30
45
Milk (ml)
500*
500
500
Roots & Tubers(g)
50
50
100
Green leafy Vegetables(g)
25
50
50
Other vegetables(g)
25
50
50
Fruits(g)
100
100
100
Sugar(g)
25
25
30
Fats & Oils (visible)(g)
10
20
25

* Quantity indicates top milk. For breastfed infants, 200 ml top milk is required.
  30 g. of pulse may be exchanged with 50g of egg/meat/chicken/fish
  For infants introduce egg/meat/chicken/fish around 9 months.

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