Monday, September 17, 2012

Porridge Recipe for Babies-Indian Porridge Recipes for Kids

I have given you a few porridge recipes which I have given for my children when they were young.These recipes are a treasure to me. I have also consulted elders in my family especially my sister-in-law before writing this post.Thanks to her for helping me do this post.These porridge recipes can be given to babies or infants above 4 months old after consulting your doctor.

porridge recipe for infants
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The important things to be noted or kept in mind before introducing your babies to new food-

1.Introduce him to new food slowly and gradually.

2.What suits one child may not suit another, so there are no general set of rules.

3.Do not force your baby to eat if he/she is not interested. It will take time for the baby to get used to new taste. Always start with very less quantity. If it suits the baby, then you can increase gradually.

5.Do not over feed your baby. Baby knows best when he has had enough.

6.Consult your pediatrician before you start giving him these porridge or any solid food.

Porridge recipes for babies/infants above 120 days 

Porridge I

Ingredients needed 

Par boiled rice –1/4  kg (250 grams )(par boiled rice used for regular cooking  also called sapadu pulungal arisi in tamil) Do not use idly rice.
Fried gram (pottu kadalai) -1/4 kg
Samba Wheat (samba gothumai)-1/4 kg or Punjab wheat -1/4 kg
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp (jeera)
Omam or bishop weeds or ajwain – 1 tsp

Preparation

Buy good quality ingredients. Clean all the ingredients well.( removing of stones, foreign particles and other impurities if any)

Dry roast each one separately except fried gram.

Add fried gram in the end and dry roast it in the heat of the pan itself.

Dry roast cumin seeds and omam separately.

Mix everything together and give it in the flour mill and powder it nicely. This is the porridge powder.

How to prepare porridge 

Take 3/4 - 1 cup of water, add 1 ½ tsp of this porridge powder, cook until it thickens in low flame, stirring continuously.

Then add 100 ml (1/2 cup) of milk and sugar (or jaggery) to taste.

Note- Jaggery should not have any impurities, if it has, then dissolve it in little water, filter it and then use it.

Porridge II

Ingredients needed 

Par boiled rice -1/4 kg ( pulungal arisi used for cooking - do not buy idly rice)
Punjab Wheat – 1/4 kg
Fried gram -1/4 kg
Peanuts (cleaned) -100 grams
Sago (javarisi )- 150 grams
Barley – 50 grams
Sukku /dry ginger – 1 small bit
Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
Omam – 1 tsp

Method

Dry roast each ingredient separately except fried gram.

Add fried gram in the end and dry roast it in the heat of the pan itself.

Dry roast cumin seeds, bishop weeds and sukku separately.

Mix everything together and give it in the flour mill and get it powdered finely.

Preparation of porridge is same as above.

Porridge III 

Ragi porridge (finger millet porridge)

Ingredients needed 

Ragi - 1/4 kg or 250 grams

Method 

Clean, wash ragi well and dry it well in the shade spreading it on a clean cloth.

Then dry roast it till you get a nice aroma. Leave it to cool.

Give it in the flour mill and and get it powdered finely.

Preparation of porridge is the same as mentioned in the first recipe.

Note - Avoid using too much sugar or jaggery.

Oman and sukku are added to aid digestion.

Ragi takes time to digest and is not suitable for all babies.

Kindly read the post fully before asking any questions.

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48 comments:

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  2. Very useful tips dear..cute little baby pic ..i started giving ragi porridge after 6 months..

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  3. Excellent and definitely useful for future moms and moms with new born babies.

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  4. thank you so much for this lovely post. i just mailed this to my sister who has a toddler, am sure he will be very happy to see new food in his bowl. love baby recipes.

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  5. Lovely post.. Healthy dish for kids. This should help all the mums(to make sure her kids get best nutritious food)

    Great-secret-of-life.blogspot.com

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  7. Very helpful post for new and would be Moms!

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  8. Is there any health mix powder we can prepare at home .i need it especially for travel where we can mix with water and feed . No need for cooking. Pls post such receipe .

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  9. very useful post ..shared it with my niece..

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  10. Thank you for sharing these recipes.I have a 7 months old.can we give her animal's milk or any dairy milk now,since you have mentioned it as an ingredient in the porridge preparations.

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  11. Thank you so much for this recipe's... I'm searching these kind of recipe for my 8 months old angel...very useful

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  12. I live in Singapore and getting ragi is difficult as i have to go too far. I have ragi flour with me can i cook it directly and how long will it take to get cooked.

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  13. Nithrya -Yes, you can use ragi flour.It will not take much time to get cooked

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  14. Hi,

    Can we use red puzhungal arisi (matta rice) or is it ponni puzhukkal that we need to use ?

    Your site is really very helpful !! Keep up the good work.

    Regards,
    Sreelakshmi

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    1. Minu - Thank you so much. Glad you find my site helpful. Par boiled rice is easy to digest for babies. That is why I have use puzhukkal arisi. Consult your pediatrician, if you can give red rice to babies. If the doctor says "yes", you can substitute white par boiled rice with red puzhungal arisi.

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  15. hi can i use any millet rice rather than normal rice

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  16. Hi padhu nice post. I want to try these but there isn't any flour mills here in Oman. Can you pls suggest alternatives or any other healthy porridge for 1 year babies? Thanks in advance :-)

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    1. You can prepare it with less quantity and grind it in the mixie, sieve it and store it. I have given for 1/4 kg (ie) 250 grams. You can half the recipe and try it. (Indian mixer grinder can grind it to some extent) Alternatively, if you can get ready made kanji healthmix for babies, you can get it after reading the instructions on the pack.

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  17. Really helpful...thanks....my daughters are 3 and 11 months..planning to give both of them the same...we can always do a bit of innovation yourself like adding some dry fruits, cardamom, or vegi's to it.

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    1. After frying everything separately, switch off the heat.Then add fried gram (pottukadalai in tamil) and saute in the heat of the pan.

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  19. hi padhu
    good work here. can you please tell me if i can take cooked ragi porridge on a road trip? if i can, how long can i keep it before it goes bad? your reply will be much appreciated.
    thanks
    joy :)

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    1. Thank you Joy for liking my work. If you are adding milk, it has to be used immediately otherwise, it will stay good for 8-9 hours.

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  20. Hi Padhu, can i make porridge powder for 6 months baby by adding all in one like ragi, wheat, par boiled rice, barley, sago, green gram , black channa , cumin seeds, ajwain n some dry nuts like almond, cashew?

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    1. Yes, you can give in less quantity first but do not add almonds and cashews.Prepare in less quantity as it might suit some babies and it might not suit some babies. Always consult your pediatrician before starting any new food for the baby.

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  21. hi padhu my doctor advised me to use parboiled rice after six months. he told to give kaikuthal rice for my four and half year old son. kindly tell me how to prepare that porridge?

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  22. Can u tell me how much omam add for 1/4 kg ragi

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  23. Hi, what is par boiled rice? Can I make them at home with normal rice? Thnx n I love all ur recipes

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    1. Parboiled rice (also called converted rice) is rice that has been partially boiled in the husk. The three basic steps of parboiling are soaking, steaming and drying.These steps also make rice easier to process by hand, boost its nutritional profile and change its texture.(source -wiki) You cannot make it at home. You can get it ready made from the grocery store.

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  24. Very useful n easy recipe for babies.. thanks Padhu for the awesome work :-)

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  25. can raw rice be used for 6months baby

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    1. It is not raw rice, it is par boiled rice.

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  26. Hello madam I am having 9 months baby can we grind boiled rice carrot and boiled moong dal altogether in mixie as a food

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    1. Yes, you can give but start with less quantity. I am saying this from my experience as I have given boiled rice, boiled carrot and boiled moong dal(very less) to my kids when they were young. You can also consult a pediatrician.

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  27. Your instructions about feeding infants at soups page are apt..plz do copy paste it over here also...bcoz starting other feeds before 6 months of age and starting other milk,sugar or jaggery bfore 1 yr of age are not ideal..

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  28. Hi
    Very nice all ur recipes thanks . Can I give smashed idly for my 7 months old baby and can u tel me why no need to add cashews and almonds for preparing porridge power

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    1. Yes, you can give steamed idli to your baby. For babies it is advisable to avoid adding cashews and almonds in the porridge as some babies might be allergic to it.So it is better to add all that once the baby completes 1 year.

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  29. Dear Padhuan
    We eat raw rice only at home.can I use raw rice for making porridge powder.....will it affect stomach of the infant

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    1. You can buy a little organic par boiled rice for the baby. It is better to start with par boiled rice as it is easily digestible.

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  30. my son is 2 yrs now before he was eating idly rice in the puree form then he stopped eating it then started to eat only puri again stopped that also kow he drinks only milk .i am trying all methods to feed him but not at all eating anything pls help

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    1. First consult your pediatrician to find out if he has any problem with his appetite.

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  31. Hi Padhu
    Kindly explain why idly rice shouldn't be given added in the porridge for babies.. Is there any significant reason to be avoided? But still we are giving idlis for 6 month old babies right?
    Regards

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    1. These recipes are followed for generations. I have given this porridge to my own kids when they were young. As the recipe calls for parboiled rice, I have given the recipe as such. What you say has logic, when we give idlis to babies, why not porridge with idli rice.I am not sure of the answer. You can try idli rice with very less quantity. Par boiled rice is easily digestible. I am not sure about idli rice.

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