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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Vegetarian Soup Recipes for Toddlers-Kids Soup Recipes-Easy Healthy Soups for Babies (Indian)

After posting Porridge recipes for babies, I wanted to do a post on soup recipes for toddlers.I have discussed with a consultant Pediatrician and also referred few books before writing this article.I have developed these soup recipes after consulting elders in our family. These soups can be given to babies above 6 months old. 

Healthy soup recipes for babies
Beetroot carrot soup

Kindly read the tips given before going to the recipes-

1.Pediatricians advise breastfeeding for the first 6 months. According to WHO "Exclusive breast feeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond".

2.It is advisable to introduce new foods to a baby one at a time. It is recommended that you give each new food everyday for an entire week before starting another. If there is any kind of adverse reaction, it is generally advised that the food be discontinued immediately and not be resumed for several weeks

3.Most fruits and vegetables cause no problem but parents are often advised to hold off on introducing berries and tomatoes, peas, beans and shellfish.

4.Wash all fruits and vegetables well. Go for organically certified fruits and vegetables.

5.Wash your hand with soap and water before feeding the baby.

6.Initially give only the clear soup water.Then you can slowly introduce the puree.

7.The clear soup can also be used as a base for mixing cereals.

8. Since you are going to spoon feed the baby for the first time, see to it that the consistency of the soup is neither too thick nor too runny.

9.Start with 5-6 tsp and then you can gradually increase the quantity. Watch for any allergic reactions or intolerance, in that case it is advised to dicontinue.

10.What suits one child may not suit another. So do not compare with other babies.

11.Do not force him/her to eat if he/she is not interested. Baby knows best when he/she has had enough. He will communicate in his own ways by spitting, turning his head away, that he has had enough.Watch for those signs.

12.For younger babies puree the fruits in blender or food processor.

13.Once the baby gets used to the puree, you can mash fruits or vegetables with a fork, leaving soft small chunks as they will learn to chew. 

14. Seeds and skin of vegetables should not be given.

15.It is best to avoid salt for the soups. Don't assume that babies will like it only if you add a pinch of salt.

16.I have used the pressure cooker for all the soups to save time and fuel. If you do not own a pressure cooker, you can use a saucepan to cook the vegetables until soft.

Vegetarian soups recipes for babies
Vegetable soup-beetroot potato soup-lentil soup
 1.Beetroot Carrot Soup

Beetroot - 1/4 cup (washed, peeled and cubed)
Carrot - 1/3 cups (washed, peeled and cubed)

Pressure cook beetroot and carrot in 1/4 cup of water for 3 whistles. Puree it in a blender. Strain using a soup strainer. Add more water if required, reheat the soup in a pan and serve lukewarm.

2.Lentil Soup

Moong dal - 2 tbsp
Turmeric powder - a pinch

Pressure cook dal with little water for 3 whistles. Mash it well and pass through a sieve or strain using soup strainer.

Adjust the consistency by increasing or decreasing the water, reheat and serve lukewarm.

3.Mixed Vegetable Soup

Carrot - 2-3 small pieces (washed, peeled and cubed)
Cabbage - little less than 1/4 cup (wash and chop finely)
Potato - 2 small pieces (washed, peeled and cubed)
Bottle gourd- 2-3 small pieces ((washed, peeled, seeds removed and cubed)
Spinach/palak leaves -2-3 (washed and chop)

Pressure cook everything together with 1/4 cups of water. Puree it in a blender. Strain using a soup strainer.

Add water if required, reheat the soup in a pan and serve lukewarm.

If you want clear soup, do not blend it, just strain it.

4.Beetroot Potato soup

Potato - washed, peeled and cubed - little less than 1/4 cup 
Beetroot - washed, peeled and cubed - 1/4 cup

Pressure cook both together with 1/3 cup of water for 3-4 whistles. Blend it to a puree and strain using a soup strainer. If the soup is thick, you can add water and warm it.

You will love my healthy homemade porridge recipes for babies also.

I hope your babies will love and enjoy these healthy Baby Food Recipes. Kindly start these soups after consulting your pediatrician.


Tips written after consulting Pediatrician

"What to expect the first year"- by Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Eisenberg and Sandee Hathaway

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  1. thats awesomepost :) first photo is fantastic ! its good that u pointed out clear note before proceed !

  2. lovely clicks and nice tips.. these wd definetly be useful for young mothers.. i made carrot and beet soup, and mix veg soup for my son.. lentil soup is really new and healthy too.. :) nice post..

  3. Healthy post..all clicks are awesome and wonderful recipe..

  4. wonderful woman you are, taken so much of effort to feed the babies a healthy food, carry on you work !! all the best !! super useful post!!

  5. wonderful collection.. All are good for health

  6. great post with great info...

  7. Lovely and useful post...superb click..thanks for sharing..

  8. thank you phadhu akka .... thanks a lot

  9. Hi padhu. Thanks for this wonderful and helpful post as my kid is nine months old.. thks a lott as i had already gone through ur baby porridge pages,and ur definitions are also very clear. My request is u to post some more baby porridge also. Thank u.

  10. When I search for a babies veg soups over the net i couldnt get a proper idea. I really likes ur way of presenting. Its really easy to cook . Thank u .surely my baby ll like it.

  11. I have another version of vegetable soup which my in law prepares.

    boil all vegetables nicely.. mash it in mixie.. then u can reheat , add salt, pepper and give.. its really thick n gud!

  12. Good post!!! Could u pls clarify at which month veg soup can be started for a healthy baby..

    1. You can start after 6 months. If you want to start before that, kindly consult your pediatrician.

  13. What shld I giv to my 41/2 month baby as I hav to resume office.....

    1. You should give only breast milk for the first 6 months. You can give Expressed Breast milk. Consult your pediatrician for details. I have read that breast milk can be stored for 6-7 hours.

  14. Thank u so much padhu..i was very confused tat wat to give my baby in d evening.nw am gonna do dis

  15. Thanks madam for the wonderful recipe of soups can we use mixie for grinding those items and rice ???

    1. Yes, you can. But as I always say, start with less quantity for babies or toddlers.

  16. hi my baby is 6 and a half months can I introduce Palak n beetroots very confused

    1. You can give watery diluted soup. But always start with less quantity. Wait for a day or two. If it suits the baby and if the baby likes it, increase gradually.

    2. Hi Padhu, can we cook it once a day and serve twice or thrice to baby in a day or do we need to cook fresh every time before giving to baby?

    3. It is advisable to prepare it fresh every time.

  17. Useful tips.. I have given only carrot juice to my 6mth baby. NW he is 11mth . Can I give abv mentioned soups hereafter .. Till wat age can I give this soup(1or2yrs)

    1. Yes, you can give, but start with less quantity. Till any age above 6 months if the baby likes it.

  18. Thanks Padhu for the soup recipes.. Going to try for my six and half month baby.. Can you specify the timings for when I should introduce food to my baby.. I am confused and worried about the timings. Thanks Padhu

    1. You can try mid morning or mid afternoon so that the baby can digest it. Also start with less quantity. If you are still confused, consult your pediatrician.

  19. Thank u so much for your recipes padhu.... My son is 10 months old... I started giving all foods for him. I usually blend the vegetables first and then boil, strain and will give as soup. Is it the right way????

  20. Wonderful recipes. Can I start the carrot soup(clear one) for my 5 and half months baby ?

    1. Of course, you can but as I usually say, start with less quantity.


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