Monday, November 3, 2014

Homemade Cerelac (Indian Style)

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With my son, I was always a little hesitant when it came to formula and pre-packed baby food. by God’s grace, he’s 14 months now and has never tasted formula in his life and I started baby food for him only after a good 10 months or so. Till then, I happily fed him home made Cerelac and it worked really well for him.

My son was just 7 months old when I started giving this home made ‘Cerelac’ to him (by ‘Cerelac’ I just mean baby food and it has nothing to do with the brand, whatsoever).

So, here I am, sharing the recipe with all you lovely Moms out there, to save your baby from all of that pre-packed stuff.

Ingredients:

Green Gram (Moong Daal) 1 cup
White Rice (Raw) 1 cup
 
Pigeon Peas (Split) (Tur / Arhar Daal) 1 cup
 
Roasted Almonds 15-20 nos.
 
Barley  4 Tb. Sp.
Oats ½ cup

Rice and Lentils are considered very nutritious and healthy in the Indian culture and are also believed to be easily digestible for babies, so these are the key ingredients of the recipe. Almonds, are considered to be good for the brain and also give physical strength to the baby, so they are added to this recipe. Barley and oats are excellent for the digestive system and thus find a place here. All in all, this recipe is packed with nutrients and can be fed to babies 7th month onwards.

Method:
Wash and dry the Green gram, white rice and pigeon peas.
Dry roast all the three in a thick bottomed pan over low flame, till they turn crisp and golden brown. Thereafter, grind them in a mixer till they form a fine powder.
Dry roast the almonds slightly (till they turn crisp) and grind them to a fine powder in a mixer.
Dry roast the oats and barley also, slightly, and make a fine powder by grinding them.
Mix all the powdered ingredients and store in an airtight jar (can be stored upto 3 weeks)

To serve:
Depending upon your child’s appetite and age, take 2 tablespoons of the home made cerelac and add plain drinking water to it. Mix till a smooth paste is formed and boil the mixture over low flame with continuous stirring. Cook it for 2-3 minutes, add sugar or salt (or nothing depending on your child’s taste and preferences) for taste and serve warm.

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5 comments:

  1. That's an interesting recipe. I had never heard of this! I'm curious if you think there could be any danger from adding the almonds? I know nut allergies can be dangerous, but are almonds a common nut allergy?

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  2. Thanks Tamra!

    If your child has a known nut allergy then I would recommend you to skip adding almonds to this.

    Also, it is recommended that you give this to your baby in a very small quantity first and then move on to feeding her more.

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  3. Thanks Tamra!

    If your child has a known nut allergy then I would recommend you to skip adding almonds to this.

    Also, it is recommended that you give this to your baby in a very small quantity first and then move on to feeding her more.

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  4. Cerelac is great way to fulfill your baby daily dietary and nutritive requirements. It has Iron, Calcium, Fatty Acids and Vitamins thats helps child in early stage development.

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