RECIPES FOR KIDS
It is recommended by most doctors that
there is nothing like mother?s milk for the first six months
of life. It not only increases a child?s immunity but also
is easy to digest for the baby. On the other hand bottle
feeding can easily expose the child to infections and bottle
fed babies are more susceptible to fall ill soo. Formula
milk if not mixed in the right proportion can also either
led to over dilution or concentration of feed. A baby fed on
mother?s milk does not need any water till it starts
weaning. It is good habit to start weaning the baby at the
age of six months though some mothers start at the age of 4
months. As mother?s milk is reduced water should be given to
the baby. Boiled and mashed fruits like apple, banana, mango
and chickoo and vegetables like carrots, potato, beetroot
and gourd can be introduced. They will have to be mashed and
strained till the child is 7 months. It is preferable to
introduce onions and tomatoes after 7 months. At 7 months
the child is ready to move onto cereals and pulses. You can
boil all dals and rice and mash and give them to your baby.
Curds can also be introduced. Juices can also be introduced.
Food like chapatti and dahlia (wheat mash) can be introduced
at 8 months. By the child is 1 year old he should be eating
the food that you eat. A lot of companies like gerber and
Ceralac offer food concentrate but they are no comparison to
home made food. You should try and breast-feed your child at
least till 1 year. The frequency after 6 months can be
reduced.Cow?s milk or buffalo?s milk should mostly be given
after 1 year. You can first give it diluted and then if it
suits the baby, as it is.
A healthy diet
No one food provides all the nutrients that
we need hence it is recommended to eat a wide variety of
food such as fruits, vegetables, whole grain breads and
cereals and low fat dairy products. Maintain a desirable
weight in your child. Overweight in children creates
problems from day one. Avoid too much sugar. Excess sugar
causes tooth decay and is high in fat and calories and low
in vitamins and minerals. Eat foods that are rich in starch
and fiber. Avoid excess sodium and fats. But remember these
are needed in limited quantity.
Getting the most from what your child
Choose wholegrain cereals and bread, since
many nutrients are lost in refining. If you buy refined
products shop for the ones that that enriched with the
vitamins that are lost.
Wrap cut and cooked foods well.
Exposure to oxygen can destroy Vitamin C.
resistant containers for storing milk and bread as some
vitamins are destroyed with light.
Do not overcook food.
A number of vitamins are lost because of
Cook with as little water as possible. Water
soluble vitamins can leach out into the cooking water and be
Cooking acidic food (like tomatoes) in iron pots
can greatly increase their iron content. But cooking acidic
foods in copper pots can result in toxic
Like vitamin supplements. Some foods when
eaten together bring out the best in each other. Like iron
and Vitamin C complement each other. For example a good
choice would be to eat wholegrain cereal with orange
Similarly some eating habits can hinder the work
of supplements. For example while taking calcium supplements
do not take it with soft drinks as they have high calcium
Vitamin A ? Drumsticks, Cod Liver Oil,
Fish, Papaya, Rice, Mango, Carrot, Spinach.
Vitamin D - Fish, Egg, Butter.
Vitamin C ? Leafy Vegetables, Citrus
fruits, Tomato, Potato, Banana.
B-Complex ? Cereals, Leafy vegetables,
Legumes, Nuts, Fruits.
Proteins ? cereals, pulses, milk, eggs.
Carbohydrates - Cereals, sugar, jaggery,
honey, fruits, and vegetables like potatoes.
Fats- Butter, Ghee, oil.
Cereals - Rice, Bread, Rava, Chapatti,
Bajra, Wheat, Puri.
Recipes for kids
Home made Baby cereal
Banana powder for cereal
8 semi ripe Nendran banana
should not be fully ripe it should have the greenish yellow
Peel the skin from the bananas. Cut each banana
into 4 in the middle. Remove the seed portion from the
middle. Then cut into small cubes. Wash the cut pieces and
drain well. Spread on a large plate and cover with a thin
muslin cloth. Dry in the hot sun for 3 days. Once dry,
powder the banana in a mixie. Store powder in an airtight
container. Th e powder can be stored upto 3 months.
To prepare banana cereal:
Boiled and cooled water
Add 3 teaspoons of Banana powder 1/2 tsp.
of sugar with 1/4 glass of water and mix to a smooth
consistency. Add 1/2 a glass of milk or water and mix it
well. Place on a stove and low heat. While boiling, you have
to stir, until it becomes pasty, and add one teaspoon of
Ragi cereal for infants
3 dessert spoons ragi seeds
Wash the ragi well and drain. Soak ragi in
boiled and cooled water for 2 hours and grind it in a mixie
with 3/4 glass water. Filter this through a thin cloth. Cook
the filtered liquid on a low flame till it becomes thick
adding one tsp ghee and 1/2 tsp sugar. Milk/water can also
be added while stirring to dilute the cereal.
The following are a few recipes that
are an instant hit with children.
mustard and cumin
1 cup semolina
1 onion, sliced finely
ginger to taste
Salt, to taste
Fry the semolina in
ghee stirring continuously till it is golden colour and set
Toss in the mustard seeds in ghee followed by the
cumin seeds and fry till the seeds splutter fully. Add the
onions and ginger and stir-fry over medium heat till the
onions are transparent and soft.
Mix in the semolina,
curry leaves and salt. Add water to this and mix well. Cook
till the mixture is almost dry.
Potato Tikki ( Aloo
boiled green peas
juice of 1/2
salt to taste
2 tablespoons oil to fry the
Mix all the ingredients well and make
small balls. Take a non-stick pan and cook these balls in
minimum oil till they become brownish in color. You could
also ad 1 piece of brown bread make damp with a little water
to the above.
Saute the well-diced onion in butter. Mash
the tomatoes and ad them to the onions. When it is well
cooked mix one tablespoon of maida in water and ad it to the
mixture. Ad additional water and cook for 5 minutes ad salt,
oregano powder and a bit of tomato ketchup to the mixture.
Keep aside. When serving ad this mixture on ready made pizza
base and garnish with chopped capsicums and onions. Finally
ad grated cheese. Bake this in a pre heated oven till the
cheese melts and your pizza is ready.
Lets hope the above recipes for kids was informative and easy to make.