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RECIPES FOR KIDS

Baby food

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 eats

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.
Use light 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 overcooking.
Cook with as little water as possible. Water soluble vitamins can leach out into the cooking water and be lost.
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 accumulation.
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 juice.
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 inhibiting phosphorus.

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
The banana should not be fully ripe it should have the greenish yellow skin.

banana baby cerealPeel 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:
Banana powder
Boiled and cooled water
Ghee
Milk (optional)
sugar

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 ghee.

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.

Ingredients:

mustard and cumin seeds
1 cup semolina
1 onion, sliced finely
ginger to taste
curry leaves
Salt, to taste
2 cups water

Proceedure:

Fry the semolina in ghee stirring continuously till it is golden colour and set aside.
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 Tikki)

Ingredients:

4 boiled potatoes, peeled
boiled green peas
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt to taste
2 tablespoons oil to fry the tikkis

Proceedure:

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.

Pizza

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes
1 onion
1 teaspoon oregano

Proceedure:

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.