Beet Root Clear Soup

Thick and creamy soups have always been my favourite and clear soups have been my choice when I want a change and during sickness. This recipe will help pregnant and lactating women to keep their hemoglobin levels right and very apt for first foods for babies. I don’t always recommend soups as first foods in a routine. Because preferring semi solids/solids for weaning helps baby to cling on breastfeeding better. This soup is the best in times of sickness or when you feel like having nothing at all.

Ingredients:

  • Beet root-1/2 cup grated
  • Shallots-5
  • Garlic-7
  • Tomato-1 small sized
  • Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp
  • Pepper powder-1/4 tsp
  • Salt-To taste
  • Ghee-To taste

beet root soup

Procedure:

    1.Combine beet root,tomato,garlic,cumin seeds and pressure cook with 1 cup of water.
    2.When they are cooked well,blend them in a mixer and strain it.
    3.Add ghee in a pan and heat the strained water.
    4.When it begins to boil add pepper and salt.
    5.Serve it luke warm.

P.S:

This can be given for babies of 7 months plus,after having introduced tomato and beet root separately.

For babies always use sterilized bowls and spoons.

Do consider your family history of allergies and your pediatricians advice before experimenting any new foods.

Adjust pepper and salt as per your taste.

You can replace cumin seeds with cumin powder as well.

For a thick version,do not strain the puree. Cook with some more water after blending.

Skip salt for less than 1 year babies.

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PAPAYA PUREE FOR BABIES

I honestly didn’t have a thought of posting puree recipes to my blog because i hardly prefer using mixer/blender for his foods. I try to mash as much as possible and give him. Amma has always stopped me from using mixer for baby food. She says that baby should find tiny pieces in their tongue(be careful about choking) and also babies used to purees/ground food will never easily transit to solids. Feeling texture is important for a baby to eat well.

How to choose a right papaya for your baby?

The papaya which is ripe enough for your baby will yield to your finger press(thumb). The smell of papaya will surround your house and drag you towards it .There can be few black dots on the fruit. Don’t opt buying a green papaya as it has to get ripened in the branch and not in our houses. Avoid feeding unripe papaya to babies.

Ingredients:

Papaya-1 cup (chopped)

papaya puree

Procedure:

1.Wash the ripe papaya and peel the skin.

2.Cut into two halves.

3.Scoop out the seeds.

4.Chop into lengthy pieces and remove the thin line material inside and chop into small pieces.

papaya puree making

5.Add this to a blender/mixer and give a run.

6.Make it a smooth paste

7.Transfer to a sterlised serving bowl and handover the bowl to him/her or feed your little one.

papaya puree
PAPAYA PUREE FOR BABIES @ KK

For more options of baby foods and insights on weaning refer here.


P.S:

Consult your doctor before introducing any new ingredient.

Follow three day wait rule for any first time introduction.

You can start with papaya as first food around 6 months.

If your baby or family has latex allergy,delay the introduction of papaya.

The stools will reflect the colour of papaya. Don’t be bothered.

I prefer having very very small pieces.Hence I don’t make it too fine paste.

Avoid plastic ware for babies. They may be attractive but they are hazardous.


HEALTH BENEFITS OF PAPAYA:

Papaya has plenty of minerals and vitamins which helps in bone,brain,immunity development especially in the early stages of growth.(6 months to 1 year).

The Vitamin A present in papaya helps in good eye sight,glowing skin. Vitamin B strengthens the muscles .

It is also rich calcium and magnesium which helps in proper bone development and excellent dental growth.

It is a store house on Niacin which helps in formation of new cells and repairs the damaged hereditary information.

Indigestion will never visit you if you include papaya in your food. It is a natural laxative and extremely gut friendly.