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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Homemade Baby Food - Chicken & Leafy Greens Pulao


It's about time I posted a recipe for our tiny tots. These days children as young as 7-8 months are picky eaters. They have a mind of their own (fore sure!) and know exactly what they don't want to eat. While my son wasn't such a fuss pot before he turned 3, my daughter is testing my patience every single day. So much so that I have started experimenting with recipes to suit her palate. 
When I discuss about this upcoming food rebel in my house my friends agree that they face/or have faced worse. Looks like the new generation is completely different from how we were. Recently one of my readers emailed me and while we got chatting I realised that home made baby food was a segment that wasn't receiving as much attention on my blog as it should have. So here's a quick and tasty recipe for little Sionah and all our little ones whose mums have a hard time trying to figure out nutritious and delicious ways to keep tummies full!




Homemade Baby Food - Chicken & Leafy Greens Pulao
Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup tender (preferably thigh portion) boneless chicken
  • 2 tablespoons spinach, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons coriander leaves
  • 2 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 small onion chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 small tomato chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/8 tsp bafat pwd (or any spice blend to taste) optional
  • ghee as required
  • Salt to taste
Method:
1. Wash the rice until the water runs clear. Soak it in a little water till required.
2. In a small pressure cooker or pan, heat the ghee, fry the curry leaves and then fry the onions till pale. Add the tomatoes and fry till mushy.
3. Add the bafat/spice blend and stir for a couple of seconds and then add the chicken & fry for about two minutes. Add the chopped spinach, coriander and kasuri methi.
4. Mix in the washed and drained rice and a little more than double the amount of water (a little more than 1/2 cup water). Cover the pressure cooker and pressure cook for about 6-7 whistles.
5. Allow the cooker to come to room temperature. Then open, stir and add salt to taste if required.
6. Slightly cool before serving. You may garnish with a little ghee if desired.

5 comments:

  1. I prepared this dish for my 14 month old toddler yesterday and he absolutely loved it !!! Thanks a ton for all your lovely recipes.. I have tried many of them.. To mention a few - mushroom masala, mums green masala biryani, pumpkin pasta, cheesy macaroni, Christmas cake..etc And it always turns out fab. Looking forward for more of baby food recipes:)

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  2. @ Audrey Crasta: Thanks so much for your feedback, so happy to hear that your little one enjoyed this recipe :) and glad to note that you liked the other recipes as well. I will post more baby food recipes soon!

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  3. The recipe is awesome. My toddler liked it very much and he even demanded more. I would like add some more information to this.Mother’s milk is the best food for your baby. It contains all the elements that your baby needs to grow (vitamins, essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, protein). You can feed grain flour enriched with iron to your child as the first solid food for your child. You can also feed your child with infant cereals like cerelac (http://goo.gl/F4ltTE) which are available in different flavours, from the fourth month of your child’s birth after consulting with a paediatrician. A good way to help your child to accept new flavours and textures is to feed your baby with gluten free flour cereals. You must simply dissolve several teaspoons of flour cereals (one to two tablespoons in the beginning) into a deep bowl and add water. This will help your child get enriched with iron. Fruits and vegetables are essential nutrients for the balanced diet for your child. Provide cooked fruits and vegetables for your child. Make a puree of fruits like apples, bananas, apricot, peaches etc without adding sugar, and vegetables like zucchini, carrots, green beans without adding salt and feed your child.

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  4. @Jmj Dubai: Thanks so much for your feedback, so good to know that your baby liked this dish. Thanks for the other info you have provided. I have passed that stage now, my baby is 15 months old and she hates purees - so i try to give her food that looks as 'normal' as possible! :)

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  5. Wow, this dish is very yummy & delicious for babies. I have already tried this recipe and my baby loved it. The recipe is awesome. My toddler liked it very much and now he is willing to have it more. Chicken is always healthy source of food.
    Recently I started purchasing food for my baby from firstcry.com. They have very good varieties of baby foods. Do check out their website.
    http://www.firstcry.com/formula-and-supplements/2/79

    ReplyDelete

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If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Homemade Baby Food - Chicken & Leafy Greens Pulao


It's about time I posted a recipe for our tiny tots. These days children as young as 7-8 months are picky eaters. They have a mind of their own (fore sure!) and know exactly what they don't want to eat. While my son wasn't such a fuss pot before he turned 3, my daughter is testing my patience every single day. So much so that I have started experimenting with recipes to suit her palate. 
When I discuss about this upcoming food rebel in my house my friends agree that they face/or have faced worse. Looks like the new generation is completely different from how we were. Recently one of my readers emailed me and while we got chatting I realised that home made baby food was a segment that wasn't receiving as much attention on my blog as it should have. So here's a quick and tasty recipe for little Sionah and all our little ones whose mums have a hard time trying to figure out nutritious and delicious ways to keep tummies full!




Homemade Baby Food - Chicken & Leafy Greens Pulao
Ingredients:
  • 3 tablespoons basmati rice
  • 1/4 cup tender (preferably thigh portion) boneless chicken
  • 2 tablespoons spinach, chopped
  • 1 tablespoons coriander leaves
  • 2 curry leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 small onion chopped (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 small tomato chopped (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1/8 tsp bafat pwd (or any spice blend to taste) optional
  • ghee as required
  • Salt to taste
Method:
1. Wash the rice until the water runs clear. Soak it in a little water till required.
2. In a small pressure cooker or pan, heat the ghee, fry the curry leaves and then fry the onions till pale. Add the tomatoes and fry till mushy.
3. Add the bafat/spice blend and stir for a couple of seconds and then add the chicken & fry for about two minutes. Add the chopped spinach, coriander and kasuri methi.
4. Mix in the washed and drained rice and a little more than double the amount of water (a little more than 1/2 cup water). Cover the pressure cooker and pressure cook for about 6-7 whistles.
5. Allow the cooker to come to room temperature. Then open, stir and add salt to taste if required.
6. Slightly cool before serving. You may garnish with a little ghee if desired.

5 comments:

  1. I prepared this dish for my 14 month old toddler yesterday and he absolutely loved it !!! Thanks a ton for all your lovely recipes.. I have tried many of them.. To mention a few - mushroom masala, mums green masala biryani, pumpkin pasta, cheesy macaroni, Christmas cake..etc And it always turns out fab. Looking forward for more of baby food recipes:)

    ReplyDelete
  2. @ Audrey Crasta: Thanks so much for your feedback, so happy to hear that your little one enjoyed this recipe :) and glad to note that you liked the other recipes as well. I will post more baby food recipes soon!

    ReplyDelete
  3. The recipe is awesome. My toddler liked it very much and he even demanded more. I would like add some more information to this.Mother’s milk is the best food for your baby. It contains all the elements that your baby needs to grow (vitamins, essential fatty acids, calcium, iron, protein). You can feed grain flour enriched with iron to your child as the first solid food for your child. You can also feed your child with infant cereals like cerelac (http://goo.gl/F4ltTE) which are available in different flavours, from the fourth month of your child’s birth after consulting with a paediatrician. A good way to help your child to accept new flavours and textures is to feed your baby with gluten free flour cereals. You must simply dissolve several teaspoons of flour cereals (one to two tablespoons in the beginning) into a deep bowl and add water. This will help your child get enriched with iron. Fruits and vegetables are essential nutrients for the balanced diet for your child. Provide cooked fruits and vegetables for your child. Make a puree of fruits like apples, bananas, apricot, peaches etc without adding sugar, and vegetables like zucchini, carrots, green beans without adding salt and feed your child.

    ReplyDelete
  4. @Jmj Dubai: Thanks so much for your feedback, so good to know that your baby liked this dish. Thanks for the other info you have provided. I have passed that stage now, my baby is 15 months old and she hates purees - so i try to give her food that looks as 'normal' as possible! :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. Wow, this dish is very yummy & delicious for babies. I have already tried this recipe and my baby loved it. The recipe is awesome. My toddler liked it very much and now he is willing to have it more. Chicken is always healthy source of food.
    Recently I started purchasing food for my baby from firstcry.com. They have very good varieties of baby foods. Do check out their website.
    http://www.firstcry.com/formula-and-supplements/2/79

    ReplyDelete

I'd love to hear what you have to say about this post!

If you are unable to post a comment, please write to me at ruchikrandhap@gmail.com

Last but not the least, my name is Shireen & not Ruchik :-)