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Kadai vegetables is one of the healthier and delicious side dish for Chapati. Apart from the traditional dal side dishes, this recipe is more healthy as we are including many vegetables. Paneer adds extra taste to this dish, but we can also exclude paneer as it is rich in fat. We should try making all the gravys less spicer as we would have children at home who would like to try the dishes. Give a try and tell your comments!

Kadai Vegetables
Kadai Vegetables

Ingredients:

Tomato
Capsicum1
Green Chilli1 (Optional)
Oil2 teaspoon
Turmerica pinch
Potato1
Carrot1
Beans5
Peas1/4 Cup
Paneer Cubes10 pieces
SaltTo Taste
Coriander Powder1 tablespoon
Garam Masala1 teaspoon
Chilli Powder1 teaspoon

Ingredients for Masala(Grinding):

Tomato3
Onion2
Cashew10

Method:
  • Chop the tomato and capsicum into 1 inch square pieces and keep it aside
  • Chop the green chilli length wise into 2 pieces
  • Chop all the vegetables length wise to 1 inch piece each a finger thickness and cook it and keep it aside
  • Fry the paneer to golden brown color using little ghee in a pan and keep it aside
  • Grind the masala ingredients in a mixer to a nice paste and keep it aside
  • In a heavy bottomed pan, pour the oil and add the tomato, capsicum, green chillies and saute it using a spatula
  • When the tomato is fried completely, add the paneer and cooked vegetables and mix well and fry for 3-4 minutes
  • Now add coriander powder, garam masala, chilli powder and saute it for another 2 minutes
  • Finally add salt and the ground masala paste and mix well. Add little water and stir well. 
  • Allow the the kadai vegetables to cook for sometime till it becomes a thick gravy
  • Remove from the flame and garnish with coriander leaves
  • The mouth-watering kadai vegetables is ready to serve with hot chapatis

Healthy MixThis is another way to prepare healthy mix for the toddlers. This is the combination of both Raagi and Parboiled rice with nuts and spices.

Ingredients:

Ragi1/2 Kg
Parboiled Rice1/2 Kg
Samba Wheat200gms
Barley100gms
Cashew100gms
Badam100gms
Roasted Gram100gms
Cardamom10

Method:
  • Dry fry each ingredient one by one in a heavy bottomed pan till each becomes hot
  • Take all the ingredients in a bag and grind it in a rice mill
  • We can also grind it in a mixer by adding little quantities and sieve it nicely
  • Once we grind the ingredients, keep the lid of the vessel opened for sometime, till the mix cools off
  • The healthy mix is now ready to be prepared
Preparation Method:
  • Take 2 teaspoons of healthy mix in a pan and mix it with 200ml of water.
  • Keep this in flame and stir continuously
  • Add palm sugar/cane sugar and stir well
  • When the healthy mix reaches porridge consistency, remove from flame
  • Add 1 teaspoon of ghee and allow the porridge to cool off and feed the toddler

Home made healthy mix is always good for the toddlers. The ingredients are rich in vitamins and minerals and hence healthier for the baby. Try this one and i bet the young ones love to eat this even if they are poor eaters.

Ingredients:

Raagi - 1/2 Kg
Sabudhana(Jevvarasi) - 100 gms
Odacha kadalai(Roasted Gram) - 100 gms
Soya beans - 100gms
Kambu(Pearl Millet) - 100gms
Badam - 100gms
Cardamom - 4

Ingredients for Porridge:

Healthy Mix - 1 teaspoon
Palm Sugar - 4-5 pieces

Method for preparing Healthy Mix Powder:
  • Take a heavy bottomed pan and fry the ingredients one by one till each one becomes hot
  • Take all the fried ingredients and grind it in a mixer or in a rice mill and make it to a nice powder
  • After grinding, leave the powder to cool off before closing with a lid
  • The yummy healthy mix is ready with wonderful aroma
Method for preparing Porridge:
  • Take 1 teaspoon of healthy mix and add 1 cup of water and stir well with hand or ladle to avoid lumps.
  • Soak the palm sugar in little water and extract the juice using a strainer and keep it aside
  • Leave the above mixture for 15 minutes
  • After 15 minutes, switch on the flame and keep the above mixture and stir continuously. Add water if needed.
  • Make sure the healthy mix is cooked completely. Now add the palm sugar syrup and stir continuously till the porridge becomes semi-solid consistency
  • Allow the porridge to cool off and feed the toddlers
  • As mentioned in my earlier toddlers recipes, its always better to start with lesser quantity and find if this healthy mix suit the baby. Then we can increase the quantities little by little
  • Though we can give rice, dal and vegetables from 8 months, it is always good to give healthy mix atleast once per day as it contains healthier ingredients

Moong dal, Thur dhal are rich in proteins. It is good to start dal with vegetables for toddlers from 6 months. Many elderly women advice to start even in 4 months itself. We can try giving a little quantity first in 4 months and if this suits toddler health, then we can start giving. For vegetarians we have only limited groceries and vegetables that are rich in proteins. At the same time, we should remember one thing, we should not use more dal as it may upset the stomach of the babies. So always try to use correct quantity.

Ingredients:

Moong Dal / Thur Dal - 2 teaspoon(For 4 months, we can take only 1 teaspoon)
Carrot - 1/2 piece
Potato - 1 small piece
Beans - 1
Spinach - few leaves
Garlic - 1 clove(if big or 2 if small). Adding Garlic reduces gas formation due to high amount of protein.
Salt - a Pinch

Method:
  • Rinse the dal in water. Wash the vegetables
  • Peel the skin of carrot and potato and finely chop all the vegetables
  • Add the vegetables, dal in a vessel and add garlic to it and pressure cook it
  • Once the dal and vegetables are cooked completely, smash it using ladle or grind it once in mixer and add salt and feed the babies.
Note:
From 9 months, we can include rice along with dal and vegetables. It is always good to prepare separate poha/rice for the toddlers.

Take 1 ladle of rice and add 4 ladles of water and pressure cook it along with dal and vegetables. This ratio of rice and water will nicely cook the rice so that we can easily smash the rice, dal and vegetables and add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper and feed the babies. Instead, we can add little rasam and mix well and feed the baby.

Idly is a good start up in 6 months. Since we are including urdhal in preparing idly batter, it is healthier for the babies as it is rich in proteins. The Idly batter preparation is slightly different as we should not refrigerate the batter for not more than 1 day. Sour batter is not good for the babies.

Ingredients:

Parboiled Rice - 1 ladle
Urid dal - 1 ladle
Fenugeek seeds - very few(may be 10)
Salt - To Taste

Method:
  • Rinse and soak the parboiled rice and urid dal in water separately for atleast 2 hours.
  • Add fenugeek seeds with the urid dal
  • Drain the water and grind the urid dal first in a mixer by adding water in smaller quantities
  • When the urid dal batter is ground,take it in aside
  • Now drain the water from the rice and add it to the mixer and grind it first without adding water. Then add little water again and grind it till it becomes a soft batter
  • Mix both the urid dal batter and rice batter in a vessel and add salt and stir well
  • Keep it over night or atleast for 5 hours for better fermentation. If it is very sunny, please do not keep it overnight as it will make the batter more ferment
  • The next day, grease the idly plates with oil and add 1 ladle of idly batter and steam cook it in a pressure cooker for 3-5 mins
  • Gently remove the cooked idly from the idly plate and make small pieces and grind it in a mixer by adding little milk or curd
  • Take the idly puree and add sugar and feed it to the baby. If the baby likes salt taste instead of sugar, you can grind the idly with curd and add salt to it and feed
  • After 9 months, we can try taking small pieces of idly without grinding and soak it in milk or rasam and try feeding the baby. This will help them to learn chewing instead of always making it as a puree

Carrots are rich in Vitamin A. Helps everyone to get a good vision. This is yet again easy to make puree for the babies

Ingredients:

Whole Carrot - 1

Method:
  • Whole carrots are rich in nutrients than the baby carrots. Clean and peel the skin of the carrot
  • Cut the ends and finely chop or grate it
  • Steam cook it and smash it with a fork or ladle
  • Feed the yummy carrot puree to the baby
We can take potato and carrot and make it as a puree also.

Sweet Potatoes are a good start up puree for the babies in vegetable category. It is rich in fiber and also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C and B6. You can find this in indian shops very easily. If are living abroad, you can find it in shops with the name as 'Yam'. Surely all children will like it as it has good sweetness.

Ingredients:

Sweet Potato - 1

Method:
  • Wash the sweet potato to remove sand
  • Peel the skin and chop it to little cubes
  • Steam cook in a pressure cooker
  • Once cooked, take it and smash it with a ladle or fork and feed the yummy sweet potato puree to the baby.

Standard white potatoes are good in nutrients and add calories to the babies. I prefer giving sweet potatoes instead of the standard ones. But this is also good as it is rich in vitamin A.

Ingredients:
Potato - 1

Method:
  1. Pressure cook the potato or steam cook it in a microwave.
  2. Peel the skin and mash it with a fork or a ladle
  3. Do not grind it as it becomes like a glue
  4. Feed it to the baby with a pinch of salt. But salt is optional. If your baby likes to eat it as it is that should be fine

"An Apple a day keeps the doctor away". A wonderful quote. Many beneficial health effects have been found from eating apples. Apples are indeed best fruit for the babies. Apples are rich in fiber which avoids constipation. Apples are rich in vitamins and minerals. It is the perfect start up for the babies. Though this apple puree recipe is very simple and not require a post, i thought this database for toddlers will help everyone.

Ingredients:

Sweet dessert Apple - 1 no

Method:

  • Take a sweet dessert apple, wash it, peel the skin and make small pieces.
  • Steam the apple pieces or you can also grate it and cook it in medium flame by sprinking some water
  • When the apple is cooked completely, smash it and make it puree
  • This should we wonderful in taste and you can feed the baby. If in case, some apples are not sweet or sour, then we can add little honey and then feed
In the same way, we can try giving Banana for the babies. Its much simpler. We just need to smash the banana and feed. No need for cooking.

Raagi porridge is another healthier recipe for the toddlers. We can start this from the month of 4. Though doctors advice only mother's milk for first 6 months, many babies do not fully utilize the mother's milk, for such cases, Ragi porrodige is a boon. This porridge will not upset the baby's stomach and we can trust it fully. Many of the elderly woman advice us to soak the ragi over night and then allow it for another 12 hours till we get sprouts. But for those who are in abroad and where they cannot find rice mill, then we can use this alternate method.

Parboiled Rice Porridge ( Puzhungal Arisi Kanji) is a very healthy dish for a new born baby. Better to start this by 5th month. It is always better to avoid Sugar. Always try to use Palm Sugar(Panam Kalkkandu) which is healthy and yet tasty for the babies. Palm Sugar is good even for diabetics patients as it contains minerals such as iron, magnesium chromium which are good for our body. For those who are residing in place where they don't get palm sugar can use pure honey instead of sugar or in abroad you can get cane sugar which is brown in colour.

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