First soups for indian baby

Once your baby starts solids, you are always looking out for interesting options to make your baby’s meal nutritious and tasty. Here are a few interesting tips as well as recipes to make meal times a joy!

• Always introduce a new food in the late morning as you have a lot of time to watch out for any allergic reactions.

• Remember to start one new food at a time.

• Try out a combination of just two vegetables as it will be easier to keep a track if your baby is allergic to some vegetable.

• You may want to add a bit of yellow butter or ghee to your baby’s food to increase the calorific value. However, check with your doctor before doing so.

• You can use these watery soups as a base for mixing the baby cereal mix as well.

Lentil soup (Daal ka paani)

This watery lentil soup is a good source of protein, B vitamins, magnesium, iron, and zinc.

Ingredients: 1 cup filtered water, 2 tablespoons moong daal (split yellow gram) or split red lentils, a pinch of turmeric, a pinch of salt (optional)

Boil the lentils in half a cup of water with a pinch of turmeric (haldi) until it is completely cooked and soft. Turmeric powder is a staple in most Indian preparations as it is known to have antiseptic properties. Mash the daal and add some more water. Boil again for a few minutes and strain through a wire-meshed sieve to get a clear daal soup. Salt is best avoided, but if you are very particular, you can add a tiny bit of salt to it.

You can gradually reduce the quantity of water to the mashed daal to make it thicker and a more wholesome meal for your baby.

Watery rice gruel (Chaawal ka paani)

This traditional Indian recipe is a staple in many Indian homes.

The watery soup is a good source of protein, vitamins, calcium and starch.

Ingredients: 3 cups of filtered water, 2 tablespoons rice

Boil rice in 3 cups water until it is completely cooked and soft. Mash it a bit and strain through a wire meshed sieve to get a thin watery rice soup.

Initially offer your baby the water alone, gradually you could include the mashed rice as well. You could add some mashed daal and vegetable stock for an interesting variation in taste.

Barley water

Barley water is a good source of iron, calcium, vitamin C and protein.

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons barley (jau), 1 tablespoon jaggery (avoid jaggery from roadside vendors. Instead use packaged jaggery), 3 cups of water, a slice of lemon.

Pressure cook the jaggery and barley in 3 cups of water. Strain the liquid and serve with a dash of lemon.

Carrot and beetroot soup

This vegetable soup is a good source of Vitamin A & C, calcium, iron, folic acid and protein.

Ingredients: ¼ of a beetroot, peeled and chopped; one carrot, peeled and chopped; a slice of lemon

Add two cups water to the chopped vegetables and pressure cook till the vegetables are completely cooked and soft. Mash the mixture and strain through a wire-meshed sieve to get a clear vegetable soup.

Initially offer your baby the water alone, gradually you could include the mashed vegetables as well. You can also add potatoes for an interesting variation in taste as well as to make the soup thicker.

Note: Beetroot may stain baby’s clothing — so ensure that your baby is wearing a bib.

Apple and carrot soup

This vegetable soup is a good source of Vitamin A & C, calcium, iron, folic acid and protein.

Ingredients: one apple, peeled and chopped; one carrot, peeled and chopped

Add two cups water to the chopped vegetable and fruit and pressure cook till it is completely cooked and soft. Mash the mixture and strain through a wire-meshed sieve to get a clear soup.

Mixed vegetable soup

This vegetable soup can be included in your baby’s diet once you’ve introduced a couple of vegetables to your baby. This soup can be made as a thick soup or can be used as a thin watery soup as well. It is a rich source of vitamins, calcium, phosphorus and iron.

Ingredients: a small piece of carrot, potato, bottle gourd, tomato, cabbage (all peeled and chopped)

Cook in three cups of water till the vegetables are soft. Mash the mixture and strain through a wire-meshed sieve to get a thick soup or strain only the water to get a clear soup.

You can use the clear soup as a base for the baby’s rice cereal mix as well.

Instant millet (raagi/nachni) mix

This nutritious instant mix can be stored in a jar and used as and when required.

Take two cups of raagi, wash it well and dry it thoroughly in the sun. Roast it a bit and cool it. Grind it to a flour-like consistency. Store this powder in a clean dry jar.

There are two methods to use this instant mix.

1. You can add warm water to 1-2 tablespoons of this powdered mix and soak it for a couple of minutes for it to soften.

2. Alternatively you can cook it in water for a couple of minutes and let it cool before feeding your baby.

You could try interesting variations to this mixture by adding fruit and vegetable purees, curd, mashed boiled potatoes, etc. This will increase the nutritive value and enhance the taste as well.

Instant rice/daal mix

Another nutritious instant mix that can be stored in a jar and used as and when required. Take equal quantities of rice and split yellow gram (moong daal). Wash both and dry thoroughly. Roast this mixture and grind it to a powdery (yet mildly granular) consistency. Store this powder in a clean dry jar.

This mix too can be either cooked in water for a couple of minutes or soaked for a few minutes to soften it. Here too you can add fruit and vegetable purees, curd, mashed boiled potatoes, etc.

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6 Comments

  1. Asha

    Thank you for the recipes, and on being a new mom. I like the last one – the mix, and the concept of roasting and storing.

  2. payal

    hi asha ,
    i am happy that you liked my recipes . i just join this blogger today only. i hope my other articles you will like . thanks for your appreciation .

    payal

  3. New Mommy

    Payal
    – Thanks for all the recipes. Do you know if one can get Raagi in the US stores?

  4. payal

    Hello New mommy, congratulations to you for ur first baby. you can get easily “raagi” or “raggi flour ” in indian grossary stors in USA. if you need any help from me then let me know .feel free to ask because i m also a new mom like you.

  5. kdave

    thank you so much for these recipes! I am pregnant with our first child and will definitely save these for when the time comes!

  6. aditi

    Hi, 
    My baby does not like “daal ka paani” n “chawal ka paani” both. how cn i cook both so that she will accept it.

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