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Friday, July 6, 2012

Food for Toddlers | 1-2 yrs

Dear Friends,

I am sharing this food for Toddlers actually reposting between 1-2 yrs. For recipes below 1 yr click here.

When teething process starts its good to give them fully mashed or paste. Food should not be too solid or too liquid just they can easily swallow.

Recipe 1 - Thayir Sadam/Curd Rice
This is very good for children curds should not be sour. So prepare the curds in the morning so by afternoon its perfect for lunch. This is very cooling to the body.

In a mixie add cooked rice - 1/2 cup, salt and 1/2 cup curds. Grind to a fine paste transfer it to a bowl and feed. Optional can also add cooked toor dal, rasam or cooked vegetables to very little quantity just for flavour.

Recipe 2 - Beetroot Rice

All vegetables are good for kids beetroot is good for haemoglobin.

Always wash, cut and cook vegetables. Its always good to cook vegetables in pressure cooker.

Take 1/2 cup cooked rice, 1/2 cooked beetroot, a little salt and 1/2 cup curds.

Grind all in mixie to a fine paste and feed the baby.

Recipe 3 - Mixed Rice
In a mixie add 1/2 cup rice, 1/2 cup vegetables in sambar or kootu, 1laddle rasam and a pinch of salt.

Grind all to a fine paste and serve the baby when cool.

Recipe 4 - Rice with Spinach/Palak

Cook Palak with or without salt. (Salt or sugar neednot be added while cooking since sugar makes them hyperactive)

In a mixie add cooked rice, palak, ghee and dal grind to a fine paste.

Recipe 5 - Tiffin you can also give them a little amount of Upma, Pongal, Idli, Dosa and Ragi Dosa which is healthy and tasty for the tiny buds.

Recipe 6 - Steamed/Cooked fruits thats Apple or Banana. Wash and remove skin, seeds of an apple and cook in boiling water or in pressure cooker. Mash and feed baby so it doesnot choke.

Recipe 7 - Fresh fruit juices/Plain Yogurt. Always its good to expose baby to new food like juices or yogurt which is very refreshing and healthy.

Recipe 8 - Vegetable rice

In a mixie put cooked rice , 2 tspns cooked tour dal, 1 cup cooked veggie (beans,carrot and potato) ghee

1/2 cup non spicy rasam.

Grind all these to a fine paste and feed the baby when its cool.

Apart from these you can also give follow up milk, baby products juices or bottle food. After 2 years when almost all teeth has come, you can start feeding a little mix of normal food without grinding. Its also good to make baby sit when parents are having lunch/dinner and encourage self eating. Spoon feeding is recommended. The earlier you make them tastes all food, later you will have no problem otherwise surely they will not eat few food likes curds and fruits. This is very common problem with babies.

Last but not least have lots of patience and serve with lots of love:-) So many things will happen at this stage be prepared and enjoy!

Notes - 1 cup rice = steamed/cooked plain rice and you can adjust measure accordingly.

Tips - While feeding baby its good you intereact with them and feed. Keep warm water, spoon, towel ready before you start serving. Can also watch TV, rhymes and listen music. Its good to make them eat at one place and not moving inside and outside house. I remember in India, we used to feed them showing crow, dog:) here in abroad just at home.

Add little ghee for all the dishes for flavour and health benefits. Do not add ghee when baby has cold and cough.
Note : When adding curds do not add ghee.

Sorry, I was not allowed to take baby food photos that time.


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