Author: Gauri Kshirsagar
This is a very simple recipe to make and is one of my personal favorites. Simple because the same recipe can be made in different varieties to suit the child’s age. For e.g. to begin with I started simple rice water as the first weaning food for my twins. Later on I added a bit of seasoning, ghee, eggs, fish and so on. It is very easy for the baby to swallow and can be made thicker or thinner as per the need of the baby. I am noting down the various changes I have made to this recipe according to the baby’s age:
|5-6 Months||Cook the rice, strain the rice and use only the rice water as a first weaning food, add jaggery water as a sweetner|
|6-8 Months||Smash Rice and Dal (can use a food processor) into a fine paste and add jaggery water as a sweetner|
|8-10 Months||Smash Rice-Dal with vegetables (can use a food processor) to make it into a fine paste, add seasoning, salt and jaggery water as a sweetner.|
|1 year onwards||Rice-Dal with vegetables, seasoning, salt and sugar as a sweetner. (you can also add eggs and fish)|
RECIPE It’s easier to make this dish in a pressure cooker with with separators
(Proportion for 1 serving each for twins)
- 3-4 teaspoon of rice (I have always preferred the “Indrayani” or “kollum” brand of rice)
- 1-1.5 teaspoon of moong dal (green gram lentil)
- 2 cups of water
- Cut and scraped vegetables like tomato, potato, carrot, beans etc
- 2 teaspoon homemade Ghee (clarified butter)
- Handful of coriander
- For Seasoning: ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera), pinch of Turmeric powder (haldi)
- Salt and sweetener for taste (Sweetner: Jaggery water after 1 year I used sugar.
- In one of the separators of the cooker add the rice and dal, wash and add 1 cup of water. Add Cumin seeds, turmeric powder, ghee, salt and sweetener(sugar or jaggery).
- In the other separator add cut vegetables with a cup of water
- Close the lid and keep the cooker on high flame for one whistle and on low flame for 3 whistles
- After the lid opens up, remove the separators from the cooker.
- In a jar of a food processor, add the vegetables and mix well. In this mixture add the rice-dal and mix till the desired consistency (If you want it more granular with chunks, rotate only for a few seconds and if you want it as a fine paste, rotate it for a longer time)
- DO NOT DISCARDE THE LEFT OVER WATER IN THE VEGETABLE SEPARATOR. This can be used to make the khichdi thinner.
* Boiled egg (cut into small pieces) and deboned fish (pomfret or lady fish) can also be added in the vegetable mix
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