Indian Baby Food Recipes

Sprouted Dalia Kheer

Sprouted broken wheat appears as dry short granules of wheat. It's commonly available in organic food stores. It's a healthier option as compared to plain broken wheat (dalia in Hindi). You can also try to sprout wheat grains yourself. This takes about 2-3 days along with some effort in changing the water from time to time. However, freshly sprouted wheat is a far healthier option. Once wheat germinates, grind it and roast the paste in ghee till it's dry. Add boiled milk and follow the rest of the procedure in the same manner as given below. If you grind the wheat germs fine and don't thicken the milk too much it can also be had as a healthy drink, not only for babies but also for adults. Please remember that whatever quantity of wheat seeds you take it will swell to four times on germinating.

Ingredients :

  • 2 teaspoons of Sprouted Broken Wheat (dalia)
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon of Jaggery
  • 3-4 pieces of Cardamoms
  • 1 teaspoon ghee

Procedure :

  1. Roast the sprouted broken wheat in ghee for a few minutes.
  2. Separately boil the milk with jaggery till it thickens.
  3. Pour the milk mix on the roasted broken wheat and cook till it becomes pasty.
  4. Grind cardamom seeds and add to the kheer.
  5. Strain and feed warm to the baby.

Nutritional Facts :

  • Broken wheat is an excellent source of fiber since it contains both bran and germ layers.
  • It's more nutritious to use sprouted broken wheat in which wheat grains have been germinated, dried and then broken into short granules. Sprouting boosts up the content of Vitamin E, Vitamin C and B-Vitamins in wheat grains.