Indian Baby Food Recipes

Healthy Wholesome Mix

Healthy Wholesome Mix
This is a useful mix that has a long shelf life and can be used to instantly prepare a filling meal for the baby. It's particularly good for breakfast as it contains vital nutrients that the child can use all day.

Ingredients :

Wash and Dry :

  • 1 cup whole wheat grains
  • 1 cup rice
  • 1 cup fried gram (to create good consistency and flavour)

Sprout and Dry :

  • 1 cup whole grain ragi/ finger millet
  • 1 cup green whole moong dal
  • 1/2 cup soya beans

Procedure :

To make the powdered mix :

  1. Soak soya beans, moong dal and ragi for 8 -10 hours.
  2. Drain out the water and allow them to sprout in a strainer for another 8-10 hours.
  3. Wash wheat and rice grains.
  4. Dry wheat and rice grains along with moong dal, ragi and soya bean sprouts by patting them with a dry cloth.
  5. Roast them in a hot wok till completely dry. Alternately, spread the grains on a baking tray and place it in a pre-heated oven at 175 Deg C. Ragi will take about 10 - 15 mins to dry (stir once in between). Moong dal and soya beans being larger grains will take about 30 - 35 mins to dry (stir every 10 mins). Ensure that you spread the grains evenly on the surface area of the baking tray without any overlap.
  6. Once cool, grind all the grains along with fried gram into a powder. Fried Gram doesn't need to be washed and roasted. It can directly be ground along with the mix eventually.
  7. Store this mix in an airtight container.

To make porridge :

  1. To make porridge, mix 2 teaspoons of the Healthy Wholesome mix in 2 tablespoons of water and make a paste.
  2. Pour this paste into a cup of hot water (or milk once baby is older).
  3. Bring mixture to boil. Cool and feed the baby.

Nutritional Facts :

  • Whole Wheat grains contain a good level of dietary fiber and manganese.
  • Finger Millet is a rich source of calcium and protein.
  • Green moong and soya beans are both a good source of dietary fiber and proteins.
  • You can use brown rice instead of white rice to make this mix more nutritious.

Notes :

  • Avoid feeding this mix to a baby suffering from stomach ache or loose stools.
  • It's not recommended to add dry fruits to this mixture during preparation as they tend to release their natural oils and the mixture could have a reduced shelf life. However, you can add a previously prepared dry fruit mix to the porridge while serving.
  • You can add a pinch of jaggery to this porridge once the baby above 10 months old.