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.
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
To make the powdered mix :
- Soak soya beans, moong dal and ragi for 8 -10 hours.
- Drain out the water and allow them to sprout in a strainer for another 8-10 hours.
- Wash wheat and rice grains.
- Dry wheat and rice grains along with moong dal, ragi and soya bean sprouts by patting them with a dry cloth.
- 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.
- 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.
- Store this mix in an airtight container.
To make porridge :
- To make porridge, mix 2 teaspoons of the Healthy Wholesome mix in 2 tablespoons of water and make a paste.
- Pour this paste into a cup of hot water (or milk once baby is older).
- 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.
- 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.