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The morning sickness, “Eating for Two”, ‘The bumpy Photo shoot’, ‘The baby shower’ (Seemantham / Aashirwad ceremony),‘The Koopadhi Kool’ ( A tradition followed by Kodavas where the expecting mother gets to relish some of her favourite delicacies cooked by her favourite people :-) ! Thanks to all my kodava friends who made this happen to me.), ’The antenatal classes’ , and finally ‘the labour pain’ ! The Climax is all OVER.

And now you are holding the most awaited and beautiful baby in the world ! Its the new beginning again …. a brand new story !The very first word that i uttered to my new born was “Happy Birthday darling !” . Woof ! it felt sooooooooo good to see him after having to wait for 5 days past 9 months ! 

Oh now i see a dozen – people waiting not only to see my little one , but also to give me a list of DO’s and DONT’S ! Dont get annoyed , they do that because they care for you , you see! 

The initial 48 days are very crucial.It is called The Confinement period.My mom always said ‘If you don’t listen to me now, you will suffer for a life time !’.Thanks to me ,i was a obedient daughter. I did everything that she asked me to do and did not give her a chance to blast me. Things were fine till four months.But then i realised chinnu was ready for his first food!Milk is Good,but he also wanted something more …n more .. n more! Thats when i bugged all the mommies on planet earth. I never really had a habit of jotting down stuff. All i did was call-ask-make and then forget :-( ! And then call again and get blasted for ‘The repeat Telecast :-) ‘!Oh comm’on, Excuse Me buddies ….am a working women after-all , with no FREE time for writing..! 

So now i am finally blogging to safe these precious recipes ! This blog is dedicated to everybody who want to make new delicacies for their infants,toddlers,children and grand children! Happy cooking !


Disclaimer: Some of the instructions on this site are based on common practices followed from generations. There may or may not be scientific explanations for their use. User discretion is advised. 




Bond'e (in Kodava) – Curd cheese

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7 (2)Bond’e is given to the infant during Confinement period.Usually given after/on 12th day of babys birth.I learnt it from my kodava friend. Thanks Maderira Rashmi Lishan for sharing this with me.

This is prepared using curdled milk.It is believed that, this curd cheese will help baby gain weight.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 ltr milk
  • 1 tspn of lemon juice


Method:

1.Boil the milk to reach to three-fourth of its quantity.
2.Squeeze lemon juice to the boiled milk
3.Stir-cook the broken milk for some time and remove from heat
4.Drain out all the water and hang it overnight in a muslin cloth ( to remove excess water)
5.Make tiny balls of this the next day morning
6.Take a pinch of it using your thumb and index finger and feed it to your baby

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Suthkar / Nutmeg – Butter mucilage

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This is an other method of preparing suthkar. Here nutmeg seed and home-made butter is used.

Tip:

It is said that nutmeg will help:

- baby get good sleep
- baby talk sooner
- prevent colic
- It is a great remedy for stomach ailments

Ingredients:

  • Nutmeg seed
  • Home-made butter

Method:

1. Use ‘Sane Kallu’/'Stone grinder’ (used to extract the sandalwood paste) to extract the mucilage from nutmeg seed
2. Use 2-3 spoons of mothers milk and rub nutmeg seed against the stone to extract a fine paste
3. Mix it with home-made butter and take a pinch of this paste in your index finger and rub on baby’s tongue
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'Suthkar' (in konkani) – The magical medicine !

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‘Suthkar’ – A fine paste that is prepared using the following seeds/nuts/roots :

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  • Jaikai/Jathikai – Nutmeg
  • Baje – calamus/ Waikand in konkani
  • Sihi Baje – Sweet calamus/ God kasht in konkani
  • Bellili – A kind of spice that belongs to pepper family
  • Haalu Engu – Hing/asafoetida
  • Gajake kai – A kind of seed , similar to nutmeg
  • Kempu Kalsakre – Rock Candy
  • 24k gold – pure gold

 

Here in south we use a special stone called ‘Sane Kallu’/'Stone grinder’ (used to extract the sandalwood paste) to extract the paste from above seeds. Use 2-3 spoons of mothers milk and rub each of these seed against the stone to extract a fine paste. Take a pinch of this paste in your index finger and rub on baby’s tongue. This is given as a part of rituals of the ‘Naming Ceremony’  that happens on 12th day after babys birth. It is first given on 12th day and there after one can continue to give twice a week until the fourth mWhy is it the magical medicine ?

 


- It is a great remedy for stomach ailments
- Removes the white dirt from babys tongue
- Helps baby get good sleep
- for free bowel movement
- to prevent babies from catching cold and caugh
- helps baby talk sooner
- helps prevent colic
- increases the immunity and many more.

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P.S : Mother is ‘The Best person’ who should decide on her babys Do’s and Dont’s. So dear mothers, if you think it is OK to give this ,then goahead, if not please follow your doctors instructions.

 


Raisin lollypop for Thumb suckers!

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Chinnu started thumb sucking when he was as little as 2 months old. At first we found it very adorable,but as days passed he used to do it vigorously. Mom said , ‘he does it to soothe and comfort himself, let me give him a sweet thumb!’.Yes, she calls it a Sweet thumb. She used to make this little lollypop using raisins and chinnu would love to suck this all day.

Tip:
There are numerous healt benifits of raisins :

  • Its is very rich in fiber
  • Helps cure fever by fighting viral and bacterial infections
  • Contains considerable amount of iron which directly helps treating anemia
  • Have anti oxidant properties which are good for eye care
  • Very good for gaining weight, as they are full of fructose and glucose and give a lot of energy
  • Facilitate absorption of other nutrients and proteins in the body
  • Enhances Bone Health

Ingredients:

  • A piece of muslin cloth
  • 3-4 raisins

Method:

1. Wash the raisins thoroughly using luke warm water and mash it gently
2. Place it on a wet muslin cloth and tie around tightly

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Milk Milk Milk

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Milk Milk and Milk ! What more can you give to your infant other than milk. One cup for mamma and one cup for the little one.Breast Milk is Best ! It has the perfect combination of proteins, fats, vitamins, and carbohydrates.

There is nothing better for the health of your baby.The advantages of breastfeeding are numerous. Breast milk is ultimately the best source of nutrition for a new baby.Many components in milk help protect your baby against infection and disease.The proteins in mother’s milk are more easily digested than in formula or cow’s milk. The calcium and iron in breast milk are also more easily absorbed.
Refer to the link below to learn – How can you make breast milk more nutritious?

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Breast-Milk-More-Nutritious


Stuffed Mooli/Raddish Paratha

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Tip:

                      Radish has a high content of an important vitamin, vitamin C, which works in the body to rebuild tissues, blood vessels, maintains healthy bones and teeth, increases the immunity of the body, and helps fight against various diseases. Radish has excellent detoxifier properties, it is good for the liver, and is found to be extremely useful for jaundice patients as it helps remove bilirubin and also checks its production at the same time. Black radish and radish leaves are known to be very effective in the treatment of jaundice. Further, it checks the damage of red blood cells by increasing the supply of fresh oxygen in the blood.

Ingredients:

    For filling:

  • 1 cup mooli grated ( squeez out the water , this can be used to make dough)
  • 1/2 tspn coriander powder
  • 1/2 tspn jeera powder
  • 1/4 tspn chilli powder
  • a pinch of Ajwain
  • a pinch of turmeric
  • 1/4 cup coriander leaves
  • salt to taste

To make dough:

  • 1 cup wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup mooli juice ( squeeze it out from grated mooli)

Method:

  1. In a pan , dry roast grated mooli + add all the ingredients mentioned on the Filling section and make small balls
  2. Take a bowl add wheat flour + mooli juice. Knead the dough and divide into equal portions
  3. Roll out one portion of the dough into a small circle
  4. Place the prepared filling in the center of the dough and seal tightly
  5. Roll out again into a bigger dimension with the help of a little flour, Cook the paratha on a tava (griddle), using a little ghee until both sides are golden brown 

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Mixed-grain cereal / Baby Ragi powder

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The day my mom got to know that i am due on October, she started collecting information from granny and her sisters as to how this mixed grain cereal is prepared. Was wondering why she was hurrying up in making it this early.

 

She replied : My dear , am hurrying because you hail from ‘Switzerland of India’ :-) ! [Any guesses as to which part of India is called so? Yes its COORG , my KODAGU]. Coorg has a very moderate climate all year round.Between the months of June and August, Coorg faces some heavy rainfall that leaves the weather of Coorg humid, wet and cool.And it becomes impossible to see one dry day to make this cereal.

 

This being a long process with no guaranteed weather, my mom prepared this while i was in my thrid trimester, so that she could have a relaxed mind in winter and give more time (if anything left) for baby and me.

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Tip:

Ragi : Rich source of fiber and Calcium , helps keep the body cool.

Wheat : Is the most important source of carbohydrate, it provides more nourishment for humans than any other food source.

Rice : An excellent source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin D, calcium, fibre, iron, thiamine and riboflavin.

Green gram : Highly rich in the qualities of vitamin A, B, C and E and calcium, magnesium and potassium.

The Making of Mixed grain cereal :

I don’t have step by step pictures of this, as this was made before i started this blog.

Ingredients :

  • 1/4 kg ragi
  • 1/4 kg wheat
  • 1/4 kg raw rice
  • 1/4 kg green gram

Method:

  1. Soak ragi,wheat,raw rice – each of these in separate container overnight.
  2. Wash all the three throughly the next morning.
    1. Drain out all the water.
    2. Sun dry raw rice for 1-2 days until it becomes crisp, keep aside.

iii. Hang ragi and wheat in two different muslin cloths and leave it for a day.

iv.  You will notice small sprouts in ragi and wheat.

v. Now Sun dry ragi and wheat for about 2-3 days until it becomes crisp, keep aside.

3.  In a pan , Dry roast green gram until golden brown.

4.  Grind all the four (ragi-wheat-rice-green gram) one by one,until you get a fine powder.

5.  Mix all the four and sieve using muslin cloth [This is to ensure that all the coarse mixture is left above and only the fine powder is collected at the bottom. The finer the powder,the easier it is to digest for the baby].

6. Refrigerate the refined powder in a air tight container. You can store this for upto 6-8 months.

Note : This 1 kilo of ingredients will result in 1/2 kilo (or lesser) of fine powder.

 

 

 


Apple Mash

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The Old Saying ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is as true as ever. I introduced apple in Sonu’s diet when he was running six (almost @ 5.5) . Started with small portion and gradually into one medium sized apple a day. Since apples cannot be easily digested , it is always recommended that you cook the apple and serve.

Tip 

Apples supply natural sugar which gives you a quick burst of energy, apples are a good source of potassium, fiber and vitamins A and C. They also contain small amounts of iron, calcium and phosphorus.

Ingredients

  • 1 Apple
  • Smallllll portion of milk

Method

  1. Wash, Peel and cut apple into small pieces
  2. Sprinkle little water and pressure cook for 3 whistles ( you could just boil this over stove, I prefer cooker because                              a) it will be well done    b) I can cook everything (rice, boiled veggies, apple) in one go(refer to the pictures below)
  3. Once cooked, Blend/puree it with little milk and serve