May 20 ‘ 2013 : am @ my moms place (Coorg /Kodagu) to attend my cousins wedding. A long three week break from work ! Hurray ! And i wanted to make use of every bit of this holiday by learning some easy healthy recipes for my toddler.The very first recipe she wanted to teach me was ‘Ragi Halwa’ /’Ragi Manni’ ( in konkani). This is a little different from ‘Ragi Porridge‘. Mom said that my granny used to make this often but she only recalled this when she visited a baby next door. This was the daily food given to the four month old infant. Neighbours called it ‘Organic formula for baby’ which kept the baby hale and healthy !
Gyan on the goodness
Ragi : Rich source of fiber and Calcium , helps keep the body cool.
Jaggery : It is always better to consume jaggery as compared to sugar. Because, jaggery is made up of longer chains of sucrose. Therefore, it is digested slowly and energy release is also slow. Hence, energy is provided for a longer period of time and it not harmful for the body. Since jaggery is made up in iron vessels, it is also rich source of iron. It acts as a cleansing agent and cleans the lungs, stomach, intestines, oesophagus and respiratory tracts.
: Coconut milk is rich in medium-chain fatty acids
, which the body processes differently than other saturated fats. MCFAs may help promote weight maintenance without raising cholesterol levels.
- 1 cup of ragi
- 3/4 cup of Jaggery
- 1/4 cup pure ghee
- 1 tspn of cardamom powder
- 1 cup coconut milk
This makes a big portion of halwa for the entire family. Try this measure for your first make , once your are comfortable making this , switch to smaller measure.
- Soak Ragi overnight , this becomes almost double the quantity the next morning
- Wash throughly and drain out the water next morning ,Grind it with 1 cup of water until you get a smooth batter
- Sieve the batter using muslin cloth [This is to ensure that all the coarse mixture is left above and only the fine ragi milk is collected at the bottom so that it becomes easier for baby’s digestion]
- Take a thick bottom pan , add ragi milk + coconut milk + ghee + jaggery + cardamom powder. Bring this mixture to boil stirring continuously on a low flame until the liquid thickness
- Once it reaches the required consistency remove from the heat
- Grease a deep bottom plate and pour the mixture . Add cashews on top
- Once the mixture cools down, Cut into small pieces
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.
There are numerous health 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
- 3-4 raisins
- A piece of muslin cloth for wrapping
Wash the raisins thoroughly using luke warm water and mash it gently
Place it on a wet muslin cloth and tie around tightly
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?