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
Curd cheese or 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 Madrira Rashmi Lishan for sharing this with me.
This is prepared using curdled milk.It is believed that, this will help baby gain weight.
- 1/2 ltr milk
- 1 tspn of lemon juice
Boil the milk to reach to three-fourth of its quantity. Squeeze lemon juice to the boiled milk ,
Stir-cook the broken milk for some time and remove from heat.
Drain out all the water and hang it overnight in a muslin cloth ( to remove excess water)
Make tiny balls of this the next day morning. Take a pinch of it using your thumb and index finger and feed it to your baby.
This is an other method of preparing baby mucilage (suthkar) using nutmeg seed and home-made butter.
It is said that nutmeg will help:
- baby get good sleep
- baby talk sooner
- prevent colic
- It is a great remedy for stomach ailments
- Nutmeg seed
- Home-made butter
Use ‘Sane Kallu’/’Stone grinder’ (used to extract the sandalwood paste) to extract the mucilage from nutmeg seed.
Use 2-3 spoons of mothers milk and rub nutmeg seed against the stone to extract a fine paste
Mix it with home-made butter and take a pinch of this paste in your index finger and rub on baby’s tongue