Monday, December 20, 2010

Rice and Dal Medley

* These are recipes which my toddler baby loves and snacks on. Every baby is different. Offer single-ingredient foods at first, and wait three to five days between each new food. Always check your baby for any reaction to a particular food.

Dal and rice has been in our indian menu for so long. Its such a savory meal for adults as well as kids.
My son loves this for lunch..that you can see ...

We can try out so many combinations with dal and rice and vegetables.

Ingredients needed:
Rice                        : 2 Tbsp
Dal                         : 3 Tbsp
Turmeric powder   : a Pinch
Salt - To taste -      : 1/5 Tsp
Vegetables             : Carrots, Beans, Cauliflower, Spinach, potato, tomato, broccoli

 Rice , dal and any one vegetable or a mix of vegetable as per your choice will work great.
I usually mix up carrots and potatoes OR cauliflower and beans. My son likes these combinations. You can try out different tastes with available vegetables.

Pressure cook the rice, dal, vegetables with turmeric and salt for around 2-3 whistles( depends on your pressure  cooker). You can try different textures. 3 whistles makes it real mashed up. 1-2 will be great if kids doesn't like mashed up stuff.

Mix with 1 Tsp ghee and serve it when warm.

If suppose we are going out after lunch and be home only late, that is past evening snack time, i often slip in one whole egg after i open the cooker and mix it well. Egg is one ingredient which fills up their little tummy fast and last for longer time.
I mix it after i turn off the heat so that it doesn't scramble up as my son doesn't like scrambled eggs in his rice. So try out stuff till you confirm a recipe your baby approves.

Another high end version of dal rice medley includes sauteing
oil          - 1 spoon
mustard - 1/2 spoon
cumin seeds - 1/2 spoon
Finely chopped onions - 1/2 onion
Garlic cloves                -1
curry leaves                  -2

and adding to the rice mixture.
This gives another flavor.

If you want more different flavors, try adding little of crushed cumin powder or lemon pepper powder. It makes a big difference. Babies will be happy to taste something new every lunch time.

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