Monday, April 18, 2011

Rice cakes.. Easy way to feed babies rice

Hailing from South India, I cannot remember a day without eating rice. Rice is the staple diet and forms the basis of every meal. Starting with Idli/dosa/puttu/idiappam... for breakfast till rice and curry for dinner. 

I fed Omy the grinded version of rice and vegetables till he was an year old! But after that he claimed himself a big boy and adorned with the plastic baby spoon and fork. Once they reach the 'self-eating' stage, the amount of food reaching the tummy is cut by half and mamma's clean up job and time are doubled. I had to scratch my head to find the possible ways to make the food reach its home. As all moms know, the food track your baby's hand chooses from plate to tummy is very much similar to the road with gutter, land slides, mud-water holes and curbs! After the arduous and irksome job, you will see hardly 2 oafish rice grains sitting on the spoon by the time it reaches his mouth.
Omy munches on steak, pastas, beefaroni or any other befitting american dishes at school, but as soon he reaches home I need to feed him rice. The only thought in the back of my head is his tummy is not full without rice. So, atleast once a day, I try to fuel his tummy with rice and curries. 

Some days when i run out of time or when Omy is in no mood to eat rice,  I choose this deal!
I had been successfully shielding rice for some time now and pretty happy with the way it works too.

Rice plate - rice, vegetables, salt or rice and curries mixed up.
1 Egg

Mix up 1 egg and rice plate in a plastic bowl. It should be in a semi solid form now.
Pop it in the microwave for a minute, till the egg part hardens.
Now it all looks like a cake. take it out and cut them into pieces.

They will pick one by one and eat up.

Still not happy?? Sprinkle little water or dip them in egg white, bath them in bread crumbs and fry lightly in oil or ghee.

Try out different shapes and sizes. You can camouflage anything your baby hates to eat.

Remember in a previous post, I was looking for a debris-free form of food, and this is IT! :D

Now, we have more time to play.


  1. Hey Rachu, that's such a cool idea for picky eaters! Loved the first pic-too tempting. And of course, the last one with your lil adorable!

  2. tata a awesome idea for feeding these kutties...ur kids cho chweet...

  3. Wonderful idea will surely love this.

  4. very neat trick..getting protein and rice with veggies!!..can anything better for ur kid? :)
    love ur creation! pics of ur baby r too good!
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  5. Thats truly a brilliant idea for feeding the lil ones..fantastic..

  6. yummy...... luks so delicious.. very tempting clicks!!! that's fantastic idea dear.. thx 4 sharing

  7. U r becoming kids scientists.Love the way to trick the kids.

  8. Thats one superb idea to trick kids.

  9. Wow, great and creative stuff..looks simply delicious..This is such a wonderful recipe!Thanks for sharing!

  10. Nice idea to make little one eat some healthy food.

  11. healthy rice cakes
    cute picture of the little one

  12. wow very creative and looks so delicious and wonderful !! ur kid is cho sweet !!

  13. Looks so delicious and inviting.Creative idea

  14. Lovely idea! The recipe's cute as well...

  15. Wowow!

    Mommy is getting wittier by the day. What an idea to give rice such a pretty make-over. And anything in the form of finger food that kids can pick and eat is warmly welcome. I very well know what you mean when you say debris-free food. Way to go Rachs!


  16. Hey Rachu,, Thanks for all this tips n recipes. It's like a book for me..Will go thro ur pages as my baby grows.. Very creative to feed ur baby !!!

  17. Rachu, that is a very cool and delicious idea to feed babies. They would really love it...

  18. sounds interesting and new to me dear...
    looks delicious :)

  19. rashmi, where did u get all these innovative ideas?? I remember ammoomma feeding u rice mashed with her hands & half the rice had to be given to the crows, to make u eat....

  20. ah thats really sweet.. loved ur pics.. esp. the last one.

  21. Lovely pics. of both the food and of course Omy.

  22. Ganges
    Gone are the 'crow' days.. now we stick on to a very punctual routine. Regarding the ideas, i guess situations make us do stuff.. rt? :D

  23. What a great idea. I love rice.

  24. A great idea Rachu! So delicious and original.
    Omy looks adorable in that cute little hat :)
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  25. Rice cakes looks daughter doesn't like rice may be this way she will eat her rice..
    Will try

    And i am glad that your banana bread came out as perfect as mine..mine was gone in one day:)

  26. Simply superb & very innovative..

  27. I tried this tonight and it turned out fluffy and delicious! It was also super quick to make (especially with a rice cooker), and Ada definitely enjoyed it. Thanks for a great recipe!

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