Once your baby is ready for solids, you will receive plenty of advice on what you should start feeding the baby. One common first food that your mother and other elders would probably advise to start is daal ka paani. Ideally, to derive maximum benefits, you should mash some daal to the daal ka paani, as the plain daal ka paani lacks nutritional benefits. Studies claim that though a popular weaning food, serving only the (watery part of the prepared lentils/Dal ka pani) has no cabohydrates, fats or proteins – making it a poor nutritional choice. (Source)
- Benefits Of Moong/Toor Daal Ka Paani For The Baby
- How To Make Daal Ka Paani For Babies?
Benefits Of Moong/Toor Daal Ka Paani For The Baby
Whether you use moong daal or toor daal for making daal ka paani, you should know that both these beans possess many nutritional benefits for your baby. They are easily digestible, and are good sources of proteins, vitamins and minerals. However, to start with, give your baby yellow moong daal and not the green moong daal. Yellow moong daal or toor daal is safe for your baby with very, very rare chances of having an allergy. Both these lentils are good to boost immunity and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and sodium aid the mental development of your baby.
How To Make Daal Ka Paani For Babies?
First and foremost, make sure that all vessels and cooking pots you use for preparing your baby’s food are thoroughly sterilised and clean. To be on the safer side, you can use organic moong or toor daal for your baby. Make sure that the daal is not moist when you use it.
Daal Ka Paani For Babies Recipe (4+ Months)
Recipe Type: Baby food Category Khichadi Age: 4+ months Cook Time: 15 Minutes Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Directions To Prepare Daal Ka Paani For Babies
- Wash moong/toor daal in drinking water for 4-5 times, and soak the daal for about 30 minutes
- Take a pressure cooker and add the soaked daal and a cup of water
- Add to this a pinch of turmeric
- Cook the daal for 4-5 whistles and shut the flame off
- Let the pressure get released on its own
- When you open the cooker, use a flat spoon or a ladle to mash the daal
- You may add some boiled drinking water to adjust the consistency- it should not be too thin or too thick
- You can serve the mashed daal as it is or if your baby is just starting solids, you can make a soup out of the mashed daal
- Take a sieve and sieve this soup into a clean, sterilised bowl
- Once cooled to room temperature, serve this to your baby with a clean spoon
- Do not add salt to your baby’s food until she is a year old
- Start with moong daal or toor daal, and then after sometime introduce Masoor daal
- If you feel your baby is getting gaseous, add a pinch of hing powder
- Make sure your baby is sitting (with or without support) when you feed the baby
- Never give daal ka paani or any other semi solid to the baby in bottles