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Wheat Daliya Khichdi And Porridge Recipes For Babies

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Also known as broken/cracked wheat or bulgur wheat, Daliya has often been in the news for its health benefits for kids and adults alike. Being made from whole wheat, it is a very nutritious option for your baby in his growing years. Not only it is easily digestible, but it also keeps the baby away from constipation and other gastric issues. The Indian culture, Daliya has always been one wholesome dish, full of nutrition and filling to the core. Daliya Khichdi is made with dals or lentils and vegetables, making it a complete food for all ages – you get carbs from the rice and proteins from the dal plus the benefits of vegetables. Though many babies may not like the coarse texture of the daliya khichdi, hence it may not be good as your baby’s first food. Introduce daliya khichdi after your baby has accepted and liked the other khichdis, as mentioned in this article.
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Vegetable Daliya Khichdi Recipe For Babies

Recipe Type: Baby food Category Khichdi Age: 7 months and above Cook Time: 20 Minutes Prep Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

Broken wheat daliya – 3/4 Cup


Moong Dal – 3/4 Cup


Turmeric – a pinch


Hing (asafoetida) – a pinch


Jeera (cumin seeds) – 1 teaspoon


Carrots, beans, potato and peas – Finely chopped – 1 cup


Ghee – 1/2 teaspoon (optional)

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Directions To Prepare Basic Khichdi Recipe For Babies

  • Thoroughly wash the moong dal and wheat daliya and let them soak for about 15 minutes
  • Take a pressure cooker and add the ghee
  • Add jeera seeds, hing, turmeric and saute for a minute. You will find the jeers spluttering
  • Add the chopped veggies and fry for a little above a minute
  • Add the daliya and dal and mix all ingredients
  • Add about 4 cups of water and pressure cook till 6-7 steams
  • Open the pressure cooker after the steam is released and check the consistency as per your desired level. If you find it coarse, add some more water and steam for 2-3 whistles
  • Let the pressure run out and check the consistency
  • You may mash the khichdi with a spoon and if you want to thin it, add some hot water
  • For added taste, you can add some ghee, though we’d advise you to strictly avoid salt till your baby turns an year old
  • Serve warm in a sterilized bowl

Sweet Daliya / Broken Wheat Porridge Recipe For Babies

Recipe Type: Baby food Category Khichdi Age: 8 months and above Cook Time: 30 Minutes Prep Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients

Broken wheat daliya – 1/2 Cup


Milk – 2 Cups


Jaggery – 2 teaspoons dissolved in water


Nuts (cashews and almonds) – 10-15 (If your family does not have a history of nut allergy)


Powdered cardamom – 2


Ghee – 2 teaspoon

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Directions To Prepare Sweet Daily Porridge Recipe For Babies
  • Thoroughly wash wheat daliya and let it soak for about 40 – 60 minutes. Drain and let it dry for some time
  • Take a pressure cooker and add the ghee
  • Add nuts and fry. Keep aside
  • In the same cooker, add the drained daily and fry for 2-3 minutes. You should have a nice aroma coming out of the cooker
  • Now add milk and mix well
  • Let it come to a boil
  • You can further cook the kheer by steaming it or simmering it till 15-20 minutes, stirring in between
  • Check whether the daliya is soft and cooked, and is to your desired consistency
  • Add more water or milk if necessary
  • Add jaggery syrup and powdered cardamoms and mix
  • Add chopped nuts in the end if you like
  • Let it come to the room temperature and serve warm in a sterilized bowl

Notes

  • You may skip the nuts or add them in powdered form to prevent choking
  • Never add salt in your baby’s food before he is a year old. Seek your pediatrician’s advice
  • Always buy organic daliya for your baby
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