Your Baby’s First Food Made Tasty: Rice-Pea Mash
If your baby is between the age of 6 to 10 months - chances are that your little one is already teething! And if that is indeed the case, then your baby needs to be fed the right food. Foods that will relax their gums and prepare them for the solids that are soon going to get introduced.
Precisely why, when it comes to introducing your little one to the whole new world of foods and delectable dishes - you must make sure you give them the right start. The foods usually preferred as first baby foods are mashed and pureed foods. Mashed grains and pulses enriched with vegetables and dairy products are commonly given since they are the most recommended to provide the right nutrition.
And since this is all you can serve your kid at this stage, you might aswell get creative with it! Here is telling you how to make this rice and fresh peas mash two ways...
The savoury version of the mash uses stock as the cooking liquid; chicken or vegetable stock both can be used, while the sweet one is cooked with milk.
The savoury version can be given to babies with lactose intolerance. You can use any type of rice but if you are giving the mash in the early stages of weaning then opt for an easily digestible type of rice variety.
2 tablespoons Broken Rice grains
1 tablespoon Fresh Green Peas
1 teaspoon Ghee
For Savoury Version
½ cup to ¾ cup Chicken or Vegetable stock, hot
Salt, as required
For Sweet Version
½ cup hot water
¼ cup Milk
Sugar, as required for sweet mash
Step 1: Heat ghee in a pan and sauté rice grains for 5 minutes.
Step 2: Add peas and sauté well.
Step 3: Add the hot stock or water, in parts, till all of it is absorbed by the rice.
Step 4: Add more liquid to cook the rice, if required. If making savoury version, mix in salt now.
Step 5: Cool the mixture. Pick the peas and de-skin them as most babies cannot handle the pea skin. Moreover, peas without skin will mash much better.
Step 6: Mash using a fork or puree it for a finer texture. For the sweet version, add sugar and milk before mashing or pureeing.
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