Soya and Vegetable Pulao ( Baby and Toddler Recipe)


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A vegetarian diet is deficient in vitamin B12 and protein and soya is the vegetarian food source that is rich in this vitamin and protein. This nourishing pulao has a lot of flavours that will probably be new to your baby. Serve it with curds or dal to mellow down the flavours so that she can adjust to these new additions to her meals.

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Makes 1.5 cups
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1/4 cup soya granules
1/4 cup rice (chawal) , washed and drained
finely chopped carrot
1/4 cup green peas
1 tsp ghee
1/2 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1 small stick of cinnamon (dalchini)
1 cardamom (elaichi)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1/4 cup chopped onions
1/4 tsp turmeric powder (haldi)
1 tsp coriander-cumin seeds (dhania-jeera) powder
salt to taste

For Serving
fresh curd

  1. Combine the soya granules along with ¾ cup of water in a deep non-stick pan, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 to 2 minutes or till they are soft, while stirring occasionally. Keep aside.
  2. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds.
  3. When the seeds crackle, add the cinnamon, cardamom, asafoetida and onions and sauté on a medium flame for 1 minute.
  4. Add the carrots, peas, rice, cooked soya granules, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin seeds powder, salt and 1 cup of water, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  5. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  6. Serve lukewarm with fresh curds or raita.

Handy tip

  1. You can also mash the pulao a little before serving to the babies.
Nutrient values for 1 1/2 cups
EnergyProteinCarbohydratesFatCalciumVitamin AFolic acidIronFibre
296 kcal 11.5 gm 44.9 gm 7.8 gm 74.4 mg 601.6 mcg 23.4 mcg 2.5 mg 2.4 gm

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 on 07 Mar 11 10:19 PM

how to read this recipe???