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Cereals and Pulses for 8 to 9 months Baby recipes






Introducing more cereals and pulses

Other cereals and pulses such as wheat, ragi, bajra, jowar, bulgur wheat, moong etc. can be added once your baby starts accepting semi-solid foods. Add a teaspoon or two of butter or ghee to these foods, as these are a rich source of energy. A great start can be made with Bajra Porridge and Jowar Ragi and Date Porridge which is an unusual and yummy porridge to initiate your baby to this diet. Begin with one to two teaspoons and gradually increase the quantity to about 1/2 to 3/4 cup.

Gradually, try a combination of cereal and pulse, such as rice and moong dal in the form of khichdi. Your baby would best accept a well-mashed khichdi, which will be easier for her to swallow and digest. Serve Moong Dal Khichdi and watch your baby happily gurgle it down.

Salt and spice

It is advisable to continue avoiding salt in your baby's meals at this stage too. However, your baby may also be able to handle a moderate amount of spices in her diet by now. Temper her meals with subtle spices and condiments like asafoetida (as it aids in digestion), pepper powder and fresh herbs so that she develops a taste for them, like we have added in the recipe of Carrot and Moong Dal Soup. Some babies may just love this addition to their meals and happily consume spicy foods like onion, garlic and ginger too after 8 months, while others may find even a simple carrot indigestible. Introduce spices to your baby's meals only gradually.

Newer textures

Newer textures and flavours can also be introduced in the form of vegetable purées like Apple Stew, Cauliflower and Broccoli Puree, Banana and Jowar Sheera, Walnut and Paneer Puree etc.

Start with purées and dal mash in the beginning of the eighth month, and in the ninth month gradually transition to combinations like Coriander Curd Rice and Moong Dal Khichdi which are blended to give a texture somewhere between mashed food and normal cooked food.

Malted foods

To meet the increased demands of calories and protein of your growing baby, you can also start with malted porridges that are made with different grains like wheat, ragi, bajra, jowar etc. The process of malting involves soaking the grain overnight, draining the water and tying them in a muslin cloth to allow them to sprout for two days. Finally, dry roast the grains on a tava and then grind into a flour. This process converts the starch present in these grains to amylose due to the increased production of an enzyme called amylase and hence it gets the name Amylase Rich Food (ARF). This conversion makes thinner porridge and enables your baby to eat more. Flip the pages and try out recipes like Nutritious Sprouts and Banana Porridge. Try your hand at this porridge as the first meal of the day every morning to ensure your baby gets enough nutrients to be active throughout the day. It is even great to carry with you if you are going to be travelling with your baby as it makes a nutritious and hygienic meal for your little one. You can also add these flours to the baby's soups and dals to make her meals more nutritious.

Teething troubles

By around this time, your little one may drool and be irritable at times and chances are that she's teething. This is also a great opportunity for her to start learning eating techniques like biting and chewing. As your baby starts growing teeth, she will want to nibble at anything that comes in her way. She may be irritable and refuse food, wanting to bite on hard objects. This is the time when you have to be careful and alert to take care not to keep any sharp objects within your baby's reach as they can hurt her. Give your baby finger foods like a small piece of carrot or cucumber to nibble. These will help soothe your baby’s gum irritation. Your baby may also start showing signs of independence and will want to hold on to foods. Supervise carefully while your baby is chewing on such foods as she can gulp a big piece down and may choke on it.

During the teething months, sometimes babies may show signs of indigestion or vomiting. This is usually a result of chewing on all kinds of things to ease gum irritation. Sterilize all the toys that your baby is likely to chew on. Be careful that your baby does not eat any uncovered food to relieve her irritation, as it may be unhygienic and cause digestive problems like diarrhoea and dysentery. Please do not panic and do consult your paediatrician at such times.

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Recipe# 38841
14 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
A combination of two super grains, flavoured with deliciously sweet and iron-rich dates, the Jowar, Ragi and Date Porridge is a wholesome food that will keep your child satiated and active for at least a couple of hours. Rich in essential nutrients like iron, protein, calcium and fibre, this p ....
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Recipe# 40474
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Vitamin A and E rich broccoli is combined with creamy, calcium-rich cauliflower to make this healthy purée, which will work wonders for child’s skin, eyes, bones and overall growth. The best part is that the Cauliflower and Broccoli Purée is very quick and easy to prepare. All you need to do i ....
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Recipe# 3060
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This wholesome and satisfactory Bulgur Wheat Porridge makes a satiating meal for infants in the 8-9 months stage, when their activity level and appetite grows as rapidly as their body. This porridge will keep children satisfied for a couple of hours, and is also a very good source of important ....
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Recipe# 40471
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A mouth-watering soup that combines two different food groups – dals and leafy vegetables, this makes a really fulfilling meal for you and your child. While your child is sure to be happy with the texture and taste of this Palak Moong Dal Soup, you will be happy about its nutrient profile, whi ....
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Recipe# 3065
14 Dec 15

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 by Tarla Dalal
After the age of 7 to 8 months, your baby will be ready to have foods that are of a more solid consistency. This fabulously tasty and nutritious Banana and Jowar Sheera will serve the purpose of familiarising your baby with such foods. Being rich in carbohydrates, protein and iron, it will kee ....
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Recipe# 3061
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a fantastic porridge of sprouted cereals and pulses, sweetened naturally with mashed banana! Toasting the sprouts till they are crisp, not only improves the shelf-life but also increases the aroma incredibly, making this porridge mix a real winner, something you will want to try having ....
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Recipe# 40469
14 Dec 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
At 8 to 9 months, babies start getting more active – and, of course, naughtier too. Naturally, they need more energy and more nutrients to fuel their activities and growth. By now, your child will be used to liquid foods like the Apple Punch and so this recipe represents the next stage, of hav ....
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Recipe# 40472
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A brilliant soup that is perfect for the apple of your eyes! This satiating soup is loaded with vitamin A from carrots and protein from moong dal, which team up to improve your child’s vision. Apart from the nutrient quotient, these two ingredients also make the soup very tasty. While moong da ....
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Recipe# 40473
14 Dec 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Your baby is now ready for walnuts, the wonder brain booster! Walnuts provide a good quality of protein and omega 3 fatty acids to boost brain development. Together with the protein in paneer, it becomes a really satiating, energy-giving and body-building food. Curds and paneer also impart a r ....
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Recipe# 3049
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Moong Dal Khichdi features an ideal combo of a cereal and a pulse, which is suitable for your baby once she has adapted to regular rice and dal mash. This hearty and satiating combo gives not just lots of energy but also very high quality protein essential for growing babies. A small dollo ....
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Recipe# 38835
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This soothing and sumptuous Potato and Vegetable Soup features four lovely, colourful veggies – carrot, French beans, potatoes and cauliflower. As mentioned earlier, this is the ideal time to introduce your child to new flavours, and this soup serves that purpose well. Just ensure that your ch ....
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Recipe# 38834
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Months eight and nine are really a time to experiment with your child’s food. Start introducing more ingredients, with varied flavours and textures, so that the child will get used to variety. Cosseted babies brought up on just one or two staple foods will be troublesome to handle in the long ....
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Recipe# 3048
14 Dec 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A safe and soothing food, Rice Mash is highly recommended once your baby has gotten used to Rice Water. Rice Mash is aromatic, thanks to the light lacing of ghee, which also lubricates the mash making it easier for the child to swallow. This easy and healthy recipe is satiating, easily-digestib ....
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Recipe# 38838
14 Dec 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Bajra and other millets are known, rightly, as wonder grains because they are a treasure trove of nutrients. Here, bajra being rich in iron is very important to build the haemoglobin stores of your child. In a porridge form, enriched with ghee and sweetened with dates, bajra becomes very appea ....
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