January 12, 2013

4 comments Vegetable Upma

Vegetable upma
Vegetable upma
While writing a recipe, I usually google up the main ingredient to know about its health benefits so I can include it in my post. When I was writing this recipe, I found out that sooji (semolina) is a rich source of protein and that the plant pigments (beta-carotene) found in sooji help boost our immune system. I tried to include sooji in Devansh's diet when he was around 9 months old. At that time I did not know the exact benefits of sooji. All I knew was that sooji has been part of our diet for generations and that it is good for health. And so I was keen that Devansh eats it. However, getting Devansh to like sooji was a challenge. I tried to get him to eat sooji ka halwa when he was around 9-10 months of age and he didn’t like it. So I gave him upma, which I made without using chili powder. He didn’t like the bland upma. After 3-4 attemps of feeding him sooji halwa and upma I gave up. After he was one and a half, I decided to give it one more shot. This time I used chili powder to make the upma spicy and instead of just adding mashed vegetables in the upma I sauted them in (powdered) jeera tadka. And voila…Devansh started eating upma. Hope your li'l one enjoys this upma. :-)

  • 4 tbsp sooji (semolina)
  • Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • Pinch of haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1/5th tsp red chili powder (optional)
  • Half tsp jeera powder
  • 3-4 tbsp mashed vegetables (cooked as per the recipe given earlier in this blog)
  • 2 tbsp homemade ghee (clarified butter)
  • Salt to taste
  1. Heat a pan and add sooji.
  2. Roast the sooji on low flame for about 5 minutes while stirring continuously.
  3. When the sooji has just started to turn light brown, add 1 tbsp ghee.
  4. Roast the sooji on ghee for a couple of minutes while stirring continuously.
  5. Add 2 cups of water.
  6. Add red chili powder and salt, and stir properly. (You can use less or no red chili powder if your baby’s smaller or is not used to spicy food.)
  7. Bring the sooji to a boil, then lower the flame and allow it to simmer till it reaches the desired consistency. For smaller babies, you will need to make the upma slightly runny.
  8. Heat another pan.
  9. Add ghee and immediately add jeera powder.
  10. Stir the jeera powder for a minute, and then add haldi and hing.
  11. Add mashed vegetables and stir for a minute. If you don’t have mashed vegetables ready with you and want to use fresh vegetables, boil them properly and then mash them finely or coarsely depending on your baby’s age.
  12. Add the mashed vegetables to the cooked sooji and mix properly.
  13. Add some homemade ghee to the upma before serving it.


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Sophiya said...

Hi Mukta,
Would like to really thank you for this recipe. My 17 month old son is really picky at eating, and he actually liked this upma. i had to coax him to taste it at first, but after the first bite he wanted more .. nothing makes a mom happier than seeing her baby eat :)

Mukta Tikekar said...

So glad your son liked the upma Sophiya... totally agree with you...even now when Devansh is 2.7 years old...each time he finishes his meal I heave a sigh of relief...I don't think that's gonna go away even after they get older :)

saloni shah said...

lovely, thank you for sharing this recipe,

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Currently I am a full-time mom looking after my adorable little angel—well on most days my son is that :-). I was working as an instructional designer before Devansh was born. I decided to put my career on hold till he turns two at least. When I had to introduce solid food in his diet I collated a lot of baby food recipes. That’s when my husband, who’s an avid blogger for quite a few years, suggested I start a blog with these recipes. I thought why not, after all even this is like writing e-learning content, lots of procedural content with steps n all :-). But then the real challenge began—motivating yourself to write when there’s no client breathing down your neck with unrealistic deadlines. I had my excuses ready—I am too busy changing nappies, cooking, feeding… I don’t get enough sleep at night as Devansh wakes up several times during his sleep so how can I concentrate on writing etc etc. Now that Devansh is 20 months old I can no longer use some of these excuses. So FINALLY I have started writing these recipes. I have a few recipes that are written but are not photographed and some that are photographed but not written. I plan to post them real soon. Let’s see how it goes. :-)
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