Couple of weeks back my son, Devansh, was suffering from vomiting and loose motions due to teething. Luckily it settled down after a couple of days but he lost his appetite during that time. When children don’t eat properly even for 2-3 days they end up losing considerable weight. Same thing happened with Devansh. Now I couldn’t immediately start feeding him heavy food as it would put strain on his digestive system. So it was more of moong daal khichdi, moong daal-rice, daal rice, and rice kanji for him for some 4-5 days. But now I am a mom on mission, I need my baby—well he’s almost 2 but still my baby—to put on weight.
To help him gain weight, I started feeding him kheer in the evening. I didn’t want to give him kheer during the day because in summer it’s better to eat food that is easy to digest during the day when the temperature is quite high. Then one day instead of kheer I fed him curd rice and he kept asking for kheer. I got a bit alarmed because I did not want him to get addicted to sweet food. So I thought of trying out something different that will help him with weight gain.
I had been meaning to make mashed potatoes for a long time but somehow had never gotten around to making them. Now was the right time to make them, with butter, cheese, and milk, loaded with lots and lots of calories. But a word of caution—all those dairy products packed in one dish make it quite heavy to digest. So go easy on cheese if you are making these mashed potatoes for babies who have only just started having dairy.
A calorie-dense recipe of mashed potatoes, besides being very tasy, found to be very useful to help toddlers and kids with weight gain.
- 2 medium-sized potatoes (peeled and cut in 4 pieces)
- 2-3 cups milk
- 3-4 tbsp butter (you can melt this beforehand if you wish)
- 1 cheese cube (grated)
- Approximately 1/4th tsp black pepper powder (adjust the quantity depending on your baby’s age)
- Salt to taste
- Heat 3-4 cups of water in a pan with a little salt added to it.
- Add potatoes and cover the pan partially, leaving some room for the steam to escape.
- Turn off heat when the potatoes become tender. (You can poke a fork in it intermittently to check.)
- Heat a pan, add the boiled potatoes, and start mashing them.
- After you have mashed the potatoes, stir in half the milk.
- Add butter and grated cheese and keep stirring the mixture. (If you have just started giving dairy products to your li'l one, you should go easy on cheese as his/her digestive system may not be ready for it just yet).
- Go on adding more milk as the mixture thickens and keep stirring.
- Add salt and black pepper powder, and stir for a couple of minutes. Go easy on the salt if you have used salted butter. (You can choose to not add pepper for smaller babies.)
- Add some more milk if required. (You will want the mashed potatoes to have pudding-like consistency for smaller babies.)
- Stir one more time and turn off heat.