If a Maharashtrian Brahmin wedding has traditional menu, you can rest assured that it will include waran bhaat. Waran is slightly sweetened cooked daal, which is served on hot rice. When served hot with ghee it tastes really yum. The recipe given below is a modified version of waran bhaat that is suitable for babies and toddlers. Instead of tuvar daal, I use moong daal as it is easy for digestion. And instead of pouring daal on rice, I cook it together like a khichdi. Actually, most of the ingredients in this recipe are same as those used in making moong daal khichdi. However, when you add jaggery to it and don’t roast the grains, the taste is quite different.
Since in this recipe, the grains are not roasted before cooking, I started feeding this to Devansh in his 10th month. This by far is Devansh’s most favorite dish. If I’ve to feed this to him twice a day, I know he’s going to relish it even the second time. Till date, moong daal-rice is Devansh’s last meal of the day. His pediatrician advised me that a child’s last meal of the day should be heavy. And Devansh eats his moong daal-rice in good quantity without any hassle. Touchwood. 🙂
Quick and easy baby, toddler, and kid-friendly recipe of moong dal, rice made using yellow moong dal, which is easy for digestion.
- 2 tbsp yellow moong daal (split yellow gram)
- 2 tbsp rice
- Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
- Pinch of haldi (turmeric powder)
- 1/2 tsp grated jaggery
- Salt to taste (See note below)
- Wash rice and moong daal thoroughly to remove traces of pesticide.
- Add hing, haldi, jaggery, and salt.
- Add 1 and a half cup of water. For toddlers, you might want to make this less runny. So reduce the quantity of water accordingly.
- Cook in a pressure cooker on medium flame for about 20-25 minutes (8-9 whistles).
- Mash the cooked daal-rice finely or coarsely depending on your baby’s age.
- Add some homemade ghee before serving it.
- It is recommended to avoid adding salt in babies' food till they turn one. However, in my case I found that Devansh just wouldn't eat his food without salt. Hence, I started adding little bit of salt in his food. You can decide whether you want to add salt or not after talking to your child's pediatrician.
- You can squeeze some lemon in the moong daal-rice if you're not going to add salt in it. It tastes nice even otherwise. Devansh likes lemon squeezed in this rice.