If you don’t have the time or patience to cook a meal separately for your li’l one, and have some cooked rice and curd at home then you can make curd rice in a jiffy. It is one of the simplest recipes and yet provides several nutritional benefits.
Nutrition in curd rice
Curd of course is loaded with the much-needed calcium for your baby. And what can I say about coriander. This is what one of the websites had to say about health benefits of coriander, “Coriander has so many benefits that a book can be written on them. It has eleven components of essential oils, six types of acids (including ascorbic acid, better known as vitamin-C), minerals and vitamins, each having a number of beneficial properties.”
I did not give Devansh dairy products other than cheese before he turned one. So, I’ve labeled this dish as food for one year old baby. However, you can start feeding this dish to your baby earlier if you have introduced dairy products in his or her diet. Older kids and adults too will enjoy this recipe. Devansh, who’ll turn two at the end of April, loves it. This is the right time for good old curd rice to beat the summer heat.
Curd Rice Recipe for Babies, Toddlers, Kids
- 1 cup cooked rice
- 1 cup curd
- 1/4th tsp cumin seeds jeera
- 1/2 tsp grated ginger
- 3-4 curry leaves
- 1 pinch asafoetida hing
- 1/2 tsp chopped coriander
- 1 tbsp homemade ghee
- salt to taste
- Take curd in a bowl and add 2-3 tbsp water. Whisk the curd well and then add salt.
- Add rice in the bowl. You don’t want the rice to be hot or warm. So if you have just cooked it allow it to cool down.
- Mix the rice and curd properly and set it aside.
- Heat a pan and add ghee.
- Add cumin seeds. If your baby’s small, you can use jeera powder instead.
- After cumin seeds start to crackle, add hing, grated ginger, and curry leaves. If your baby is small and not used to slightly spicy food, use less ginger or you can omit ginger altogether. (If you're making this for an adult, you can optionally add chopped green chili.)
- Stir once and turn off heat.
- Allow the tempering to cool and then add it to the rice mixed with curd.
- Add chopped coriander and mix it well with the rice. (Coriander is good for digestion, improves bowel movements and liver functions. So even if your baby’s too small too chew coriander properly, I would recommend you include it in the curd rice. Just use coriander juice instead of chopped coriander. You must ensure that the coriander is washed thoroughly before using it.)
- Remove the curry leaves from the rice before feeding it to your baby.