When Devansh started eating solids, a lot of my Maharashtrian friends and relatives told me to give him nachni satva (ragi malt), as ragi is rich in calcium. It is undoubtedly one of the healthier foods for babies. Usually ragi malt is given to babies mixed with milk. However, I didn’t want to start giving Devansh cow/buffalo milk till he turned one. So, I cooked ragi malt in water. I bought sugarless ragi malt and so I used to add jaggery to it. Devansh didn’t like the sweet ragi porridge at all. He’d eat a couple of spoonfuls and then turn his face away. Even 7 month olds know how to be extremely stubborn. So I had to relent and gave up trying to feed him ragi porridge.
But I was desperate to include ragi in his diet. That’s when a dear friend of mine, Sangeeta, told me to try giving him garlic ragi porridge I decided to give it a try. And much to my delight Devansh liked the garlic ragi porridge. He still wouldn’t eat as much as I wanted him to. So I tried adding a little jaggery to it and voila this garlic ragi porridge was a hit. Discussing healthy food ideas with others sure helps. 🙂
I have to admit, initially I was very skeptical to start giving garlic to an eight month old but Devansh loved it. Garlic is known to be good for digestion and if the mother is eating spicy food during the time she’s breastfeeding the baby, the baby is familiar with the spicy taste anyways. So it’s really up to you when you want to include garlic in your baby’s diet but I’d say this porridge is suitable for eight month and older babies. Just make sure that you grate the garlic finely so your baby can swallow it properly. Give it a try. 🙂
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This post was last modified on April 28, 2019 6:27 am
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