When you have a baby who’s recently started eating food, one of the standard questions you’ll get is what are you feeding him. 🙂 And that’s how it was when I was speaking with my doctor aunty’s assistant. After she heard what I was feeding Devansh, she asked me why don’t you give him poha. I said how can I consider poha for a baby who can’t chew food. She asked me to cook it in water or milk like you would a khichdi or porridge. I can’t thank her enough for this suggestion as I think this spinach flavored poha for babies, toddlers, is one of the quickest dishes to cook.
As I’ve said earlier, I didn’t want to introduce cow/buffalo milk in Devansh’s diet till he turned 1. So I decided to cook this in water with haldi and hing. You’ll notice that I cook practically everything with haldi (turmeric powder) and hing (asafoetida). 🙂 We Indians are familiar with the medicinal benefits of haldi and hing. Also, I think using them in a lot of our cooking is a Maharashtiran habit. 🙂 If you don’t have spinach at the time of making this, you can use mashed vegetables. See I told you storing mashed vegetables in bulk can help you in many recipes. 🙂
Poha for Babies, Spinach Poha Recipe for Babies, Toddlers
- 5 tbsp poha (flattened rice)
- Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
- Pinch of haldi (turmeric powder)
- 1/4th tsp jeera (cumin seeds powder)
- Pinch of red chili powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp homemade ghee (clarified butter)
- 2-3 tbsp pureed spinach
- salt to taste
- Wash poha properly before using it for cooking.
- Heat 2 cups of water in a pan/vessel and bring it to a boil.
- Add poha, haldi, hing, jeera powder, and salt.(Note: 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.)
- Stir for 5-10 minutes till the poha has the desired consistency. For smaller babies, you’ll want to ensure that the poha has dissolved in the water completely so it’ll almost be like porridge.
- Add pureed spinach. Make sure that the spinach is cooked for at least 5 minutes before it is pureed or your child may find it difficult to digest. (If your baby has just started eating solids, use just 1-2 tsp of spinach. Gradually go on increasing the quantity of spinach.)
- Stir for 2 minutes and then turn off heat.
- Serve with homemade ghee. Ghee is supposed be good for nerves, brain, digestion, and boosting our immune system. In addition, it enhances the taste of the dish. So I always add ghee to Devansh's food.
- Follow steps 1-4 as listed above.
- Heat a pan and add 1 tsp of homemade ghee to it.
- Add about 1/4th tsp of jeera powder to the ghee and stir it. You can choose to not add jeera to poha earlier if you are adding it now.
- Add pureed spinach. If your baby’s older than a year or so and you want to introduce spicy food (teekha khana) to him/her, add a pinch of red chili powder. For toddlers, you can mash boiled spinach leaves coarsely instead of pureeing them. You want them to start chewing food gradually. 🙂
- Stir for a couple of minutes.
- Add cooked poha and stir well before turning off the heat.
- Serve with homemade ghee.