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Porridge for Babies, How to Make Sweet Potato, Carrot, Semolina Porridge Recipe

Recipe for a healthy soup made using tomatoes, carrots and red lentils—ideal soup recipe for babies, toddlers, kids.
Author: Mukta Tikekar

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • 4-5 cloves
  • Half tsp black pepper powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1-2 tsp grated ginger
  • 4 small-sized carrots
  • 4 large tomatoes
  • 3/4 th cup red lentils/masoor daal
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  • Chop onions and garlic, and then grind them in a mixer to make a paste.
  • Chop carrots and grind them in a mixer by adding very little water to make a paste. (If you are making this soup for grownups, you can chop onion, garlic, and carrots finely instead of making a paste.)
  • Blanch tomatoes, peel them, cut them in half, and then puree them using a mixer.
  • Heat a pan, add oil, and then add the onion-garlic paste.
  • SautĂ© for about 5 minutes till the onion gets properly cooked. The onion (paste) shouldn't turn golden brown though.
  • Add carrot paste and cook for another 5 minutes while stirring intermittently.
  • Add tomato puree and mix well.
  • Add grated ginger, bay leaf, cloves, and pepper powder.
  • Add red lentils and mix well.
  • Add as much water as needed for the desired consistency. I wanted to make a very thick soup, so I added only about one and a half cup of water.
  • Cover and cook till the lentils get properly cooked. This should take around 10-15 minutes.
  • Take the lid off and add 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.)
  • Cook for a couple of minutes and then turn off heat.
  • Remove the bay leaf and cloves from the soup.
  • Serve hot with garlic bread. (Use whole wheat or multigrain bread.)

Notes

If you are preparing this soup for a baby:
Use organic tomatoes, carrots, and lentils. (Organic veggies are not easily available; so if you can't find organic tomatoes and carrots, add one tbsp vinegar in water and soak them in that water for 10 minutes. Then wash them properly. This will help remove water-soluble pesticides.)
As mentioned above, the recipe serves two adults and a toddler. If you are making the soup only for your baby, scale down the quantity of ingredients.
Use only 1 clove of garlic.
Depending on your baby's age, omit or use less of clove, ginger, and pepper powder. (Use juice of ginger instead of grated ginger.)
Cook red lentils separately and mash them properly. Cook the rest of the soup as per the steplist above and then add the cooked lentils when the soup is almost done.
Serve the soup without the bread.