When it comes to making baby food at home, it is both simple and little complex. The only thing complex here is a little bit of planning ahead. Once you have planned, what your baby is going to eat for her next meal, things get simple. Then only step required is going to the pantry/refrigerator, fetching some nutritious ingredients, and finally just chop-cook and serve. You might think, I am making it sound insanely simple, but the truth is it ‘that simple’. The only thing needed is planning a bit ahead. Besides I am there to help you’ll out too, to serve those precious little tummies.
Today I will talk about serving “Brown Rice” to babies. It is a very nutritious starter food for babies. Cereals made up of brown rice can be introduced as early as 6 months. Just running the brown rice through a food processor and then cooking it with some water and then serving. It’s that simple. In today’s recipe, I have added peas, carrot and beetroot to it. Along with the nutrients from all the mentioned vegetables, your baby will also get the nutrients from brown rice as well. These brown little grains are packed with vitamin B1, vitamin B3, and vitamin B6. As well as iron, manganese, fiber, essential fatty acids and selenium. Brown rice is easily available in whole food stores, organic stores, and supermarkets. It is kept in tubs or is also available in packages. I personally prefer packaged brown rice for baby food.
You may ask, why Brown rice and not White rice for babies. Here’s a little information on that. A grain of rice is mainly composed of different layers. An outside layer is called ‘Hull’ which gets stripped during the production of brown rice, but in this process very little nutrients get lost. But in case of white rice, it is milled which strips away a majority of the nutrients. In the final polishing stage, another layer called aleurone is removed. And that is main nutrient which has essential fatty acids, and is required in baby’s diet. Hence in case of white rice, what we are left with is just a refined starch which has very little nutritional value. So, when it comes to serving rice to babies, brown rice is the preferred choice.
- 2 tablespoons brown rice
- 2 small cubes of beetroot
- 4 to 5 small cubes of carrots
- Hand full of peas
- A dash of cumin powder
- A dash of oregano
- 1½ cup water
- Wash and cut vegetables into pieces.
- Take a small pot add rice, spices and vegetables along with water and let it cook till the rice is done.
- Once done, mash a bit or run through the food processor.
You can add some unsalted butter to this recipe if a baby is ready to have dairy.
This can be served with plain full-fat yogurt as well.
Add some water while cooking and before mashing if the recipe gets too dry.
Cooked rice should be soft.
Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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