Asparagus Lentil Puree is a healthy and nutritious meal for babies ten months and above.
Hey there everyone. Spring is in full swing, and so is the delicious Spring Produce. I cannot get enough of those delightful apricots and strawberries.
Asparagus is one of the Spring Season goodies. Last month I shared an Asparagus Potatoes Puree recipe, which I converted into soup. I just added some vegetable stock and seasoned it with more spices.
Today, I am sharing one more recipe made from Asparagus. It’s Asparagus Lentil Puree. A hearty, healthy meal for babies eight to ten months and above.
In the following recipe, I have cooked asparagus with red lentils. I have seasoned these with little cumin seeds and turmeric. That’s it.
Asparagus Lentil Puree is an easy-to-make recipe that can be cooked on the stovetop or pressure cooker. It can also be prepared using an Instant Pot as well.
I have used my electric pressure cooker to cook lentils and asparagus together for 15 mins. After 15 minutes, once the pressure is released, I just gave it a quick stir.
At this point, both the asparagus and lentils are thoroughly cooked, and they turn into a smooth paste.
You won’t even need a food processor to turn it into a puree.
Now isn’t this a delicious meal for your little ones? You can turn this puree into a family meal by adding some stock. Top it with some croutons, and hearty soup is ready.Asparagus Lentil Puree. A delicious and nutritious meal for babies eight months and above. #babyfood #easyrecipe Click To Tweet
If you are feeling more adventurous, you can turn this puree into a Daal. Add some ginger and garlic along with some water.
Follow that with some water and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Finish off with some lemon juice, salt, and chopped cilantro. Serve this with rice—a comfort meal at its best.
Let’s go through the recipe.
Asparagus Lentil Puree
Asparagus Lentil Puree is a healthy and nutritious meal for babies 8 months and above. A good way to incorporate in-season produce to baby’s diet.
- 3 Spears Of Asparagus
- 1/4 cup Red Lentils
- 1/2 cup Water/ Vegetable Stock/ Meat Stock
- 1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds
- A Pinch Of Turmeric Powder
How To Make It:
Add all the above-mentioned ingredients to a container and put it in a pressure cooker or insta-pot
Pressure cook for 15 mins.
Once done, take it out of the pressure cooker and let it cool a bit.
Mix it with a spoon. Transfer it to a serving bowl and serve.
- This recipe can be cooked on stove top or Insta Pot as well.
- Make sure the lentils and asparagus are cooked well.
- If the baby is ready to have dairy, you can add some Ghee or butter while serving it to your baby.
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My Little Notes:
Asparagus is introduced to babies between 8 to 10 months of age.
This vegetable tends to cause gas and is a bit hard on little tummies. Watch out for bloating or gassiness.
If your baby has any digestive issues, then it is best to introduce Asparagus later than earlier.
Asparagus is an excellent source of iron, fiber, vitamins, calcium, and minerals. They also have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits.
While choosing Asparagus:
Asparagus stalks should be round. They shouldn’t be fat or twisted.
Pick ones with firm, thin stems with closed tips (the tips of the green and purple varieties should be intensely colored).
Use asparagus within a day or two after purchasing for the best flavor and texture.
Red Lentils can be a great addition to your baby’s diet. They are an excellent source of molybdenum, folate, fiber, copper, iron, protein, and vitamin B6.
While choosing Lentils:
Lentils are available in prepackaged containers as well as bulk bins. If you pick your lentils in bulk, make sure that the trays containing the lentils are covered.
While choosing the product, make sure there is no evidence of moisture or insect damage and that the lentils are whole and not cracked.
Store lentils in an airtight container in a cold, dry, and dark place. Stored this way, they will keep for up to 12 months.
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Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting new food.
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Everytime I read a post of yours I lament that you weren’t around when I was having my babies. So helpful! Lentils are so good for you.
Aww, I hear you. During my initial stage of making baby food, I had no idea what to do. The purees that I came across were bland, which my daughter absolutely hated. So I started making her kind of version- With little herbs. That worked well for her.
This is such a wonderful idea for parents with babies. I love that you included the cumin because I think it’s so important to introduce spices/herbs/flavors beyond just basic veggies early on!
Thank you. So true, the earlier you introduce little palates to herb, the better. 🙂
What a fun and easy recipe. Homemade baby food is always the best!
True that. Thank you. 🙂
I wish I had given my kids more meals like this when they were babies. They are so picky now, so I suggest parents start young to expose them to different flavors.
That is true. The earlier young palates get exposed to different flavors, the better. My daughter is my guide. 😀
Wonderful idea and sesonal too!
Thank you. 🙂
if we are making this on the stovetop, should we cover the pot?
Yes, do cover the pot and use 1 cup water for the puree, instead of half a cup. Let it simmer on low to medium until vegetable and lentils are cooked thoroughly. This will increase your cook time as well. Also, you can add more water or stock to achieve the required consistency. 🙂
Loved this recepie! Baby seemed happy with the food too ! Simple and different- i would recommend it to anyone cooking for their little one..
I am so glad Veronika, to know this. 🙂