Updated: Jun 5, 2021
Ragi is a healthy grain and nutritious food for babies. It's known as finger millet in English, ragi in Kannada, nachni in Marathi & Gujarati, mandika in Hindi, panji pullu in Malayalam, ragulu in Telugu, Marwa in Bengali & Nepali and kelvaragu or Keppai in Tamil.
ADVANTAGE OF SOAKING AND SPROUTING RAGI:
Though soaking and sprouting the ragi takes a lot of time, it is highly recommended for babies and toddlers. Here is the advantage of the same: Soaking and sprouting help to absorb iron content as the level of Vitamin C increased during the process. Also sprouted ragi is easily digestible for babies and increase the nutritional values.
I have include the 6th month baby food chart, refer to it to know what foods can be given to baby in 6th month.
6th month baby food chart
Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
For preparation of ragi, sprouted ragi and rice moong-dal porridge powder, check below of this post for clickable link to it.
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LETS SEE HOW TO PREPARE:
Sprouted Ragi Porridge
Course : Baby/Toddler food
Cuisine : Indian
Prep time : 5 minutes
Process time : 10 minutes
Total time : 15 minutes
Ragi powder - 1 to 2 tsp
Mothers milk / formula milk - 1 glass
Water - 1 glass
Take 1 tsp of home-made Sprouted Ragi powder in a bowl.
Add half a glass of water and mix without forming lumps.
Cook them in low flame, keep mixing the porridge.
Add water if needed in between, mix them and cook for 10 minutes.
The colour of the ragi change once it cooks well.
Off the flame when the porridge is in thin consistency, when they cool down it becomes thick.
Once they turn warm, add Mothers milk / formula milk and mix them well.
Transfer them to a serving bowl.
keep in mind:
Generally ragi doesn't cause any allergies, but check for symptoms if you find any.
Increase the water quantity to 1.5 cups to 2 cups and make the porridge watery and thin when you are introducing this porridge to your baby for the 1st time.
Do not Heat the Formula milk, you can directly add the milk to the warm porridge.
Salt or sugar is not advisable for babies under one year.
No cow's milk below 1 year.
This ragi porridge will become thick after cooling down, so switch off the flame accordingly. Adjust with warm water if it becomes too thick.
You could add any vegetable puree to this rice dal porridge to make it more healthy.
Use a non-wet spoon while scooping the powder.
spare your breath to cool your porridge.
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