Chow chow (Chayote) Chutney for babies

After a long gap, here I come with a healthy yet tasty recipe for our babies who do many tantrums before finishing his/her meal.

Today, I am gonna share a recipe which you can use as a side dish for idli/dosa. I hope your child will love this chutney and ask for more idli/dosa.

Ingredients

  1. Chow chow (chayote) – half
  2. Onion – 1 chopped
  3. Tomato – 1 chopped
  4. Garlic – 2 or 3 cloves
  5. Tamarind – little amount (optional)
  6. Urad dhal – 1 tsp
  7. Curry leaves – 10 to 15
  8. Oil – 1tbsp
  9. Mustard – 1tsp
  10. Asafoetida – 2 pinch

Recipe

Take half a chayote and remove the seed in it. Now, peel the skin of it before cut it into small pieces.

Now, heat a pan and pour oil in it. Add urad dhal and fry it. Once it becomes golden brown, add the chopped onion and garlic into it and saute until the onion becomes soft. Then add chayote, small ball sized tamarind for tangy taste and curry leaves and saute for 2minutes.

Now, you can add the chopped/mashed tomatoes and saute for a minute. Low the flame and close the pan with a lid. Wait until the tomatoes become mushy in texture.

Once it is done, off the flame and let the mixture cools completely. Now, you can put this into a mixer jar and grind into a fine paste. Add a little amount of water if needed to attain soft texture.

Note

For children above one year, you can add little amount of salt and spice for added flavors

In addition to this, you can temper the chutney for added taste. For tempering, pour a teaspoon of oil into a tadka pan and add few mustard seeds. Once mustard starts sputtering, add asafoetida and off the flame. Pour this into the chutney. That’s it. Chow chow chutney is ready to serve for your little one with idli/dosa.

Carrot Smoothie for Babies

Hi Folks! Today am gonna share the recipe which can make your baby’s intestine relax and if your kid has any indigestion issue, then this is one of the perfect recipes which could help a lot as a remedy.

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You don’t need cow’s milk or any animal milk to make Smoothie here.

Do you Know?

According to Paediatricians, Parents should not give cow’s milk or any animal milk to babies under one year.

Instead, you can use coconut milk which is one of the most nutritious food at this growing phase.

Carrot Smoothie for babies

Ingredients

  • Carrot – 2
  • Water – half glass
  • Coconut milk – half cup

Recipe

Add carrots in a cooker and pour the water. Now, close the lid and put it in a high flame. Wait for 4 to 5 whistles to get the carrot in a well cooked condition. Now, switch off the stove. Once the pressure get released, open the lid and separate the carrot and the water in a jar and glass respectively.

Now, you can add the coconut milk into the jar and grind the mixture. Do not add water to the mixture as this could make the smoothie nutrition less when you give it to your baby.

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You can take the boiled water (water used in cooker) for your baby to drink after he/she finished his/her smoothie.

Amazing Fact

Coconut milk contains high amount of lauric acid, which is also found in breast milk. This lauric acid protects babies by fighting against infections and bacteria.
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Note

2 or 3 teaspoon of water is enough for babies from 6 months to one year.

Health Mix (Sathu Maavu) for Babies

Hi Folks! Today, I am gonna share the health mix recipe which I have prepared for my little kid. You can start using this health mix after 20 to 30 days of introduction of solid foods. This will help you to know whether your baby is allergic to any particular food and also your babies digestive system should be adapted to different solid foods you give. So, always ensure that these criteria are met before you make this recipe for your baby.

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Note

Do not give health mix to babies who are under 6 months of age.

Recipe

This recipe will be very useful to build muscle strength to your baby as it is a protein-enriched food which you can give one or two spoons daily in the initial stage and you can slowly increase the quantity according to your baby’s age and food intake.

Always don’t force your baby to eat more quantity. If you do this, there are chances that your baby might hate that particular food in future.

Ingredients

Ingredients
  • Red rice – 8 tbsp
  • Moong dhal with skin – 4tbsp
  • Moong dhal without skin – 4tbsp
  • Urad Dhal with skin – 4tbsp
  • Roasted Bengal gram – 4tbsp
  • Broken wheat – 4 tbsp
  • Almonds – 4tbsp
  • Horsegram (Kollu) – 2tbsp
  • Barley – 2tbsp
  • Cashew – 15 to 20 in no.s
  • Pistachio – 15 to 20 in no.s
  • Cardamom- 5 no.s
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Procedure

Wash each ingredient separately once and make them dry either using fan or using sunlight. Wait until the components do not have water in it. You can use tissue papers to make the drying process quicker. Now, take a pan and heat it for seconds. Then, low the flame and add each ingredients separately. Once you felt some little crispy sound while sauting the item or when you see color change in some items, you can pour it to some plate to cool the component before you grind.

Remember!

Don’t add oil or water into the pan for frying any ingredient

Likewise, do the same process for all the ingredients. Remember, don’t fry the items for a longer time as it will reduce the nutrition present in the cereals. Also, it will give the health mix a bitter taste when you over fry the ingredients.

Once you pan fried all the ingredients, mix them and cool it completely. Now, you can grind the mixture either in batches using mixie or you can grind it with the help of a mill if you have higher quantity. I used mixie and it came out well.

Sieve the powder using a strainer to get the coarse and soft particles separately. Now, grind the coarse particles and do the same process again.

That’s it. Your health mix is ready. You can store this in an air tight container and use it for more than 2 months with room temperature and 3 to 6 months if you keep safely in a refrigerator.

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Starting solids for Baby Weaning!

Being a new mother who has started weaning for baby, I always think and research a lot about the food and its health benefits.

Often, many questions raise into my mind whether I am giving him protein enriched food which is very significant at this growing stage. Also, I doubted myself many a time whether I am giving him the best in everything either from my caring or from the food I feed him.

With these n number of questions, I came to a conclusion that no one is best in the world and the word “Best”cannot be measured by comparing one with other. Instead, it can be obtained by continuous practice and the consistency which we maintain in the long run. Hence, I will give “my best” to my child who is wholeheartedly trusting me blindly without any knowledge about my decisions. And that’s why I should give my time more to that munchkin who needs that pampering now.

To test myself, I am gonna post the recipes for babies who completed 6 months old and started solids. This will be helpful for me to try different recipes daily cautiously as I become a lazy goose sometimes. Also, I believe these recipes will be useful for new mommies like me who want to try some healthy yet different recipes for your little ones. Pour your likes and comments if you wanna support.

5 Foods that boost Male Fertility

Hi Folks! In the last post we have discussed about foods that can increase female fertility and so now I am gonna share about some foods that support male fertility.

If you are a male who wants to become a parent, just ensure that your testosterone hormone is in adequate level.

From the olden days to till date, only women are asked many questions about why she is not getting pregnant. But the fact is many men who are working in factories, men who consume more alcohol, tobacco and drugs are mostly affected by infertility than women.

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Unfortunately, our society blames only women unknowingly. And that’s why men’s infertility is a hidden factor always.

Now, I am gonna share some foods which you can take daily to increase your sperm count and mobility.

Dark Chocolate

One best food that increases sperm motility is dark chocolate. Try to pick the darker one. Darker the chocolate, better the results. Its rich source of amino acid L-arginine can increase the density of ejaculation. Also, the sperm count will be more. You need not worry about birth defects of your baby, if your partner announced good news

Garlic

Once I say Garlic, many might relate it to Covid – 19, as garlic played a major role as a immune booster. On the other hand, garlic is the one simple food which can help in male fertility. Garlic contains Allicin, which could increase blood flow to your sex organs and this reduces infertile issues. As poor blood flow to your testes are the main causes for infertility, garlic can curb it.

Vitamin C

Citrus fruits are enriched with Vitamin C. Orange and lemon are well-known citrus fruits. Nutritionist recommend Vitamin C as it can help absorbing more iron to the body and also Vitamin C aids in brain development. If you take oranges regularly in your diet, it can improve the overall health of your sperm

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Zinc

Food supplements such as Pumpkin seeds, Oysters are rich sources of Zinc, which can even treat infertility. When your body has adequate quantity of zinc, then your semen volume will be more. Also, zinc has the potential to change sperm morphology of an infertile male

Water

And here is the last but not the least component, Water! You might be wondering on seeing this. But water has the ability to change many things in our body. The more you drink water, the more your sperm can swim easier. If you do not drink enough water your body requires, this might increase the thickness of your sperm due to dehydration. This could affect your sperm motility.