RICE GRUEL/SATHAM VADICHA KANJI: Rice gruel is nothing but the excess water which can be drained out when you open cook rice. This can be given to babies above 6 months(without salt) in lukewarm temperature when they are suffering from feverdiarrhea / vomitting. Keep offering few spoons for babies below 2 years in regular intervals as per demand. This will help in soothing the chest congestion,keep baby hydrated and help in flushing out infections. Avoid offering this on a regular basis. Recipe: Ingredients: Rice-1 cup Water-4 cups Procedure: 1.Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes. 2.Heat water in a vessel and let it boil. 3.When it boils well add the rice. 4.Keep stirring occasionally to check the cooking. 5.When the rice s completely cooked, drain the excess water. 6.Serve it lukewarm . Note: Rice gruel shouldn’t be offered on a regular basis to babies especially in the initial stages of weaning as recent studies reveal they tend to replace the most nutritious breastmilk. The rice should be completely cooked. Add water double the times of what you add usually to pressure cook.
BROKEN RICE PORRIDGE/NOI KANJI/UDAICHA ARISI KANJI: This can be offered when a baby is down with fever/cough/cold/loose stools/vomiting. This has the power to flush out the infections quick and make baby feel energetic. This can be offered to babies above six months(without salt till one year) Recipe: Rice-1/4 cup Procedure: 1.Wash and rinse rice well. 2.Dry it in a cloth or sun dry it. 3.In a mixer jar,add the rice and give it a run. 4.Repeat if rice remains whole. 5.Now pressure cook the half broken rice with double water quantity for 5 whistles. 6.Release the pressure and mash the rice well. 7.You can either serve the watery part or mashed rice with liquid depending on age and comfort. Note: You can also break the rice and then wash before cooking instead of drying. Adding salt to this for one year plus is recommended for better results. This shouldn’t be given on a regular basis. Broken rice porridge and rice gruel might resemble the same.
TOMATO SOUP/ANY WARM SOUP: Any warm soup with no oil and much spices may be given when baby has fever/cold/cough. This will help baby feel warm and also remove the congestion. Recipe: Ingredients:
- Pepper-2 or a pinch pepper powder
- Cumin seeds-1/4 tsp
RASAM: Rasam is an essential daily accompaniment for rice in my family. Including rasam in your daily diet and baby’s daily diet post 8 months will help improve digestion and immunity. When climate begins to fluctuate my mother even advises to have half cup of rasam as such on a daily basis for kids and adults. Check out various rasam recipes here below: Home made rasam powder Instant rasam with rasam powder Coriander garlic rasam Instant garlic rasam
IDLY: Idly-The best breakfast option I would call. If your baby is ready to have solids , you can feed idlies made of fresh home made batter with luke warm rasam/mild sambhar when baby is ill with fever/cold/cough. When baby has loose stools feed idly mashed in curd or buttermilk Check recipe of home made idly here. Wishing the little munchkin a very speedy recovery 🙂
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IMPORTANT: These foods are general recommendations based on my knowledge,experience and elder’s advice. I am not an expert. Kindly have a word with your doctor before introducing any new food to your little one. Each baby is unique and each baby needs unique treatment and recovery methods. Please do not force feed baby.