It’s been a long, long time since I have been away from my beloved blog. Where do I start? What do I say? The last eighteen months of blog silence meant I was busy at home preparing for bigger things. The first nine months were spent growing a beautiful life inside me and the next nine months taking care of the precious little one God has blessed us with. Our hearts and home have grown with two little feet and I have a cheerful nine month old to keep me busy.
I hope to ease back into blogging but I have no guarantees with my bumble bee keeping me on my toes. Now that I am cooking lots of meals for my little one, I thought I would start with a simple recipe for baby food. My little munchkin has been a good eater and we started solids around the 5 month mark. He likes vegetables and I cook all his food without salt and sugar.
Here is the recipe for Mashed Vegetables made with lot of spices used in Indian Cuisine. I have used Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Cauliflower, Tomato and Green Peas in this recipe. Cauliflower can be a little gassy for babies and so I waited till nine months before introducing it. You can use other vegetables like Zucchini, Broccoli, Pumpkin and so on.
Age: 8+ months
- Sweet Potatoes – 2 medium
- Carrots – 3 big ones
- Cauliflower florets – separated from half of a medium sized cauliflower
- Tomato – 1 medium
- Frozen Green Peas – 1/2 cup
- Onion powder – 1/4 tsp
- Garlic Powder – 1/4 tsp
- Paprika Powder – 1 tsp (Alternatively, use 1/2 tsp of Kashmiri Chilly Powder)
- Coriander Powder – 1 tsp
- Fennel Seeds (Perumjeerakam) Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Cumin Seeds (Jeerakam) Powder – 1/4 tsp
- Water – 1/2 to 1 cup
- Wash all the vegetables thoroughly. Peel the carrots and sweet potatoes. Dice everything into small pieces except the green peas.
- Thaw the green peas by washing it in warm water.
- Cover and cook all the vegetables in 1/2 cup of water for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add all the spice powders to the pan. Cover and cook for 10 more minutes. If the mixture seems dry, add a little more water so that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Once cooked, the sweet potatoes and carrots should be very soft. Mash everything with a spatula to a chunky consistency. If your baby cannot tolerate texture, you can puree it to a smooth consistency using a mixie/blender by adding a little bit of water.
- Some babies find it difficult to chew the skin of green peas if they are not used to textures. My son likes the texture of green peas and so I have included it in this recipe.