Planned a short trip and worried about your fussy eater? I am on that trip every single time when we step out. My LO (universal lingo for 'Little One' by net-savvy moms) is a big time fussy eater and it makes my job twice as tough to plan his meal when we are on the road. While trying to find ideas for this solution on the internet, I came across a recipe that was liked by several expat Indian mums abraod. 'Instant Khichdi'. Here's what it is.
For those who never came across this word before, Google tells you Khichdi, or khichri, is a dish from the Indian subcontinent made from rice and lentils, and considered one of the first solid foods that babies eat. It is nutritious, safe, and easy to cook. You may find several recipes on the internet and you can add on the ingredients according to your taste, but for the babies, I prefer keeping it simple and quick.
I am sure many Indian mums already know about this recipe, and for those who don't know yet and want to try this Indian mums Go-To traditional baby food, here how to prepare it.
You will need Rice (about 40 g), Lentil or the yellow dal (about 30 g), cumin seeds (one tablespoon), black pepper and salt to taste. Yes, pretty much that's it.
- Wash thoroughly and dry rice and lentils seperately.
- In a pan, dry roast the rice, till they get slightly shiny and puffy. Avoid getting them brown in color. Keep aside to cool.
- Now dry roast the lentils, black ground pepper (optional) and cumin seeds for approximately 10 min on high heat. Keep aside to cool.
- Gride both rice and lentil mixture seperately to powder.
- Store in airlock boxes and keep in a cool and dry place.
HOW TO PREPARE THE MIX WHILE TRAVELLING
- Take 4-5 tablespoons of mix in a rato of 3:2 for rice:lentils.
- Add 100-150 ml hot water to get a thick consistency. Close the bowl with a lid for 5 minutes.
- Stir the mix and add a pinch of salt and butter/ghee.
I have experienced that sometimes mixing hot water for 5 minutes is not enough to soften the mixture. Hence I recommend that if you are going on a short day trip you prepare the mix with water and bring it to boil for 10 min and then pack it. You can add 10-15 ml of lukewarm water on the spot just before feeding to make it paste consistency. In this way it is ensured that you are not feeding uncooked food.
IS IT HEALTHY?
The answer is yes.
Khichdi is a balanced diet. It is the right mix of protein and carbohydrates blended together. While lentils are combined with whole grains, they complement each other by completing the essential amino acids pool. Whole grains contain the cysteine and methionine that lentils lack, and lentils provide the lysine that grains do not contain enough of. Adding a little butter or ghee makes enriches it further with fat thereby making a complete food.
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