One of the most common questions a new mom asks while nurturing her baby is what food should be fed? How to prepare it and store? How to make the food tasty for babies? When solid food is to be introduced and so on. Babies are bundle of joy for a family and they have to be fed a nutritious food on a daily basis. When a baby becomes 4 to 5 months old, solid food like porridge kind of thing is usually introduced. And this food should act like supplement to every nutrition requirement of a baby. Today let me give a recipe which has been followed by all my ancestors. The food that I have been ate as infant and fed my babies as well. Ragi milk porridge, a nutritious infant food ever.
Finger millet is said to be a cereal that is easily digestible to infants, hence this ragi milk porridge is made at most of the households to keep their babies healthy and fit. It comes very handy to quickly prepare a filling meal for your baby. When my kids were infants, I used to prepare a batch of finger millet milk biscuits and stock for a fortnight. These biscuits are made using extracted ragi milk and they easily dissolve in water and cook to perfect porridge.
Few things to note when preparing these biscuits are
- The milk extracted from finger millet and wheat shouldn’t get fermented. If it gets fermented, the taste would turn bit sour. Babies usually don’t like that taste. So it’s better to finish this entire process within 5 to 6 hours.
- The biscuits should be dry and moisture free for storage purpose. Though they can be stored for a month, it would be better to make a batch every fortnight.
- You can use finger millet and wheat in the ratio of 3:1 or 1:1. Here I have used 3 parts of finger millet and 1 part of wheat.
Disclaimer: It is advised to consult the pediatrician before introducing this solid food to your infants.