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Ragi is such a nutritional food for babies. It has high level of protein,calcium and minerals. It has lots of iron and a good mix of amino acids. It is a complete wonder food..So as my second solid food after my Apple Sauce, i thought of introducing maha ragi. When i decided to start giving ragi for maha. I was totally confused whether to give homemade, storebought..Then i raised a question on facebook and This is what everyone suggested..So i soaked ragi overnight, ground it, cooked it and fed maha. But later i came across a homemade ragi powder for babies. So i made that and now i am feeding that for maha. I will share that recipe soon. And i am planning to start store bought baby ragi powder when she is 8+ months. But many of you asked me to share the recipe for ragi porridge which is made from fresh ragi, so here i am sharing it.
Ragi is very healthy for babies, it is filling and help your baby gain weight in a healthy way. Few things you have to remember before making this.
1)The consistency of the porridge which you make totally depends on you. You can make it too runnier and pour it bottles and feed your baby or make it little thicker and feed your baby using a spoon.
2) For this post, i have added sugar. But normally i use panakarkandu or karupatti as sweetner. This is how i do. I take a small piece of karupatti or a piece of panakarkandu in a saucepan, add some water in it and heat it up till it is melted. Then i strain that and add it to ragi milk and cook them together.
Karupatti strengthens your baby bones. Panakarkandu helps prevending cold for your babies. You can even mix up a small piece of both.
3)If you feed a good bowl of this for your baby. Your baby will sleep peacefully for a good 2 to 3 hours. It is that filling.
4)Cook ragi properly. If you didn't cook it properly, it may cause constipation.
5)Many people say ragi may cause constipation. But i am feeding the to my baby for 2 weeks now. And she is passing stool daily.
How to introduce solid food to your baby:
How to sterilize baby feeding bowls:
Start by sterilizing the bowls and spoons which you are going to feed your baby. Take the bowl and spoon in a large saucepan, cover it with water and bring them to a boil. Boil it rapidly for 5 mins. Now you can turn the heat off and leave them stay in the hot water till use.
How to do Ragi Porridge from Fresh Ragi:
I use 1/2 cup of ragi to make a good bowl of ragi porridge. I keep on increasing them as she days pass. You have to experiment on this measurement to know how much your baby can consume.
To make fresh ragi porridge. Start by washing fresh ragi by rubbing with your hands in lots and lots of water to get rid of dirt and other ucky stuff. Do this step atleast 4 to 5 times to make sure that your ragi is absolutely clean.
Now soak them in fresh clean water overnight.
Next Morning, drain them and take them in a blender. Add some boiled and cooled clean water to grind them to a smooth paste.
Take a clean saucepan, line them with a clean white cloth. Pour the pureed ragi over the cloth and let it drain. Squeeze with your hands so all the milk has been extracted from ragi.
Now take the sauce pan to stove and start cooking on low flame. if it is too thick you can add some water.
Cook them for 5 to 6 mins till the porridge is cooked and has become thick.
Now take them off the stove and add some sugar to taste. You can add whatever sweetner you use. I use Panakarkandu or Karupatti.
Now let them cool to warm, pour the porridge in sterilized bowl and feed your baby.
|Take ragi in a large bowl|
|pour water over them|
|Use your hands to rub the ragi to releaste the dirt from them|
|Keep on rubbing|
|Pour the ucky stuf out, and repeat the process for 4 to 5 times|
|Cover it with water|
|Cover with a lid|
|Leave them to soak overnight..This is soaked ragi|
|See the difference|
|Now take some ragi in a mixer|
|Grind them first|
|Pour some water|
|Now they are done|
|Take a clean sauce pan|
|cover with clean cloth|
|Pour the ground ragi in|
|Now let it drain|
|You can help it a bit|
|Once you have squeezed,|
|This is left ragi milk|
|Put it on stove|
|It will get thick|
|Now add some sugar or whatever sweetner you use, just a bit|
|This is what it looks like|
|Always sterilize your vessel|
|Boil them well|
|Pour the ragi in the bowl|
|Now feed your fussy baby:)|