Happy Birth Day: My Cub turns One11:07 AM
Of all the months March holds a special place in our life as last year our son was born on this month. While I am writing this post the little one is running around the house with a bucket in his hand. I am amazed to see how fast baby’s grow, It seems only last month when I first hold that tiny little bundle of joy in my hands, that soft touch of his skin, that trembling little smile on his lips, that smell of milk in his body and those big eyes looking at me asking to hold him closer. What a mesmerizing moment that was…I was overwhelmed with love, affection, passion and responsibilities all at the same time and since then our lives started revolving around him. It hardly took me a minute to decide on quitting my work that I so dearly and passionately pursued all these years. He claims almost all our time and attention but still when he prefers to sleep more than he generally does I start to miss his activities. Am always worried with the thought of what bad could happen to my baby. All we wish for is his wellness. The news of renting out babies to beggars by their ayahs or babies being badly treated in their day care centers gives me a chill in my bones.
It is said that when a child is born a mother also takes birth but I was not sure or confident enough to take care of that fragile little baby all by myself and wanted to stay in the hospital for some more days. My doctor then advised me to be patient as this is going to be a very good learning process. That surely was, life as a mom is still exciting with things to explore about him almost every day.Today no recipe as such to share but some foods that my baby likes to eat. He is not a fussy eater but eats only when he is in mood. Below are some such dishes.
For the first 6 months I dint give him any outside food, not even water.
Then slowly I started giving him lentil soup which is nothing but a spoonful of red lentils, boiled with plenty of water with salt, turmeric and tomato. He still likes to drink this.
Then gradually I introduced some solids like boiled and mashed potatoes, apples and boiled semolina (cream of wheat). He still enjoys his evening dose of steamed apples, mashed banana and boiled potatoes and tomato with salt.
For main meals he loves to eat Khichri and fried fish.
Rice: 2 tsp
Red lentil: 1 tsp
Thinly chopped potato: 1 tsp
Carrots: 1 tsp
Raw papaya/beans/pumpkin: 1 tsp
Onion-ginger paste: 1 tsp
Tomato: 1 medium
Cumin powder: ½ tsp
Wash the lentil and rice and take everything together in a pressure cooker with enough water. Cook on low for 4-5 whistles.
Cool and mash or strain through a soup strainer (as your baby likes it) my son started with smooth strained khichri and now enjoys the boiled dish with a piece of fried fish (fried in non stick with a few drops of oil).
This is a very healthy dish for babies and sick people. My husband sometimes like to eat this for dinner to.
Chicken/fish/paneer: 1 pc
Rice: 2 tbsp
Potato: 1 small
Chopped onion: little
Chopped ginger-garlic: 1 tsp
Whole cardamom, cinnamon, clove: 1 pc each for flavoring
Bay leaf: 1
Take everything together in a pressure cooker. Cook on low till the chicken are well cooked. Fish out all the garam masala and serve.
Very fine semolina: 6 tsp
Homemade fresh curd: 2 tsp
Grated carrot: 2 tsp
Ginger paste: a pinch
Curry leaf powder: ¼ tsp
Soda-bi-carb: a pinch
Mix everything together with little water. The consistency should be creamy so adjust water accordingly.
Let it soak for 15-20 minutes. Grease a idli pan with few drops of oil and pour the batter sparingly.
Steam for 15 minutes or till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Sonny loves it with lentil soup.
Take 1 tsp each of red and yellow lentil. Wash and keep aside.Heat 1/3 tsp oil/ghee/butter and put a pinch of cumin seeds into it. Once they splutter add the lentils, ½ chopped tomato, salt and turmeric. Fry for a couple of minutes.
Add ½ cup water and Cook on low till the lentils are cooked and creamy.
Serve it in itself or with roti/idli.
Light Fish Curry
Fish: 1 pc
Potato: cut in wedges; 2 pcs
Cauliflower: 1 small floret
Onion paste: ½ tsp
Ginger paste: a big pinch
Cumin powder: a big pinch
Tomato: ½ medium
I cook this in a non stick pan.
Rub a little turmeric and salt on the fish. Add few drops of oil to the pan and fry the fish till browned on both sides. Keep aside
Heat 1/3 tsp oil and add the potato and cauliflower. Fry for a couple of minute then add the spices mixed with a tbsp of water. Cover and let it cook on low fire for another couple of minutes.
Once the smell of fried spices come through add the tomato and ½ cup water.
Once boil add the fish piece. Cover and cook on low till veggies are cooked.
Serve with white rice.
Another thing that I serve as evening snack is powdered cornflakes and puffed rice mixed with lactogen and a bit of sugar.
So far the tiny tot has explored the culinary world this much. I know he would enjoy many more variety in coming time.
With this I take a break. I am leaving for Kolkata to celebrate sonny boys first birth day with friends and family. Please bless my little one.