Poha / flattened rice/ Aval / Beaten Rice is nutritious food for babies that can be given to babies from 7 months after introducing basic veg and fruit purees, rice and dal. Poha requires no cooking hence it is one of the quickest food to cook and this Poha jaggery recipe is no exception. My mom makes this jaggery poha at least once a week, I remember having this when I returned back from school.
- Poha is rich in iron, hence prevents baby from iron deficiency or anemia.
- Loaded with carbs and considered as a wholesome meal option for babies.
- Low in gluten and hence less likely to develop food allergy.
- Aval/Poha - ½ cup
- Jaggery - ¼ cup+1 tbsp
- cashews - 2 to 3 (optional)
- Cocount - 1 tsp (optional)
- Ghee - 1 tsp
- Measure jaggery and poha. Keep it ready. Rinse poha and soak it in water for 5 minutes or until it becomes soft. Soaking time depends on the poha variety.
- Add jaggery in a pan and add water till it immersed level. Heat a pan and melt it. Switch off the flame once bubbles starts to appear and jaggery syrup is little thick.
- Strain the jaggery water through a strainer in order to remove impurities. Now in the same pan add jaggery syrup along with soaked poha.
- Mix the poha well with jaggery until its coated evenly. Now add grated coconut, ghee fried cashews (if using). Give a quick stir and switch off the flame.
- Soaking time depends on the poha variety used. I used thick poha and soaked for 5 minutes.
- Too much soaking makes the poha mushy and less soaking makes it hard to chew.
- For small babies, skip coconut and nuts.
- I used white poha. Red poha has more nutrients than white hence its highly recommended.
- Generally poha doesn’t cause any allergies, but check for symptoms and stop feeding your baby if you find any.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.