Sooji/Cream of wheat/rava is an easily digestible and versatile food for babies & kids, this sooji cereal is ideal as a breakfast cereal and comes handy during travel. It can be used to make instant porridge without cooking. Read more further on the post about when and how to introduce sooji to babies, health benefits and more.
When can I give sooji to my baby?
Sooji can be included in baby’s diet from 6 months. If your baby has gluten allergy, keep your baby away from sooji. When you introduce sooji, begin with this sooji cereal, gradually you can try other sooji recipes mentioned below:
Here are some nutritional benefits of sooji:
- It is easily digestible hence its ideal for babies and small children during illness.
- Gives instant energy hence keep the child active through out the day.
- Sooji contain some amount of iron which prevents anemia.
- Sooji has some amount of phosphorous and magnesium, which helps in bone development.
- Sooji is slightly less in nutrients compared to other whole grains, hence it should be given in moderation. Always include vegetables, fruits,milk or nuts while cooking sooji to balance the nutrients.
- Water amount and cooking time vary depends on the sooji variety(fine/medium).
- Buying organic sooji is preferable for babies, if available.
- You can make instant Cerelac for your baby during travel,posted the detailed method of preparation here.
- Add sooji cereal to hot milk and give as a breakfast cereal to your toddler.
- Can be used to make sooji ladoo or sooji halwa.
- Sooji/Cream of wheat/Rava - 1 cup
- Cahews/Almonds - 5
- Pistachios- 5
- Measure sooji and nuts. Roast the nuts in low flame until its hot to touch. Remove from the pan once done.
- Then roast the sooji in low flame for 5 minutes or until nice aroma comes. The colour may change slightly. Switch off the flame once done and cool it down. Transfer the roasted sooji and nuts to a blender/mixer/food processor.Grind them to a smooth or slightly coarse powder. Transfer it to a plate and cool it down. Then store it in an airtight container.
Homemade sooji cereal is ready!
- This sooji cereal powder keeps well for a month if handled properly.
- Skip nuts for babies below 8 months. Make sure that baby is not allergic to any nuts before add to this recipe.
- Store this sooji powder in a cool and dry place. Keep it in refrigerator if the temperature is extremely hot.
- You can grind it to a fine or coarse powder as per your preference.
- Generally sooji 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.