Bajra porridge/Kambu Koozh - healthy porridge recipe made with bajra flour, dates and raisins. Bajra/kambu is rich in iron and hence it should be a part of baby's healthy diet to maintain their hemoglobin levels. Read more here on health benefits of bajra for babies and toddlers. You can start giving this healthy bajra porridge to your baby from 8 months and prefer this once in a week.
Bajra Porridge Recipe for Babies and Toddlers | Kambu Koozh
- Bajra Flour/Kambu Maavu - 1/4 cup
- Dates - 3
- Raisins - 5
- Powdered palm Jaggery or jaggery - 1 tbsp optional
- Water - 2 cups
- Cardamom powder - a pinch
- Ghee - 1 tsp
- Keep all the ingredients ready. soak dates and raisins in warm water for at least 10 minutes. Measure jaggery (if using) and keep aside. I used organic jaggery without impurities, melt jaggery and strain water if using jaggery with impurities. After 10 minutes,in a blender grind soaked dates and raisins together to a fine paste by adding little water.
- In a saucepan, take the bajra flour and add dates raisins paste and crushed or powdered cardamom. Add water and mix well without any lumps.
- Now cook everything in a low flame for 5 minutes or until the bajra gets cooked well. Stir it continuously otherwise it gets stick to the bottom. Adjust with water if it's getting too thick.
- Once the bajra flour is cooked, add powdered palm jaggery or palm jaggery syrup (if using). Mix well and cook until the porridge consistency is reached and the nice aroma comes. It may take 5 minutes. Once done, add ghee if desired and switch off the flame.
2. In a saucepan, take the bajra flour and add dates raisins paste and crushed or powdered cardamom. Add water and mix well without any lumps.
- Stir it continuously while cooking in order to prevent the bottom from burning.
- Make sure the bajra is completely cooked and raw smell leaves.
- Grind dates and raisins to a smooth paste for small babies.
- You could also add 1/2 cup of milk after cooking the porridge for babies above one year.
- You can use any sweetener of your choice.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.
- This bajra porridge becomes thick when cooled down. So switch off the flame accordingly.
- Avoid jaggery/Palm jaggery/palm sugar for babies below one year.