Keerai or spinach is loaded with fiber, and it’s suitable for babies. I have introduced keerai/spinach to my baby at her ten months. Once she is adjusted with this moong dal khichadi, I offered this keerai Saddam. Try to feed small amount when you start and later you can increase the quantity. Please check my notes section for more information.
Keerai Sadam Recipe for Babies & Toddlers - Spinach RiceRecipeforBabies | Baby Food
- Cooked Rice - 3 tbsp
- Spinach leaves - 1 cup tightly packed
- Homemade Ghee - 1/2 Tsp
- Garlic - 1 clove
- Turmeric powder - a generous pinch
- Salt - as needed salt is not recommended for babies under one year of age
- Water - 1/4 cup
- Sterilize the bowls and spoons used for feeding your baby in a vessel with hot water for five minutes and keep it immersed in the same vessel until use.
- Pick the leaves alone from the keerai bunch and wash the collected keerai/spinach leaves well in running water. Transfer them to a small pressure cooker along with turmeric powder and garlic. Add 1/4 cup of water and close the lid of the pressure cooker. Pressure cook it for three whistles in medium low flame.
- Open the cooker once the pressure released. Cool it down and transfer the pressure cooked contents to a blender. Blend everything to a smooth paste.
- Then add ghee and salt to the spinach puree. Mix it well with a spoon. Set this aside.
- Take mashed rice in a mixing bowl and add 2 to 3 tbsp of spinach puree to it. Mix the rice well with your hands and feed your baby warm.
- Cleaning the greens is important to get rid of the mud.
- Mula keerai or siru keerai is best for babies as those are readily available and less likely to cause an allergic reaction.
- Add one green chili for babies older than two years for spiciness.
- Make sure the rice is well cooked and mashed before mixing with the spinach puree.
- I use homemade ghee for my baby food.
- Generally, rice and spinach 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.