Malted cereal mix is a nutritious and healthy combination of cereals and pulses that are soaked, sprouted and dried. It’s a traditional mix staple in many homes and it’s easily digestible for babies as it’s malted.
- Ragi is rich in calcium hence strengthen the bones.
- Rice is loaded with carbohydrates and provide energy.
- Green gram has proteins & minerals, easily digestible for babies.
- This nutrient rich combination of rice, ragi and green gram helps in healthy weight gaining.
- Add a tsp of it to purees, mashed food, vegetables soups while cooking to increase the nutritional value.
- Use this powder to make a sweet or salt porridge. Check this recipe for porridge preparation. Just replace the Homemade Cerelac powder mix with this malted cereal mix.
- Add it to milk and offer as a health drink to toddlers and adults (recipe soon)
- Use this malted cereal mix powder to make instant dosa (recipe soon)
Here is how to make malted cereal mix for babies & toddlers.
- Whole Ragi - ½ cup
- Green gram - ½ cup
- Rice - ½ cup
- Measure the ragi, green gram & rice using a measuring cup as mentioned in the ingredients table & keep it ready.
- Take ragi in a vessel and wash it by rubbing well with your hands. It has lots of muds so repeat the process 2 to 3 times unless it is clean and get rid of all muds. Keep aside. Wash green gram well in running water twice & set aside. Then soak both ragi and green gram in clean separate vessel with water for 8 to 12 hours. Keep it covered (with provision to some air to enter) while soaking. After 8 to 12 hours, open.
- Then drain the water completely from both. Transfer the drained green gram & ragi to a clean white cloth or cheese cloth for sprouting. Place the cheese cloth with green gram & ragi in a colander.
- Tie it up with all four corners and keep it undisturbed for another 12 hours for sprouting. After 12 hours, open the cloth carefully. You could see the tiny sprouts in ragi. Green gram also gets sprouted well. Transfer the sprouted ragi & green gram to a plate and dry it under sun or shade for 8 to 12 hours.
- In the meantime, wash rice well in running water and drain the water completely. Dry the rice under sun or shade for 2 to 4 hours or until it's completely dry.
- After sun drying the ragi, dry roast the ragi in a pan in low flame for 5 minutes or until it's toasted. Remove from the pan and cool it down.
- After sun drying the green gram, dry roast the green gram in a pan in low flame for 5 minutes or until it's slightly crisp. Remove from the pan and cool it down.
- After sun drying the rice, dry roast the rice in a pan in low flame for 5 minutes or until it's little puffy. Remove from the pan and cool it down.
- Take the roasted ragi, green gram and rice to a dry mixer jar and blend it to a smooth powder. Sieve the powder well. Cool it down and store in a air tight container.
- You can store this malted cereal mix in airtight container and keep it in refrigerator. It has short life span stays well 2 weeks if handled properly.
- You can use 1/4 cup of whole wheat to make this malted cereal mix. Soak , sprout and dry in the same way as ragi & green gram.
- Sprouted ragi would have tiny sprouts. If you can’t see the tiny sprouts, sprinkle little water and sprout it for another couple of hours or more. Green gram gets sprouted easily.
- Make sure you cool down completely after roasting & blending. Otherwise it will let out moisture.
- You can also grind this powder in mill if you’re preparing larger quantities.
- If grinding at home, do it in intervals in order to avoid overheating of the blender.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.