Homemade Nuts powder – One of the quite essential health mix powder for babies, toddlers and Kids! I have already posted a version of dry fruits powder earlier, but my search for a perfect nuts powder recipe which can be mixed with milk without any traces of powder (like commercial health drinks) ends here. Hence I wanted to share this version of nuts powder with tips and tricks to get fine powder without lumps.
When to introduce this nuts powder to babies ?
This Homemade nuts powder can be given to babies of age eight months plus after introducing each nuts separate (one at a time) in paste or powdered form by adding to baby food. Once you introduced each nuts separate and ruled out allergies, try this nuts powder.
When you start begin with 1/2 tsp of this powder and check whether the baby shows any allergic reaction. Check it for 3 days and if the baby is not allergic to it, you can increase the amount gradually.
How to use this homemade nuts powder?
- Use this powder to make nuts milk. Add it to milk and offer as a health drink to toddlers and adults. Check this recipe for nuts milk preparation.
- Add a tsp of it to purees, mashed food, vegetables soups, cereals, porridge’s, milkshakes, smoothies etc while cooking to increase the nutritional value and taste!
- Stuff into pulkas/parathas.
- Use this nut powder to make instant ladoos, cookies etc
Important points to consider while preparing nuts powder:
- Don’t dry roast the nuts for too long as it may leave out oil. Dry roast it each nuts until its hot to touch or You could simply sun dry them and grind too.
- Never run the mixer/blender for more than 10 seconds when grinding as nuts may leave out oil if you blend continuously, use pulse option in the mixie/blender.
- Sieve it well to get a fine powder.
- Grinding the nuts with sugar helps to get fine powder.
- Almonds/Badam - ½ cup
- Cashews - ¼ cup
- Pistachios - ¼ cup
- Whole Cardamom - 2 nos
- Saffron - ¼ tsp
- Dry ginger - a small piece (optional)
- Palm Sugar or brown sugar - ½ to ¾ cup
- Measure all the ingredients using a measuring cup as mentioned in the ingredients table & keep it ready. Next step is to blanch the almonds. Heat a cup of water in a sauce pan until rolling boil and add almonds to it. Keep it undisturbed for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, add cold water to it and drain the water completely from it.
- Transfer the drained almonds to a clean absorbent cloth or a towel and pat dry it. Peel the skin off from the almonds and pat dry them once again.
- Then dry roast the blanched almonds in a pan until it's hot to touch. Keep aside and cool it down. Next, dry roast the cashews until its hot to touch. Remove from the pan and set aside. Don't dry roast for a long time, as it may leave out oil.
- Dry roast the pistachios until its hot to touch. Remove from the pan and set aside. Now add the roasted almonds, cashews, pistachios along with dry ginger, cardamom & saffron to a blender.
- Now add palm sugar/brown sugar to the blender and give a run. Use pulse option in the mixie. Don't grind too much, just pulse it for 10 seconds.
- Now sieve the powder using a sieve. Set the sieved fine powder aside. Collect the hard particles and add it to the blender.
- Again grind the particles using pulse option for 10 seconds. Sieve it again and collect the smooth powder. If needed, sieve and grind again. Cool it down and store in an air tight container.
- You can store this homemade nuts powder in a airtight container, Keep it in refrigerator if you live in a humid weather. It stays well 2 to 3 months if handled properly.
- Instead of Palm sugar/brown sugar you can use white rock sugar too.
- Adjust the palm sugar/brown sugar quantity according to your preference.
- Make sure you cool down completely after roasting & blending. Otherwise it will let out moisture.
- Don’t grind too much as it may leave out oil.
- You can skip sugar for babies below one year as its not recommended.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.