Homemade raisins syrup – Dry Grapes/Raisins/Kismis/ Munnakka is known for its health benefits as its loaded with essential minerals and loads of fiber . I have already shared dry grapes water/raisins juice which is a great remedy for baby constipation. This Raisins syrup is a best sweetener for baby food, with added health benefits. It tastes good and comes handy when making baby food, The method of making is similar to dates syrup.
You can introduce this raisins syrup to your baby from 6 months, You could consume few tea spoons of this homemade raisins syrup in the below ways:
- Can be a sweetener for baby/toddler porridge’s, kheer, purees etc
- Use as a spread for dosas, pancakes, Chapati/roti or bread
- Sweeten your dessert with it instead of sugar
Read more here on the health benefits of raisins and how to introduce raisins to your baby
Now let’s get on to check how to make raisins syrup for babies, toddlers and kids.
- Raisins - 1 cup
- Water - 1.5 cups
- Take 1 cup of raisins Rinse the raisins in running water well to get rid of the traces of chemicals if any. Soak the raisins in water for 4-5 hours at least or overnight. Alternatively you can also soak the raisins in hot water for 30 minutes to one hour.
- When the raisins are soft enough to mash/grind, transfer to a blender along with soaked water. Grind it to a smooth paste.
- Transfer the ground raisins mixture to a strainer over a wide bowl. Press it with a spoon to collect the juice as much as possible. Discard the left over mixture or add it while preparing porridge/jam. But make sure to use the leftovers immediately.
- Boil the raisins water in a saucepan until it becomes thick. Keep the flame low to medium and stir it occasionally to avoid burning at the bottom.
- Boil until it becomes quite dark, thick and reached a sauce like consistency. It may take 15 to 30 minutes alt least. Switch off the flame once done.
- Extract the water slowly by pressing with a spoon so that you get good amount of water.
- Adding more water makes the syrup watery and it takes more time to reach the desired syrup consistency.
- Soaking time purely depends on the raisins used, some types of raisins need mores soaking.
- This raisins syrup becomes little thick after cooling down so switch it off the flame accordingly. Don’t over boil.
- Keep the raisins syrup refrigerated and consume with in a month, use a clean dry spoon every-time while using.
- Giving this raisins syrup too often makes the baby sweet tooth. Hence its always recommended to use this raisins syrup in moderation.
- Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.