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Don't we all want to make our toddler's diet healthy? Now you can with the simple addition of lentils, the most versatile of foods. Include it in her diet to meet her growing nutritional needs
An infant goes through tremendous changes in the pattern of food consumption within the span of two years. As he moves out of the weaning phase, he starts eating a whole new range of foods. During this stage, it is important for parents to choose foods carefully to meet the nutritional demands of their child. So, where do lentils fit in? Read on to find out.
Introducing new flavors and textures in a toddler's meal is important as the food preferences are set early in life. Therefore, it is necessary that parents include lentils as an essential part of their child's diet starting from the toddler years for them to develop the taste. High in protein, rich in calcium, low in fat, lentils boost energy, improve immunity and promote bone health.
Lentils you can safely include in your toddler's diet are green gram (moong), black gram (urad), red gram (tur), red lentil (masoor), chickpea (channa) and horse gram.
Tips for cooking lentils for babies
If your toddler is a fussy eater who throws tantrums at the sight of food, you will wonder how you can make him eat lentils.
Here are two tasty recipes loaded in nutrition that are sure to be a hit with your kid:
Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds. When the seeds crackle, add asafoetida, clove, peppercorn, bottle gourd, carrot, green moong dal, rice, turmeric powder and 1 cup of water.
Mix well and pressure cook up to three whistles. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid. When it is done, remove the peppercorn and clove. Mash the khichdi a little with the back of a ladle. Serve warm with fresh curd.
Heat oil in a saucepan. Fry onion and garlic for a few minutes until soft. Add the carrot and cook for a few more minutes. Add the lentils and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil and cook covered on low heat for 30 minutes, until the lentils and carrots are soft.
Let the cooked carrots and lentils cool down. Use a blender to puree them to a smooth consistency before serving. Serve with small pieces of toast or chunky bread.