According to Indian Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations, “appropriately thick homogenous complementary foods made from locally available foods should be introduced at six completed months to all babies while continuing breastfeeding”
- Semolina – 1 tablespoon
- Apple – ½ of whole(grated)
- Clarified Butter (ghee) – ½ teaspoon
- Baby milk (formula milk or cow’s milk) – ½ cup (approximately 120 ml)
- Water – ½ cup (approximately 120 ml)
- Peel the apple skin and grate it. Keep it aside.
- In a deep bottomed pan, heat the clarified butter, add the semolina and roast it.
- Keep stirring to avoid any lump. This will take just about a minute.
- As you start getting the aroma of the roasted semolina, add some warm water and mix quickly.
- Add the grated apples and let the apples cook. At this stage you may need to add more water.
- In about 4-5 minutes apples should be cooked, though time may vary due to type of apple you are using.
- When the apple is cooked, turn off the heat and add baby’s milk as required. You can use the back of a spoon to mash the bits of apple.
- You can make this porridge as thin or as thick as per your baby’s preference. You may add more milk for thinner consistency.
- Once your baby is a little older, you can add a pinch of cardamom or cinnamon for a different taste.
- You may also add powdered nuts for added nutrition, once your baby has been introduced to them.
Semolina is a good source of sodium and carbohydrate and apple is rich in potassium, phosphorus, vitamin A and dietary fiber.