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. Here’s the recipe for apple and semolina porridge.
- 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.