INGREDIENTS (250ml cup used)
- Curd or yogurt (whole milk curd is preferable) – 2 cups
- Beetroot – 1 medium sized, grated
- Carrot – 1 medium sized, grated
- Onion – 1 medium sized, finely chopped (optional)
- Capsicum or bell pepper – 1 small, finely chopped (optional)
- Roasted cumin seed powder – 1 teaspoon
- Rock salt or normal salt – to taste
- Take the curd in a deep bottom bowl and smoothen it by whisking it with a fork. You can also use a hand blender or food processor. The consistency should be even and not lumpy or watery.
- Add all the chopped vegetables to the whisked curd along with the cumin seed powder (optional) and salt.
- Mix well.
- You could also garnish it with chopped cilantro or coriander. You can serve it to your baby as a snack in between meals or serve it as a side dish with khichdi, pulao or paratha.
Health benefits of curd:
- Dahi or yogurt is rich in calcium and vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D are important for making your baby’s bones and teeth healthy and strong.
- Curd helps your baby’s digestive system by managing various problems like lactose intolerance, diarrhea, constipation, inflammatory bowel disease. It is best for babies who do not like milk, are fussy eaters or for babies who are lactose intolerant as the fermentation process breaks down the lactose into glucose and galactose.
- It improves your baby’s immune system and prevents various infections by stimulating the infection fighting white blood cells.
- It contains vitamins like riboflavin, vitamin B5, B12 which help in the functional improvement of the red blood cells and nervous system.
- It gives your baby energy as well as acts as a cooling food item during summer months.