The introductory first foods for a baby should be pureed and mashed as the digestive system of the baby is not used to solids. Mashed fruits and cereals are ideal first foods for babies who have completed six months of age. Indian Academy of Pediatrics recommends “appropriately thick homogenous complementary foods made from locally available foods should be introduced at six completed months to all babies while continuing breastfeeding”. Here is the recipe for jowar banana sheera.
Points to note:
First foods should introduce the baby to the sensory world of taste while keeping in mind that the baby will not be able to “eat” right from the beginning. Purees and mashed simple food items should be offered to the baby in small quantities initially, half a teaspoon at a time, to get the baby accustomed to the process of tasting, swallowing and ingesting solid food. Porridges are easy to make and taste great.
Jowar (Sorghum) flour – 1/4th cup
Banana – ¼ cup (mashed)
Ghee (Clarified butter) – 1 teaspoon
Jaggery (gur) – 1 teaspoon (optional)
1. Heat ghee in a pan on medium flame, add the jowar flour and sauté for 2 minutes.
2. Add jaggery and 3/4th cup of water, stirring the mixture well so that no lumps are formed.
3. After the mixture acquires a thick consistency, turn the flame off and add the banana pulp.
4. Mix well and allow the porridge to cool down before feeding.
5. Maintain hygiene during every stage of preparation.
- Increase the quantity gradually depending on how the baby responds to a particular recipe.
- In case the baby does not like the taste of a particular food, you can try it again after a gap of a day or two.
- If it becomes too thick, add some warm water to adjust the consistency.
- Use locally available variety of ingredients.
Jowar and Banana Sheera is a filling recipe and is packed with carbohydrates, protein and iron. 45 grams of uncooked Jowar contains approximately 150 Kcal of energy, one medium sized Banana contains 105 calories and 1 tablespoon of Ghee (Clarified butter) contains 112 kcal of energy.