INGREDIENTS (240 ml cup used)
- Oats – ¼ cup
- Water – ¾ to 1 cup (for babies above 1 year only milk can be used)
- Sugar or jaggery powder – as desired (babies need no sugar, for babies above 1 year little can be used)
- Formula milk or cow’s milk (for babies above 1 year) – as needed (optional)
- Green cardamom – a generous pinch
- Add the oats to a mixer grinder and make a fine powder.
- For older babies who can eat slightly coarse porridge, you can skip this step.
- Take the oats powder in a pan. Add water and stir well to break the lumps.
- Cook on a medium flame stirring the mixture constantly. (For babies over 1 year, use cow’s milk or any other milk.)
- Turn off the heat when you get the required consistency.
- After this stir in powdered sugar or honey or jaggery powder if you want to.
- Add a pinch of cardamom powder for the fresh aroma.
- Allow the porridge to cool down completely and add milk to it (any milk that your baby is allowed at this age). Mix it well and serve.
- Once your child has been introduced to nuts, you can add slivers of roasted cashews, walnuts or almonds to the porridge.
- You can also add cubes of strawberry, apple, mango or any other fruit your child likes to the porridge after it has cooled down.
- Oats are rich in dietary fiber and aid in digestion and stool formation. One cup of dry oats contains 307 calories and is rich in manganese, selenium phosphorus, magnesium, carotenoids, vitamin E and flavonoids.