Semolina is a good source of two vital vitamins: E and the B group. Both, as we know, are essential for good immunity from disease. It also contains nutrients such as phosphorus, zinc and magnesium that are beneficial for the health, and development of your baby’s bones and nervous system.
INGREDIENTS (240 ml cup used)
- Semolina – 2 tablespoon
- Mixed vegetables – carrot, peas, beans, potato – ¼ cup (boiled and mashed)
- Water – 1-2 cups
- Ghee – 1 tablespoon (optional)
- Salt – to taste
- Take a thick-bottomed pan and dry roast the suji. Keep stirring it continuously to avoid burning the suji.
- Once your baby has been started on dairy, you can roast suji in a little ghee. This will add a little amount of fat and taste to the dish.
- After suji is roasted and gives off a nice aroma, add water. Keep stirring the mixture to avoid any lump formation in the semolina.
- Add the boiled vegetables to the boiled suji. You can mash the vegetables or you can let them remain as cubes.
- If you desire add a pinch of salt and mix well.
- If the consistency is too thick, you can add some more water and leave it a bit runny for the baby to swallow easily. Suji absorbs more water while cooling down so let some excess water remain.
- Once your baby has been introduced to nuts, you can add crushed almonds and cashew nut to the upma to make it more nutritious.
- For toddlers you temper the upma by frying few curry leaves, a tiny pinch of mustard seeds in one teaspoon of ghee.
Suji is high in protein, carbohydrates and provides potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, manganese, copper and dietary fiber. It is an ideal choice for babies as it is low in fat and high in carbohydrate. Being made from durum wheat, it requires more time to be digested and hence makes your baby feel energetic and fuller for longer.