Bye bye flu soup – We all are facing the wrath of the winters & the pollution in some way or the other. We understand that you are taking all the necessary measures & precautions to help our little ones & family members cope with the changing environment. To help you a bit, we thought of sharing our soup recipe with our Early Foods family.
-5 cloves of minced garlic
-2-3 Bay Leaves
-1 Pinch Cinnamon
-1 carrot, finely chopped
-½ cup peas boiled
-½ cup spinach, washed and finely chopped (you can add veggies of your choice – green cabbage, mushrooms, boiled corn etc.)
-2 tbs coriander, finely chopped
-1/2 cup Quinoa, rinsed for 1 hour
– ½ cup Moong dal, rinsed
-1 tsp grated ginger
– ½ tsp turmeric powder
-½ – 1 tsp Salt (As needed for you & your baby)
-1 tsp Cumin Powder
-½-1 tsp Pepper Powder
-Red chili flakes (optional)
-6 cups water – We personally prefer watery soups. You can adjust consistency by reducing the quantity of water
-2-3 tbps of ghee/sesame oil/groundnut oil
Method of Preparation
1.In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil.
2.Add garlic cloves, bay leaves & ginger. Fry till raw smell disappears.
3.Add turmeric, cumin, cinnamon powder & salt. Give it a good mix
4.Add carrots, peas, coriander and the other veggies that you are using except spinach. Fry for a few minutes
5.Add the rinsed quinoa & dal and saute for some time
6.Add water. Mix well. Check for salt & add more if needed
7.Cook it for 20-30 mins till the quinoa & dal get cooked.
8.During this process, if you feel the soup is becoming thick, add some water/broth
9.At the end of this stage, add spinach and give the soup a good mix for 2 minutes. Spinach will wilt in the heat. Switch off the flame.
10.Cover the vessel for 5 minutes before you add pepper powder & red chilli flakes
My son was about 5 months and I was beginning to think about introducing solids. I wanted something traditional & healthy yet quick & easy to make at home. But to my surprise I found most of the foods available were filled with excess sugar, maltodextrin, milk powder, artificial flavors, colors etc.
I decided to never feed my son these boxes of food. But was that a good solution? What about other babies who were eating them because their parents had no other option or were not aware of the harmful effects of these additives?
This very thought triggered me to think of bringing back traditional baby food recipes that were made just like how our grandmas made it for us!