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beetroot sheera

a beetroot semolina sweet with finger millet and dates for toddlers

· kids food,Sweet

When it comes to making yummy food for our little one which is healthy yet tasty is big challenge. Since the birth of my baby boy, I became obsessed to make healthy and nutritious food for my little one. And mostly every mother goes through this phase like we are on some grand mission of raising a healthy child. I suggest not to obsess over it like I did, but I learnt lately that trying to incorporate good food from starting is good idea. Now I am very easy with all food items but still I make sure they are not just calories and have at least some nutrition.

So while he was six months old I started self learning about food and nutrition from internet, other mothers, my own mother, my grandmother who all are very rich source of information, while comparing that information on Google and other blogs, solving this food Rubik’s cube through different permutation and combination and finally jotting down few recipes which now are part of his daily food intake.

There is a little struggle for introducing new food item to him, like any other child but as the taste develops slowly and gradually he is used to eating it now. These sheera is by far his favourite and yes it actually does taste good, even adult can have this easily 

Ingredients:

½ cup boiled beetroot puree

1tbsp suji/ semolina

1 tbsp nachini (finger millet flour)

4 pitted black dates / jaggery

½ tbsp almond powder

½ cup water

1 ½ tbsp ghee/ unsalted clarified butter

½ spoon shredded dry coconut (optional)

Method:

  • Heat the pan, add ghee then add suji, nachini, and almond powder. Roast it till slightly brown.
  • Now add water and dates, stir well till dates are soft and mashed completely.
  • As the mixture thickens, add beetroot puree and cook for 2 mins.
  • Lastly garnish it with shredded coconut and date bites.

Health Tips:

  • Nachini is very rich source of calcium, if your child has dairy allergy this is the best option to go for. Also, since its gluten free and full of fibre it will keep the bowel system sane. It also helps in absorption of iron thoroughly so if mixed with iron rich food it creates a symphony in body providing calcium and iron.
  • In short nachini is a super food when it comes to nutrients, so mix a little here and there in your baby’s food and you don’t have to worry about your baby getting balanced diet or not
  • Dates, as you know are rich source of iron. It also provides sweetness. so there is no need to add sugar.
  •  Beetroot is an excellent source of folic acid, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants - a health-food titan.
  • Ghee is an essential fat, which is very important for absorption of all the nutrients and also provide much needed energy to your child.

Other tips:

You can pre roast good amount of suji and nachini in ghee and store it in refrigerator.

Instead of beetroot puree you can use beetroot juice also. But if you use the juice, then don’t add water.

You can make dates puree before hand and refrigerate it. To make dates puree, steam the dates with little water and churn them in grinder. But this should be used within a week.

You can use coconut oil instead of ghee.

stay healthy and love your kids

lots of love

thank you for stoping by hope it helps you create new healthy treats for your baby

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