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Homemade sprouted Sathu Mavu powder for babies (alternative to Cerelac)

This homemade baby food is nutritious, healthy and definitely better than any store-bought baby food!

As a first time mother, I was borderline paranoid about everything I gave to my baby. Also because I could not breastfeed her for long, her nutrition was of utmost importance to me. When I started weaning her, a lot of people suggested that I start her on store-bought rice and wheat cereal, as it is easy, convenient and most importantly, helps the baby gain weight. Now weight was never a problem with my baby, and giving her something that came out of a box seemed completely wrong to me. Anything that came out of a box is definitely laced with god knows how many preservatives.

So while I was giving her the regular weaning recipes, I needed something that was nutritious and quick to prepare. And that is when my mom introduced me to this sathu mavu powder, which is an amazing, all-inclusive, health powder for babies. This was my baby's favourite food for more than a year and I am glad that I could give her healthy and clean food. While the preparation is a little bit daunting and tiring, the fact that it saves you a lot of cooking time later in kind of makes up for it. Cooking this powder literally takes not more than 5 minutes, and will be your go-to meal when you are stepping out or the baby is cranky because of hunger. You can add as many or less ingredients as you prefer. I started with a simple rice and a few daals mix when my baby was 6 months, gradually adding more and more ingredients in the later months. Here's the recipe:

Ingredients

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  • Organic brown rice - 1 cup
  • Ragi - 1 cup
  • Wheat - 1 cup
  • Jowar - 1 cup
  • Roasted chana dal - 1 cup
  • Black gram - 1 cup
  • Green gram - 1 cup
  • Chickpeas - 1 cup
  • Omam or Ajwain - 50gm
  • Dry Ginger - 10gm
  • Elaichi - 15 gm
  • Cashew - 200 gm
  • Pista - 200 gm
  • Badam - 200 gm
  • Walnut - 100 gm

Method

  • Wash and clean all the ingredients thoroughly.
  • The ingredients that can be sprouted are wheat, ragi, jowar, green gram, black gram, chickpeas. After washing these ingredients thoroughly, tie each ingredient in separate muslin cloths and leave overnight for sprouting.
  • Each ingredient will sprout at different speeds, so be patient.
  • After sprouting, dry each ingredient separately in the sun for a day.
  • Now roast all the ingredients, sprouted and otherwise, in a little ghee separately.
  • Once it all cool downs, grind all the ingredients to a fine powder.
  • Your sathu mavu mix is ready.

To cook this powder, mix about a spoonful in either water or milk. You will have to adjust the amount of the powder you take according to your child's need. For older kids, you can also add a little jaggery to sweeten it. If not as a porridge, you can mix about a teaspoon of this powder in a glass of milk and give as a health drink to older kids. I used to cook the porridge with some crushed dry date to add taste, and also because dry dates are rich in iron.

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