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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:
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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