A vegetarian diet is deficient in vitamin B12 and protein and soya is the vegetarian food source that is rich in this vitamin and protein. This nourishing pulao has a lot of flavors that will probably be new to your baby. Serve it with curds or dal to mellow down the flavors so that she can adjust to these new additions to her meals.
|Soya granules||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Cumin seed||1/2 Teaspoon|
|Cinnamon stick||1 Small|
|Chopped onion||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Finely chopped carrot||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Green peas||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Rice||1/4 Cup (4 tbs) , washed and drained|
|Turmeric powder||1/4 Teaspoon|
|Coriander cumin powder||1 Teaspoon|
|Water||1 3/4 Cup (28 tbs) , divided|
1. In a deep-nonstick pan, combine soya granules along with ¾ cup of water. Stir occasionally and cook over medium flame for 1-2 minutes or until soft. Set aside.
2. In pressure cooker, heat ghee, add cumin seeds and allow them to crackle.
3. Add cinnamon, cardamom, asafoetida and onion. Stir and sauté for 1 minute.
4. Add carrot, peas, rice, cooked soya granules, turmeric powder, coriander-cumin powder, salt and 1 cup of water. Mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Open lid when the steam escapes.
5. Serve lukewarm with fresh curd or raita.
You can also mash the pulao a little before serving to the babies.