Here is a nutrient-dense recipe for your kid, who is soon going to be one. The Cabbage Moong Dal Khichdi is chock-full of protein and carbohydrates, which are essential for your child. Cabbage adds to the vitamin C content of this delicious dish, while moong dal gives folic acid, iron and calcium as well. This is also the right age to add finely-chopped veggies to the diet, so that the kid slowly gets into the habit of chewing, and also gets used to the textures of regular home-cooked food. So, lets bid goodbye to puréed foods, which used to be the staple till around nine months, and start a new chapter with exciting foods like this.
|Finely chopped cabbage||1/4 Cup (4 tbs)|
|Green moong dal||2 Tablespoon ((split green gram), washed and drained)|
|Chawal||2 Tablespoon ((rice), washed and drained)|
|Cumin seeds||1/4 Teaspoon (jeera)|
|Asafoetida||1 Pinch (hing)|
|Turmeric powder||1 Pinch (haldi)|
|Salt||1 Pinch (optional)|
Combine the rice, moong dal and 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
Heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan and add the cumin seeds.
When the cumin seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and sauté on a medium flame for 5 seconds.
Add the cabbage and sauté on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes or till the cabbage turns soft.
Add the cooked dal-rice mixture, turmeric powder and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 1 minute.
Cool slightly and serve lukewarm.