Moong Dal is the easily digestible dal and therefore preferred most of the times when feeding infants/babies. This recipe is made of plain dal cooked along with sliced snake gourd pieces and served with a tsp of melted butter. The reason to post this recipe is that we always stick on to very few vegetables when feeding babies (like carrot,cabbage,radish,beans). This recipe is just to make a recall of of few forgotten veggies which has bundle of secret health benefits which are faded away among the kids (like snake gourd and other gourd variety,bean and lentil varieties) Will post later on few recipes on using lentils and beans. Now my son got used to eat the chopped and cooked veggies, so please let me take sometime to post on.
Moong dal/ Paasi paruppu / Split yellow dal – 2 tbsp
Snake gourd – 2 tbsp (thin sliced in medium pieces)
Butter – 1/2 tsp
Salt – a pinch
Method of Preparation:
- Dry roast dal and cook soft with turmeric powder.
- Add sliced snake gourd and let it cook.
- Add salt to taste and butter/ghee while serving.
- Seasoning can be done with mustard and curry leaves.
- When first introducing, just feed with cooked and mashed dal, then go on with added veggies.
- Take care to buy a tender and fresh veggies when cooking for infants /babies.
- Do not grind the veggies all the time when feeding as they will not be practised for habit of chewing.
- Instead cook well with additional quantity of water and smash well using your hand. This makes you feel the softness of food when feeding your little ones.
- In the same process you can add brinjal,bottle gourd,ridge gourd goes well for cooking with moong dal.
- Either cook in open vessel else use a pressure cooker to cook the dal. Add a tomato while cooking dal which can be used for making rasam. (This is optional). Cooking dal in open vessel gives you dal water with perfect texture for making rasam.