This is yet another tested recipe for 3 kids at home. One of Amma’s lovely creations. This is far better than the super market readymade baby food stuff without any preservatives. Its more nutritious and filling and cost effective too.
Good quality Basmati rice – ½ KG (We use Lal Quila brand)
Whole milk – ½ Ltr
Cardamom powder – 1 T
How to make?
Wash the rice twice in drinking water. Bring the milk to a boil in a thick bottomed vessel and add the rice to it. Keep stirring until all the milk is absorbed by the rice and all the grains are separate. Take the vessel off the stove and immediately spread the rice in a big plate. Let it cool to room temperature. Keep spreading the rice in the plate (if needed spread it in 2-3 plates) till it cools down.Now let this try under the sun for 1 or 2 days until it is completely dry. Once you are sure that there is no moisture in the rice heating a thick bottom wide vessel dry roast it in handfuls at a time till they turn pinkish. Let the entire batch come down to room temperature. Now grind it in a flour mill to a coarse or fine powder. Add the cardamom powder to the flour. The flour should be cooled down after it comes from the flour mill. Grinding it in mixie does not give a fine powder. Store it in airtight container. This can keep for a month. Do not use it after that.
How to prepare the kanji ?
Mix 2 teaspoons of the powder in 1 cup of milk until no lumps are found. Add sugar as per taste. Take this mix to the stove top and keep stirring till the mixture comes to a thick porridge. Serve warm to your loving baby.
Dry Roasting the dried rice…
Kanji for the baby