Green gram, Bengal gram, Jaggery, Moong dhal, recipe for children – A healthy and tasty meal for toddlers
Green gram or Moong dhal jaggery recipe for Kids
Green gram is a highly nutritious gram. Bengal gram is a popular food for children in India. It is termed as pacha payar in tamil and cheru payar in malayalam. Green gram is a highly recommended food for children as it is protein rich. Sprouted green gram or Bengal gram is a barrel of B-complex vitamins. Green gram is fiber rich and is filled with different forms of amino acids. Being protein-rich, green gram or moong dhal is one of the best foods for children.
Children, however, do not prefer to eat green gram as it is not tasty as other readymade baby foods available in market. Jaggery can be added to green gram to make it a tasty baby food. I would like to share the recipe I use to cook green gram for my child.
Green gram meal recipe for toddlers
Green gram – a handful
Jaggery - 2 tablespoon
Cumin Seeds – ½ teaspoon
Cardamom powder – a pinch
Cashew nut pieces -1 teaspoon (small pieces of cashewnut)
Dry grapes – 1 teaspoon
How to cook green gram or moong dhal for children
Soak green gram in water for few hours. Now pressure cook it with water. Cook it till it becomes soft. Now boil 1 tablespoon water in a pain. To the boiling water, add the jiggery powder or flakes. Jaggery will melt soon. To the melted jiggery add the cooked green gram. Mix well and cook for few minutes. Finally add the remaining ingredients. Kids will like this green gram jaggery
Mung dal or moong dhal separated from husk
Yet another version of green gram or moong dhal is commonly used in India. Seeds inside the green gram are separated from the husk. This is called dhal in hindi (moong dhal in hindi, sirupparippu in tamil, cherupayar parippu in Malayalam). Moong dhal is used for dishes, porridges and other recipes in India. I would like to share with you a moong dhal recipe for kids. This is also a tasty kids recipe
Moong dhal rice recipe for children
Moon dhal – a handful
Rice – a handful
Oil – 2 tablespoon
Ghee – 1 tablespoon
Cashew nut – few pieces
Cumin Seeds – 1/2 teaspoon
Ginger – 1 small piece, grated
Heat oil in a pan and put cumin seeds and ginger. Fry for 2 minutes. Transfer this to pressure cooker and add rice and moong dhal to it (uncooked rice and dhal). Add 2 cups of water. Pressure cook it till rice and shall becomes soft. Finally after opening add ghee and cashew nut to it. Mix with a big spoon so that rice and dhal get mixed well. Stir for 5-7 minutes to get it well mixed. This is a tasty dhal recipe that can be given to infants and toddlers.