HOMEMADE CERELAC (Sathu Maavu) FOR BABIES (Traditional Indian Recipe) 

Hello mommies,

Babies are truly God’s blessings. We cherish them, protect them, right from the day they come into our lives. Nothing on earth can match a mother’s breastmilk. It is an elixir for every baby. It provides ultimate nourishment for the young angel. Breastfeeding benefits both the mother and the baby. Babies grow and their need for nourishment also changes.

Though paediatricians all over the globe recommend on breastfeeding your baby until they turn 2 years. Though it is not always possible due to various reasons like low milk supply, baby losing interest, working mom. But every mom tries her best tomake sure her child gets maximum goodness for as long as possible.

Once they turn 6 months, the real challenge comes. Moms try hard to provide wholesome healthy food, which must be liked by the baby. There are few babies who are very picky when it comes to eating. A mother has to experiment a lot before she can follow a carefree meal plan.

You might have started with basic weaning foods like rice porridge, Apple puree. As each month passes baby gets very fussy and choosy to finish a meal. Ultimately they end up with a half filled stomach. So in this post I am sharing the recipe of homemade cerelac ( Sathu maavu; in Tamil).

I am totally against giving readymade cerelac, as there are many preservatives added to it, so that it stays fresh for almost 2 years. With just a little time and effort, you can prepare this wonderful cerelac at home for your little one..

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1.5 Cups Brown rice.

  • 1 cup Ragi (Finger Millet)

  • 1 cup Fried gram

  • 1cup Wheat dahlia ( Broken rice)

  • 1/2 cup Sago

  • 1 cup Moong dal

  • 1/2 cup Horse gram

  • 1 cup Urad dal with skin

  • 1 cup Green gram

  • 1/2 cup Corn (Dried)

  • 1/2 cup Cashew nut

  • 1/2 cup Almond

  • 10 Cardamom

Brown rice

Ragi

Fried gram

Wheat dahlia

Sago

Moong dal

Horse gram

Urad dal

Green gram

Corn

Cashew

Almond

Cardamom

MEASURING CUP: I used these cups for measuring.

1 cup= 128 gm.

1/2 cup= 64 gm.

BENEFITS OF INGREDIENTS:

Rice: Rich in carbohydrates and dietary fibre.

Ragi: Packed with carbohydrates, iron, Calcium

Fried gram: Outstanding source of folate, protein. High dietary fibre.

Wheat dahlia: Rich in magnesium, protein.

 Sago: High carbohydrate content.

Moong dal: High protein content. Rich in good carbohydrates.

Horse gram: Packed with neutraceutical compounds.

Urad dal with skin: Good source of Vitamin B and folic acid. 

Green gram: Good source of Potassium and proteins.

Corn (Dried): Provides Vitamin B, protein and fibre.

Cashew nut: Rich source of Vitamins, Minerals and antioxidants.

Almond: They provide protein, Magnesium and Vitamin E.

Cardamom: Prevents urinary tract infection and provides gastrointestinal support.

PREPARATION PROCEDURE:

  1. First wash all the ingredients separately to make sure it is free from dirt and dust.

  2. Dry the ingredients separately. You can Sun dry or air dry. But I prefer Sun drying , as the ingredients dry up quickly.

  3. Roast the ingredients separately in kadaai..

  4. Keep the heat in minimum and roast them without oil or water.

  5. The raw smell and color of the ingredients will turn to a nice roasted aroma with a crisp appearance and color.

  6. Once done, switch off the flame and let them completely cool.

Mix all the ingredients together and grind them.

  1. You can either grind them at home or give them in a power mill. I prefer the latter, because if the mixie blade is not too sharp it will not grind the powder uniformly.

  2. Once the powder is ready, let it cool before transferring it to an airtight container.

  1. This homemade cerelac can be stored up to 6 months in room temperature.

HOW TO PREPARE THE CERELAC:

  • Add 2 tablespoons of the cerelac powder and mix it with water. Mix well so that there are no lumps, as it will be difficult for baby to swallow.

  • Then switch on the flame and keep stirring at regular intervals so Ithat the cerelac doesn’t get burnt.

  • A moderately thick consistency is expected. You can add milk to it to adjust the consistency.

  • Sugar is optional, if you want to add sugar,please use organic country sugar ( Naatu sarkarai ; in Tamil).

This cerelac is ideal to be given for breakfast as it is very filling and will take some time to digest..