We all know how important vegetables are to our diet. We also know how fussy kids can be when asked to eat vegetables. :-) The trick is to get them started off on vegetables as early as possible. I started adding mashed vegetables in Devansh’s food approximately a month after he had started eating solids properly. Mashed Vegetables for Baby Food is a real time saver. So I think this recipe will come handy when you are preparing food for seven month or older babies.
I make a mixture of some common vegetables like carrots and peas to last me for 3-4 days. I then add some new vegetable to it when I cook the main dish. I add the mashed vegetables to practically every dish Devansh eats—khichdis, poha, dalia…you name it. :-) Make mashed vegetables for baby food in bulk; trust me, it proves to be a real time saver while preparing babies’ and toddlers’ meals.
Mashed Vegetables for Baby Food
- 2 medium-sized carrots
- 1 tomato
- 4-5 florets cauliflower
- Approx. 15 green peas
- 1 inch piece of bottle gourd
- 1 inch piece of cabbage
- Wash the vegetables thoroughly to remove any trace of pesticide. I usually soak the vegetables in water with some Tollyjoy or Mee Mee Vegetable Liquid Cleanser added to it for about 5 minutes. Then I wash the vegetables thoroughly with water.
- Cut the tomato in 4 pieces.
- Peel the carrots.
- Chop the vegetables other than the green peas finely.
- Cook the vegetables in a pressure cooker on medium flame for about 10-15 minutes (5-6 whistles).
- Peel the tomatoes and green peas. If your kid is old enough to chew food properly, you can leave the peels on. You can omit this and the next step if you would like to use a blender to make a fine paste of the cooked vegetables.
- Mash the vegetables using a masher. For older babies, mash the vegetables coarsely as you want them to gradually learn how to chew food.
- Store the mashed vegetables in an airtight container like Tupperware after the mixture cools down. Please freeze this mixture instead of just refrigerating it.