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10 Healthy And Safe Baby Food Recipes With Carrots

Making baby food at home is one of the easiest ways through which you can avoid the risk of food allergies and adulteration. When you are aware of the ingredients that go into your baby's food, it is easily a load off the mind.

There are plenty of recipes you can make at home for your baby, once they are 6 months old. In addition to that, it is important that your baby can sit upright and hold their head up. Let your baby try one food at a time at first, as this helps you understand whether your child has any problems with that food, such as food allergies. And wait for 3 to 5 days between each new food. More importantly, before introducing new foods to your baby, have a talk with your paediatrician.

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We have gathered a collection of baby food recipes with carrots, that are equally healthy and safe for your baby.

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Are Carrots Safe For Your Baby?

Paediatricians swear by carrots; because of the sweet taste and smooth consistency of pureed carrots, they are typically one of the most well-accepted first baby foods from four to six months of age [1]. Carrots are the best way to introduce solid food items to your baby and can be easily prepared. The amazing nutritional value and low risk of allergies make carrots one of the best suitable food for your little one. You can steam, boil, roast and bake the carrots for your little one.

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Some of the major health benefits of carrots are as follows:

• Help improve immune system functioning [2]

• Improves eye health [3]

• Rich source of fibre

• Rich source of vitamin A (babies under six months need 400 mcg of vitamin A per day, and babies between six months and a year-old need 500 mcg per day) [4]

• Improves skin and hair health [5]

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How To Select Carrots For Baby Food?

When buying carrots for your baby, make sure the carrots are firm, have a uniform colour (bright orange), and clean [6]. Do not buy carrots with stems or ones with holes, as they may have pests. If you can source farm-fresh carrots, do that instead of buying from supermarkets - as carrots that are available in the market can contain high levels of nitrates, which can harm the baby [7].

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Baby Food Recipes With Carrot

1. Carrot Porridge

Ingredients

• Carrots - 1 medium-sized

• Cardamom powder - a pinch

• Raisins- 1 tbsp

• Dates - 3

• Water - as required

• Ghee - 1/2 tsp

• Formula milk/breast milk -1/4 cup

• Powdered jaggery or jaggery syrup - 1 tsp optional

Directions

• Wash and soak the dates and raisins and in water for 15 minutes.

• Wash carrots in running water and peel off the skin.

• Chop the carrot into small cubes, and steam/pressure cook them until soft.

• Then, blend the soft carrots with soaked raisins and dates until the desired consistency is reached.

• Heat the ghee in a pan, add cardamom powder and jaggery (optional), cook for two minutes.

• Add the milk while the mixture is warm and mix well.

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2. Carrot-Nutmeg Puree

Ingredients

• Carrot - 1

• Nutmeg - a pinch

Directions

• Peel and chop the carrots into same-sized pieces.

• Steam the carrots for 10-12 minutes (or until it becomes tender).

• Transfer cooked carrots into a blender, add in the nutmeg.

• Puree the mix until smooth (you can add water to thin out the consistency).

3. Carrot With Olive Oil

Ingredients

• Carrot - 2

• Olive oil - 1 tbsp

Directions

• Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

• Toss the carrots in olive oil and spread evenly on a large baking sheet.

• Bake for 20 minutes.

• Remove from oven and let it cool for 10/15 sec before adding to the blender.

• Blend until smooth.

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4. Carrot With Almonds

Ingredients

• Water - 2 cups

• Carrot - 2

• Almonds - 6-8

• Whole milk/breast milk/water - 1 cup

• Ghee - ¼ tsp

Directions

• Soak the almonds in water for 6 hrs (do not use warm/hot water).

• Peel the carrots and chop into cubes.

• Blend the carrots, milk and almonds till smooth.

• Do not make the puree too runny.

• Pour water in a pan and when it comes to a rapid boil, place a bowl with the puree in it and make sure the water from the pan does not enter the puree bowl.

• Stir occasionally and cook for 15 minutes,

• Add jaggery (optional) and ghee and let it melt.

• Cook for another three minutes and leave it in the water for another 15 minutes.

5. Carrot-Sweet Potato Puree

Ingredients

• Chopped sweet potatoes 3-4

• Chopped carrots 3-4 cups

• Water - 4-5 cups

Directions

• Boil or steam the sweet potatoes and carrots separately until they are tender.

• Transfer the carrots and sweet potatoes in the blender and blend to the desired consistency.

• If your baby likes sweetness, then you can add more sweet potatoes than carrots.

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6. Carrot Rice

Ingredients

• Diced carrots - 3-4 cups

• Rice - 6-7 cups

• Water - 9-10 cups

Directions

• Cook rice with diced carrots in a pot for 20-25 minutes.

• Cook till rice and carrots are soft.

• Mix the carrot and rice well before serving.

• You could add more water if the mixture is thick.

7. Carrot-Peas Puree

Ingredients

• Peas - 2 cups

• Carrot - Diced, 2 cups

• Water - 4-5 cups

Directions

• Boil the peas and carrots, separately or together.

• Transfer the cooked vegetables to a blender and puree them.

8. Carrot Sticks

• Carrots - 6-7

Directions

• Cut the carrots lengthwise, so each carrot would make three to four sticks.

• Steam, bake or keep them crunchy for older infants.

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9. Carrot-Apple Soup

Ingredients

• Apple - 4-5, diced (without peels)

• Carrot - 3, finely diced

• Water - 9-10 cups

Directions

• Boil the apples and carrots separately.

• Bring all the ingredients together and blend.

• Since it is soup, blend for longer to get a thinner consistency.

10. Carrot-Chicken Puree

Chicken may be offered as soon as your baby is ready to start solids, which is generally around 6 months old [8].

Ingredients

• Boneless chicken - 2 cups, chopped

• Carrots - 2 cups, diced

• Water - 6-7 cups

Directions

• Boil the chicken and carrots separately until tender.

• Retain the chicken stock as it can be used in the blending process.

• Transfer chicken, carrots, and stock into a blender and blend well.

• Add warm water to thin the consistency if needed.

Note: You can blend into a thinner consistency for younger babies.

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On A Final Note…

Carrots are the best way to introduce solid food items to your baby. These recipes are easy-to-cook and simple and can help make food-time interesting for you and your baby.

Story first published: Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 16:15 [IST]