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Query from: Amitabh Banik, India, 09/20/08
Topic: BABY CARE      Submitted on: Ask Agent
Subject: Suggest Indian Diet chart for a 2 year old child

Sir, What will be the perfect diet for my 2 year baby (boy)?

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Response from: Geetha Gopakumar,   
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7.00 am: wake up, 6 oz cows milk 9.30 am: 1 boiled egg (both yellow and white), 1 bar weetabix cereal with cow's milk (or) 1 cheese omlette + 1 slice whole wheat bread with peanut butter and milk 11.00 am: orange juice from half a big orange + water 02.30 pm: 1 cup rice boiled with dhal (toor or moong) and 2 vegetables (any of carrot,cabbage, bhindi, potato, pumpkin, raddish, spinach, beans) and tomato + ghee (or) pasta with milk, cheese, salt and pepper and any fruit (mango, papaya, grapes, avocado) 6.00 pm: 5oz cow's milk + biscuits 8.30 pm: 1 cube plain cheese 1 banana 1 dosa with yoghurt (or) 1 cup oats with yoghurt 10.30 pm: 6oz cow's milk and some water

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Response from: Himabindu V,   
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The following is not a strict routine, but can be followed as a time table. This is what I used for my 2 girls. Early morning at about 5a.m or 6 a.m or as soon as he gets up: Milk about 120 ml. About 8 a.m: 2 idlis/1 dosa/1chaptti/porridge with milk/cornflakes with milk(preferably soaked) about 11.a.m.: one fruit like apple, banana, chiku or 10 grapes, some papaya, water melon etc. about 1.00 p.m: Rice with dal with 1tbsp ghee, vegetables(well cooked, like carrot, potato, etc), curd. After he gets up from afternoon nap: Milk about 5 p.m: snacks or cerelac. It is better to give cerelac or other baby foods so that he is used to it when you go out. About 7.00 p.m: chapati/rice with dalwater, vegetables, curd if required. about 9.00 p.m: Milk

Please note: The porridge is available in the market in a ready to cook state. Non-veg items can be started with your doctor's advice. Keep feeding every two hours. Do not give snacks when he is hungry or just before meal time. Do not force. just try to distract or make it interesting.

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Response from: Ms saipriya r,   
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Source: This information comes from my own knowledge.
Dear Amitabh Banik ,

Here are few indian diet chart for a 2 yr old child

Fruits (As Weaning Food)

Mashed fruits are a good first weaning food. They are easy to digest and palatable to the baby.

Mashed bananas

Bananas should be mashed, and then given as such or mixed with malai (cream) or milk. First start with a quarter banana, and increase it every week until the baby accepts it.

Boiled and mashed apples

You can also offer apples instead of bananas to your baby. Take an apple and cut it into pieces, taking care to remove the center core. Boil it and then mash it either with a spoon or in a mixer. Start with half an apple and increase it to the limit accepted by the child. It has been observed that many babies get constipation with apple. In this case, try other fruits like papaya.

Other seasonal fruits

Other seasonal fruits like pears (to be prepared like apples), chikoo (simply mashed), papaya (simply mashed), mango (simply mashed) can also be given. It has been observed that papaya helps soften stools if the baby is constipated.

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Vegetables (As Weaning Food)

Mashed, well-cooked vegetables

Method of preparation Vegetables should first be boiled, then mashed in a blender, and then strained. It is important to strain the vegetables until the baby is about 7 months old. After the baby is 7 months, straining is not required because vegetable fiber is very nutritious and contains certain useful toxins.

Quantity of feed Begin feeding the child with a couple of spoons and then gradually increase the quantity every succeeding week to the limit accepted by the baby. Dark green leafy vegetables, carrots and pumpkin are very healthy.

Salt, butter and other additives There is no need to add salt to the vegetables, since there is enough sodium in the vegetables. The baby's system is not ready to handle too much salt in the first few months of life. Ghee, butter or cooking oil can also be added for flavor as well as for calories.

Iron and Vitamin C Vegetables like spinach are high in iron. In order to improve the absorption of iron into the baby's system, you need to give vitamin C. Vegetables like tomato and cauliflower contain vitamin C and therefore can be a good complement to spinach. Multivitamin drops also contain vitamin C and can be given once a day, right after a meal.

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Cereals

Suji Upma (rava upma):

You will require ½ cup of suji, 1 tablespoon on oil, mustard seeds, onions (optional), boiled and diced vegetables (optional) and buttermilk (optional). You can also add other vegetables for taste and nutrition, such as onions, peas and carrots. First saute mustard seeds, onions and boiled vegetables (optional) in oil. Then add suji and lightly fry for a few minutes. Once brown, you can add either 1 glass of water or 1 glass of butter milk (make sure it is not very sour) and keep stirring. Once well cooked, remove from gas, season with corriander leaves and serve warm. Remember that upma becomes lumpy very quickly, so make only when the child is ready to eat. Reheating upma ruins the consistency.

Suji kheer (rava kheer):

You will require ½ cup of suji, 3-4 tablespoons of sugar and 3 cups of milk. First boil the milk and then add suji. Cook it on slow fire, and keep stirring (to prevent lumps) until the consistency is semi-solid. Then add sugar to the suji. Garnish with powdered badaam or elaichi. Cool and serve warm.

Dalia (from broken wheat):

Dalia can be made with vegetables or without vegetables. The advantage of making it with vegetables is that the child also gets some essential vitamins and minerals.

Dalia without vegetables Start with equal quantities of wheat dalia and lentil. Add dalia to boiling water and cook it for some time (until half-cooked). Then add lentil until both the dalia and lentil are well-cooked. You can add salt and butter to taste.

Dalia with vegetables Dalia is prepared in the same fashion as above. Except instead of cooking only dalia, you can also cook other vegetables like potatoes, onions, peas and any other green vegetables with it. You can also season it with sauted garlic or ginger.

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Rice Preparations

Khichri (moong dal)

You will require 4 tablespoons of rice and 2 tablespoons of dehusked moong dal. Prepare khichri by cooking rice and dal together, with a pinch of salt (added to taste). Once khichri is cooked, you can add 2 teaspoons of ghee, butter or cooking oil to the final preparation. You can also add vegetables like carrots or spinach to the khichri and then mash the mixture. If you want to add spinach, first boil, mash and strain it, and then add this puree to the khichri and stir it. Cool the khichri and serve lukewarm.

When the baby is still young, you should mash the entire mixture in a blender so that it is easy for the baby to swallow. You can gradually increase the consistency to a semi-solid state so that the child's palate starts getting used to regular foods.

Mashed boiled rice with milk (similar to kheer):

This is a simple recipe to ensure that the child gets rice (for carbohydrates) and milk (for calcium). Mix 1 cup of boiled rice with 1 cup of milk and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Cook it on the gas for 10 minutes (keep stirring) and allow the mixture to thicken. Cool and serve lukewarm. You can also add badaam (almonds) scapings and elaichi powder for taste.

Pulav

First prepare the base for the pulav by sauting onions, cumin and mustard seeds in oil. Then add onions, potatoes, peas, carrots and any other vegetables and cook them with a little water until they are tender. Once the vegetables are cooked, add boiled rice and heat mixture for a couple of minutes. Cool and serve warm.

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Other Preparations

Pumpkin Malagutal (south Indian dish):

You will require equal quantities (say 4 tablespoons) of white pumpkin and either tur dal or moong dal. First peel the pumpkin and dice it into small pieces. Then lightly roast the dal of your choice. Next, take both the diced pumpkin and the roasted dal and cook them in boiling water; you should also add a pinch of turmeric powder and salt to taste. Once cooked, add ghee or butter for flavour. Malagutal can be served with rice, and is a very nutritious dish for an expectant mother as well as the baby.

Spinach Malagutal (south Indian dish):

The recipe for this dish is similar to the recipe for a pumpkin malagutal. Except instead of pumpkin use spinach. Although a blender is optional for the pumpkin malagutal, it will be required for the spinach malagutal, since the baby will find it difficult to eat spinach in the original form.

Goodluck .

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