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Finger food recipes for your baby: photos

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    Introducing finger foods to your baby

    Finger foods are little pieces of food items that your baby can pick up and can feed herself.

    Finger foods are important to your baby's development as they help your baby to get used to different food textures, improve coordination and teach her self-feeding. They encourage your baby to chew, even when she doesn't have teeth. She will suck or bite the food using her gums and this also helps speech muscles to develop.

    Though all babies are different, the ideal age for introducing finger foods to babies is between 7 to 9 months.

    Do keep in mind is that babies should always be supervised when eating, to avoid the risk of choking.

  • An assortment of steamed vegetables
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    Steamed vegetables

    Steamed vegetables are great finger foods and full of nutrients and fibre. They offer a variety of flavours and are soft and easy for babies to digest.

    Vegetables like carrots (gajar), peas (matar), potato (aloo), beetroot (chukandar), sweet potato (shakarkandi), french beans (frans beens), runner beans (sem), pumpkin (kaddu), cauliflower (gobhi) or broccoli (hari gobhi) can be steamed and offered to your baby.

    Allow the vegetables to cool before serving them so that your baby doesn't burn herself when picking them up.

    Note: Don't offer any raw fruit or vegetable that could come off in hard pieces. Raw foods cut in round coin shapes such as slices of carrots, kakdi or radish can be a choking hazard.
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    Soft fruits

    Soft fruits can be cut into bite sized pieces and offered to your baby as finger food. They are nutritious, rich in fibre and easy to digest in addition to having a natural sweet taste which most babies like.

    Some examples of soft fruit are banana (kela), melon (kharbooja), watermelon (tarbooz), papaya (papita), mango (aam), sapodilla (chikoo), peeled peach (adoo), plum (aloo bukhara), apricot (khumani), guava (amrood), orange (santara), kiwi, avocado (makhan phal) and strawberries.

    Just make sure you remove all the seeds and pits and always cut small fruits such as grapes (angoor), gooseberry (ras bhari) and cherries into half to avoid the risk of choking.
  • Fresh wholewheat roti
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    Chapati or roti

    Soft roti or chapati can be cut into bite-sized pieces and offered as finger food.

    As a next step you may also try offering stuffed or dal paranthas. Your baby may also enjoy dipping pieces of chapati in dal and take the first steps towards self feeding.
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    Rice and vegetable balls

    Well-cooked rice can be rolled into mini-balls and served as a finger food.

    You can also mix cooked dal and vegetables for variety. Mini idlis also serves as a wonderful finger food. See our recipe for mini idlis in our travel foods for your baby slideshow.
  • Three bowls of boiled pasta shapes
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    Boiled pasta

    Different shapes of pasta can be boiled until they are extra soft and offered to your baby as finger foods. You can mix your baby's favourite vegetable purée for added nutrition and flavour.

    As your baby adjusts to these foods include soft vegetables and well-cooked, tender chicken pieces for more texture and a nutritional boost.
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    Multigrain banana muffins

    Bite-sized muffins are an easy trick for getting your baby interested in food. These naturally sweet muffins are also perfect for breakfast or an on-the-go snack.

    Ingredients
    • 1 cup of whole wheat flour (gehu ka atta)
    • 1/2 cup of oats (jaee) flour
    • 1/2 cup of barley (jau) flour
    • 2-3 very ripe bananas (kela)
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (dalchini) powder
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract/essence
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 3/4 cup of curd
    • 1/2 cup powdered nuts such as almonds (badam), walnuts (akhrot), pistachios (pista), cashews (kaju)
    • A pinch of salt
    • 2 eggs, beaten

    Method

    Ensure all the ingredients are at room temperature before you proceed. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Melt the butter and lightly grease the muffin moulds.

    In a mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until completely smooth. Add the melted butter into the mashed bananas and stir gently. Beat in the eggs, curd and vanilla extract.

    In a separate big bowl, mix the dry ingredients: flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon powder and nuts. Now gently fold in the wet mixture into the dry mixture (do not mix vigorously). Pour the batter into your prepared muffin moulds.

    Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350°F (175°C), or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a rack and serve.


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    Cottage cheese (paneer) or tofu cubes

    Cottage cheese (paneer) or tofu cut into cubes make another healthy option as a quick finger food snack. They are high in proteins, calcium, vitamin D, vitamins B complex and fats important for a growing baby.

    Just cut them into bite-sized cubes and if you prefer, sprinkle a little pepper (kali mirch) or cumin (jeera) powder and serve to your little one.
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    Hard boiled egg

    Eggs are nutritious and wholesome and can be offered to your baby after she turns 9 months old.


    Method

    Boil an egg in a pot of water for 10-14 minutes. Make sure that the yolk and white are cooked until solid, as this will kill any bacteria. Remove the shell and extract the cooked egg. Cut it into bite sized pieces. Sprinkle some pepper (kali mirch) if you like. For a more filling version you can add a few pieces of cheese cubes or boiled potatoes (aloo).
  • Chicken cubes with steamed vegetables
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    Well-cooked chicken

    Chicken is an excellent source of protein and iron. Iron is important for your baby as it plays a part in carrying oxygen from your baby's lungs around his body.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup boneless chicken diced
    • 1/4 cup onion (pyaaz) chopped
    • 1/4 cup tomato (tamatar) chopped
    • Half teaspoon ginger-garlic (adrak-lehsun) paste

    Method
    Pressure cook the chicken, onions, tomatoes and ginger and garlic paste until the chicken cubes are soft and well-cooked. Remove from the stove and allow to cool to a comfortable temperature before serving your baby.

    Note: Make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly before offering it to your baby as a finger food. You can also serve it in the form of chunky strips of poached chicken or mini meatballs. Add in steamed vegetables such as carrot (gajar), peas (matar), cauliflower (gobhi) or green beans (frans beens) for a nutrition boost.



    These baby recipes have been put together with the help of Dr Shaveta Kaushal, a pharmacologist with a passion for creating healthy and nutritious meals for babies.

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