I Invented this soup when my baby was teething for the first time and refusing to eat. I realised she is hungry but is finding it hard to chew. I didn’t want to give her soups alone as she was less than a year old and I didn’t want to replace the breastmilk by filling her with liquids. So one morning I quickly came up with this recipe to make it a complete meal that she can easily have. It’s become a regular in our house now and I love it as well! It comes out rich and creamy and has zero corn flour and is made with just two main ingredients.
Pumpkin is a humble super food that can be found in every Indian kitchen. It is full of vitamins and anti-oxidants and is loaded with nutrients that boost immunity.
Oats on the other hand is a high-fibre food and is a great source of carbs. It also is a good source of proteins and fats as compared to other grains.
Combine these two and you have a healthy complete meal that is easy to eat and digest.
100 gm pumpkin
Half cup oats
1. In a pressure cooker, add two spoons of ghee and the chopped garlic
2. After the garlic has turned brown, add oats and let it turn brown as well
3. Add the chopped pumpkin and mix well
4. Add a pinch of cinnamon, turmeric, salt and coriander and zeera powder and mix well
5. Add a glass of water and pressure cook for three whistles
6. Use a hand blender to blend it after the soup has cooled down, it will come out all creamy and frothy.
7. Garnish with chopped dhaniya and ghee and serve
Note: At step 4, you can add oregano, thyme and basil instead of Indian spices. Please skip the salt if baby is younger than a year old. Also, the best oats to offer to babies and toddlers is steel cuts oats, which has the highest amount of fibre and is the least processed. For this recipe, I have used roasted and powdered steel cuts oats, but you can use whole oats, you will have to pressure cook for few more whistles.
This soup is also amazing if baby is dealing with constipation. Serve it lukewarm and it will help baby poop.
Bon appetite little one!