10 Recipes using Ghee for Baby Weight Gain

10 Recipes using Ghee for Baby Weight Gain

As a newborn, the baby gets a regular supply of healthy fats from the mother’s milk. However, when you begin to wean off the baby from breast milk, it is important to find a suitable replacement for the healthy fats to ensure continued baby weight gain. Ghee for the baby (Clarified butter) is one of the best options to ensure your child gets sufficient healthy fats. In addition to weight gain, using homemade ghee offers several other health benefits to your little one. However, many parents are skeptical about giving ghee to their babies. Mothers often worry about how much ghee is too much for the baby.

Therefore, here are answers to some common questions about ghee that bother every new mom. Also listed are its many benefits and some yummy ghee recipes that you can try at home for your little one.

When can you start giving ghee to the baby?

By 6 months, the baby starts loosing the healthy birth fat which is gained from the breast milk. Therefore, the best age to start giving ghee to a baby is when he or she is 7-8 months old. This is when the breast milk is not enough to fulfill the nutritional requirements of the baby. Ghee made from cow’s milk is considered good for the babies, as it is easy to digest. It can be introduced with purees and mashed foods. Most babies love the taste of ghee.

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How much Ghee can you give to your baby?

Whether your child is of optimum weight or is underweight, ghee should always be introduced in small quantities. You can begin with just a few drops to see if the baby likes the taste and is able to digest the ghee as well. Then, you can slowly increase the quantity. Do not give the baby more than 1 teaspoon of ghee a day as that may lead to indigestion.

It is important to seek your pediatrician’s advice before giving ghee to your baby. Professional advice is recommended for babies who have had jaundice as newborns. Neonatal jaundice is common in most babies. However, if your little one has had a prolonged episode of the disease, avoid giving fatty foods. A compromised liver finds it difficult to digest fats, which may get accumulated in the liver causing health issues.

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Why is ghee good for the baby?

Ghee for the baby has numerous health benefits. Some of these are:

#1. Required for growth

Ghee is a rich source of healthy fats required by the body to sustain regular growth and maintain optimum weight. Babies gain weight with ghee as the extra calories needed to perform activities like walking are obtained from it.

#2. Food for the digestive system

Ghee is very easy on the baby’s stomach as it is digested fast. It therefore, helps to improve body metabolism. Ghee aids bowel movement in babies and prevents constipation.

#3. Rich source of essential vitamins

Ghee contains Vitamin K2, which is known to produce calcium. It also contains Vitamin D, which aids better absorption of calcium in the body. Ghee is also a rich source of Vitamin A, which helps to develop better eyesight. The vitamins A and E in ghee help to boost immunity.

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#4. Facilitates development

It also contains EPA and DHA, which play a vital role in early brain development in children. Ghee contains Omega-3 and 9 Fatty Acids which keep the skin, heart, and the digestive system healthy.

#5. Good for muscle development

It strengthens muscles. Any muscle-related disorder can be prevented later in life if the baby is given ghee at an early age.

#6. Effective home remedy

Ghee can be used as remedy for common health issues like congestion and cough. Simply warm ½ tsp of ghee and sauté some garlic cloves in it. Strain the cloves and collect the ghee in a spoon. Let it cool a little. When it is at suitable temperature, give it to your baby to eat. Immediately make the baby drink warm water. This remedy helps find relief from chest congestion.

#7. Great add-on for starter foods

With ghee, the new foods that you introduce to the baby also become tastier.

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10 recipes using ghee for the baby for weight gain

These 10 recipes are extremely simple and easy to make. They are ideal for new mums who are always short on time. The recipes offer nutritious and delicious food options for your baby. Most dishes mentioned below lend a significant calorie intake and are rich in energy giving ingredients to facilitate growth and weight gain in babies. However, these are dishes that will go on to become the comfort food for your little one for many years to come.

#1. Daal and rice with ghee

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Ingredients

  • Rice – ½ cup
  • Dal (any dal of your choice preferably moong dal) – ½ cup
  • Ghee- 1 teaspoon
  • Jeera powder- a pinch
  • Mustard seeds (powdered) – ½ tsp.
  • Curry leaves- 2
  • Water- 3 cups

Directions

  • Wash dal and rice in the running water.
  • Take a pressure cooker and heat the ghee in it.
  • Add the curry leaves, jeera, and mustard seeds powder to it. Saute these ingredients.
  • Add the dal and rice with water.
  • Allow them to cook until you get 3-4 whistles so that the rice and daal are cooked properly and become soft.
  • Give to your baby when it is warm. In summers, you can give it with curd.

#2. Atta Halwa

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Ingredients

  • Atta (whole wheat flour) – 2 tsp.
  • Ghee – 1 tsp.
  • Hot water – 1 ½ cups
  • Formula or breast milk

Directions

  • In a pan, heat the ghee and roast the Atta over the low medium flame.
  • Stir continuously. Once its golden brown in color, add the hot water.
  • Keep stirring to avoid lumps. Once water got absorbed, turn the heat off.
  • Serve to your baby when its warm. You can add formula or the breast milk if requires.

#3. Banana and Jowar Sheera

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Ingredients

  • Jowar flour – 2 tbsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Banana – 1
  • Powdered rice – 1 tbsp
  • Water – 2 cups

Directions

  • Heat the ghee in pan.
  • Add the jowar flour and saute till it is light brown.
  • Slowly stir the rice powder in it.
  • Add water and keep stirring continuously to avoid any lumps.
  • Keep the flame low and cook for about 5 minutes.
  • Now add the mashed banana into it and turn the flame off.
  • You can even mix breast milk or baby formula for better taste and consistency.

#4. Pumpkin rice with ghee

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Ingredients

  • Rice – ¼ cup
  • Moong dal – 1 teaspoon
  • Red pumpkin – 1 small piece
  • Water – 1½ cups
  • Ghee – 1 tsp.

Directions

  • Clean the daal and rice thoroughly.
  • Peel and cut the pumpkin into cubes or slices.
  • In a pressure cooker add water and stir in all the other ingredients.
  • Cook until you get 4-5 whistles.
  • Puree the mixture and serve with a dollop of ghee.

#5. Ghee rice

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Ingredients

  • Short-grain Rice – ½ cup
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Salt or Jaggery powder (If the child is over 12 months of age)

Directions:

  • Wash the rice thoroughly in the running water.
  • In a pressure cooker, add the rice and water.
  • Wait for about five whistles to make sure that the rice is soft.
  • Once the rice is done, let it cool down.
  • Mix the rice with ghee. You can add salt or jaggery powder if the baby is older than 12 months.
  • Mash the mixture up well before you serve.

#6. Three veggie puree with ghee

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Ingredients

  • Potato – 1 medium sized
  • Peas – ½ cup
  • Beans – ½ cup
  • Ghee – 1 tsp.

Directions

  • Clean the beans and get the fiber out from the edges. Cut it into small pieces.
  • Peel and dice the potato into small pieces.
  • Clean the peas. Shell them first if they are in a pod.
  • In a saucepan, boil about 2 cups of water and add the vegetables.
  • Cook them until they are soft.
  • Puree the cooked vegetables.
  • Add ghee once it is cooled.

#7. Mango and ghee rice

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Ingredients

  • Diced mango – ½1/2 cup
  • Fully boiled Cooked rice – ½1/2 cup
  • Ghee – 1 tsp

Directions

  • Puree the mangos until they are smooth.
  • Add the ghee to the puree and blend.
  • Mix ghee and mango puree with the rice.
  • You can also puree the mixture after you add the rice, to make it easier for the baby to eat.

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Suitable For Babies Above 1 Year Of Age

#8. Broken wheat porridge

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Ingredients

  • Dalia or broken wheat – 2 tablespoons
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Ghee – 1 tsp
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Grated almonds – 1 tsp (for toddlers over 12 months of age)

Directions:

  • In a pan, heat some ghee and add the dalia. Toss it gently until it is light brown in color.
  • Keep the heat low and stir the milk in.
  • Keep stirring until the milk comes to boil.
  • Add sugar and turn the heat off.
  • Serve it with a garnish of grated almonds if your child is older than 12 months.
  • This recipe is suitable for babies above 1 year of age. For younger babies just replace milk with water and avoid the sugar. You can add breastmilk or formula milk to the prepared porridge before giving to the baby. This will make the porridge creamy and even more nutritious.

#9. Sooji Kheer

 

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Ingredients

  • Whole milk – 3 cups
  • Sooji or semolina – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – 1 tsp

Directions

  • Heat some ghee in a pan and fry the sooji in it till it turns golden brown.
  • Add the milk and stir continuously.
  • Let it come to a boil on a slow flame.
  • Add sugar and stir until the sooji is fully cooked. The kheer is now ready.
  • This recipe is also suitable for babies above 1 year of age. Therefore, for younger babies just replace milk with water and do not use any sugar. Once the sooji is done, take it off the flame, cool it a little, and add breastmilk or formula milk to make it creamier and more nutritious.

#10. Rice Pudding

 

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Ingredients

  • Milk – 4 cups
  • Sugar – ½ tsp
  • Rice – ½ cup
  • Ghee – 1 tsp

Directions

  • In a pan, boil the milk and add sugar.
  • Mix the rice into the milk and make sure you stir the mixture continuously.
  • Let the rice cook in the milk on slow flame.
  • You can also pressure cook the rice to make it soft.
  • Once the rice is cooked, mix the ghee in it and the pudding is ready.

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Try out these super-nutritious recipes for your little one to see a consistent and healthy weight gain. They are great starter foods and can be continued for many years later as well. You can add veggies and fruits to make variations as your kiddos needs change.

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