Baby Food 8 Months Plus: Pumpkin Soup and Sweet Pumpkin Puree

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Pumpkins are filled with Vitamin A and beta carotene. Beta Carotene is known to reduce the risk of cancer. Pumpkin also builds immunity in kids.

Surprisingly, I was never introduced to pumpkin from when I was a kid, so I had no idea how it tastes. I have seen it in Sambar and a few south Indian dishes, but I always refused it, because somewhere I knew it tastes sweet and couldn’t accept it in a savory dish.

Recently Pumpkins have been appearing so often in International cookery shows and most tinned baby foods have pumpkin. So I wanted to introduce pumpkin to my baby. But my mom says babies catch a cold eating pumpkin, you all need to recheck this. Taking her advice I added heating ingredients to both my recipes and *touch-wood* my baby did not catch a cold.

Sweet Pumkin Puree Recipe

  • Pumkin Cubes- 1 cup
  • Sugar or Powdered jaggery- 1tsp
  • Cinnamon Powder- 1 pinch
  • Warm water

Pumpkins are a little hard on the outside and it takes some effort to de-skin and chop cubes out of it. Pressure Cook it for 2-3 whistles. Now puree it in a blender with sugar/jaggery and cinnamon powder.

You can add warm water if it is thick.

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Pumpkin Soup Recipe

  • Pumpkin Cubes- 1 cup
  • Moong Dal- 3 Tbsp
  • Salt
  • Hing
  • Turmeric

Pressure cook all the ingredients and mash mildly, then strain out the juice. Your pumpkin soup is ready. If you’re worried about wastage see my Pumpkin Kootu recipe below: It was actually yummy not at all sweet.

Pumkin Kootu Recipe

Cook 1 cup Pumpkin and half cup moong dal in a cooker for 2-3 whistles. Grind coconut( few pieces), 2 green chillies, a pinch of ginger and coriander leaves in a blender. Add to the pumpkin mix and cook for 5 mins with salt.

Heat one tsp. oil in a small pan, add mustard seeds and curry leaves (optional) and pour this tadka into the pumpkin kootu.

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Jaishri is an IT professional and the founder of mommyswall. She is a mom of a lovely 4 year old and lives in Bangalore. She is also a certified Yoga instructor and believes in Natural living.
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