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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Masoor Daal (Red Lentil Soup)

In the early stages of life, babies feed primarily on breast milk, which provides all the essential nutrients required by the infants; satisfies their appetite and also protects from susceptible dangers of several diseases. Once babies start growing, their nutritional requirements enhances so the diet has to be rich, providing complete nutrition.
It's important to watch out for iron deficiency after kids reaches 1 year of age as it can affect their physical, mental and behavioral development, sometimes leading to anemia. So once the baby turns a year old, you can gradually reduce the amount of milk (A one-year-old does not need more than half a litre of milk a day) and increase iron-rich foods / solids in your child's diet.

Milk should be given in the morning and afternoon only, and lunch and dinner should consist mainly of the household food, like mashed vegetables with a chappati / little rice and light lentil soup / daal.
Masoor dal is a type of lentil (part of the legume family). Lentils have a very high percentage of proteins, and also essential amino acids (isoleucine & lysine). Masoor daal is also an important source of nutrition as it contains high quantities of iron, adviced for pregnant ladies, adolescents or those who suffers from iron deficiency.
When the infants start to take rice, make a paste with light masoor daal for easy intake of food. Though Masoor Daal can be prepared in several ways using spices like garlic, cumin seed. I used Split Red Lentils and prepared this daal / soup in a very simple way, perfect for your infant and also to have with a sandwich at dinner time.

  • Masoor dal (Red lentil): 1 cup
  • Onion, finely chopped: 1 small
  • Turmeric powder: 1 tsp
  • Mustard oil: 1 tsp
  • Water: 2 - 3 cups
  • Sugar: 1 tsp
  • Salt to taste


  1. Wash the Masoor Daal, drain well and keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add the chopped onions and saute a little till light golden brown (do not fry too much or else they may turn blackish).
  3. Add masoor daal, turmeric powder, water and salt, mix properly and bring to a boil.
  4. As soon as the water starts boiling, put the lid and cook the daal until 2-3 whistles.
  5. Check whether the cooked daal is complety soft or not (or else cook till 1-2 whsitles more).
  6. Check the salt & sugar and water consistency when the pressure cooker cools, pour the Masoor Daal in a bowl and serve hot.
Sending this healthy and nutritous Masoor Daal / Red Lentil Soup to Radhika's & Sudeshna's Foods For Stages Of Life-Cooking for infants & Toddlers & to EC's WYF-Light Meal...


my kitchen said...

Healthy one

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