Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sweet Potato Puree

Here I begin one more blog on food. Something that I hope will help a lot of mommies like me wanting to feed their baby the best, while it is both yummy and healthy, and most of all appropriate. Small snippets from my experiments with nutrients and tastes based on my baby's love - hate relationship with food and of course the extensive gyan I picked up from where else but the internet!!

So to give it a sweet start, this is a simple recipe made with sweet potato (chakravali kizhangu), considered one of the best first foods when starting solids to six month olds! Although my son had carrot as his first food, this one was one of the first few that was welcomed with much enthusiasm. Babies love sweet potato. It is one of the most natural sources of sweetness for those lil tongues used to the sweetness of breastmilk alone for six whole months. Plus it serves awesome for that extra energy when only one solid food a day is given or as a breakfast to kick start the day with a good carbohydrate meal. It is easily digestible and contains vitamin b6 and c, beta-carotene, iron and potassium.

Method to make Sweet Potato Puree 

1. Wash and cut one sweet potato into half
2. Place in a steamer (or a small bowl that is partially covered)
3. Pressure cook up to 3 or 4 whistles (or steam for 20 minutes)
4. Peel the skin and blend with little water.
5. Alternatively, you can use raisin water too. (soak a handful of raisin overnight or at least for 3 hours, boil it and strain it, you can use the water to make any fruit or vegetable puree, this helps relieve constipation)

If your baby is over seven months, you can give multiple fruits and vegetables. Try steaming an apple along with the sweet potato and make a puree. It adds a little zest to the puree while the sweet potato takes away the tangy flavor that babies hate in an overcooked apple puree. Makes a winner combo!


  1. I have a 10 month old and till now i am breastfeeding but now i am planning to make my own food to feed him..i like the raisin water tip..will try that..:)

  2. Hi Preety. Exclusive breastfeed and no solids till 10 months? It is amazing of you but babies do need external nutrition after 6 months for their growth.