Saturday, July 6, 2013

Beetroot Jam / Chutney

This is one of my favorite 'inventions'. Technically you can give beetroot gradually after 6 months, say by 7 months or so. Although it is sweet, it has a raw-ish taste to it that makes it impossible to give it alone most times, unless you cook it really well and make sticks, which I do sometimes when all Athyn wants to do is bite and eat.

Yea so sometimes he is very cranky, I guess every mommy knows those tantrum days, teething or not! Those days, the one thing that really works for me is making him believe he is eating what am eating. Keep away his bowls and spoons and feed from my plate. Try it, it works most times, else head for a cold teether anyway! Or all of us sit with him and eat, he is very proud to share the family dinner. This beetroot chutney comes in handy when feeding idli and dosa. Psst... once i dipped a whole idli in this chutney all over and gave it to him as 'red' biscuit and he loved it :D

Method to make Beetroot Chutney

1. Wash and peel a beetroot, cut into 5 to 6 cubes.
2. Wash and peet a carrot, Cut into 5 to 6 pieces.
3. Steam for about 20 to 25 minutes / Pressure cook up to 4 whistles
4. Blend along with very little water.
5. Serve with idli, dosa or roti

Method to make Beetroot Jam 

1. For the jam, steam an apple instead of carrot, along with the beetroot.
2. Cut the beetroot into smaller pieces than the apple (apple cooks faster) 
3. Reduce the steaming time to max 15 to 20 mins lest the apple becomes tangy
4. Blend to get a cutesy pink puree as sweet as any other sugar-loaded jam.

So the Beetroot jam can be had as a meal in itself. It is very filling if you use a whole apple and whole beetroot. Apple is one the best first foods. If using for breakfast, you can even add beetroot and potato together, it has a very unique taste and is full of energy.

But if you are serving with dosa or bread, do wait until 9 months or whenever your baby is ready.


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