Try these milk and curd-based recipes that are perfect during pregnancy
Milk and curd are rich sources of calcium and vitamin B-12 and are beneficial for pregnant women. These healthy and filling foods are a great way to ensure a balanced diet and can be filling alternatives for junk food. Here are a few exciting yet simple recipes which you will love, especially during your pregnancy.
- Multigrain dal porridge
Pulses and cereals, when sprouted, have enhanced nutritive value. Sprouted ragi, pearl millet, green gram and wheat boost the health benefits of any meal or drink. They also improve immunity in pregnant mothers and are rich sources of iron. Multigrain porridge or kanji is one such recipe that is easy to make and also nutritionally power-packed. It takes fifteen minutes to prepare once you have sprouts ready and the given ingredients yield one and a half kg of powder.
- Wash and soak the ragi or finger millet overnight.
- The next day, rinse and drain all the water.
- Tie the grains in a muslin cloth and let them sprout.
- Once sprouted, spread them out and let them dry.
- Once dried, roast them until you get a pleasant aroma.
- Pearl millet, green gram, oats and wheat need to be treated in the same manner.
- Once you have roasted the grains, add dry roast boiled rice, fried gram, barley, sago, dry ginger and almonds one by one.
- Mix all the ingredients and ground into a fine powder in a rice mill or a flour mill. Store this powder in an airtight container and use it whenever you need to make porridge.
- To make porridge, mix one and a half tablespoon of the powder with a three-fourth cup of water and make sure that there are no lumps.
- Cook this on a low flame and keep stir continuously until it acquires a thick consistency.
- Later, add powdered jaggery and milk and have it hot.
- If you like your porridge to be thick, then add three tablespoons of porridge powder and reduce the quantity of milk added.
You can also prepare porridge another way.
- First, mix the porridge and water in the same measurements as before.
- Make sure there are no lumps.
- Cook it on a low flame until it is thick.
- Let it cool down to room temperature.
- Now add salt and buttermilk to enjoy a unique drink.
Opt for this healthy milk recipe and to gain the energy you need to meet your increased metabolic demands. Even though it may take you time to prepare the powder, it is a convenient and efficient option for future use.
Sabudana kheer with fruits is a milk-based recipe and is a very healthy dessert option for pregnant women.1.Soak sabudana for two hours and drain it. 2.You can also soak wheat vermicelli, dry fruits like figs, almonds, and raisins for some time. 3.Make a paste of all the dry fruits along with chopped bananas. 4.Boil milk, and when it starts to thicken, add sago, and stir until it is cooked. Then add the vermicelli. 5.Heat ghee and roast the remaining nuts in it and then add to the milk. 6.You can even add some crushed cardamom for a wonderful aroma. 7.You can add fruits like mango and pomegranate and have the kheer cold. These fruits add additional fibre to the meal.
Buttermilk and lassi
Both buttermilk and lassi are Indian curds. Buttermilk is nothing but a mixture of curd and water and helps relieve constipation during pregnancy. You can either have it salty or spicy. Lassi is a similar combination but is sweet to taste.
Smoothies are the perfect snacks for pregnant mothers. They help fill in the nutritional gaps of vitamins, minerals, and proteins. These are also fairly easy to prepare. Just mix your favourite fruits with milk or curd to get a thick consistency.
When you are pregnant, you might struggle to find easy and interesting ways to make your diet healthier. Follow the recipes mentioned above, and you will not find it difficult to prepare something delicious and nutritious for yourself.