Sathu maavu- Powerpack food for toddlers

Sathu maavu- Powerpack food for toddlers

Sathu maavu- Powerpack food for toddlersA homemade multi grain cereal commonly known as Sathu Maavu for toddlers is a savior if you have a fussy eater like mine. Sathu Maavu is a healthy mix of different cereals and healthy nuts. I came across these while looking for some healthy food options for my son. This has a yummy taste as well. My son who otherwise is not much interested in eating loves this.

Sathu Maavu is in itself a power pack food for toddlers. It is better than the commercially available supplements like cerelac etc, which is loaded with Sugar.

Moreover as we are preparing this at home so we know exactly what is going inside the mix and ultimately inside the tummy of our little one.

Once the powder is ready, it takes hardly 10 minutes to cook and hence is one of the quick baby food recipes.

I have tried several varieties of them based upon many related posts and videos, and finally came up with my own version which is not only super healthy but yummy too. So let’s see the ingredients and recipe-

Ingredients-
1. Bajra / Pearl Millet – 1 Cup
2. Jowar / Sorghum – 1 Cup
3. Ragi / Finger Millet – 1 Cup
4. Whole green Mung – 1/2 Cup
5. Roasted bengal gram or chana daal daliya – 1/2 Cup
6. Sago or Sabudana – 1/4 Cup
7. Cashews – 1/4 Cup
8. Almonds – 1/4 Cup
9. Walnut – 1/4 Cup
10.Peanuts – 1/4 Cup
11. 4-5 Cardamom

 

Steps to Prepare Sathu Maavu-
1. We need to dry roast each of these ingredients on medium high flame separately for 5-10 minutes. The time will vary for different ingredients.
2. Once all the ingredients are roasted, we need to mix them well.
3. Allow the temperature of the roasted ingredients to come down to room temperature.
4. Grind them into powder using a the mixer-grinder.
5. If the toddler still eats smooth purees, then you can sieve this using a fine mesh strainer. Otherwise it is a good option to leave them as it is, so it stays high in fiber content.
6. This powder can be stored in airtight container for around 3-4 months.

How to cook-
1. Take 3-4 spoon of this powder and mix it with 1/4th cup of of water. Give it a good mix so that there are no lumps.
2. Add 1 cup of milk and sugar or jaggery as per taste. Allow it to cook on medium to low flame. Keep stirring occasionally as it may form lumps.
3. Once done turn off the flame. Add more milk to adjust the consistency as per the preference of your baby.

Benefits of Sathu Maavu-
1. This contains the goodness of all the healthy cereals and Dry fruits/ Nut combined together and hence does wonders for providing complete nutrition.
2. It helps in weight gain in toddlers.
3. Boosts brain development.
4. Improved bowel movement.
5. Overall growth in babies/toddlers

 

Lets see what are the goodness of the individual ingredients-

1. Bajra / Pearl Millet- 

This is a rich source of Protein, Iron, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Carbohydrate, Calcium, Fat, Minerals and Fibers.
It rightly has the name Pearl millet as it has pearl like quality which is beneficial to the body.

 

2. Jowar / Sorghum-

It is rich in fiber, contains high level of Iron and Protein. It contains B vitamins, which help the body build new tissues and cells, as well as potassium and phosphorous. Additionally, jowar contains traces of zinc, copper and over 20 micro nutrients as well as high levels of antioxidants.

3. Ragi / Finger Millet

Ragi- Often known as wonder grain, is a real wonder food. It’s actually one of the best first food for babies as well. It is loaded with Calcium, excellent source of Iron and has high Protein content as well.

 

4. Whole green Mung

It is a rich source of protein, Fiber. Along with these it also contains folate, magnesium, vitamin b1 thiamine, manganese, zinc, vitamin B5 pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 and calcium.

 

5. Roasted bengal gram or chana daal daliya
It has high level of Protein and Fiber.

 

 

6. Sago or Sabudana
Sago is known for its weight gain properties. Moreover it contains carbohydrate, protein, dietary fiber, calcium, iron.

 

 

7. Cashews
Cahshew are packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These include vitamins E, K, and B6, along with minerals like copper, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, iron, and selenium, all of which are important for maintaining good bodily function

 

8. Almonds
Almonds contain lots of healthy fats, fiber, protein, magnesium and vitamin E.

 

 

9. Walnut
Walnuts contain a number of neuroprotective compounds, including vitamin E, folate, melatonin, omega-3 fats, and antioxidants. Research shows walnut consumption may support brain health, including increasing inferential reasoning in young adults.

 

 

10.Peanuts
Peanuts are abundant in the vitamins niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin, choline, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E and rich in minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, iron, copper, manganese and selenium.

 

11. Cardamom
Cardamom is used for digestion problems including heartburn, intestinal spasms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), intestinal gas, constipation, liver and gallbladder complaints, and loss of appetite

 

So now you know why Sathu Maavu is so good, yeah because it is a healthy mix of all the great ingredients.

 

* One note- If you are washing the grains, then allow them to completely dry under the sun, before roasting them. The powder will go bad if there is any moisture content in there.

Do try this recipe for your little one and let me know, If the little one loved it..

 

~Love~

Ashna

 

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3 Replies to “Sathu maavu- Powerpack food for toddlers”

    1. It actually is very healthy, and if any product is not available you can obviously skip it and add add other healthy items.
      Do let me know how it turned out, If you prepare this..

      ~Love~

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