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January 05, 2013

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Sweet Potato Porridge

Sweet Potato Porridge
Sweet Potato Porridge
Sweet potatoes are an excellent first food for babies. They are rich in vitamin  content, folic acid, and dietary fiber. And, best of all they're easy to digest as they contain simple carbohydrates or starch. After Devansh turned 6 months old, I started feeding him sweet potatoes almost daily. I would either steam or boil 5-6 sweet potatoes at a time, mash them, and then freeze the excess for future use. Time is an essential commodity when you have a 6 month old baby, right? :-) After you introduce cow/buffalo milk in your baby’s diet, you can start feeding him/her the porridge as per the recipe given below. So if you ask me, I’d say this porridge is an ideal sugarless dessert for one year olds and older toddlersBon appetit li'l one. :-)

  • 2 medium sized sweet potatoes (ratalu)
  • Approx. 1 tsp grated jaggery
  • Approx. 1 cup milk
  • Approx. 1/5th tsp cinnamon (dalchini) powder
  1. Wash sweet potatoes thoroughly.
  2. Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into thin slices.
  3. Steam or boil them till they become tender. You can cook them in a pressure cooker on medium flame for about 15-20 minutes (7-8 whistles). Or, you can boil them in 1-2 cups of water for about 10 minutes.
  4. Mash the steamed/boiled sweet potatoes finely.
  5. Sometimes even after mashing properly, sweet potatoes contain a lot of thread-like fiber. Take it out as your baby’s not equipped to deal with it while eating.
  6. Heat milk in a pan and then add mashed potatoes. You basically need 7-8 tbsp of mashed potatoes.
  7. Add about 2 pinches—if there’s any such thing :-) —of cinnamon powder.
  8. Keep stirring continuously till the mixture reaches desired consistency. Ensure that no lumps form in the mixture as you stir.
  9. Add jaggery and stir to ensure that it dissolves properly in the mixture. (The measurement for jaggery given in the list of ingredients is an approximation. Taste the sweet potato to determine how much jaggery you want to add. You don’t want to make the porridge too sweet.)
  10. Allow the porridge to cool a bit before serving it to your little one; although, you wouldn't want to serve it cold. It tastes best when it is slightly warm.


  1. awesome! ! m gona try this for Anahita......good going Mukta..... :)

  2. Nice...thanks for sharing and yeah keep blogging!

  3. hey i tried this recipe yesterday and was blessing you all through. Naisha had viral, and whenever this happens, the first thing that she gives up is her food. When i say gives up, i swear she just stops eating, she's been a very fussy eater, so to bring her to solids took me 2 and half years. When unwell, she refuses to chew at all. This sweet potato porridge was a saving grace. thx again!

  4. Hey glad Naisha liked it Eisha...you end up feeling so helpless when your child's unwell nah...you can try giving her rice kanji as well...I usually have that when I'm unwell...it's like a rice soup...u can add black pepper powder or jeera powder to it...haven't gotten around to writing the recipe yet...but you'll find the recipe on the net easily...it's good for babies too...hope Naisha feels better soon :)

  5. I wonder why other professionals don’t notice your website much m glad I found this.
    vegetarian recipes

  6. Hey Mukta... m unable to share recepes on guest page.. let me know how can i do that??

  7. Hi Manali,

    For guest recipes, you have to send me the recipe and I'll post it as per this blog's format. Why don't you send me a msg on FB we can discuss this there. My FB page's URL is: http://www.facebook.com/MumMumTime

  8. tasty porridge...is my family fav now...thanks Mukta

  9. Awesome and tasty recipies for my sweet little daughter adya... Thanks a lot for sharing these recipies..

  10. You're welcome Mukta...lots of love to Adya...first time a comment from my namesake :)

  11. Hey can we add jaggery to milk . I mean is it ok as per ayurveda

  12. Hi Pooja...boiling milk with jaggery added to it curdles the milk so if you want to bring some mixture to a boil with milk added to it, it's best to add jaggery in the end after you're done boiling the mixture...I've mentioned this in my kheer posts but I think I'll also mention it here...however if you're just heating the mixture you can add the jaggery safely I've done it many a times...but I think I'll modify the recipe to avoid any confusion...

    Regarding Ayurveda, I'm not expert on Ayurveda but I do get a lot of queries regarding usage of jaggery in babies' food and so have read up about medicinal values of jaggery/gur on the Internet and Ayurveda too considers it to have many medicinal values...after reading your query I did check with a family friend of mine who's done BAMS and he confirmed it's absolutely fine to mix the two. :)


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