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Baby's first porridge - purple sweet potato with ikan tenggiri (mackerel)


I have started my baby on vegetables and fruits purees - sweet potato puree, apple and pear purees for the past two weeks. Now that he's 6.5 months, it's time to introduce rice porridge into his diet.

So, my mom-in-law cooked purple sweet potato porridge with ikan tenggiri (mackerel).

Choose a small purple sweet potato (you can use orange sweet potatoes if you like). Wash it clean. De-skin and cut into small pieces. Choose a quarter of a block of ikan tenggiri, wash it clean, and cut into small pieces.

Soak a handful of white rice in water for about 20-30 minutes to soften the grains. Drain and put aside.

Note: Some mothers recommend other grains such as millet, quinoa, and brown rice. I will try brown rice when baby is older a bit.


Boil water, add in rice, sweet potatoes, and fish over medium heat. Keep stirring to break up the grains faster. Off the heat after about 40 minutes and put aside to cool down. Then, blend the porridge in a blender to get the consistency you want (thickness based on baby's readiness).


Finally, I store the blended porridge in mini Tupperware containers (about 40-50ml each) in the freezer.

Starting this week, baby is having porridge for lunch and fruit puree for snack during tea time. The rest of his feeds (including midnight) are still breast milk.

On weekdays, I will transfer one porridge container and one fruit puree cube from the freezer to the fridge to defrost the night before. The next day, I will send both to the babysitter. On weekends, I will prepare fresh meals for baby and store the rest (one week's worth) in the freezer.


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