Tasty Tuesday’s Baby Edition: Nepali Jaulo {Recipe}

Hi All! I thought I’d share with you what Savya typically eats on a regular basis.

We have always tried to be very mindful as to what foods have a good or bad effect on him. One food that has always been beneficial is Jaulo, a Nepali rice porridge with mild spices which are good for the stomach and also tasty. I also add many vegetables to it. As Savya is almost 15 months old, I’ll give you the recipe I’m currently making.

Nepali Jaulo for Toddlers 

Cooking time: 30 minutes
Type: lunch/dinner
Yields: 18-20 ounces (4-5 meals)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of red lentils
  • 2 tablespoons of yellow mung lentils (without green skin)
  • 4 tablespoons of basmati rice
  • 1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons of ghee
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger/garlic paste
  • Pinch of roasted methi
  • Pinch of roasted ajwain
  • Tiny pinch of hing (optional)
  • Pinch of coarse sea salt

Vegetables: you can use any combination you want. I sometimes also use spinach, closed cup mushrooms, carrots, red bell peppers and broccoli. Use whatever is in your fridge! 🙂

  • 1 teaspoon of ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mild curry powder
  • 4 pieces of asparagus
  • 1 carrot, peeled and thinly sliced into rounds
  • 3 baby courgettes (zucchini)
  • 3 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed.
  • 1 small shallot, sliced

Preparation:

  • Add both lentils to a small bowl.  Rinse them in water a few times to remove any dirt, stones, or impurities. Soak in water until needed.
  • Rinse basmati rice at least twice and let soak until needed.
  • Wash and chop all vegetables and put aside to cook.

Method:

  1. Heat pressure cooker on medium high. Add ghee to heat. If adding Hing, add and let fry for 10 seconds (important to cook it well). Add roasted methi, roasted ajwain, garlic/ginger paste, and stir.
  2. Add soaked, clean lentils to the pressure cooker and mix. Add 2 cups of water and cover until it cooks down 50% of the way. Lentils should be flat, soft and split when cooked.
  3. Stir and add soaked, clean rice and one more cup of water. Cook until the rice is cooked and the mixture has become soft and fluffy.

Optional 4th step: After the rice is cooked, i turn it on low heat and cook down for another 10 minutes to achieve this soft consistency
At the same time, you can cook your veggies. For your vegetables, use a separate pot, otherwise the taste will not be nice.

  1. On a low heat, add a tablespoon of ghee, 1/2 teaspoon of curry powder, and all vegetables. Cover and cook for about 10-15. If you find the mixture is getting dry, add a tablespoon of water. The end product should be very soft and slightly browned.
  2. Let cool for 5 minutes and either mash or purée, depending on what consistency your child prefers. My son prefers really soft like mashed potatoes, so I pulse to blend in his Phillip Avent blender.
  3. Mix Jaulo and Veggies together in a pot. I like to weigh out how much my child will typically eat via a kitchen scale, and freeze the rest for later.

I hope you all found this helpful! Happy eats to our little ones. What kinds of recipes work best for your little ones? I’d love to know, please share below!

Xoxo.