We feed the child traditional porridges like ragi porridge , wheat porridge, rice porridge and many more. A child is too small and so his stomach. These porridges are bulky. They absorb about twice as much water to become soft. Even small amount of this porridge fills the baby’s stomach and they feel uncomfortable. If diluted with water, the nutrient content lowers. So what is the solution?
Add one -fourth of a teaspoon or 1 to 2 gms (not more than that) to the cereal porridge.
ARF is Amylase rich foods. It is a flour obtained from germinated cereal flour. Germinated grain flour contains a lot of an enzyme , amylase which makes the porridge less bulky , soft , thin and easy to eat. The best part is that it does not reduces the nutritive value. Amylase is an enzyme which aids in splitting starches so that it is easily digested.
HOW TO MAKE ARF POWDER?
It is very easy to make . Take 200 gms of wheat grain. Bajra , jowar or maize can also be used if wheat is not available. Soak the grain in triple volume of water (600 ml)for 12 hours. After 12 hours , remove the grains from water and wrap it in a wet cloth for 48 hours or 2 days. You will see grain sprouts. Dry it in the sun for about 6 to 8 hrs . Remove the sprouts from the well dried grain . Take the grain and grind it to a powder. Store it in an air tight container. Do not use more than 1/4th tsp in a bowl of porridge. The powder is sufficient for 30 days .
Preparing it is a bit tiring but we all want to give our child the best ,isn’t it?