Yummy foods for the new mum!

 

The weeks after giving birth are so important for the new mother.

 

In India it is said that how the mother is nourished in the 40 days after giving birth determine her next 40 years of health!

 

Simple foods that nourish and calm the mother's energies are called for, foods that catalyse the healing process are needed and herbs that help milk production are given. Below are a few recipes shared to me by Indian Grandmothers in Woolgoolga who were assisting their daughters with their new babies...

 

 

Special ingredients are available at your nearest Indian Grocery store - locally Sat Nam in Woolgoolga and Om Namah in Coffs Harbour. Organic basmati rice and yellow mung dahl can be bought at the bulk foods store in Little Street, Coffs Harbour.

Kitcharee for new mums

This special version of kitcharee is the staple food for new mothers in India It is simple to prepare, the combination of yellow mung beans (also known as dahl) and rice forms a complete protein and is a tonic for the digestive system. The herbs included help reduce the stresses that arise from birthing and also bring the digestive fires back to life. It is slightly spice due to the black pepper but not chilli hot so it doesnt disturb the baby through the breast milk. This meal could be the basis of your diet for the first weeks of your recovery... Dont be scared to eat it 3 times a day, it will help you heal.

 

Panjeeri - A nourishing sweet