Chickpea-Beetroot Rice

By Nmami Agarwal     01-Aug 2018

Chickpea-Beetroot Rice

When you are breastfeeding, it’s very important to take care of your health and keep your strength up. Your body provides your baby with everything it needs, therefore, eating a variety of healthy foods is important to boost your milk and keep you and the baby healthy and fit. Additional intake must be obtained from a healthy balanced diet comprising all the food groups in sufficient proportions. If the mother doesn’t consume the right amount of foods, the energy spent while breastfeeding will be leached out from mother’s own body stores. Here’s a delicious recipe that’s good for your taste buds and your little one.

Nutritional benefits-  Beetroot does it all for breastfeeding mothers. Beetroot contains iron, calcium and folic acid. They are essential for recouping anaemic mothers, act as detoxifying agents and make baby strong. Cumin seeds boost the supply of milk. They help to avoid digestive irritants thereby preventing acidity. Chickpeas are full of protein and act as lactation booster for nursing mums. It is rich in calcium, B-complex vitamins and fibre.


  • Beetroot, finely chopped into tiny cubes – ½ cups
  • Soaked chickpea – 10 gms

  • Onion – 10 gm

  • Cooked rice – 30 gms

  • Green chillies, chopped – 1

  • Coriander leaves – few

  • Cumin seeds – a pinch

  • Salt to taste

  • Oil – 1 tsp.

Calories- 142 kcals


  • Steam the chopped beetroot. Keep aside.

  • In a pan, pour some oil, add cumin seeds, onion, green chillies and salt cooked for a minute.

  • Add soaked chickpeas and steamed beetroot into the pan and cook it for some time.

  • Add the mixture in cooked rice, mix it well.

  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and enjoy.

Over to you

A successful breastfeeding relationship between mother and a child is possible when the baby frequently latches on, urging the mother’s body to make nature’s best food. Make this possible by feeding often and eating a variety of foods to gain an adequate amount of nutrients for the baby and milk production. So, enjoy the tasty and healthy feast with your little one.


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Pinaca is a traditional Goan sweet dish. This dish is made by Goan rice, jaggery and plenty of coconut. Pinaca are usually made into sweet balls and can be consumed all year long. This simple sweet dish is easy to make yet high in nutrient value.

Nutritional value
Pinaca balls are high on nutrition as they contain jaggery, which is good source of iron, naturally occurring B vitamins, minerals like phosphorus, zinc, calcium and copper. Coconut contains lauric acid, which helps to increases good HDL cholesterol, also cytokinin’s present in coconut have showed anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic effects.


40 grams Goan rice flour
¼ fresh coconut
1 tablespoon Jaggery
1 tablespoon desiccated grated coconut
Pinch of cardamom powder
Nuts (optional)
Coconut water (optional)

Calories- 217 kcal
Carbs- 28.6 grams
Protein- 1.9 grams
Fats- 10.3 grams

Course- Dessert


First take the Goan rice and dry roast it on a tawa or pan.

Cool the rice and later powder them in a grinder.

Now take jaggery, crush it and grind it along with coconut, also add pinch of cardamom powder. Grind them on a round grinding stone if possible, otherwise just use a grinder.

Take this mixture out and keep adding flour, a little at a time and just mix it well with your hands. Add coconut water if needed.

Mix well and form small balls out of this mixture.

Nuts can also be added to the mixture. (optional)

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