Start with light food 12 hours after child-birth. Give when the mother  is hungry after delivery.

1. Gruel of Rice with or without brown sugar (jaggery) and Milk 
Gruel of rice & brown sugar (jaggery) in milk is strengthening, heating, gives immediate calories to the mother.

Ingredients:

  • Rice                             - 1/2 cup
  • Water                          - 1  cup
  • Milk              - 1 cup

Preparation:

Cook rice to soft and then add milk and boil. Add brown sugar (jaggery) before serving.Just plain rice gruel without milk and brown sugar (jaggery) is also good if the person does not like milk. Chopped onions and ginger can be add if milk is not used.

Preparation Time: 15 to  30  minutes.

2. Broken wheat  with or without brown sugar (jaggery) and Milk 
This is also strengthening and  heating.

Ingredients:

  • Broken wheat                - 1/2 cup
  • Water                          - 1  cup
  • Milk              - 1 cup

Preparation:

Cook wheat to soft and then add milk and boil. Add brown sugar (jaggery) before serving. Just plain wheat gruel without milk and brown sugar (jaggery) is also good if the person does not like milk. Chopped onions and ginger can be add if milk is not used.

Preparation Time: 15 to  30  minutes.

3. Corn  with or without brown sugar (jaggery) and Milk 
This is also strengthening and  heating.

Ingredients:

  • Corn                            - 1/2 cup
  • Water                          - 1  cup
  • Milk              - 1 cup

Preparation:

Cook corn  to soft and then add milk and boil. Add brown sugar (brown sugar (jaggery)) before serving. Just plain corn gruel without milk and brown sugar (jaggery) is also good if the person does not like milk. Chopped onions and ginger can be add if milk is not used.

Preparation Time: 15 to  30  minutes.

4. Puffed Rice With banana

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of puffed rice
  • One banana
  • one tablespoonful of freshly grated coconuts
  • palm brown sugar (jaggery) or raw sugar one tablespoon

Preparation:

To puffed  rice sprinkle water (or milk) and mix to make it soft then add other ingredients and serve.

Adding  sliced banana or apple is  also good.

5Lassi  (Sweet ground wheat  roasted in ghee and brown sugar (jaggery))

Ingredients:

  • Broken wheat                - 1/2 cup
  • Water                          - 1  to 2 cups
  • Ghee              - 1 or 2 table spoon

Preparation:

Cook wheat to soft and then add milk and boil. Add brown sugar (jaggery) and ghee  before serving.

Preparation Time: 15 to  30  minutes.

6. Amaranth Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Amaranth flour              - 1/2 cup
  • Water                          - 1 to 2 cups
  • Palm brown sugar (jaggery)/Raw sugar  - 25 gm
  • Butter or ghee              - one teaspoon (optional)

Preparation:

Add butter or ghee in pan and briefly fry the flour in it ( 1 to 2 minutes) and then add water. If a semi solid consistency required add one cup of water, if a more liquid consistency desired add 2 to 3 cups of water.

Frying in ghee or butter is optional. Directly flour can be added in water.

Cook in medium flame and continuously stir to prevent charring of the halwa. Add brown sugar (jaggery) after the flour is cooked and stir for few more minutes.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes.

7. Bishop weed (Ajowan)  Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Ajowan                        - 1/4 cup
  • Water                          - 1 to 2 cups
  • Palm brown sugar (jaggery)/Raw sugar  - 25 gm
  • Butter or ghee              - one teaspoon (optional)
  • Coriander seeds             -  one teaspoon
  • Rice flour                      -  1/2 cup

Preparation:

Add butter or ghee in pan and briefly fry the rice flour, ajowan seeds  in it ( 1 to 2 minutes) and then add water. If a semi solid consistency required add one cup of water, if a more liquid consistency desired add 2 to 3 cups of water.

Frying in ghee or butter is optional. Directly flour can be added in water.

Cook in medium flame and continuously stir to prevent charring of the halwa. Add brown sugar (jaggery) after the flour is cooked and stir for few more minutes.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes.

Gruel of tuvar and wheat flour, brown sugar (jaggery) dry coconut & dates

8. Lentils Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Toor dal or mung dal       - 1/4 cup
  • Water                          - 1 to 2 cups
  • Palm brown sugar (jaggery)/Raw sugar  -  for sweetness
  • Butter or ghee              - one teaspoon (optional)
  • Wheat flour                    -  1/2 cup
  • Dry coconut                  - Three tablespoons
  • Dates                          - one cup

Preparation:

Add butter or ghee in pan and briefly fry the lentils and wheat flour, coconut ( 1 to 2 minutes) and then add water. If a semi solid consistency required add one cup of water, if a more liquid consistency desired add 2 to 3 cups of water.

Frying in ghee or butter is optional. Directly flour can be added in water.

Cook in medium flame and continuously stir to prevent charring of the halwa. Add dates and brown sugar (jaggery) for extra sweetness after the flour is cooked and stir for few more minutes.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes.

9.  Garlic  Halwa

Ingredients:

  • Garlic                          - 1 cup
  • Water                          - 1 to 2 cups
  • Palm brown sugar (jaggery)/Raw sugar  - 1/2 cup
  • Butter or ghee              - one teaspoon (optional)
  • Fresh coconut milk        - one cup

Preparation:

Grind garlic in a blender with water and cook it well. Then add coconut milk and rest of the ingredients  and cook

Cook in medium flame and continuously stir to prevent charring of the halwa.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes.

10.  Carrot   Halwa

Ingredients:

  • carrot                          - 1 cup
  • Water                          - 1 to 2 cups
  • Brown sugar (jaggery)    - 1/2 cup
  • Butter or ghee              - one teaspoon (optional)
  • Fresh coconut milk        - one cup

Preparation:

Grind carrot in a blender with water and cook it well. Then add coconut milk and rest of the ingredients  and cook

Cook in medium flame and continuously stir to prevent charring of the halwa.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes.

Juices after delivery

Drink every hour or two fresh fruit juices with honey.

For snacks keep munching dates, dried figs, prunes, raisins which would cure weakness.

This diet is good to be followed for two to three months.

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