ARF stands for “Amylase Rich Food”. It is simply a scientific name for germinated cereal flour which is rich in the enzyme alpha-amylase. ARF powder is made up of cereals & pulses that contain enzymes (e.g. wheat, rice, green gram, cowpea, finger millet, sorghum, barley).
Including Amylase Rich Food (ARF powder) in infant food is a great source to enhance the nutritional value of their food. ARF powder contains the enzyme alpha-amylase which can break down carbs. This feature makes the food low in viscosity and high in energy content and digestible.
How to Make ARF Powder at Home?
- Select whole grain, rinse, and clean the same. (choose one cereal & one pulse)
- Soak in water overnight and drain the excess water the next day.
- Take the soaked grains, spread them evenly on a muslin cloth & leave it for 24 to 48 hours for germination.
- Once proper sprouting is there, dry it under the sunlight or inside.
- Roast the dry sprouted mixture on a low flame for 5 - 7 min & allow it to cool down. (separate sprouts) And grind it to a fine powder.
- Store it in an airtight container and consume it in a week to ensure its freshness.
ARF powder is easy, hygienic, and homemade and an inexpensive source of nutrition. The process of making ARF increases the activity of the enzyme alpha-amylase, which makes food easily digestible. A combination of cereal and pulse in ARF powder improves protein sources for babies. Germinating ingredients increase nutrients like vitamin C and the B complex. Separation of sprouts removes harmful chemicals from the food.
Adding one to two teaspoons of ARF powder to your weaning food preparation (porridge/sheera/khichdi etc) helps to enhance the nutritional value of the food. You can introduce ARF powder between 8 to 10 months and it can also be used in regular home food for your toddlers and kids.
Suitable Age: 8+ Months & Above
Note: Consult your pediatrician before introducing your baby.