Wholesome Homemade Baby Food Recipes | Introducing Solids to Your Baby | Rice Porridge for 7 to 12 months babies

>>  Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Preparing Baby Food at home is the best thing you can do. That is especially essential when you start thinking of introducing solid food to your baby. Wholesome homemade baby food is always advised. I still remember Amma making those Ragi Kanji, Rice Kanji apart from trying out with Dalia, and other lentils.

I get many emails asking for baby food ideas, especially wholesome baby food for infants. By the time I realized that many new mothers have lot of questions on how to make baby food, my twins crossed that stage. I prepared some of those best baby food based on Indian diet again just for the requests.

Dal Tadka is one of the basic food used as introducing lentil to babies of 7 months and older. Then there were few other variations that we used to follow, each time introducing an ingredient at a time.  It has always been a challenge, hitting on the correct menu and getting the babies eat without making a fuss.

We recently visited my 14 months old niece who was so adorable and very sweet. For all I was told about her throwing tantrums for eating, she was so much better than my boys I felt. Or maybe she wanted to show her best behavior in front of us or she was entertained by our company. Or so I want to think.

When I saw my Aunt preparing the baby food, I immediately asked if I can take pictures of the food and also take notes on what she was preparing. I knew this diet coming from my Aunt who is a doctor, is mostly surely very balanced and nutritious. She gladly shared her recipe and half way after feeding my niece she gave it to me for taking pictures, while baby looked at us very keenly trying to understand what we were doing.

This food made with Rice, Lentils, Vegetables can be introduced when the baby is 7 months old. More complex lentil like Kidney Beans, Soya Bean can be introduced after 12 months.

Rice Porridge | Indian Baby Food | For age group from 7 months

Rice - 1/4 cup
Toor Dal - 3 tsp
Potato - 1 small
Radish - 3"
Beans - 4 medium
Carrot - 3"
Cumin Seeds
Salt to taste

Clear Rasam water

Method to prepare:

Wash and soak rice, dal for 15 mins. Prep the vegetables and cut into pieces.

In a pressure cooker add the rice, dal and all the vegetables along with salt and cumin seeds with 2 times of water.

Once the pressure is off, run it in a mixer to get a smooth porridge. Adjust the salt if required.

Then add clear water you get from Rasam. Since Rasam will have Asafetida, garlic, it aids as a digestive food for the baby.

Add 2 tsp of Ghee to the porridge along with just enough of rasam water to make the porridge consistency easy for the baby to eat. It should not be very runny at the same time not too thick.

Lentils to be introduced after 12 months:

To the same measurement given above, you can add about 4 Kidney Beans, 6 Soya Beans during pressure cooking. And follow the same process.

The menu that can be followed after 12 months

For Breakfast : Chapati, Idli, Upma, Pongal.

As babies are active, they need to be fed every 2 hours solid. If you are giving liquids/ fruits then give by 1 hour of gap.

The different food items can be like this.

For snack - 3 Threptin biscuits
Fruits can be Apple/ Pomegranate / Banana / Orange
Egg yolk.

After 13 months, you can start introducing non veg if you want to include in the baby's diet.

In India we are not very fussy about verifying if the vegetable introduced suits the baby or not. We normally introduce one at a time and check out if the baby likes the taste or not. But my cousin said she had to add  a small piece of the vegetable for 4 days in small quantities before adding more of it to the baby food. Though I understand the logic behind this rule, it is not followed so strictly in India. 

Verdict on the porridge: Baby mostly eats without complaining after couple of times, provided she has enough distraction to know she is even eating. Which I guess is very normal.

Sending this to Roma, who is host an event My Baby’s Favourite Food

Disclaimer: Please always consult your baby’s pediatrician before introducing new foods to your baby.  I am sharing what we have given to our kids, but your pediatrician may have a different opinion.


Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) June 8, 2010 at 11:36 PM  

hey good info abt baby food..i did make so mnay recipes to try for my is 18mnths and very naughty..i used to give him sooji kheer,sago kheer,rice with all the veggies,veggies boiled onc @ a time over a week and baked apple,peach purees...wheat chapatis with veggies like carrot/peas/beet/spinach...and dal soups with veggies...
anyways the list goes on and on..
this recipe looks perfect for the 7-12 mnth baby packed with nutrition...
i hv send u my 1st entry for kids delight and sending one now...

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal June 9, 2010 at 2:24 AM  

Dear, this is a very useful post for me as I have an 8 month old. Thank you very much and I will surely be preparing the porridge you mentioned. My son likes to eat roti more than rice or so I felt. And, then I also cook and puree veggies/fruits for him :)

The next thing in my list to try is to soak soft roti in milk and give him :)

Kiran June 9, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

Nice and healthy baby foods.

Rach June 10, 2010 at 12:18 AM  

Thanks for stopping by :) You too have a nice space here. This post was very informative...

Pravs June 10, 2010 at 3:51 PM  

This post will be very helpful for new moms. It's true we have to introduce a veggie and continue to give the same for a week to see if the child is not allergic to that particular veggie then introduce another and so on.

narrow kitchen table June 12, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

Thanks for this one! I would love to make my own food for my baby.

Indian Food Buff June 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM  

Some babies are really picky when it comes to foods. But I think our baby would love this one. I'm thinking of introducing it to her.

GayathriRaj June 14, 2010 at 5:39 AM  

Hey thats really very useful stuff i feel....really very nicely presented...detailed enuf to....
Nowadays its been very used with ppl to get it frm stores for kids food... but now this is really good and very useful things i feel.... Liked irt alot...
First timr to ur blog and lovely evnt....will surely try to participate in ur event....

Andy July 9, 2010 at 1:24 PM  

Good recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous March 20, 2011 at 8:54 PM  

Seems like a great recipe. I have heard though that salt is not good for babies?

Srivalli March 21, 2011 at 7:01 AM  

Thank you everybody

AnonI don't think that's true, still anything in moderation is good for health. Also since salt adds taste, it is essential as kids would love to eat a tasty food and not something bland. Another assurance will be, my aunt who prepared this for my niece is a doctor, so she must know what she is doing, do go ahead if you are planning to make this.

Roma June 13, 2012 at 7:14 PM  

Srivalli, thanks so much for writing such an informative post for us. Although your kids are grown up you remember so much about whats good for babies.

Thanks for sending this across to the 'Baby's Favourite Food' event.

Roma June 13, 2012 at 9:53 PM  

nice to see a menu for babies above 12 months. This is most helpful as sometimes we are confused about what to give a baby (and when). Thanks for sharing this information with us and also for sending it to the event.

kamini January 25, 2013 at 10:29 AM  

nice recipe for babies i have tried this for my baby. can we add nuts to this menu,please help me (my baby is underweight)

Srivalli January 25, 2013 at 10:05 PM  

Kamini Thanks for dropping by, with regards to nuts, it's not advisable to include so early. You can surely consult your doctor regarding this. Doctors normally say if the baby is active and eats, then we need not worry about being underweight. So don't worry much. If you still want to include, it will be best if you act on doctor's advice.

Anonymous February 13, 2013 at 10:39 AM  

Mee also tried for my LO,he eats,and enjoys.m so happy for having these recipees

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