Dal Carrot Rice for Infants | Indian Baby Food | For age group from 8 months

>>  Wednesday, June 13, 2012

We started introducing solids slowly almost from six months to my twins. We started with Idlis, then simple Dal tadka that had just Toor dal cooked soft, mix with salt, ghee, rasam with rice. Everything is cooked to mushy and fed. When they turned 7 months, we used to give them carrots, beans, all cooked to slow consistency with the dal and rice.

This Rice Porridge can be given from 7 months onward. I was happy I got the best proportion from my Aunty who is a doctor, she even suggested lot other options she was following for her grandchild. I was able to click the picture of my niece's food.

When Roma asked me to do a post from what my kids used to eat, I had to again refresh my memory and asked Amma. She was the one who used to make it in the beginning months. Later Athamma started making it. However when I asked her now she said she forgot what used to go in. 

Today's dish is made with carrot, after introducing carrots, beans, potato, we used to mix and match to make sure there is no monotony for their meals. We used to make something with rice with vegetables for both lunch and dinner. 

We first started with adding roasted cumin powder, later introduced the whole cumin as such in the tadka. 

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

Ingredients Needed:

Cooked Rice - 1 cup

For the Dal

Cooked Dal - 1/2 cup
Carrot - 1/2 medium
Onions - 1 tbsp
Tomato - 1 tbsp
Salt to taste
Cumin powder - 1/2 tsp
Coriander leaves - 1 tsp

For tempering

Curry leaves
Ghee - 1 tsp

Rasam Water from Pepper Cumin Rasam

How to make the Rice

Have the cooked rice ready. Cook it as you normally cook rice.

For the Dal

Take cooked dal in a pressure cooker, add chopped carrots, onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves, salt, cumin powder. Add 1 cup of water, pressure cook for 1 whistle.

Once the pressure falls, remove the lid, churn well using the churner. Add the cooked rice, adjust the salt and pressure cook again.

When the pressure falls, do a tempering with ghee, curry leaves. Mix in the filtered rasam water to dropping consistency.

Remove the curry leaves when serving the rice.


Just as you add carrots, you can mix in beans, potatoes etc.

Since you pressure cook rice, it's mostly mushy. Else we used to pulse it couple of times. My kids used to eat as such. While some kids I know used to eat as pureed.

While doing tadka, you can add mustard, whole cumins after 10 months.

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.


R.Punitha June 13, 2012 at 1:12 AM  

Hi Srivalli ,

Dal carrot rice looks mild and

healthy to infants:)

Easy to digest:-)

Shweta in the Kitchen June 13, 2012 at 5:45 AM  

Hi Srivalli,

Stumbled upon ur blog & must say its really inspiring

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Priya June 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM  

Healthy food.

foodiliciousnan June 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM  

With a lil one now at home simple baby friendly food seems so million used take simple dal rice with mashed carrots nephew. Combining the twoseems like a good variation to try

neetha kadiri December 7, 2012 at 2:35 PM  

Am a dietician by profesion n ur ideas r grt keep up the spirit!!!!m

Priya March 14, 2013 at 4:30 PM  

This looks very healthy and mild for a baby. I am following you now. You can check out more recipes for babies here.

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