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.
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
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.