Indian baby food recipes (for babies above 4 months to toddlers)

Indian baby food recipes – a collection of baby food recipes for Indian babies. All the recipes are tried and tested and have been served for both my babies. Any suggestions and queries can be left in the comment section below. Your queries will be answered.
 
If you are a new mum, you can view the Indian baby food chart here to get more ideas. You can also take a look at the best foods to gain weight in babies & toddlers. This post contains a list of all Indian baby food recipes available on this blog.
 
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Indian baby food recipes for babies below 6 months old

It is good to wait until your baby turns 6 months old before you introduce solids, but in special cases doctors advice to start off with solids for some babies from 4 months. Sometimes underweight or preterm born babies, formula fed babies are suggested to start off with solids from 4 months. If your pediatrician has suggested you to start, then these recipes can be useful. I suggest you read this post on baby food chart for 6 months baby where you will find the tips on how to start solids and the acceptable first foods . You can also try the following recipes. I highly recommend reading every line of the baby food posts on this blog as they can guide you extensively.
 
ragi porridge for babies
milk oats porridge
how to make ragi flour for babies

apple ragi (try ragi and apple separately first, then try together)
 

Indian baby food recipes for babies above 6 months old

methi khichdi
khichdi for babies
moong dal soup
carrot almond baby food
potato rice
ragi porridge for babies
barley baby cereal
sago carrot kheer for babies
sabudana kheer for babies
wheat cereal for babies
soft idli recipe
oats porridge with vegetables (blend till smooth)

new addition
sweet potato rice
 

Indian baby food recipes for babies above 11 months old

These need to be pureed
sweet corn soup
barley soup with vegetables
chickpeas toddler food
chickpeas soup (for babies above 15 months)

 

healthy drinks to beat the heat, summer drinks for babies above 9 months – for babies above 6 months please consult your doctor before you try these.

Do not use sour fruits as it contributes to colic. Please watch the quantity you serve, a 90 ml serving for a 9 month old, 120 ml serving for a 10 months old, 150 ml for an year old suits well for my babies. Serving large quantity or adding milk to fruits in not a good idea. It leads to indigestion and may upset the tummy. These are best when served alone without any food.
 
buttermilk or plain unsalted lassi is one of the best to beat heat. To make buttermilk, just beat curd till smooth, add enough water and serve at room temperature.
barley water
dry dates juice (an ultimate drink for babies during summer)
carrot almond smoothie
badam milk
orange banana smoothie
apple orange smoothie

 
curd rice made using homemade curd can also be served after 6 months. Try to use half brown rice and half white rice to make curd rice.
 
unsweetened and unsalted homemade curd alone can be served for babies from 6 th month.
 
dal ka pani made from moong dal can also be served to beat the heat.Serve at room temperature.
 
Here is a simple recipe, one of the Indian baby food recipes for babies above 11 months old
indian baby food recipes includes toddler recipes

 

Indian baby food recipes
 
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Recipe type: baby food
Cuisine: Indian
Yield / Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 1 tbsp. Chickpeas / kala channa
  • 2 tbsp. aged rice
  • 1 tbsp. of methi leaves / fenugreek leaves / menthakku
  • 1 tsp. ghee
  • Tiny pinch of organic turmeric (optional)
  • Tiny pinch of pepper powder (optional)
  • ⅛ tsp of ajwain powder / caram seeds powder
  • salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash and soak chickpeas 12 hrs., water must be replaced every 4 to 6 hrs. to prevent colic and bloating.
  2. Wash rice and soak for at least 30 mins.
  3. Rinse methi leaves thoroughly and chop just before cooking.
  4. Add rice, chickpeas, methi leaves , salt to a bowl with 1 cup water. Pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles or cook till soft in a soft with more water. If cooking directly in pressure cooker, just cook for one whistle on a low flame.
  5. once cool, puree the food as babies cannot eat the chickpeas skin.
  6. Add pepper powder, turmeric and pour 1 tsp of hot ghee and mix.
  7. Babies do not need tadka. But if you wish you can with mustard and cumin.
  8. serve warm. Warm foods digest better.
Notes
aged rice aids in better digestion and the pesticide residue is less.
removes vata from chickpeas.
You can read the benefits of carom seeds / ajwain for babies here

 

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  1. lilian says

    I am worried about my child she s indian n she don’t eat our food n she only 1 year. I am black but married by indian so plz help m

    • swasthi says

      Hi Lilian,
      Follow this baby food chart. You can find all the delicious baby food recipes there according to the schedule. There are some very simple ones you can try them. You can find more details on the recipes. If you have any queries you can post them back. Hope this helps.

    • Lilly says

      Hi Swasti, I find the recipes very helpful thank u so much. I was really confused what to feed my baby she is 19 months. I have one question if Khicrdi cannot be given at night can u please suggest what can I give her for dinner ? I will be thankful as for now I give her Khicrdi . Thank u

      • swasthi says

        Hi Lilly,
        I usually suggest not to feed khichdi for dinner for babies under 18 months, since dal might be gassy and may disturb their sleep in the night. But you can feed 3 to 4 times in a week since ur baby is already 19 months, but make sure you soak the dal as mentioned in the khichdi post. I suggest making the lunch more protein based (dal based), dinner more veggie based as it is easy to digest and more quantity of veggies are consumed. I used to prefer serving more stir fried veggies with rasam to my toddlers for dinner since rasam is light on the tummy and a good amount of veggies are consumed if mashed and mixed with the rasam rice, millets/ragi balls etc. With khichdi the amount of veggies used is not much. Also another benefit of this, you can slowly move your kid to your meal. What you cook for other members of the family, can be served with out making it much spicy and hot. Hope these help.

  2. Prathyusha says

    Hello mam. As u told I started feeding her in upright position . And I started giving her rasam rice , milk rice. She won’t eat not more than 4 to 5 spoon.she’s eating omelet .oonce a day. I tried ur recipes . can u suggest me some breakfast recipes more like solids because she doesn’t want to eat porridge r cereals

    • swasthi says

      Hi Prathyusha,
      iam happy to know she is eating little at least now. I suggest you try idli, since it is very good for her to gain weight. You can find my idli recipe here.
      You can also try set dosa, it turns very soft. Make it with butter.
      pesarattu with ghee, 1/2 to 1/3 of one is good enough.
      here is another version of instant pesarratu
      poha pongal , make it a dry version if she likes
      ragi dosa
      You can also try gunta pongadalu, paneer stir fry, boiled potato and ghee for breakfast.
      If you haven’t read this post on baby weight gain foods. It may help you to get some ideas. Hope these help

  3. priya says

    My babys birth weight is 2.4 .and now she is one year and four months her weight is about 8 kgs.However I give food her weight does not get increases so what kind of recipe’s I can try for her

    • swasthi says

      Hi Priya,
      All baby food recipes on this blog listed above in this post are healthy and help to gain good weight. Here is a detailed post on best foods for weight gain in babies and toddlers. try to follow it. Hope this helps you

  4. teena says

    Hi swasthi,

    ur potato rice recipe is loved by my baby.now going to try this one. Few queries are-
    1) do I need to puree or mashing is suff for my 14 month baby.
    2) how do u mash u r babies food.
    3) can I use spinach instead of me this

    moreover though u r kid is grownup now but will love to see more healthy recipes out here for babies . My LO hates milk so if u can suggest some milk based recipes…thanks in advance.

    swasthi please give me ur email I’d so that I can mail u my queries.i love ur deep insight knowledge of healthy food for babies. That will be a great help.

    Thanks
    teena

    • swasthi says

      Hello teena,
      sorry that i couldn’t reply u early, was busy with the kid’s assessments. glad to know ur little one loved the potato rice. you can use spinach instead of methi. i used to mash all the foods except for the ones including chickpeas or green gram with high fiber.until he completed 2 yrs, i used to puree foods with high fiber in a small blender jar kept separate for baby foods. for milk based recipes, just check baby toddler and sweets section, you will get lot of ideas, but don’t use sugar to make them.if you have any queries do drop a comment on that particular post, i will answer you.
      Thanks for your lovely feedback
      :smile:

  5. says

    Mother's are always bothered about their kid's eating habits,this kind of blogs are really helpful for moms like us as it is good source of nutrients and give us a choice to prepare different yummy dishes for our kids.Looking for some more additions.

  6. says

    Wow….<br /><br /> good blog for regarding to Healthy Indian Recipe and provide best tips. I appreciate for your blog… please continue<br />

    • says

      Hi Sangeetha! nice suggestions. but the safety of using hing for babies is still unknown (not enough research is done) and garlic actually contributes to gas and some times induces stomach pain, so i do not use them. i only use ajwain or monsoon spice mix which has cumin in it, if the climates is cold. Thanks for your suggestions dear