Indian Baby Food Recipe

                         Chickpeas and Methi  leaves Baby Food
               The much appreciated and viewed category on my blog “Baby and Toddler recipes” is being ignored by me for quite sometime now. Though I have so many healthy Wholesome and Nutritious Homemade Indian Baby Food Recipe yet to post, I haven’t been posting anything as my 2 yr old has moved to our adult meal. So I have put an end to making baby and toddler foods now. but last week when I made some spicy chicken , had to cook something different for him and so cooked this. At times we all lack ideas for cooking a nutritious and healthy meal for our baby or toddler, so thought this recipe would be helpful to some, hence posting it.
Note: Always add turmeric to chickpeas dishes, as it helps to alleviate vata from the body that can be induced by consuming chickpeas. If you do not wish to add turmeric, do not serve the chickpeas to baby.
suitable : from 11 months onwards
1 tbsp. Chickpeas / channa (black or white any) (soaked for at least 24 hrs., water must be replaced every 4 to 6 hrs. to prevent colic and bloating)
2 tbsps. aged rice (aged rice aids in better digestion and the impact of pesticide residue is less)
1 tbsp. of methi leaves (tightly packed) (rinse thoroughly and chop just before cooking)
1 tsp. ghee
Pinch of turmeric (removes vata from chickpeas)
Tiny pinch of pepper powder (optional)
1/8 tsp of ajwain powder / caram seeds powder (Benefits of carom seeds for Babies and Toddlers)
or 1 gm of monsoon spice mix (if the climate is cold)
salt to taste
1.   wash rice and soak for atleast 30 mins
2.   add rice, chickpeas, methi leaves , salt to a bowl with 160 ml of water
3.   pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles
4.   once cool, puree the food as babies cannot eat the chickpeas skin.
5.   add pepper powder, turmeric and pour 1 tsp of hot ghee and mix.
6.   babies do not need seasoning.but if you wish you can with mustard and cumin.
serve warm
1.   Always serve within 2 hrs. of cooking.
2.   do not use chickpeas for babies without thorough soaking
3.   Do not serve refrigerated chickpeas foods to babies, as it hampers the digestion as per Ayurveda.
4.   chickpeas can be replaced with moongdal or toordal after soaking for 30 mins

5. Garnishing has been done only for the purpose of pics and i have not pureed the food, just mashed it as my little one is grown up now. 

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  1. teena says

    Hi swasthi,

    ur potato rice recipe is loved by my 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.


    • 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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