Homemade Baby Food Recipe – Khichdi is a traditional food of every Indian household and you will find a variety of Khichdi Recipes For Babies too.
Khichdi is one of the healthiest comfort food for everyone. Babies need non-spicy food in the initial months of eating solids. So I have curated this recipe of plain dalia khichdi for babies which contains no spices except turmeric powder.
Dalia or broken wheat is known to be one of the healthiest food for kids and adults. Usually a khichdi contains rice, but here we are skipping rice and adding broken wheat instead.
The combination of dal and broken wheat is an ideal food for your baby and kids. Once your baby starts having vegetable chunks and spices, you can introduce vegetable dalia khichdi to her.
Homemade Baby Food Recipe – Dalia Khichdi Recipe For Babies
For Homemade Baby Food Recipe Dalia Khichdi For 6 to 9 Months
1/2 Katori Dalia or Broken Wheat
1/4 Katori Moong dal (Split Mung Beans – yellow lentils)
1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
pinch of Salt (Avoid for babies younger than 12 months old)
3-4 Katori Water (Adjust the quantity as per the desired consistency)
2 Teaspoons Ghee
Wash and soak Dalia (Broken Wheat) and Moong Dal (Split Mong Beans/ Yellow Beans) for 10 minutes.
Heat ghee in a thick-bottomed pressure cooker.
Add soaked Moong dal and fry for 2-3 minutes and it will lose the raw aroma.
Now add the soaked Dalia (broken wheat) into the pressure cooker.
Add water (Adjust the quantity as per requirement)
Now add the turmeric powder and close the lid.
Bring it to one whistle on high flame and 4 whistles on slow flame.
Switch off the flame and let the pressure cooker rest for 15 minutes.
Let the steam go away completely.
The Dalia is ready to serve now. Take it in a bowl and add some more ghee if needed.
Mix well and feed the baby while dalia porridge is a little warm (always check the temperature of baby food before feeding the baby).
Try to keep the dalia in soupy form for 6 months plus babies. Slowly and gradually you can move to a thicker consistency and can add salt and spices after 12 months of baby’s age.
- Khichdi is a great food for a baby and the entire family too. You can add the veggies of your choice to make it a healthier option for lunch or dinner. For a family meal, you can keep it a little spicy.
- Moong dal is easy to digest, hence it is always considered as the best first food for baby. You must add only Moong dal from 6 to 9 months of a baby’s age. And gradually you can add other lentils to the baby’s diet.
- Moong dal can be consumed in split green gram form too. The split green gram is considered to be healthier than the yellow one as it comes with peels and contains more fiber than the polished yellow moong dal.
- In later months of baby’s age (8+ months) you can switch to the unpolished split green gram completely.
- Moong beans are known to be one of the best sources of protein for babies and kids. Adding this to baby and toddler meals will help them get sufficient protein and will make them healthier.