Apr 7, 2014

Rice & Dal Khichdi for Babies / Moong Dal Khichdi for Babies - Rice Recipes for Babies & Toddlers


I have been waiting to feed rice for maha for months, because we feed the first rice infront of god and take it as a function called as "Anna Prashan". Last Month we took that function, and from that day i am giving her lots of rice foods. As you all know rice is rich in carbohydrates and it gives the energy which your baby needs and helps in healthy weight gaining. Adding dal into rice makes it more wholesome and provides the protein which your baby needs.

Daily i never miss to feed this khichdi to maha, what i do is make many variations to it. Will share all my variations in the coming post. And also i never miss to add homemade ghee to the khichdi.  Will share that recipe too soon.

For More Rice Recipes, Check this link

Things to remember before making this

1)Cook rice and dal properly till it is almost mashed up, that helps in easy digestion in babies.

2)Always wash rice and dal very well to remove all the starch and acky stuff from it.

3)Add garlic, cumin and asafoetida helps in digestion in babies.

4)This khichdi is so filling and nutritious meal for your babies.

5)You can start feeding this for babies above 6 months.

6)Always feed this meal for lunch, not for dinner.

7)The consistency of this is up to you. You can mash them with a potato masher, or put them in a blender and make into a fine puree. I make it into a fine puree.

8)Adding ghee enhances the flavour and make it more nutritious for you baby and helps in weight gaining in babies.

9)Make sure the ghee which you use is pure ones. I make my own ghee.

10)Rice wont cause constipation, allergies in babies. 

How to introduce solid food to your baby:

Read this
How to sterilize baby feeding bowls:
Start by sterilizing the bowls and spoons which you are going to feed your baby. Take the bowl and spoon in a large saucepan, cover it with water and bring them to a boil. Boil it rapidly for 5 mins. Now you can turn the heat off and leave them stay in the hot water till use. 

How to make Rice & Dal Khichdi:


Rice - 3 tblspn
Yellow Moong Dal / Pasi Paruppu - 3 tblspn
Garlic - 2 fat cloves
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - a pinch
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1/4 tsp 
Salt to taste
Homemade Ghee - 1 tblspn
Water - 1 1/2 cup


Take rice and dal in a bowl and wash it well. Now drain it and add into pressure cooker.

Add in garlic, cumin seeds, asafoetida, salt, turmeric powder and asafoetida.

Add in water and cover the cooker. Pressure cook this for 5 whistle and simmer it for 5 mins. Switch off the flame and let the steam escape all by itself.

Open the cooker and mash the rice with a potato masher or if you want it to be smooth, you can take that in a blender and puree them.

Pour this into bowl. Drizzle in homemade ghee and mix well.

Feed your baby warm.

Take all your ingredients

Take rice and dal in bowl

Wash it well

Take them in a pressure cooker

Pour water

Add couple of fat garlic cloves

some cumin seeds

some asafoetida

some salt and turmeric powder

Mix it well

Cover the cooker

pressure cook

till the rice and dal is cooked

take a masher and mash it up

the texture is up to you

Transfer it to a bowl

drizzle some homemade pure ghee

Mix well

Feed your baby

Instead of mashing, you can puree them in a blender


  1. Hi Arthy,

    can i give this dal kichdi for my 6 month old

  2. can i give this khichdi to my 4 month old

  3. @Aarthi Pls let me know what rice is best for 7 months baby. Can I use Organic brown rice which I eat? Many thanks

  4. Hi aarthi. Suggest me which rice to b used which is least likely to cause constipation. Which one do you use

  5. i did this but my baby didnt like this.it is very starchy.and while cooking in pressure cooker water came out from whistle how to avoid this.how to make my baby like this khichdi.


  6. @durga kalyanCook on a low heat..wash dal and rice really well..

  7. Hi...my baby is 7 month old..can I give this to her? My concern is is it ok to give cumin, garlic and asafoetida ?

    TIA :)

  8. @Jhumayou can give this to your 7 month baby

  9. no salt? i read that salt and sugar is not good for baby. but my son doesn't eat if there is no salt. he doesn't like sweet. he is 6 months old.

  10. Saranya SenthilkumarJanuary 8, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Hi Aarthi, my baby is 9 months old. He is not a fussy eater but gets easily bored with the food I give him. So we introduced new cerelac flavors now n then. He had it twice a day before. We came across your blog few days ago and Im trying your recipies. He is taking them well. Now im happy for he is getting healthy homemade food. Thank you and pls continue your good work.

  11. Hi
    Can I make this with masoor dal

  12. Hi Arthi my baby girl is 5 month old n she is in bad cough will u plz suggest me home made remedy n food like dal khichdi cn I give.

  13. Hi aarthi
    Can i put Tomatoes in this khichdi for my 6 months baby

  14. Hi Aarthi
    I have 7 months baby. Can I use rice variety of varagu, samai. Is it good for baby? Kindly suggest me. Just started to give rice to my baby

  15. @Anonymousu can include millets after 1 year

  16. Hi aarthi what type of rice is used in this receipe boiled or sona maasori. Which rice s good for baby??

  17. @Sithara Deepakit is normal rice which you eat everyday.

  18. I aarthi I m shilpa I m grt fan of ur recipes I have tried many of dem, first of all let me thank u for sharing dis recipes to d world, my baby is abt be 1 year now bt still she doesnt eat any solid foods because of which her body weight is not proper pls help me how and what should I do to increase her weight...pls reply..also wanted to ask after how many hrs giving dis kichdi I should give something else... Will b waiting fr ur earliest reply..

  19. @bisheswar kumaryou can wait for 3 to 4 hours and give next feed. You can try feeding the food which you eat, it will help.

  20. Thank u so much for this wonderful variety dishes

  21. My mom says masoor dhal sometimes doesn't suit and can cause gastric probs..is that correct?

  22. @AnonymousI dont think so, i give dal rice daily to my baby. Thats why we add garlic, cumin and asafoetida

  23. @Aarthi

    Infants under 6 months should not be given any solid or semi solid food. They should be exclusively breastfed or formula fed. Also, please consult a paediatrician in case of health related issues with the baby.

  24. Hi arti, my 6 months baby is thin and not gaining much weight. Can u pls suggest me some foods

  25. @Sanjanacheck this link

  26. @Aarthi
    Hi Arthi
    I tried this Dal khichdi for my 7 months daughter after feeding her, she threw up after may be in a one hours time..
    I dunno what did I do wrong

  27. Aarthi,u r doing a great work
    I am a fan of you
    My baby is 10 months old,can I giv her sonamasuri brown rice?
    Shld I soak it before and for how many hrs?

  28. @Anonymous u have to cook the rice really well till it is comepletely mashed up..Give water after having this rice

  29. Y no dal rice at night ( dinner)@Aarthi

  30. @Anonymousdal takes a bit of time to digest..Hence

  31. Hi aarti ur recipes r very good ...can you please tell me when can I start solid food for baby in which month please and thank you

  32. Can I add black pepper powder to this for 7 month baby?

  33. @Anonymouspepper is not needed for 7 month baby. give it after 10 or 11 month

  34. Hi Arthi. My baby is 5.5 months old. I already started to give purees of banana,
    Carrot, apple and beetroot. So can I give this khichdi to her.

    1. wait till 6 month and then start

  35. Hi Aarthi,
    How Long can you keep this kichdi at room temperature especially during the summer months?
    Also can you give some tips on how to carry solid foods when Travelling with a baby?

  36. Hi arthy which one will be good for using as dinner for baby

  37. Hi,
    Pachai payru,can you tell how to do the same?

  38. Salt and sugar shouldn't be given to babies till 1 year.

  39. Thanks aarthi for the recipe, my baby just love it...

  40. Hi mam,
    Can u suggest more weight gaining recipes for my son.
    He is 7 months old. I want to increase his weight.please give your


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