Apr 8, 2014

Rice, Dal & Spinach Khichdi for Babies - Rice Recipes for Babies & Toddlers

I promised you that i will post more khichdi recipe, this  is one version of it. So much healthier one. Since it is filled with spinach. Spinach is filled with iron, so it is much more nutritious for your baby. You can add any spinach in this, i used arai keerai. 

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, dal and spinach very well to remove all the starch and acky stuff from it.
3)Add garlic 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
Spinach Leaves -  Two handfuls  
Garlic - 6 cloves  
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - a pinch  
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, asafoetida, salt, spinach leaves.

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 your stuffs
Take rice and dal in a bowl

wash it well

Add it to a pressure cooker

Add in garlic and asafoetida

add some salt

Now throw in a bunch of washed spinach leaves

pour some water



Now the rice is done

Take them in a blender

Puree them

transfer to a bowl

drizzle some ghee

mix it up

feed your baby


  1. Super healthy khichdi for toddlers. Wonderfully prepared.

  2. Thanks aarthi, for posting healthy recipe

  3. my 15th month boy not eating egg..any ideas plz..

  4. Salt is not good for under one year babies. Plz avoid adding salt..

  5. Why dont u add turmeric? shouldnt we add under 1 year? B'cos i am using it for 9 month old baby boy

  6. @vidhya venkatU can add turmeric. I didn't add in this recipe. But i have added it in other recipes

  7. What is hing ?? If I dun use it any problem with baby ?

  8. @AnonymousIt is known as asafoetida. It helps in digestion in baby. No problem, you can leave it

  9. U shouldn't use salt for babies under one year of age...it effects their kidneys....

  10. How many litre pressure cooker is this

  11. Hi aarthi!!!! My baby is 7 month old.. can i give garlic at this age??? Please can u let me know which foods can be given in 7th month.. thank u...

  12. @AnonymousYes u can give..Check this post

  13. Hi aarthi what spinach can we use?? Any thing specific. What spinach have u used. Should we feed this for lunch??

  14. Heard moong dal causes cold is tat so aarthi.
    BCOZ even i use moong dal in many of my reciepe but ppl says it will cause cold.

  15. @viji chetanNo i dont think so. I give moong dal daily to my baby

  16. @Nandhini Ramanu can use any spinach, arai keerai, palak.

  17. Dear Aarti
    Nice to read your blogg. Very much impressed with the recipies. I am a mother of 13 months old baby . It was after my baby turned 10 months that i started giving him home made fud till then i gave cerelac..... baby gained . Nw i feel y i din find ur blogg earlier. Are u a first time mom. If so then hats off to u

  18. @viji chetan
    Too much mung dhal is mucous forming. It might cause congestion in kids. Give in moderation. Some days give red lentils(Masoor dhal) alternatively. Its not good to give mung dhal everyday to babies.


  19. @viji chetan
    Too much mung dhal is mucous forming. It might cause congestion in kids. Give in moderation. Some days give red lentils(Masoor dhal) alternatively. Its not good to give mung dhal everyday to babies.


  20. Hi aarthi..
    Your recepies are so good!!How much quantity of this kichidi can feed to 8th month old baby.

  21. How much does 8month old eat this kichidi??

  22. Hi Aarthi your recipes are too good and healthy. Can I give this for my 6 month old baby?


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