Jul 27, 2014

Rice and Dal Powder for Babies / Instant Khichdi Mix for Babies


I got this recipe from a baby book, i loved it so much..Because i am feeding khichdi for maha each day. Making it in small portion is really hard for me. Because i use my pressure cooker, since it is a very small portion, someday the khichdi gets burned and someday i cook too much of khichdi and it gets wasted. So when i saw this instant dal and rice powder, i tried it immediately and maha loved it too. Check out my other health powders too and porridge recipe too..

This is just roasting dal and rice in a tsp of ghee for quite a long time till it is golden and roasted. Now add some roasted cumin and asaofetida and powder them finely. 

Things to remember before making this powder:

1)Make sure you roast the rice and dal well before grinding it.

2)Always make small batches, so the powder stays fresh always. 

3)I store the powder in a air tight container in fridge.

4)This porridge can be given for babies who are above 6 months.  

5)This powder doesn't cause constipation in babies.

6)The consistency of the porridge which you make totally depends on you. You can make it too runnier and pour it bottles and feed your baby or make it little thicker and feed your baby using a spoon.

7)If you feed a good bowl of this for your baby. Your baby will sleep peacefully for a good 2 to 3 hours. It is that filling.

8)You can add a touch of salt for taste and drizzle some homemade ghee.

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 Powder:


Rice - 1 cup
Yellow Split Moong Dal / Pasi Paruppu - 1/4 cup
Masoor Dal - 1/4 cup
Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Asafoetida / Hing / Kaya Podi - 1/2 tsp
Homemade ghee - 1 tsp

For Making Porridge:
Rice Dal Powder - 2 tblspn
Nuts Powder - 2 tsp
Water - 3/4 cup
Salt to taste (optional)
Homemade Ghee - 1 tsp


Wash rice and dal in lots of water till it is completely cleaned. Drain it and dry it.

Heat ghee in a thick bottom kadai. Add in the washed rice and dal and roast them on a medium heat till it is golden. It will take around 20 to 25 mins.

Now remove them to a plate and let it cool.

In the same pan roast cumin and asafoetida for a couple of mins and remove them as well.

Now take everything in a blender and powder them finely.

Place a sieve over a place and sieve this mix. You will get some coarse crumbs, add that back in blender and powder again and sieve it again.

Once everything is done, allow the powder to cool and then store in a air tight container. 

I store these in fridge.

When making porridge, i add couple tblspn of this powder and 2 tsp of the nuts powder. I mix them well with 3/4 water and heat  it. I cook this on low heat till it is cooked, it will take around 5 mins.

Now remove them from heat and allow it to cool a bit, you can add some salt and some ghee for taste and feed your baby.

Take all your ingredients

Take rice and dal in a sieve

wash them very well

heat a tsp of ghee in a heavy bottom pot

add rice and dal in it

start roasting

roast till the rice is puffed and dal is well roasted

a close look

now in the same pan

add some cumin

and some asafoetida

roast it for a couple of mins

once it turns light golden, remove it from heat

Now take rice dal mix in a blender

add cumin, asafoetida mix

powder them finely

place a sieve on a sheet of paper or plate

add the mix in

sieve it

now take the coarser crumbs which you get
back into the blender and powder again

rice dal powder done

store it in a air tight container in fridge

Now lets make porridge out of it...take couple
tblspn of powder in a sauce pan

add some water and mix 

Now take some of the nuts powder

add a tsp of that in

mix well

place it on stove

cook for 5 mins

remove and serve your baby..You can add some salt
and ghee in this


  1. can i add ajwain,pepper and curry leaves to this mix.if yes how much.thanks in advance.


  2. wat s d spl reason to add masoor dal, is it that much rich as our toor dal?

  3. @Anonymous I usually dont add toor dal, but you can use that if you feed that to your baby. Moong dal and Masoor dal are easily digestable for baby

  4. Hi aarti
    Thanks for ur recipe. It's really helpful.
    Also the Kadai u used here is a iron kadai right? If so Were did u buy?

  5. Hi Aarti,

    You are recipes are too good and very useful for my baby. Can we use brown rice for making this powder? I heard it's healthy.
    Also one doubt, are thinai and brown rice are different?

  6. @AnonymousYes u can brown rice too. Thinai and brown rice are different

  7. Hi arthi.. the recipe looks good.. can we cook the porridge in microwave? Can u pls tell it how to do ? We are travelling with our 7 and half month old and will be staying in hotel..so I thought I'll prepare and take this powder along with..

  8. @febithaU can cook this in microwave too. take spoonful of the powder in a microwave safe bowl, add water. mix well. Micro it for 2 mins, take it out, give a stir, micro again for a min, take it out and stir, do this for next 1 to 2 mins. Totally it will be ready in 4 to 5 mins.

  9. Hi Aarthi... What would be the shelf life of this powder.... And while making porridge i am sure few green veggies can also be added

  10. @Maanit GuptaYou can keep this more than 2 months in fridge. Yes u can add any veggies

  11. Hi, just saw ur website and awesome it is. Have a doubt whether the trains should be roasted after washing or need to be dried in sun before roasting. Plz clarify

  12. @AnonymousYou have to wash it well and drain it for few mins, then roast it really well. You can even dry it slightly and then roast it

  13. Hello Aarthi
    Your recipes are really amazing. My 9 months old daughter just love it. Please suggest some more weight gain recipes, as she is very lean.
    Also can you suggest what all foods I can bring on cruise for my baby, as we are planning to go on cruise when she will turn 1 year old. Thanks a lot.

  14. @AnonymousYou can make these powders, ragi, banana powder and stuff like that for travelling.

  15. Hi aarthi...
    Nice recipes....n wondeful blog...
    Congrats ....

    But my baby is a fuzzy eater :(

  16. Thankx 4 :soon replies
    My daughtr has got cold cough suddenly nw can i still feed dis powder n any othr solids
    She has vaccine nxt week for 6months complete
    Wat can be done for cold n cough to go sooonnw

  17. In winter whch solids can be given let us knw too....
    Since jst startd solids nw wid rice mashed

  18. Whch othr powders can bemade for 6month cumplete baby just today
    Vegetables whch can be gvin at dis month start of7th

  19. Nutspowder hwcan we make
    Is it peanuts or dry fruits

  20. Can i gv dis to 6mnth oldbaby
    Jst tdy strtd 7mnth

  21. @AnonymousYes u can feed he this. Ask ur pediatrician for medicines. dont do home remedies for babies

  22. @AnonymousU can give anything except fruits..Fruit can be given in moderation

  23. @Anonymouscheck this out

  24. @AnonymousCheck this out http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2014/06/healthy-nuts-powder-for-babies-nuts.html

  25. @Anonymousyes u can give..but dont add nuts powder

  26. can i store without freeze.n if yes.how many days store without freeze

  27. @Priyanka PatelU can keep it out in a air tight container for 2 to 3 weeks

  28. While traveling how can preparing the food.

  29. @Priyanka PatelYou can keep it in a air tight container for 3 to 4 weeks

  30. Hi aarti....is adding jeera and hing compulsory....y is it added...

  31. @usha arjunIt increases digestion in babies.You can leave it if you dont want to

  32. Compulsory v shud add the nuts pwdr wid rice n dahl pwdr?pl rply arthi

  33. Can I sweeten this preparation..... I guess my baby has sweet tooth

  34. Is it ok to add salt to the powder while grinding?

  35. @Anonymousif u want you can add, but it is best to add when cooking because u know how to add for the quantity u cook

  36. Can you tell some more powders dat can ne fed while traveling in train as u know cooking is not possible.

  37. @Sheelamy homemade powders need to be cooked.

  38. Hi aarthi my daughter's dob is same as ur kid. Now she is 1 yr n 7 months . But she is very lean. Can u plz suggest some recipes at this age..

  39. @Anonymousyou can give whatever you eat. i feed her that only

  40. Hi Aarthi! Thanks so much for the recipe. :) Really looking forward to trying this with my little guy. Question - Does this porridge thicken with time? I live in a cold country and my little one will be going to creche, I will send this for lunch and hence wondered if you have kept it for 2-3 hours (does it get thicker?)

  41. @Soundharyayes it does gets thicken. You can make it little on the runny side then. But i should mention, as it cools a thick layer forms on the top because of the dal and rice.

  42. Hi arthi ,ut rceipirs r too gud n i really liked it for small babies.... but my concern is for my elder son who is 3 1/2yrs old n very very lean from birth n never put on weight. Tell me some reciepe for him no pls

  43. @Anonymouschekc this link

  44. Hi aarthi can we add porikadalai(pottukadalai) also to this..if so how much must be added...

  45. @Anonymousyes u can, add around a cup or so

  46. Hi aarthi Wat do u think the best eigther preparing fresh kichdi with vegs r this porridge. Bcoz i used to give kichdi for my 8 months old son but he is not eating it well. Think he need everything in porreidge form as i give ur other health mix powders

  47. Hi Aarthi
    Can we use red rice or thinai instead of rice?

  48. hi aarthi thank u very much for this powder recipe.i had been struggling to give dal n rice to my baby with pressure cooking n blending.but this recipe he immediately took happily.hats off to u.
    looking forward for more baby food recipes:-)

  49. Awesome job aarti... I have followed most of ur recepies and my son loves a lot... Keep going...

  50. Hi, Arthi.. This food we can give after my baby completes 6 months right?
    Now he is 5 and a half month old.. It's my first baby, so lots of confusion :)

    And your blog is helping me a lottttt... Thank youuuuu

  51. Hi aarathi
    I tried this mix...sieved it as well 4 times..even then my baby coughs like something is making him vomit...I tasted it n got very very small granules...then today I cooked it for 30 min n then blended it again but no fruitful results...help required

  52. @Wajeehaif u sieve it using a very fine sieve you will get fine powder. Or you can give it to mill and grind them

  53. Hi aarthi..this is latha,
    I liked ur blog very much and tried few of them. Now my problem is my baby is not gaining weight and this is worrying me lot and m even crying because of that...its my king req can u suggest me some weight gaining receipe for 11 months baby

  54. Hi aarthi..this is latha,
    I liked ur blog very much and tried few of them. Now my problem is my baby is not gaining weight and this is worrying me lot and m even crying because of that...its my king req can u suggest me some weight gaining receipe for 11 months baby

  55. I'm eagerly waiting for ur reply...I have posted earlier also but it was not published...m very much in need of ur receipe aarthi...plz its my kind req hope u understand my position as a new mom

  56. @Sai Rajas long as your baby is active, you dont have to worry about weight gaining. give him healthy food, veggies fruits and healthy foods. Check this link http://www.yummytummyaarthi.com/2014/08/homemade-baby-food-recipes-weaning.html

  57. Hi Aarthi...can v add very hot water taken in flask and stir it instead of cooking it while travelling?

  58. Is nut powder compulsory to mix with this dall rice powder

  59. Hi...as you said this recipe needs to be cooked
    ...what to do then while travelling?.
    I will be travelling with my 7 month old baby for 15 days...i m worried what will i feed him..
    Pls help

  60. @Unknownu can take boxed food, those are safe when travelling. I find nestum to be good

  61. Hi aarthi..I'm trying this receive for my 6month old ,I added 3tsp of ghee by mistake and started roasting...will it cause indigestion for my baby..? Hw will the mixture look like..I've just started..also want to know when nut powder should be started.

  62. Hi aarthi..I'm trying this receive for my 6month old ,I added 3tsp of ghee by mistake and started roasting...will it cause indigestion for my baby..? Hw will the mixture look like..I've just started..also want to know when nut powder should be started.

  63. @sharon josephadding oil or ghee may make the powder go bad soon..You can store that powder in fridge. I think it wont cause indigestion

  64. Hi very nice blog, I just want to know which rice we can use to make powder organic basmati or any special rice will be there for babies,usually we all eat basmati rice.

  65. @Amandeep Vadhrahu can use the rice which u use in daily cooking

  66. Thanks aarthi.pls suggest if there is any such method to make instant daliya

  67. Hi mam!
    I have tried many of ur recipes to give my boy.. He love to eat it.. All of ur recipes in baby blog are super!
    I want ur help.. I want dinner recipes for my 11month baby.. Do u have recipes for tat.. Thank u..

  68. Hi,
    your daughter is so adorable. My baby is going to six months old soon , i likes all your baby food recipe so much. May i know what kind of blender you are using to make e almond nut powder? Thanks a alot.

  69. Thank u for your receipes...

    Can v giv this at night that means in between 7pm - 8pm ?

  70. Hi arthi.. the recipe looks good.. can we cook the porridge in pressure cooker? Can u pls tell it how to do ?

  71. @Anonymousthis doesn't need cooker. u can cook it in a pan.

  72. is it raw rice or normal rice??????????i prepared this powder yesterday using organic rice ....but the result is powder dint grind well as yours in my mixie, it was 90% done....can i give to machine to grind this......... it is wrong to use organic rice...i prepared khichidi using this powder my son not eating......can u help

  73. @kousalyait is normal rice. You can sieve the mix through a fine sieve to get fine powder

  74. you can add pepper powder to get rid of cold.
    Also my mom says moong dal is cold so feed it as breakfast or for lunch...

  75. Hi arthi..
    Added to the rice n mazoor dal n split dal.can we add channa dal too..?? Bcz my neighbour told me the channa dal too..pls clear my doubts..
    Thank you

  76. hi aarthi... ur recipes are simply awesme.. love it.. 5 mins cooking is enough..??

  77. Hi Aarthi, thanx for d recipie..im joining work next month and want to make different poridge powders for my 8 month old son so that it will b easier for my in laws to feed him as he doesnt like other foods..i have been feeding him cerelac rice n wheat till now,but sometimes feel guilty about it (wen i hear about presence of preservatives n all in them)..ur blog is really helping me out for making homemade powders...thanx a looot aarthi..
    And can i use brown rice (chamba rice or chamba broken rice) for this recipie instead of white rice (is it pachari that u r using??)
    And i just checked ur wheat health powder too..can i use broken sooji gothambu instead of wheat powder & dry roast it & grind it like u did for rice ???
    Hoping for a reply soon...

  78. I am using regular cooking rice, not pacharisi. And you can use brown rice as well. Yes u can use sooji as wel

  79. When we can start adding nuts powder to babies food ... Shall I add to my 6 months baby food

  80. Hi Aarthi,

    I loved ur recipes. Just one question. Can I roast rice and dal separately. So sometime I can feed only rice and sometime both mixed. Also in a day how many time should I give to my six month daughter. Only once or twice. and gradually increase it if she loves it?

  81. Hi I liked ur recipes they are very useful... can u help me out with some lunch recipes for my 12 months old son . Thank u

  82. Thanks for this recipe..I love the way you explain things. Do you mind sharing which book you talk of in the begin of your post pl

  83. Is it ok to eat only the dal powder


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