Delicious Indian Food Recipes for 1-year-old
At one year of age, your little one is ready to explore new food items. If your kid has been weaned well between 6 months and 1 year of age, so now is the time to diversify the food menus for your baby. It is important to take him one step further from pureed food items. You often see children hopping on to your plates, curious to taste the food which you have. While it is important to give him all the nutrition and taste, as a mother, we have to ensure that we start the process gradually while ensuring acceptance from their digestive systems as well. So, here we have curated a list of Indian nutritious food items which you can feed to your one year old:
The simplest form of carbohydrates, it is friendly for your kid’s little tummy. You can make a variety of rice recipes and feed your little one with a new one every time. Tomato rice, jaggery rice, coconut rice, peas pulao are few common ones that your little one would absolutely love. a. Tomato rice: Ingredients: • Rice – 1 small cup • Chopped tomato – 1 medium • Soaked and peeled almond and cashew paste – 1 tbsp • Cumin powder – 1tsp • Salt to taste • Desi ghee – 1 tbs • Ginger garlic and onion paste – 1tbsp Steps: • Wash rice until water runs clear • Heat a pan or pressure cooker with ghee. • Saute ginger-garlic-onion paste till it turns brown • Add tomato and salt • Add 2 cups of water, let it boil. • Add rice and almond and cashew paste. • Let the rice boil Make sure to cook the rice completely before turning the stove off, if you are boiling it uncovered in a pan, you will need to add more water. If you are pressure cooking the rice, let it cook up to 3 whistles. Serve with curd.
While you can’t wait to experiment with these recipes, please ensure that these are fed to your little one by one and in a structured manner. Chalk out a menu time table for him and plan things in advance. We should develop the right habits from day 1 to avoid turning kids into picky eaters. Do not fret if he is not having the food you cooked for him at once; try again after every few hours. Refrain from giving too many options; let him develop the taste one by one.
b. Jaggery rice Ingredients: • Rice – 1 small cup • Jaggery – 1 small cup • Water – 3 cups • Grated coconut – 2 tbsp • Cashews and soaked almonds – ½ cup, chopped them finely • Raisins – 8-10 no.s • Desi ghee or butter – 2tbsp Steps: • Heat desi ghee or butter in a pan. • Mix jaggery in warm water till it gets into a liquid state • Add rice and jaggery mixture in the pan. • Let it cook for a few minutes. • When rice is cooked completely, season it with grated coconut and nuts. c. Coconut Rice Ingredients • Cooked rice – 1 cup • Grated coconut – 1 cup, you can use desiccated coconut as well. • Salt to taste • Oil • Curry leaves – chopped • Boiled Bengal gram – 1tbsp Steps: • Heat oil in a pan • Saute curry leaves, add boiled Bengal gram • Add coconut • Add cooked rice and salt Serve it with curd.
The purest form of protein with 42 amino acids, dal is the best food for your little one’s small tummy. We would recommend giving Lentils and split moong dal to your little one at this age. Here are a few recipes which will healthy and easy to digest for your little one’s tummy: a. Yellow split moong and vegetable mash Ingredients • Chopped vegetables like beans, carrot, onion, tomato – 1 cup • Yellow split moong dal – 1 cup • Water – 4 cups • Salt to taste • Ginger paste – 1tsp • Olive oil Steps: • Wash dal till water runs clear • Take the pressure cooker, saute the ginger paste • Add all vegetables and split moong • Add 4 cups of water • Pressure cook till 2 whistles and simmer for 10 minutes • Mash the dal and vegetables together, add boiled water according to consistency • Add salt and serve b. Pulses soup Ingredients: • Lentil/ Split Moong dal – ½ cup • Salt to taste • Water – 3 cups Steps: • Pressure cook dal up to 5-6 whistles • Separate the dal from water • Mash the dal and mix it in water • Add salt and serve at room temperature.
Sooji, Wheat, or Rice, along with sugar or jaggery powder, is another breakfast option that can be fed to your baby. a. Sooji/ Rice/ Wheat Porridge Ingredients: • Sooji/ Rice/ Wheat – 2 tbsp (you can use rice powder or broken rice instead of long grains) • Milk – 1 cup • Sugar or Jaggery powder – 2 ½ tbsp • Cardamom powder – a pinch • Saffron – a pinch Steps: • Dry roast sooji or wheat till it turns brown. Rice can be used as it is or lightly roasted. • Boil a cup of milk. • Add sugar or jaggery powder in it and all spices. • You may add more milk depending on the consistency of the dish.
Packed with nutrition, an egg is an important food for his diet. Give it as an omelet, boiled egg, scrambled egg. Ingredients for preparation: Egg – 1 whole Salt to taste Finely chopped and lightly sauteed/ boiled soft vegetables like capsicum, bell pepper, tomato, onion – 2 tbsp Steps: a. Boiled egg • Boil the egg, sprinkle salt, and slice it into small portions. Feed one by one small portion to your little one carefully. b. Scrambled egg • Heat oil, add all vegetables. • Add beaten egg • Add salt • Cook it properly and serve c. Omelette • Heat oil on a pan. • Whisk egg with vegetables • Add salt • Spread the mixture on the pan • Flip sides and cook properly.
5. The Indian pancakes or Cheelas
Give your child the goodness of besan and dal along with taste. A great option for any time during the day. a. BesanCheela Ingredients: • Besan – 4tbsp • Finely Chopped and sautéed Onion and Tomato – 1tbsp • Water – 2-2 ½ tbsp • Salt to taste • Oil Steps: • Mix besan in water to form a smooth paste. • Add salt and vegetables • Spread oil on a pan • Spread the mixture in small quantity • Flip sides and cook properly. b. Yellow Split Moong Dal Cheela Ingredients: • Split moong dal paste • Grated ginger • Salt to taste • Cumin powder – a pinch • Oil Steps: 1. Heat the pan spread some oil 2. Add ginger, salt, and cumin powder in the paste and mix well 3. Spread the paste on the pan 4. Flip sides and cook well While you can’t wait to experiment with these recipes, please ensure that these are fed to your little one by one and in a structured manner. Chalk out a menu time table for him and plan things in advance. We should develop the right habits from day 1 to avoid turning kids into picky eaters. Do not fret if he is not having the food you cooked for him at once; try again after every few hours. Refrain from giving too many options; let him develop the taste one by one.