10 easy dinner recipes In India for kids of all ages

Most parents are often confused as to what to feed their babies for dinner. Unlike breakfast and lunch, dinner has an impact on a child’s sleep too. As a result, extra care must be taken while choosing dinner recipes for babies because putting your baby to sleep is one of the most difficult chores you must accomplish every day. If your kid is breastfed and has been introduced to solid meals, then he/she most likely eat a range of items for dinner. Purees, cereal, rice, fruits, and so forth. As a result, make sure his/her dinner is nutritious, filling, and easy to digest while still maintaining his sleep cycle. Here are few tips and easy, healthy dinner recipes in India for babies and toddlers.

Some tips to keep in mind before feeding dinner for babies:

  1. It is better to introduce new foods at breakfast or lunch rather than at dinner time. This helps to identify any food allergies in babies.
  2. Avoid snacks and processed foods – baked goods, ready to eat meals which are high in refined carbs, sodium, and transfat.This not only makes them feel full, but also has long-term health consequences.
  3. Choose foods that can be easily digested by babies at night.
  4. Make sure to feed them dinner at least two or three hours before their bedtime.
  5. Always prepare and store baby foods in clean and sterilized steel or glass containers and avoid containers made up of plastic.  
  6. Use steel cups to introduce water rather than a feeding bottle to bring out the transition in growing babies.

Dinner recipes in india for babies and toddlers:

6 Months Baby Dinner Recipes:

Solids are introduced to the babies at this stage after indicators of physical development such as adequate head and neck control, curiosity in meals are observed. Digestive enzymes are also produced at this stage, which helps digestion. At this age, babies are exclusively breastfed, with solids introduced once or twice a day. As a result, introducing solids around dinner time is not recommended for a six-month-old baby which may lead to colic, digestion related issues and allergies. (6-month baby food chart)

7-9 Months Baby Dinner Recipes:

Solid feeding was limited to only twice a day in the sixth month. However, by the seventh month, the infant has tried a variety of foods and is ready to go up to three solid meals each day including dinner. The frequency of breast milk can be reduced and solids can be increased at the end of the ninth month. (7 Foods to increase breast milk )

You may have noticed that your kid is easily bored these days and prefers to play with her meals. That’s your cue to start introducing a lot of diversity into her diet. It is important to make wise dinner choices for babies which are easy on their stomachs. Look at few 7-9 month babies dinner recipes in India.

 1. Apple khichdi recipe:

Ingredients

  • Apple -1/2 cup
  • Rice – 1/4 cup
  • Cinnamon – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 3/4 cup

Procedure

  • Prepare apple puree.
  • Soak the rice in water for 15 minutes, rinse. 
  • In a pressure cooker, add rice and water and cook for 2-3 whistles. 
  • Once it cools down, add apple puree and cinnamon powder and mix well. Serve!!
2. Carrot oats porridge recipe:

Ingredients

  • Oats – 1/4 cup
  • Carrot puree – 1/4 cup
  • Jeera/ pepper powder – 1/4 tsp
  • Water – 2 cups

Procedure

  • In a pan, add water and bring it to a boil.
  • Add oats and cook well.
  • Once cooked, add carrot puree (grind grated carrot with 5 tsp of water) and mix well.
  • Finally, add jeera/pepper powder along with turmeric and stir well. Serve!!!
3. Ragi porridge recipe:

Ingredients

  • Sprouted ragi flour – 1/4 cup
  • Water – 1 cup

Procedure

  • In a pan, add water and sprouted ragi powder and mix well without any lump formation.
  • Place the pan on the stove and cook well.Keep stirring to prevent sticking to the bottle of the pan.
  • Once it is thick, turn off the stove.
  • Cool and serve!!

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10-12 Months Baby Dinner Recipes:

As your baby moves through this stage, you may notice that he or she becomes less interested in food as mealtime approaches. Most moms interpret this as a symptom of decreased appetite. The truth is that it isn’t the baby’s appetite that has reduced – it’s his/her interest in foods.  ( Baby feeding schedule for 9-12 months old)

By now, your child has tried nearly all of the foods you prepare at home and has expressed an opinion about the ones they like or dislike. Hence, adding spices also helps in boosting the flavour of the baby’s food. The babies also develop an interest in self-feeding. So choose foods which help them to self-feed. 

4. Plain masala khichdi recipe:

Ingredients

  • Rice- 1 cup
  • Toor dal – ¼ cup
  • Ghee – ½ tsp
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – ½  tbsp
  • Jeera, cinnamon, clove – ¼ tsp
  • Sliced onion – 1
  • Water – 4.5 cups
  • Salt ( Not recommended for babies below 1 year of age)

Procedure

  • Wash the rice, toor dal. Soak rice and dal in water for 30 minutes. Drain the water.
  • In a pressure cooker, add ghee, jeera, cinnamon, clove and onion followed by Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread and sauté. 
  • Then add rice, dal and water to the pressure cooker.
  • Cook in the medium flame for 5-6 whistles (depending upon the consistency that you prefer)
  • Cool, remove spices like clove, cinnamon, mash well and feed your child.

1cup – 300 calories
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5. Beetroot idli with chutney recipe:
Beetroot Idli with chutney recipe by Iyurved

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6. Jowar dosa recipe:

Ingredients

  • Rice- ½ cup 
  • Jowar –  ¼ cup
  • Urad dal – ¼ cup
  • Ghee – ½ tsp
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – ½  tbsp
  • Water – 4.5 cups
  • Salt ( Not recommended for babies below 1 year of age)

Procedure

  • Soak rice, jowar and urad dal for 3-4 hours. Grind it to make a thick paste. Keep it for rest overnight for fermentation. 
  • Add Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread (order here). Mix it well.
  • Take a dosa pan and pour the batter.
  • Cook both the sides until it’s crisp and serve!!

1 dosa – 49 calories
Additional nutrition benefits ( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

1-2 years Baby Dinner Recipes:

Reaching the age of one is a huge milestone for both the infant and the parents. As your child continues to develop, his or her life will change, and the most significant change will be in the area of food. Except for those restricted foods, your baby should be eating most household meals by now, and you can feed him or her whatever you make for the rest of the family, with less salt and spices. It is during this stage that babies become more picky eaters and are at risk of nutritional deficits. As a result, it’s critical to ensure that the baby’s nutritional needs are met on a daily basis.

7. Vermicelli Pulao recipe:

Ingredients

  • Vermicelli – 1/2 cup 
  • Chopped onion, tomato – 1
  • Grated ginger – 1 tsp
  • Grated carrot – ½ 
  • Chopped Capsicum – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala – 1 tsp
  • Ghee – ½ tsp
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – 1  tbsp
  • Pepper powder – ½ tsp
  • Water –  ¾ cup
  • Salt – a pinch

Procedure

  • In a pan, add water and bring it to a boil.
  • Add ghee, salt and vermicelli and cook it.
  • Meanwhile in another pan, add ghee, ginger, onion and sauté well.
  • Add  Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread, then tomatoes, carrot, capsicum and cook for some time.
  • Now add garam masala, pepper and cooked vermicelli and mix.
  • Serve!!

1 cup – 165 calories
Additional nutrition benefits ( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

8. Pumpkin pancakes with millet recipe:
Pumpkin pancake with millet recipe by Iyurved

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2+ year Baby Dinner Recipes:

At the age of two, your child’s appetite will most likely rise, and you will notice him consuming whatever is placed in front of him. As this is a period of growth and development, it is your responsibility as a parent to ensure that his nutritional needs are met.

9. One-pot veggies rice recipe:

Ingredients

  • Rice – ½ cup 
  • Chopped onion -1
  • Chopped Capsicum – ¼
  • Cauliflower – ¼ cup
  • Soy chunks or tofu – ¼ cup 
  • Garlic – ½ tsp
  • Grated ginger – 1 tsp
  • Ghee/ olive oil – ½ tsp
  • Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread – 3  tbsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Salt – 1 tsp

Procedure

  • Heat ghee/olive oil, add cumin seeds, ginger and garlic.
  • Then add onion, veggies and sauté well.
  • Add Iyurved’s Daily Nutrition Savoury Spread (order here) and mix well. Once done for 5 min, add rice and Sauté for two more minutes. 
  • Add water and cook in the medium flame for 3-4 whistles.
  • Serve!!

1 cup – 215 calories
Additional nutrition benefits ( 1 tbsp of Iyurved’s daily nutrition savoury spread gives 126 calories with 5.36g of protein)

10. Cheese paratha with millet recipe:
Cheese paratha with millet recipe by Iyurved

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Common FAQ’s related to dinner for babies and toddlers:

1. What is the right time to introduce dinner to babies?

You may need to experiment with the time schedule to ensure that your kid is getting enough to eat. Dinner should preferably be served two to three hours before the nighttime bottle and her usual bedtime.

2. What are the foods to avoid for babies during dinner?

Avoid foods high in sugar and salt, such as canned foods, processed meats (such as sausages, hot dogs, and ham), and frozen dinners should be avoided. Give foods that are cooked properly. Avoid fresh vegetables and high-protein foods such as meat, egg, and spinach for dinner because they take longer to digest and may interrupt your child’s sleep.

3. When to introduce water or breastmilk to babies after dinner?

Water can be given to the babies: 10-15 minutes after dinner. Babies who are still breastfed or bottle-fed can be fed with milk one hour after dinner or 30 minutes before bedtime. (Right time to introduce water for the baby)

4. Is it true that introducing solids at dinnertime causes constipation in children?

When a baby first starts eating solid foods, he may become constipated (hard stools). It could be induced by high-starchy foods like rice, unripe bananas, apple sauce and potatoes etc. If your baby becomes constipated, change to whole wheat or barley cereal instead of rice cereal, and avoid unripened bananas and sweet potatoes. And, of course, moderation is a golden rule as an excess of any food might cause indigestion. (10 foods that help constipation in kids)

Dinner time is crucial, and adequate care should be taken when feeding them, as the consequences might be seen as late as midnight. So, don’t force the child to eat something if they don’t like it, even if it is highly nutritious. Choose foods that are easy to chew and swallow. Make sure the food is cool before serving. 

You can try these 10 dinner recipes in India for babies and enjoy your journey of motherhood and try more varieties of foods for your baby which is not only tasty but also nutritious and wholesome. 

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