Are you wondering what to feed your child? Or, Is your child on solids and do you want to introduce more healthy and wholesome food to add extra calories and protein to his/her diet? Then there’s no need to look any further. Here’s a list of 8 easy khichdi recipes for babies, toddlers and kids.
What is khichdi?
Khichdi is an easy, simple and nutritive one-pot meal that a mother may prepare in a flash for her child. It is also called a stress-free one-pot meal because of its ease of preparation. This simple yet flavorful dish has marked its existence since the time of the emperors and has come a long way from the royal kitchens of India.
Usually, khichdi is prepared by a combination of rice and lentils. Ingredients such as vegetables, spices, ghee etc., make it more tasty and nutritious. It’s also a versatile dish, as khichdi can be prepared in a variety of ways. (How dal benefits our health?)
Since it is enjoyed by all ages – children, adults, the sick and the well, men and women, the wealthy and the poor, it is known as comfort food. In addition, more reasons for khichdi, being called as comfort food is its ease of preparation, digestion and the health benefits it renders. (Healthy & nutritious recipes for kids.)
Benefits of khichdi FOR CHILDREN:
Khichdi is gluten-free, easy to swallow, cook and digest. (What is gluten free diet for kids?) Khichdi is served as an ideal meal for babies because of the following benefits:
- Rice provides carbohydrates, lentils provide protein, and veggies provide vitamins and fibre, making khichdi a perfect recipe for a growing baby who requires energy and proteins during her first year of life.
- Gluten-intolerant babies can also consume khichdi.
- Usually, a spoonful of ghee, which is a natural laxative, is commonly served alongside khichdi. This aids in smoothening the bowel movements in babies. (Homemade ghee can be given to babies once they complete one year of age).
Khichdi recipes for babies can be made entirely of overcooked rice, lentils, and salt, with no spices. Because babies are still learning to chew, a soft diet of overcooked, mushy khichdi can be one of the first solid foods they try. If your infant doesn’t like khichdi right away, try it again a day or two later. It takes time for the child to adapt to any new flavours. Use a pinch of salt as newborns should not be given too much salt or sugar during their first year of life. (What are other solids foods for babies?)
Khichdi recipes for babies can also include oats, sabudana, dalia/ broken wheat, millets, fresh veggies such as carrot, pumpkin, broccoli etc., and greens like spinach and fenugreek with few spices.
8 easy and TASTY khichdi recipes:
1. Plain khichdi recipe:
Plain khichdi is one of the simple khichdi recipes made with rice and moong dal. You can introduce this plain khichdi first to your child before providing khichdi’s made out of veggies. First, start with dal and rice separately and then go for this plain khichdi.
2. Vegetable dal khichdi recipeS:
The vegetable khichdi is a blend of vegetables, rice and moong dal. It can include vegetables like vegetables such as carrots, pumpkins, broccoli, potato, beans, beetroot, and peas. You can give these vegetable dal khichdi recipes to babies after introducing the plain khichdi. Vegetables add additional vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to the baby’s diet.
3. Plain masala khichdi recipeS:
Masala khichdi includes different dals like toor dal and moong dal. In addition, along with this, spices like jeera, cinnamon makes the dish more tasty. The spices boost the flavor of the baby’s food. It helps in improving the child’s taste buds. However, after 8 months babies can consume spices.
4. VEGETABLE Masala khichdi recipes:
Along with the masala and spices, a cup full of fresh veggies can be used to prepare masala vegetable khichdi.
5. Sabudana khichdi recipeS:
During fasting, sabudana recipe is very common. It is also suitable for growing kids as it is a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals especially calcium and iron which aids in growth and bone development.
6. Oats khichdi recipe:
Oats are abundant in carbohydrate and contain beta-glucan, a soluble fiber that absorbs water and aids with bowel movement. It’s also high in calcium and phosphorus, both of which are necessary for strong bones and teeth in growing kids.
7. Spinach khichdi recipeS:
Spinach khichdi is a simple and healthy khichdi recipe for babies and toddlers. It serves as a good source of insoluble fiber aiding in digestion and preventing constipation. Vitamin A, vitamin K and folic acid is present in spinach. It boosts the immune system and improves eye health.
8. Sooji/ Rava khichdi recipe:
Sooji or Rava khichdi recipe, also called fine broken wheat khichdi recipe, is a nutritious, and soothing dish for babies. It’s an easy breakfast or dinner option. It is rich in protein, vitamin B and iron. You can also make it more tastier and healthier by adding veggies.
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