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Cereals are introduced in the baby's diet gradually. They should be cooked well. Vegetables can be added to enhance the nutritive value. Here are some easy recipes.

Suji Upma (rava upma):

You will require 1/2 cup of suji, 1 tablespoon on oil, mustard seeds, onions (optional), boiled and diced vegetables (optional) and buttermilk (optional).  You can also add other vegetables for taste and nutrition, such as onions, peas and carrots.  First saute mustard seeds, onions and boiled vegetables (optional) in oil.  Then add suji and lightly fry for a few minutes.  Once brown, you can add either 1 glass of water or 1 glass of butter milk (make sure it is not very sour) and keep stirring.  Once well cooked, remove from gas, season with corriander leaves and serve warm.  Remember that upma becomes lumpy very quickly, so make only when the child is ready to eat.  Reheating upma ruins the consistency.

Suji kheer (rava kheer): 

You will require 1/2 cup of suji, 3-4 tablespoons of sugar and 3 cups of milk. First boil the milk and then add suji.  Cook it on slow fire, and keep stirring (to prevent lumps) until the consistency is semi-solid. Then add sugar to the suji. Garnish with powdered badaam or elaichi.  Cool and serve warm.

Dalia (from broken wheat):

Dalia can be made with vegetables or without vegetables.  The advantage of making it with vegetables is that the child also gets some essential vitamins and minerals.  

Dalia without vegetables
Start with equal quantities of wheat dalia and lentil.  Add dalia to boiling water and cook it for some time (until half-cooked).  Then add lentil until both the dalia and lentil are well-cooked.  You can add salt and butter to taste.  

Dalia with vegetables
Dalia is prepared in the same fashion as above.  Except instead of cooking only dalia, you can also cook other vegetables like potatoes, onions, peas and any other green vegetables with it.  You can also season it with sauted garlic or ginger.

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Maria.9 years ago
hey! really cool recipes.
Ranjit Kumar.9 years ago
i wish what is meant by lentil. if anybody knows i request you to email me on
Jyotsna.9 years ago
i likes these recipes a lot. but are these good for my 8 month old baby? i am not very sure about the age range for these foods.kindly help.
amrita.9 years ago
lentil means moong dal
roopavathy.9 years ago
i wish add one recipe here.this is called as nutritious gheer.this can be given for babies after nine months as breakfast.
ingredients-wheat,boiled rice,raghi,moongdhal,cashewnuts,almonds,roastedgram(pottukadalai).
preparation-roast all these ingredients with equal proportion.powder and sieve can keep it for a month or so.whenever needeed take the needful,mix with water or milk,make it to a thick paste and allow it to boil with water or milk.add sugar or salt according to taste.avoiding sugar or salt is good for children, as they have small kidney to digest.

for any comments please mail me to
angie.9 years ago
meenakshi.9 years ago
i liked the simple recipes mentioned here.
for the porridge recipes, one can pre-roast
the porridge & store. use this porridge for
cooking - it'll save cooking time. and if
the porridge is left in the covered pot, after
cooking, for about 5-7 minutes, it gains in
Dhrshan's Mom.9 years ago
i have similar concerns as jyotsna from india. the recipes like suji upma/suji kheer, can it be given to 9mths old baby?
pls clarify. thanks.
sangeeta.9 years ago
hi,my baby is nearly 5 months,recently started solids.some people says to avoid salt,sugar,honey till the yr 1 but the other saysits good to give "nachani satwa"(name in marathi)got it from pune and janam ghuti which contains sugar n honey respectively,i m totally confused plz help
Dhrshan's Mom.9 years ago
to sangeeta (india),

i took this excerpts from a book:

sugar: addition of sugar increases the calorie content of the food without improving its nutritional value. early exposure to sweet sugary foods may develop in your baby a preference for such. these foods, especially when consumed too frequently and/or in large amounts, may lead to overweight and also to increased predisposition to tooth decay.

salt: any added salt may put a strain on your baby's immature kidneys. anyway food in its natural state already contains enough salt for your baby's needs.

honey: despite its healthy reputation, honey (or food with money) is not recommended for infants below 12mths. it has been linked with infant botulism which can be fatal. an infant's immature digestive tract does not have the ability to prevent the growth of clostidium botulinum spores which can sometimes produce toxins.
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