Porridge is the first food type of solid food that we introduce to our babies when they turn 6 months old. This is also the time when we introduce water and other liquids to our infants.
Mentioned are the 18 Easy Baby Porridge recipe that are of different types and are Homemade baby porridge recipes which are Indian and can be made with Indian ingredients. Now all these ingredients are available worldwide. So, In case you are not able to find any particular ingredient in your region, let me know in the comment box, I will try and find an alternative to that ingredients.
Porridge is a healthy way to introduce rice, dal, dried fruits, and other cereals to infants.
There are various types of porridges that we can give to our infants including fruit purees.
I try to make the porridge semi-liquid so that the baby gets the mix of both ie., the solid part which is the rice, dal, or cereal, and the liquid part which is water or milk.
How to make Baby Porridge:
- Take 2 Tablespoon of the mix
- Boil 1 and ½ cups of filtered water/milk
- Bring it to boil and add the mix to powder
- Add 1 teaspoon of ghee
Tips for making Baby porridge:
- The proportion of the cereal and pulse can be 2:1 or 3:1
- Ensure that you store these mix in an airtight container in a dry place.
- These porridge mix has a shelf life of 6 months when stored in air tight container
- When travelling, you can carry this mix.
- This porridge can be made with cooked dal water, milk, water or with some fruit juice
- Each time you grind any ingredient, sieve the powder thru a muslin cloth and then the big chunks that you get, grind them again till they are a smooth powder
- Ensure for the porridge, you make the powder to a smooth powder or else it might be difficult for the baby to swallow the porridge
So, let’s jump to the recipe:
1. Rice cereal porridge
1 cup rice (you can include any variety of rice)
¼ cup roasted Bengal gram
Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes
Sundry the rice and in a saucepan dry roast the rice for 10 to 12 minutes.
Grind the rice
Grind the roasted Bengal gram
Mix both these powder and store in an airtight container.
2. Oat’s porridge:
½ cups Oats
1 cup water – you can adjust the water as per the consistency you need Dry fruits powder
In a saucepan, add water and let it come to a boil.
Once the water starts boiling, add the oats and let it cook
Remove it from the pan and add dry fruits powder
You can also add some honey or fruits of choice
½ cup sooji
1 tbsp ghee
1 and ½ cups water/milk
In a saucepan, roast the sooji with ghee,
Add the water till the water/milk is absorbed
Serve it with a choice of fruits.
4. Broken wheat/Dalia porridge
2 tbsp Dalia or broken wheat
¼ tbsp roasted almond powder
Pressure cook Dalia with 1 cup of water for 3 whistles
Once it cools down, blend it in a grinder till smooth paste
Add the almond powder
Add pieces of banana or 1 tsp of honey and serve
5. Ragi porridge:
Ragi powder 1 cup
Roasted Bengal gram ½ cup
Dry roast the ragi powder till aromatic
Grind the Bengal gram till fine powder
Store this mixture in an airtight container.
6. Sattu Mavu porridge
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7. Apple oats recipe
Method of preparation:
This recipe is the same as oats porridge. Once the oats porridge is cooked just add grated apple to the porridge and your apple porridge is ready.
8. Apple rice porridge
2 tbsp rice
½ cup water
Wash and soak rice for 10 minutes
In a saucepan, add water, rice, and apple
Cook till rice and apple is tender
Grind it in a blender and serve it
9. Sabudana/Sago porridge:
2 tbsp Sabudana pearls
1 cup milk or water 1 tbsp almond powder
Wash and soak Sabudana for 2 to 3 hours or overnight
In a saucepan add the milk or water and let it come to a boil.
Add the Sabudana pearls and let them boil till they translucent
Add the almond powder and serve it with a choice of fruits.
10.Lotus seeds porridge
To make Makhana/Lotus seeds porridge read here
11. Groundnut Poha Porridge:
1 cup Poha
3 tbsp groundnut
4 tbsp roasted Bengal gram
In a saucepan, dry roast Poha till it is crunchy
Keep it aside, roast the groundnut till aromatic and its skin starts moving apart, keep it aside
Let it cool
Remove the groundnut skin
Grind the Poha, groundnut, and roasted Bengal gram to a fine powder.
Store it in an air-tight container.
12. Soya Rice porridge:
1 cup rice
¼ cup soybean
Wash and soak rice for 30 minutes
Roast rice and Soya bean
Let them cool down and grind it to a smooth powder Store it in an airtight container
13. Corn Porridge:
Roasted corn powder ½ cup
Moong dal powder ¼ cup
2 tbsp til/sesame powder
Mix all this powder and store it in an airtight container.
14. Puffed rice Porridge
1 cup puffed rice/Murmura
¼ cup roasted Bengal gram
In a saucepan, dry roast the puffed rice for 5 minutes
Remove it, in the same saucepan dry roast the Bengal gram for 2 to 3 minutes
Once they cool down, grind both the ingredients and store it in an airtight container
15. Moong dal Ragi porridge
½ cup Ragi powder
¼ cup moong dal
1 tbsp groundnut
Roast the moong dal and groundnut separately.
Next, roast the ragi powder till aromatic
Grind the moong dal and groundnut and mix it with the ragi powder
Store it in an airtight container.
Roasted Jowar flour ½ cup
Roasted Bengal gram ¼ cup
Roasted groundnut powder 1 tbsp
Dry roast all these ingredients
Cooldown and store it in an airtight container
17. Soya Poha Porridge Recipe
2 tbsp Soya bean
2 cups Poha
Ajwain 1 pinch
Dry roast both these ingredients separately
Once cooled, grind them to a fine powder
Add the pinch of ajwain and store it in an airtight container.
18. Bajra Porridge
1 cup Bajra
¼ cup Moong dal
Clean the millet and dal
Wash and sundry them
Once they are dry, dry roast them for 10 minutes separately
Cool them down and grind them to a smooth powder Store them in an airtight container
Frequently asked questions:
Can you give regular porridge to babies?
Porridge is an ideal food for babies. It is filling and sustaining, porridge is a rich source of protein and also a source of iron. It’s a perfect food to give to your weaning baby.
Which is the best flour for baby porridge?
Maize flour, Ragi flour, oats flour, Almond flour, etc., are some of the nutritious flour to give to babies.
Can 6 months old eat porridge?
Yes, it is ideal to start soft solid food for your baby once they turn 6 months. Porridge, fruit purees, and mashed vegetables should be the first food that we should start giving to our babies once they turn 6 months
Can I add milk to the porridge?
Yes, definitely you can add milk to the porridge. You can also use home fruit juice, fruit purees, and water to make porridge.
How do you make porridge with breastmilk or with formula milk?
To make baby porridge, heat the breastmilk or the formula milk and mix in a saucepan in gentle heat, stir till the milk is absorbed, and switch off the heat and your porridge is ready.
How to make baby porridge in microwave?
In a large bowl, add 2 tbsp porridge mix, ½ cup water, and ¼ cup milk,
add this mixture to the baking bowl and microwave for 1 and ½ minutes.
Remove and check and microwave for another 2 minutes till the mix is smooth and creamy.
Add your favorite fruit like chopped banana or apple and serve.
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