Rice and Lentil Porridge (Rice Kichidi) for babies

Rice porridge is excellent for babies as it is easy to digest, plain and basic.

Kichidi can be prepared in different consistencies, from thin to porridge like, or to a thicker and dryer form, depending on the amount of water added. This is one of first food I introduced to my son when he started solids, and now as a toddler, he still loves it.

Salt and sugar is generally not recommended until one year. In the recipe below, it has been skipped


  • 4 tbsp long grain white rice
  • 2 tbsp moong dal/masoor dal
  • 1/2 tsp jeera powder
  • 1 cooked carrot puree.
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • water as needed

following ingredients added for older babies –

  • 1 tsp homemade cashew powder
  • 1 tsp homemade almond powder
  • 1 tsp jaggery
  • 1/4 tsp pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 tbsp grated coconut


  1. Soak dal in water for 45 mins. wash and rinse dal and rice.
  2. In the pressure cooker, add dal rice, jeera powder, turmeric, carrot puree, and mix well. Add rest of the ingredients for older babies (10 months and older)
  3. Add water(1 cup water used in the recipe) and cook until soft .
  4. Remove from the flame, transfer to a bowl, and serve when it has cooled down.


  • why soak dal : the outer shell of lentils (and some beans) contains anti-nutrients that can interfere with digestion, so soaking helps to neutralise the anti- nutrients. You can soak the dal overnight too.
  • Cooked carrot puree gives the hint of sweetness to the porridge.
  • I have used most of the ingredients in the powder form for babies. Dry roast the cashews and almonds, and then put them in the mixer for powdering it.
  • cashews and pepper in the pepper above in the picture is only for decoration.

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Hi, I am Shruthi. The food blog focuses on vegetarian recipes that are made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Some of the recipes are dairy-free. The goal is to create and share recipes that anyone can make. Simple and easy.

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