10 Healthy and Simple Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning

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10 Healthy and Simple Recipes for Baby-Led Weaning

Making the transition from breast milk to solid foods is a big step in your baby’s life. Many mothers worry on how to do the transition and whether their baby will happily accept it or not. Well, the ideal approach is to take it slow, and your baby will adapt soon to the changes. If you are in favour of the idea of baby-led weaning and looking for some healthy recipes, you are reading the right post. In this post, we shall be sharing 10 healthy and simple recipes for baby-led weaning.

Baby-Led Weaning Indian Recipes

Here are some baby-led weaning Indian recipes that your little bundle of joy would relish.

1. Corn and Spinach Pancake

This egg recipe is loaded with protein and vitamin C and is also a great lunch recipe option for your munchkin.

Corn and Spinach Pancake

Ingredients 

  • ½ cup sweet corn, boiled
  • ½ cup spinach leaves, blanched
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon for frying
  • Salt to taste

Prep Time: 8 to 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 to 6 minutes

Servings: Makes 8 to 10 pancakes

Method

  • Take all the ingredients and churn them into a fine batter.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and pour the batter.
  • Cook well from both the sides.

2. Vegetable Idli

Idli is one of the healthiest foods for baby led weaning.

Vegetable Idli

Ingredients

  • 2 cups idli batter
  • ¼ cup grated beetroot
  • ¼ cup grated carrots
  • Oil for greasing
  • Salt to taste

Prep Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Cooking Time: 8 to 9 minutes

Servings: Makes 4 to 5 idlis

Method

  • Mix all the vegetables and salt in the idli batter.
  • Grease the idli utensil and pour the batter.
  • Steam the idlis.
  • Cut the idlis into bite-sized pieces and serve to your baby.

3. Yummy Carrot Fingers

This is easy to make and can be introduced as one of the first babies-led weaning foods for your little one.

Carrot Fingers

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized carrots
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Prep Time: 3 to 4 minutes

Cooking Time: 4 to 5 minutes

Servings: Makes 15 to 20 carrot fingers

Method

  • Nicely wash and scarp the outer skin of the carrot.
  • Cut the carrot into small fingers.
  • Steam the carrots for 4 to 5 minutes in a steamer.
  • Coat the carrots with butter, salt and pepper.
  • Alternatively, you can give carrots without the butter and seasonings too.

4. Potato Poha

This is one of the healthiest baby-led weaning recipes for 1-year-old babies.

Potato Poha

Ingredients

  • ½ cup poha or steam pressed rice
  • 1 tablespoon peanut powder
  • 1 medium-sized potato, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon fennel powder
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Salt to taste

Prep Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Cooking Time: 7 to 8 minutes

Servings: Makes 2 small bowls

Method

  • Wash the poha nicely and keep aside.
  • Heat some oil in a pan or a wok; add onions and sauté for a minute.
  • Add chopped potatoes and cook until half done.
  • Add turmeric powder, fennel powder and salt and mix well.
  • Add the poha and mix well with all the ingredients and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Sprinkle peanut powder before serving.

5. Baked Cauliflower Florets

This recipe is very easy to make, and your baby will relish it to the core.

Baked Cauliflower Florets

Ingredients

  • 1 small cauliflower
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • A pinch of pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Salt to taste

Prep Time: 4 to 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 to 30 minutes

Servings: Makes 10 to 12 florets

Method

  • Wash the cauliflower. Cut it into small florets.
  • Drizzle oil over the florets.
  • Take cumin powder, cinnamon powder, pepper and salt and mix well.
  • Sprinkle the mixed spices over the florets.
  • Preheat the oven at 160 degrees and cook the florets for 10 to 12 minutes from both the sides.

6. Vegetable Omelette

This yummy egg recipe is loaded with the goodness of vegetables too.

Vegetable Omelette

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped spinach
  • 1 teaspoon grated carrots
  • ½ teaspoon chopped onions
  • ¼ teaspoon chopped green coriander leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • ½ teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Salt to taste

Prep Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Cooking Time: 3 to 4 minutes

Servings: Makes 2 small omelettes

Method

  • Whisk the egg nicely and add chopped spinach, grated carrots, chopped onions and chopped green coriander leaves to it.
  • Add black pepper salt and milk and whisk again.
  • Warm up butter in a pan and pour the egg mixture.
  • Cook well from both the sides.
  • Cut the omelette into bite-size pieces.

7. Potato and Spinach Patty

Babies usually love to eat potatoes, and in this potato recipe, we will sneak in some spinach for a healthier twist.

Potato and Spinach Patty

Ingredients

  • 1 boiled potato
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped spinach leaves
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder
  • 1 teaspoon oil for frying
  • ½ slice of bread (for binding)
  • Salt to taste

Prep Time: 8 to 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Servings: Makes 5 to 6 small potato patties

Method

  • Mash the boiled potato nicely.
  • Add spinach leaves, cumin powder, black pepper powder and salt and mix well.
  • Shred the bread and add to the potato mixture. Mix well.
  • Heat oil in a shallow pan.
  • Make small patties with the potato mix and cook well on both sides.
  • You may cut the patties into smaller pieces.

8. Chicken on Toast

This is one of the easiest and yummiest chicken recipes for baby-led weaning.

Chicken on Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 white bread slice
  • 1 tablespoon boiled chicken
  • 1 teaspoon homemade mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper

Prep Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 to 2 minutes

Servings: Makes 6 to 8 small toasts

Method

  • Take the boiled chicken and shred it nicely.
  • Add homemade mayonnaise and black pepper to the shredded chicken. Mix well.
  • Take the bread slice and remove the sides.
  • Spread the chicken mixture on the bread slice.
  • Cut the toast into 6 to 8 small pieces.

9. Khichdi

This rice and lentil combo is a wholesome meal option for your little one.

Khichdi

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup split green beans or moong dal
  • ¼ cup rice
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon clarified butter or desi ghee
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste

Prep Time: 4 to 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 12 to 15 minutes

Servings: Makes 1 bowl khichdi

Method

  • Wash rice and dal.
  • Pressure cook rice and dal with turmeric, salt and water, on a medium flame for 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Heat ghee in a wok or pan and roast cumin seeds. Add cooked khichdi and mix well.
  • Make small balls of khichdi and serve to your baby.

10. Banana Pancake

Your baby is going to relish this sweet delight.

Banana Pancake

Ingredients

  • ¼ banana, mashed
  • ½ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoon curd
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ¼ cup powdered brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Prep Time: 8 to 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 to 6 Minutes

Servings: Makes 3 to 4 small pancakes

Methods

  • Sieve flour and baking powder and keep aside.
  • Mix curd, sugar, milk, cinnamon powder and mashed banana together.
  • Slowly add flour to the banana mixture. Mix well.
  • Heat butter in a non-stick pan and pour the pancake mix.
  • Cook well from both sides.
  • Cut pancake into small pieces and serve to your baby.

Try out these easy to make recipes for your baby. We hope your baby relishes them too! Happy Cooking!

Also Read:

When and How to Start Baby Led Weaning
How to Start Weaning Your Baby
Baby Self-Weaning