15 Tasty Indian Food Recipes for 1 Year Old Baby

An Indian mother feeding her daughter

Food is an experience; you have often observed your baby’s curiosity to eat your food. You have noticed their hunger to taste food beyond simple purees. But the worry is to modify the complex Indian recipes to suit their digestive system. So, it is essential that Indian foods are introduced in a simplified manner.

Indian Food Recipes for a 12 Month-Old Baby

Here are our hand-picked recipes, modified to suit the tummy of the one-year-old. Selections are made from various sections of the main course so that you not only have wholesome nutrition but something that would fit into any baby food schedule. Some of the best breakfast recipes for a 1 year-old Indian baby and, interesting South Indian baby food recipes for 1-year-old have also been simplified to introduce babies to the Indian Cuisine.

Remember:

  • Milk can be dairy, breast milk or formula. Be cautious of heating breast milk.
  • Create the Ingredients if possible at home. Avoid buying canned products
  • Do not use honey as a sweetener if your baby is yet to be 12 months old

1. Porridge

Rawa porridge

A favourite first of many, the liquid soft consistency makes it easy to consume.

A) Ragi Porridge

It is high in fibre and helps in bone density and muscle building

Ingredients

  • Ragi seeds: 3-4 tbsp.
  • Water
  • Milk + Jaggery or
  • Curd + salt

How To Cook

  • Wash, sundry ragi seeds and soak them overnight.
  • Grind these with added water to make a gooey white paste.
  • Boil this with enough water.
  • Once it thickens switch off the flame, add some milk and jaggery for a sweet flavour.
  • Alternatively, once it cools, add curd and salt.

B) Rava Porridge

Rava is a good break from other porridge, it is sweet flavoured and easily digestible.

Ingredients

  • Rava: 2 tbsp.
  • Water: ½ cup
  • Ghee: 1 or 2 Tsp
  • Jaggery: to taste
  • Milk

How To Cook

  • Roast rava in ghee on a low flame, do not brown. Switch off when it is fragrant. Set aside.
  • Boil water and add the roasted rava slowly. Switch off as the mixture thickens and most water is absorbed.
  • After 10 minutes add jaggery and milk to the completely thickened upma. Add until it is porridge consistency.

2. Rice

Sticky rice

Rice consumes the flavour of any ingredient easily; it is easily digestible.

A) Sticky Banana Rice

One of the easiest to swallow, you will be amazed at the speed it is consumed.

Ingredients

  • Rice: 1 cup
  • Coconut milk (diluted): two cups
  • Jaggery: 1 tbsp.
  • Banana: 2 Elakki or small bananas.
  • Thick coconut milk: 2 tbsp.

How To Cook

  • Soak rice overnight in diluted coconut milk.
  • Pressure cook it with extra water and extra whistle.
  • Heat the thick coconut milk with jaggery and add the rice.
  • Smash banana in the serving bowl and add the sweetened rice.

B) Kara Pongal

Good food to begin the various flavours.

Ingredients

  • Rice: 1 cup
  • Moong dal: ½ cup
  • Jeera: 1 Tsp
  • Ghee: 1 Tsp
  • Curry leaves: a few
  • Ginger: a large pinch
  • Pepper: for taste (optional)
  • Salt

How To Cook

Wash and soak rice-moong dal mixture for a ½ hour.

  • Heat ghee in a cooker and add jeera.
  • Sauté ginger and curry leaves for a minute
  • Add the rice-dal mix and 5 cups of water
  • Add pepper and salt

Remove the curry leaves and mash the food before serving.

3. Soups

Indian soup

A healing meal that can be consumed during sickness.

A) Tomato And Carrot Soup

A tangy dish full of vitamins

Ingredients

  • Carrot: 1
  • Tomato: 1
  • Onion: 2 tbsp. finely chopped
  • Garlic: 1small clove finely chopped
  • Butter: 1 Tsp
  • Cumin seeds: ¼ tsp
  • Pepper powder: a pinch
  • Water: 1.5 cups
  • Salt

How To Cook

  • Clean the vegetables thoroughly and chop them into small cubes.
  • Heat butter in a pressure cooker and add cumin seeds
  • Sauté onions and garlic until translucent
  • Add carrot and tomato with enough water. Also, add salt and pepper.
  • Bring it to a boil
  • Pressure cook it to 3 whistles on a medium flame
  • Grind and strain
  • If you do not wish to strain, the remember to blanch the tomatoes and peel off the skin.
  • Serve it Luke warm.

B) Chicken Soup

Especially yummy when they are down with a cold.

Ingredients

  • Chicken: 2 pieces chopped finely
  • Onion: 1 small chopped finely
  • Vegetables (carrot, potato): 2 tbsp. chopped into small cubes.
  • Chicken stock/ water: 1 cup
  • Butter: 2 Tsp
  • Salt

How To Cook

  • Add butter in a pressure cooker and sauté onions till translucent.
  • Add the chicken along with veggies and water
  • Pressure cook for 2 whistles
  • Grind the cooled mixture and serve at Luke warm.

4. Curries

Curry with roti and rice

These contain a burst of flavours, best served with Indian Bread or Rice.

A) Fish Curry

One of the better ways to introduce babies to fish and spice.

Ingredients

  • Coconut oil: 1 tbsp
  • Large onion: 1 finely chopped
  • Garlic clove: 1 finely chopped
  • Ginger: 1 tsp chopped finely
  • Tomatoes: 2 chopped finely
  • White meaty fish (avoid thorny fishes) skin removed: 125 gm
  • Curd: 30 ml
  • Garam masala: 1 Tsp
  • Chilli powder or pepper powder to taste

(be cautious of chilli powder, do not make it too spicy)

  • Water: 200ml

How To Cook

  • Sauté onions, garlic and ginger in oil on a frying pan until translucent.
  • Mix the pepper or chilli powder.
  • Add water and tomatoes and bring it to a boil.
  • Let it simmer for a few minutes
  • Add the fish, then cover and cook for 2 minutes. Add the yoghurt and coriander and cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Cook the rice and serve alongside your fish curry.
  • Add garam masala to taste.
  • Serve with optional tomato, onion and coriander salad.

B) Dal Curry

Dal is a good combination of carbs and proteins.

Ingredients

  • Moong dal: ½ cup
  • Tuvar dal ½ cup
  • Turmeric: 1 Tsp
  • Ghee: 2 Tsp
  • Jeera:1tsp
  • Water: 3 cups

How To Cook

  • Wash dal, mix the turmeric and salt.
  • Pressure cook with 3 cups of water.
  • Temper jeera in ghee and add it to the dal

5. Egg Dishes

Indian scrambled eggs

An egg is a good introduction to complex food.

A) Egg Burji

This is a good snack. And can even be given with curd rice.

Ingredients

  • Eggs: 1
  • Pepper powder: a pinch
  • Milk: 3 tbsp. boiled
  • Cheese: 1 tsp grated
  • Butter: ½ tsp
  • Salt

How To Cook

  • Beat the egg with milk.
  • Melt some butter and add the beaten egg. Stir the eggs continuously until scrambled.
  • Mix cheese, pepper and salt
  • Stir it evenly before switching off the flame.

B) Bread Omelet

The softness of the egg will reduce the dryness of the bread.

Ingredients

  • Eggs: 1beaten
  • Pepper powder: a pinch (optional)
  • Bread: 2 slices
  • Butter: 1 Tsp

How To Cook

  • Cut the ends of the bread.
  • Sprinkle pepper and salt over beaten egg.
  • Heat the butter in a pan
  • Dip the bread into the eggs, coat it evenly on both sides and transfer it to the pan.
  • Cook until golden brown before flipping it.
  • Repeat with the other bread

6. Instant Dosa

Dosa

Dosas are the staple food of South Indian Breakfast.

A) Rava Dosa

A version of dosa that needs no fermenting, add veggies as the baby gets used to it.

Ingredients

  • Sooji/ Rava: ½ cup
  • Curd / Yogurt: ½ cup
  • Rice flour: ½ cup
  • Water: 3-4 cups
  • Jeera: 1 Tsp
  • Salt
  • Ghee

How To Cook

  • Mix rava, rice flour, salt, jeera
  • Add curd carefully and add water in small amounts. Do not make it lumpy.
  • The consistency should be like thick buttermilk. Not thick but not too thin.
  • Heat the pan well and spread the dosa batter outward to inward.
  • The dosa will have holes, circle a tsp of ghee before closing the lid.
  • Remove when crisp.

B) Wheat Dosa

A better, softer way to introduce wheat.

Ingredients

  • Wheat flour: 2 cups
  • Rice flour: ¼ cup
  • Onion: 1 chopped finely
  • Ginger: 1 tbsp. chopped finely
  • Jeera: ½ tsp
  • Water: 4 cups
  • Salt
  • Ghee

How To Cook

  • Mix wheat flour, rice flour, cumin seeds, chopped onions, ginger and salt.
  • Add some water and mix well. The batter is similar to the rava dosa.
  • Heat a non-stick pan and pour the batter outward to inward.
  • Cook until brown before flipping.

7. Desserts

Sweet Pongal

Rich in sugar, desserts give energy and uplifts mood.

A) Sweet Pongal

A South Indian must at every festival.

Ingredients

  • Rice: ½ cup
  • Moong dal: 1 to 1.5 tbsp.
  • Jaggery: ½ cup
  • Salt: a pinch
  • Water: 2.5 cups
  • Cardamom Powder: ¼ tsp
  • Ghee – 4 Tsp
  • Milk

How To Cook

  • Melt the jaggery with ½ cup water and dissolve completely. Strain the liquid and set aside
  • Heat ghee and roast the moong dal for 3 minutes in a cooker. Mix washed rice and add water.
  • Pressure cook to 4 whistles.
  • Once the pressure wears off, add the jaggery water to the mixture along with ghee, salt and cardamom powder. Add half a cup milk as it thickens.
  • Cook it for few minutes and stir regularly.

B) Naryal Or Elaneer Payasam

A unique sweet that’s best for the summers.

Ingredients

  • Tender Coconut Water: 1 cup
  • Tender Coconut Pulp: 1 cup
  • Milk: 2 cups
  • Jaggery: 1/4 cup
  • Cardamom Powder: 1/2 tsp

How To Cook

  • Beat the tender coconut pulp, add the tender water and refrigerate it.
  • Boil milk, jaggery to a thicker texture, add the cardamom powder
  • Pour the milk into the tender coconut pulp and let it cool.

C) Arrowroot Pudding

A sweet way to keep constipation at bay!

Ingredients

  • Arrowroot powder : ½ cup
  • Jaggery: 2 medium size
  • Cardamom powder: ¼ tsp

How To Cook

  • Soak the arrowroot powder for ten minutes in water and drain the water with the dirt particles.
  • Add some amount of water to make a thin paste.
  • Grind Coconut milk, Cardamom powder, Jaggery
  • Boil it in a pan. Add the arrowroot paste in small amounts while continuously stirring.
  • Keep stirring until paste thickens to a custard consistency.
  • Brush ghee or butter in a deep plate and pour the mixture.
  • Let it cool.

You can always add or subtract Ingredients according to your (or the baby’s) taste. Foods for 1-year-old baby Indian recipes vegetable and non-vegetable can be easily modified.

Above all, do not cook with stress. Cook with love, joy and positivity. Babies sense it in the food as much as they sense it in your arms.

Also Read:

1 Year Baby Meal Plan
1 Year Old Baby Food Ideas