15 Tasty Indian Food Recipes for 1 Year Old Baby

An Indian mother feeding her daughter

Food is an experience, and you may have observed your baby’s curiosity about different flavours and textures of foods, once he/she reaches 12 months of age. Babies this age like to taste food beyond simple purees. The worry is how to modify 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 tummies of one-year-olds. 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 been simplified to introduce babies to Indian Cuisine that they will enjoy.

Remember:

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

1. Porridge

Porridge

A favourite of many children, when made the right way, the liquid soft consistency is 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 sun dried ragi grains 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

This is a good break from other types of 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 of the water is absorbed.
  • After ten minutes, add jaggery and milk to the completely thickened upma. Add until it is porridge consistency.

2. Rice

Rice

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

A) Sticky Banana Rice

One of the easiest dishes to swallow, you will be amazed at the speed at which it is consumed by your little one.

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.
  • Heat the thick coconut milk with jaggery and add the rice.
  • Squash bananas in a serving bowl and add the sweetened rice.

B) Kara Pongal

This is a good dish to introduce to your child’s diet.

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 the rice and moong dal for half an hour.
  • Heat ghee in a cooker and add jeera.
  • Sauté ginger and curry leaves for a minute
  • Add the rice-dal mixture, topped up with 5 cups of water
  • Add pepper and salt

Remove the curry leaves and mash the food before serving.

3. Soups

Soups

A flavoursome dish that can be consumed during sickness or even in between meals.

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 dice 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,  remember to blanch the tomatoes and peel off the skin.
  • Serve it luke warm.

B) Chicken Soup

Especially yummy when kids are down with a cold.

Ingredients

  • Chicken: one breast piece shredded.
  • Onion: 1 small (finely chopped)
  • Vegetables (carrot, potato): 2 tbsp (chopped)
  • 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
  • Blend the cooled mixture and serve it luke warm.

4. Curries

Curries

These contain a burst of flavour; 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 fish with tiny bones) with 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 a frying pan until translucent.
  • Mix the pepper or chilli powder.
  • Add water and tomatoes and bring 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
  • Toor dal ½ cup
  • Turmeric: 1 tsp
  • Ghee: 2 tsp
  • Jeera: 1 tsp
  • Water: 3 cups

How to Cook

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

5. Egg Dishes

Egg Dishes

An egg is a good introduction to complex food.

A) Egg Burji

This is a good snack and can be served with 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: 1 (beaten)
  • 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 the 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 on both sides until golden brown.
  • Repeat with the other bread.

6. Instant Dosa

Instant Dosa

Dosas are the staple food of South Indian Breakfast.

A) Rava Dosa

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

Ingredients

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

How to Cook

  • Mix rava, rice flour, salt, and jeera.
  • Add curd carefully, as well as 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 in a circle.
  • The dosa will have holes. Circle a teaspoon of ghee before closing the lid.
  • Remove when crisp.

B) Wheat Dosa

A better, softer way to introduce wheat to your little one’s diet.

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 in a circle.
  • Cook until brown, before flipping.

7. Desserts

Desserts

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 the mixture 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.
  • Boil milk and jaggery until thick, and 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, and jaggery
  • Boil it in a pan. Add the arrowroot paste in small amounts while continuously stirring.
  • Keep stirring until the 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, as these foods 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.

Tips on Feeding Your One-Year-Old

1. Don’t Force-Feed Your Child

Kids at this age are just beginning to develop their sense of flavour and figuring out what they like or dislike. Encourage toddlers to eat, but don’t force feed them anything they don’t like, no matter how nutritious. Try and look for alternatives or mask the ingredient in other foods.

2. Food Should Be Easy to Eat

Your 1 year old still carries the risk of choking on big chunks of food, so keep the food soft, in small pieces, and easily chewable.

3. Cool Down the Food Before Serving

Your child may begin to eat without considering how hot the food is, so test the temperature on yourself before feeding.

4. Avoid Adding Excess Salt, Fat, Spices, and Sugar

These ingredients may cause health issues in the long run, so only use how much is needed in the dish. Additionally, your child cannot handle as much spice as you can, so bear in mind his/her tastes when cooking for your little one.

5. Supervise Your Child During Mealtimes

Children at this age may insist on eating food by themselves, but don’t simply hand them the spoon and go about your chores. Make sure to stick around your child when he/she is eating to administer immediate help in case of choking, etc.

Also Read:

1 Year Baby Meal Plan
1 Year Old Baby Food Ideas