How to Make Makhana Porridge for Toddlers - FirstCry Parenting

Makhana Porridge Recipe

Lotus seeds or Phool makhana is an excellent weaning food option for your munchkin. These highly nutritious seeds can be added to your baby’s diet in many ways. However, in this post, we shall be discussing a very easy Makhana porridge recipe that can be made with very few ingredients. Extremely light and easy to digest, this porridge is light on your baby’s tummy too. Browse the following post and learn to make a simple and yummy makhana porridge recipe.

Cooking Time:

Makhana porridge is not only very simple but can be made in a jiffy! Here’s how much time you need at hand!

Type  Time 
Preparation Time 00:05:00
Cook Time 00:05:00
Total Time 00:10:00

Cooking Method:

Gas Stove

Type of Meal:


Suitable For: 

Toddlers above 19 months of age.

Meal Schedule: 

Breakfast or lunch

Recipe Type: 

Main Dish


The homemade Makhana porridge baby food recipe requires very few ingredients. Here’s what you need!

Type  Quantity/ Volume 
Makhana 1 cup
Water 1 cup (or as required)
Ghee 1 teaspoon
Palm sugar As per taste


Follow these step by step directions to make this tasty Makhana porridge recipe:

  1. Take lotus seeds or makhanas and cut each makhana into two.
  2. Heat ghee in a pan.
  3. Throw in the makhanas and roast them on medium flame. Keep stirring until the makhanas turn crispy and crunchy.
  4. Remove from heat and transfer the makhanas on a large plate. Let it cool down.
  5. Once cooled, churn the makhanas in a blender jar to make a fine powder.
  6. Put water in a pan and bring it to boil. Keep aside.
  7. In a bowl, put a heaped spoon of makhana powder and slowly add hot water. Keep stirring continuously to avoid lumps.
  8. Once the desired consistency is acquired, add palm sugar and mix well.
  9. Serve this yummy and nutritious porridge as breakfast or lunch option to your munchkin.

Recipe Tips

Keep the following points in mind when learning how to make Makhana porridge:

  • Always add water slowly to avoid forming lumps or making the porridge lumpy. If required, you can adjust the consistency of the porridge by adding more water.
  • You can replace water with milk for older babies for adding more nutritional punch to the dish.
  • Almond powder can be added to enhance the taste and nutritional quotient of the dish.
  • You can use jaggery powder or date sugar in place of palm sugar.
  • You can add a teaspoon of ghee to the porridge to add earthy aroma and flavour.
  • For older babies, chopped nuts such as almonds, cashew nuts, pistachios, etc can be added.
  • You can make this porridge into a savoury delight by adding salt and cumin powder instead of any sweeteners.

Nutrition Information (Serving Per 100 Grams)

Here’s the nutritional content in Makhana porridge for babies:

Type  Value 
Energy 127 calories
Carbohydrates 17 gm
Protein 4 gm
Fat 5.4 gm
Vitamin A 49 mcg
Folic acid 27 mcg
Calcium 41 mg
Iron 0.9 mg
Sodium 1.3 mg
Potassium 340 mg
Magnesium 53 mg
Phosphorus 155 mg

The values mentioned above are for reference purposes only. Actual nutritional content may slightly vary in some cases.

Health Benefits

Here are some benefits of Makhana porridge for babies:

  • These calcium-rich seeds are great for supplementing increased calcium needs of your munchkin that aids proper teeth and bone development.
  • The low glycemic index and high amounts of carbohydrates help provide the much-needed energy to your little one without being too heavy on the tummy. Makhanas are easily digestible, which makes them an ideal meal option, especially when your munchkin is suffering from diarrhoea or other stomach ailments.
  • Makhanas are gluten-free, which makes them an ideal option for babies who have gluten sensitivity.
  • Excellent source of protein, makhanas are great for strengthening muscles and bones in growing babies.
  • Regular makhana consumption can improve kidney function in babies and young kids.

Buying Guide

Keep the following things in mind when buying ingredients for the recipe:

  • Buy organic makhana or lotus seeds for the recipe.
  • Do not forget to check the date of packing and the best before date on the packet. Makhanas tend to go bad if not stored in proper storage conditions. Do check for any signs of insects or worms.
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