Before starting with the Dalia khichdi recipe, let me share some important details. I started off Devansh on solids with fruits. First I gave mashed banana, then after 4-5 days I gave him pureed papaya. I gave him fruits for the first two weeks. Then, I added moong daal khichdi to his diet. As he got used to eating khichdi, I started giving him dalia khichdi. So you can say he started eating dalia, when he was around seven months old. Initially I did not add vegetables, jeera powder, and chili powder to the dalia—just plain dalia with haldi, hing, and salt. Gradually I started adding the veggies to this simple and easy to cook recipe of dalia which is ideal for babies, toddlers, and kids.
After Devansh turned one, I started adding just a hint of chili powder to dalia. Gradually I went on increasing the amount. Now I add about a pinch of chili powder to his dalia. The recipe given below is suitable for babies 1 year and older.
You can leave out the optional ingredients if you want to make dalia for 6-7 month old babies. One simply cannot leave dalia recipe out when it comes to making healthy food choices for a baby. You’ll definitely find this dalia recipe very useful. 🙂
Dalia Khichdi Recipe for Babies, Toddlers, and Kids
- 2 tbsp yellow moong daal / split yellow gram
- 2 tbsp dalia, broken wheat (We usually don’t wash dalia before using it for cooking. Therefore, I prefer to use organic dalia.)
- 1 pinch hing / asafoetida
- 1 pinch haldi / turmeric powder
- 1/4 tbsp jeera / cumin seeds powder
- 2 tbsp homemade ghee / clarified butter
- 1 pinch red chili powder (optional)
- salt to taste
- 3 tbsp mashed vegetables (optional)
- 1 tbsp pureed spinach (optional)
- Wash moong daal properly and allow it to dry. I usually make the mixture of moong daal and dalia to last me for a week. So I take about a cupful of moong daal for roasting.
- Roast moong daal and dalia in a pan separately while stirring them continuously. This time will depend on the quantity of the mixture. 5-10 minutes is enough for 2 tbsp of daal and dalia. You will need to roast moong daal for a bit longer than dalia.
- If your baby has just been introduced to solids, you can grind the roasted mixture coarsely in a blender.
- You need 4 tbsp of the roasted mixture for one serving of dalia. You can store the remaining mixture in an airtight container for future use.
- Add hing, haldi, jeera powder, and salt to the roasted mixture. (Note: It is recommended to avoid adding salt in babies' food till they turn one. However, in my case I found that Devansh just wouldn't eat his food without salt. Hence, I started adding little bit of salt in his food. You can decide whether you want to add salt or not after talking to your child's pediatrician.)
- Add a pinch of red chili powder if you want to get your baby started on spicy food. Only you as a mother can be the best judge of when you should start giving your child spicy food. But I'd say wait till the child is at least 10 months old.
- Add 1 and a half cup of water to the mixture.
- Cook the mixture in a pressure cooker on medium flame for about 15-20 minutes (8-9 whistles).
- Mash cooked dalia finely or coarsely depending on your baby’s age.
- Add some homemade ghee to the dalia before serving it to your baby.
- Follow steps 1-9 as listed above.
- Then, heat a pan and add 1 tbsp of homemade ghee to it.
- Add about 1/4th tsp of jeera powder to the ghee. (For older kids you can use cumin seeds instead of the powder.)
- Add mashed vegetables and pureed spinach. Make sure that the spinach is cooked for at least 5 minutes before it is pureed or your child may find it difficult to digest.
- Stir the vegetables for about half a minute.
- Add cooked dalia and stir well before turning off heat.