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Simple Dal Recipe for Babies, Toddlers, Kids

Simple Dal Recipe

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Quick and simple dal recipe for babies, toddlers, and kids. This non-spicy dal can be served as an accompaniment with parathas, chillas etc.
Course Accompaniments, Main Dish
Servings 1 person


  • 2 tbsp toor dal split pigeon peas
  • 1/4th tsp powdered cumin seeds jeera powder
  • 1/5th tsp turmeric powder haldi
  • 1/5th tsp asafoetida hing
  • 1 pinch of red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp homemade ghee
  • salt to taste


  • Wash the toor dal thoroughly and drain the water from it.
  • Heat a small cooker and add ghee.
  • Add jeera powder and stir. (For older kids, you can add cumin seeds (whole jeera) instead of the powder.)
  • Add hing and haldi, stir, and then add the washed toor dal.
  • Sauté for half a minute and then add about one cup water.
  • Add salt and chili powder. (For older kids and grownups, you can add more chili powder. For babies, you can omit adding chili powder.)
  • Cook on low heat for 7-8 minutes (two whistles) till the dal gets cooked properly. (I use a really small cooker so I prefer cooking on low heat as otherwise dal's water tends to come out from the whistle if the heat is high.)
  • Serve hot with parathas or chillas.


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  • You may want to omit putting salt for babies less than one year of age. You can squeeze some lemon in dal before serving.
  • You can add mashed vegetables to the dal and serve it like a soup to babies.