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Poha for Babies, Spinach Poha Recipe for Babies, Toddlers

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This spinach poha recipe will really come in handy when you think of making poha for babies, toddlers. Easy to cook and also, very nutritious.
Servings 1 person
Author Mukta Tikekar


  • 5 tbsp poha (flattened rice)
  • Pinch of hing (asafoetida)
  • Pinch of haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1/4th tsp jeera (cumin seeds powder)
  • Pinch of red chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp homemade ghee (clarified butter)
  • 2-3 tbsp pureed spinach
  • salt to taste


  • Wash poha properly before using it for cooking.
  • Heat 2 cups of water in a pan/vessel and bring it to a boil.
  • Add poha, haldi, hing, jeera powder, and salt.(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.)
  • Stir for 5-10 minutes till the poha has the desired consistency. For smaller babies, you’ll want to ensure that the poha has dissolved in the water completely so it’ll almost be like porridge.
  • Add 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. (If your baby has just started eating solids, use just 1-2 tsp of spinach. Gradually go on increasing the quantity of spinach.)
  • Stir for 2 minutes and then turn off heat.
  • Serve with homemade ghee. Ghee is supposed be good for nerves, brain, digestion, and boosting our immune system. In addition, it enhances the taste of the dish. So I always add ghee to Devansh's food.


For older babies and toddlers you can try the following slightly less bland variation:
  • Follow steps 1-4 as listed above.
  • Heat a pan and add 1 tsp of homemade ghee to it.
  • Add about 1/4th tsp of jeera powder to the ghee and stir it. You can choose to not add jeera to poha earlier if you are adding it now.
  • Add pureed spinach. If your baby’s older than a year or so and you want to introduce spicy food (teekha khana) to him/her, add a pinch of red chili powder. For toddlers, you can mash boiled spinach leaves coarsely instead of pureeing them. You want them to start chewing food gradually. :-)
  • Stir for a couple of minutes.
  • Add cooked poha and stir well before turning off the heat.
  • Serve with homemade ghee.