This post is for babies who have successfully completed 12 months/1 year and starting their toddler phase.. Till 1 year, we tried to feed breastmilk before(half an hour to one hour) every meal as breastmilk was the main source of nutrition & solids are just complementary(till 1 year). But, after 1 year, solids are the main source of nutrition & breastmilk is complementary(but still recommended for physical & mental health of baby). So, the constraint of feeding breastmilk before every meal is no more required. You can give breastmilk on demand, around 5 times in a day and night feeds are again on demand of your baby. Cow’s milk can be given to babies after their first birthday. I have started mixing cow’s milk in her porridges and sometimes with rice or with idly. I don’t give cow’s milk as direct drink(except few days when I feel she had very less dinner or very early dinner) till 2 years or till when I plan to wean off breastmilk. Animal milk is not required as long as baby is breastfed. You shall discuss about it with your Pediatrician.. Also, some doctors recommend Honey after first birthday. But, my pediatrician recommended after second birthday.
Please have a look at the previous food charts(click here for link) to check if you have introduced all those foods before introducing the foods mentioned in this 12 months food chart. If you have any queries regarding baby food, pls read this post(click here) on Frequently Asked Questions and that will have answers to most of your questions.
Below is my baby’s schedule and this schedule is just for your reference. Please don’t try to fit your baby in this schedule. Let your baby decide his/her schedule to nap. And you choose a wise time (to feed solids) that suits you and your baby. Actually, the below schedule is after a month, after her first birthday. There was a drastic change in her sleep cycle & so for 1 month after her birthday, she was lil cranky as she felt sleepy in the mid-morning, but she couldn’t fall asleep, immediately. This is the phase where babies start to skip mid-morning nap. First they postpone the nap and finally skip it. For one month, she had a late morning nap between 12 to 1 PM and had her lunch just after that. Her evening nap was between 3.30 to 5 PM. Gradually, the mid-morning nap got postponed & finally after a month, she skipped it & started following the below schedule with long afternoon nap.
1 year baby schedule
|6 - 8.45 AM||Sleep|
|8.45 - 8.55 AM||BM|
|9.30 - 9.40 AM||Breakfast|
|10.15 - 10.25 AM||Bath|
|10.50 - 11.00 AM||Snack 1 , generally fruits|
|12.15 - 12.30 PM||Lunch|
|1.20 - 1.30 PM||BM|
|1.30 - 4.00 PM||Nap|
|4 - 4.10 PM||BM|
|5 to 5.10 PM||Snack 2|
|6 - 6.10 PM||BM|
|7.15 - 7.30 PM||Dinner|
|9 - 9.15 PM||BM|
|9.30 PM - 12.30 AM||Sleep|
From baby’s first birthday, you shall start adding salt and sweet in baby’s meals. But, increase the salt quantity gradually. Also, you no need to sweeten all the porridges, smoothies, juices and milk. After 1 year, only Multigrain & oats porridges are recommended for babies, as it is high time to stop all other porridges and adapt to family meal. Porridges can be made creamier by adding cow’s milk, from now on. My first kid had unsweetened Multigrain porridge for 8 years & I am following the same with my lil one too. Sweet snacks can be sweet(avoid white sugar). But, do not use sweet as a bait to eat food. Milk(to drink) can be given without any sweeteners but can still be flavored using powdered nuts/cardamom/cinnamon stick/clove. Use one flavor per day. The main concept is, they can enjoy sweets but shouldn’t be dependent/addictive to sweet.
The below 1 year baby food chart is a sample chart to show how to smoothly transfer baby to family pot with some spice management tips .. Gradually increase the spice level for baby. The chart includes healthy family food choices that goes well for the whole family including the baby.. I have shown so many varieties to give you more ideas of healthy meal and snack choices. You shall take this chart as example and grab the ideas that you like.. Pls ignore Ads(if any) below and go straight to the Food chart.. The food chart has Breakfast, Snack1, Lunch, Snack2 and Dinner. You have to scroll to the right to view till dinner menu.
1 year baby food chart
|Day||Breakfast||Snack 1||Lunch||Snack 2||Dinner|
Ven pongal, sweet pongal(made without milk), unsalted cooked dal(soaked toor dal, turmeric, asafoetida, tomato, carrot, chayote squash/chow chow), Sambar. Took out a tbsp of cooked dal & veggies for baby & used the rest in our sambar. Venpongal & sambar are salted and made normally with usual spice level for our family pot. While feeding, mixed venpongal with dal and slightly dipped in our sambar.
She ate some wheat+jaggery cake during morning cake cutting. This bake was baked by my friend..
Unsalted tomato rasam(link) with salted veggies taken from our sambar. That vadai is just for formality. I just gave a pinch from the central soft part.
I fed her mix of fruits when we were making fruits cake for her evening bday party. Click here to see how to make this fruit cake ?
Just reheated afternoon rasam and gave a bowl of warm rasam rice for digestion..
Lentils crepe - Adai with cane sugar/Naatu sakkarai - Soak over night - 1/2 cup idli rice, 1/2 cup raw rice, 1/3 cup each of chanadal, toor dal, Urad dal, 1 tbsp Moong dal. Wash well & grind with 1 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp aniseed, 1 dry red chilli, 10 peppercorns, required rock salt. Grind lil coarse and then add turmeric powder & asafoetida. In a pan, in coconut oil, fry finely chopped (curry leaves, small onions, coriander leaves, Moringa leaves) & add this to the batter. I just added homemade Moringa powder(sent by my MIL) to the batter. Add 1/2 cup grated coconut to the batter and mix well. Make like dosas cooking both sides with generous sesame oil. My baby loved it ☺️
Chopped Watermelon 🍉
Vegetable biriyani with cucumber raitha. Mashed white rice is just to compensate the spice level. Made vegetable biriyani(link) for the whole family. Same recipe as in the link, but just skipped the grinding part. Used 2 uncut green chillies and 1 tsp each of chilli powder & coriander powder for 2 cups jeeraga samba rice. Used potato, peas, corn, carrot. For baby, I tried to pick many vegetables and little rice from biriyani. Mixed biriyani with little white rice & raitha while feeding each time. Don’t mix everything together. Try to give more biriyani & use white rice & raitha just to compensate the spice. I mashed white rice using potato masher but biriyani & veggies I just handmashed as jeera rice is too tiny. Biriyani was less spicy and so we compensated with a spicy green chutney(link) as a side for adults..
Finger millet / Ragi mini dumplings/ kozhukattai(link) as today is Vinayakar chathurthi..
Wheat dosai(link) with coconut chutney. Ground coconut, fried gram/pottukadalai, garlic clove, little salt with water, took out baby portion & then added more salt & red chillies & ground for us. Tempered both with oil+ mustard+ urad+ curry leaves and served both chutneys to baby. Dipped more of her chutney & very lil of our chutney while feeding her.
Delicious Rice/Arisi upma with banana 🍌 Wash 3/4 cup raw rice & 1/4 cup toor dal. Spread in a cotton cloth over a plate & let it fan dry. When it is dried but still very slightly moist, add 1/4 tsp peppercorns/milagu & 1/2 heaped tsp jeera. Grind for 6 pulses in mixie and sieve away(discard) the fine powder. In cooker, 1 tbsp coconut oil, mustard, chanadal, uraddal, curry 🍃, grated ginger, 1 green chilli, 1 red chilli, asafoetida. Once dal turn golden, add 3 tbsp grated coconut. Sauté for a min & add 3 cups water + required salt. Once boiled, remove both chillies & add ground stuff in low-medium flame, mix well & pressure cook for 1 whistle or 5 mins whichever is earlier. We paired with spicy coconut chutney & fed it with half banana for the baby.
|She had an early nap for longer time and so skipped this snack.|
Mashed Matta rice with slightly salted Mutton soup(link). Added a liver piece while cooking soup & mashed it using potato masher. Took out a soft cooked meat from our curry(link) , washed it in water & minced it well using potato masher. Use the corner of the masher to chop and the center to mash. Repeat these 2 actions to get finely minced meat.
Watermelon strips 🍉
Mashed rice with reheated Mutton soup from afternoon..
Rolled oats porridge. Ground a tbsp of oats with each of peanut, pista, cashewnut, half walnut & cooked with ghee & 1/2 cup water.
Chopped kiwi 🥝
Matt rice mashed with fresh curd and no salt. Salted but less spicy Cauliflower+peas curry taken from family pot. In groundnut/coconut/sesame oil, 1 tsp jeera, curry leaves, finely chopped 6 garlic cloves. Once nice aroma wafts, add blanched & wet cauliflower with a big pinch turmeric powder. Stir for a min & cook closed in low-medium flame for 5 mins. Then add salt & peas & cook in low flame for 5 mins. Then add plain chilli powder( I just added 1 tsp for a big cauliflower), stir & cook in low flame for 5 mins. Open & cook until dry. In the whole process, add more oil whenever required.. Also, open & stir often to avoid burning at the bottom.
Chopped Strawberries 🍓
Idli(using salted batter) with Mint+ Coriander chutney. Sesame oil - whole urad dal without skin, red chilli. Once dal browned, add tamarind, coriander & Mint leaves. Once leaves shrink, add grated coconut. Grind without chilli & tamarind for baby. Then grind for others with salt. Add lil water while grinding. Temper with mustard, Urad dal and curry leaves. Served with both chutneys. Dipped more of baby chutney(left) & lil of adults chutney(right) while feeding her. I am gradually including salt in her diet without going for a sudden hike..
Dosai with cabbage moongdal kootu. Pressure cook 1/2 cup Moong dal(soaked for 20 mins), water till dal immerses, 1/4 tsp turmeric, big pinch asafoetida, chopped 1/2 cabbage for 3 to 4 whistles. Remove 2 tbsp of cooked dal with cabbage for baby. Coconut oil, mustard, cumin seeds, curry 🍃, 2 or 3 dry red chillies, chopped small onions 4. Once fried, add cooked dal with cabbage, salt and lil water if required. Boil in medium flame for 3 mins & add coriander leaves. Mixed dosa with more adult portion(left) & less baby portion(right) while feeding her.
Paper thin Apple 🍎 slices
Mashed rice mixed with lil baby portion & more adult portion of cabbage kootu & ghee. Grilled pomfret/ vaaval fish. Didn’t add salt in fish as kootu had salt. Gradually increase salt intake. Marinate fish with lil plain chilli powder & generous pinches of turmeric, pepper & roasted cumin powders with lil lemon juice for 1 hour. Brush with olive oil & grill each side for 10 mins in high broil mode. Feed without skin & bones.
Watermelon strips 🍉
Idli with Kadhamba chutney.. Sesame oil, 2 red chillies. Fry and take out. Then add 1 big onion chopped, 4 garlic, 1 inch ginger, pinch tamarind, 1 green chilli. Fry for 3 minutes, take out green chilli & tamarind..Then add 2 small tomatoes chopped. Once tomato turns mushy, add few mint and coriander leaves. Once leaves shrink, add 1/4 cup grated coconut & switch off in 1 min. Cool down and grind for baby without chillies & tamarind. Then add the rest along with rock salt & grind for others. Add little water while grinding.. Temper with mustard, urad dal & curry leaves. Served with more baby portion(left) & less adult portion(right).
Paniyarams using idli batter with coconut chutney. Grind coconut, lil fried gram/pottukadalai, ginger with lil water & take out baby portion(left). Add salt, green chillies & grind for others(right). Temper with mustard, Urad, curry 🍃 & asafoetida. Dipped equal portions of both chutneys.
Peeled & chopped kiwi 🥝
Mashed Matta rice with Malabar spinach/Pasalai keerai masiyal. Recipe same as my spinach mash(link), but added tomato in place of tamarind & fried till mushy. Squeeze lemon for iron absorption. Carrot stir fry - Coconut oil, mustard, curry 🍃, dry red chilli, chopped small onions. Fry for a min & add grated carrots, lil salt & water. Cook closed for 5 mins. Open & fry till dry.
White peas sundal . Soaked overnight & pressure cooked for 6 whistles.. In coconut oil, mustard, curry 🍃, asafoetida, cooked peas, salt, (grind coconut + ginger + green chilli without water) and cook in medium flame for 3 mins.. My baby loved it.. Always press with fingers to change shape before giving to baby. If ur baby can’t eat spicy sundal, avoid grinding green chilli. Just slit and add during tempering..
Dosai with Kumbakonam Kadappaa - Pressure cook 1/4 cup moongdal(soaked for 20 mins), 1/4 tsp turmeric powder, 2 peeled & chopped potatoes, water above immersing level for 4 whistles. In coconut oil, 1 pattai/cinnamon, 2 cloves/krambu, 2 cardamom, 1 bay leaf, 2 or 3 green chillies, curry 🍃, 1 chopped onion. Once fried(no color change), add 1/2 cup water, salt, cooked dal & potato. Let it boil for 3 mins. Grind 1/2 cup grated coconut, lil peeled ginger, 2 garlic cloves, 1/2 tsp sombu/fennel seeds with water. Pour this to dal & let it boil in sim for 10 mins. Add chopped coriander leaves. If u want it to be more spicy for adults, u can reserve a tbsp of coconut & grind with 2 green chillies & lil water, add that after taking out baby portion & boil for 5 more mins.
Aval sambar pongal. Thought to pair with coconut chutney but couldn’t make it.. Wash 1 tbsp aval thrice and soak(keep closed) in 2 tbsp water for 15 mins. In sim, ghee, pinch each of asafoetida, roasted cumin & pepper powders, curry leaf, 1 ginger piece, 1 tbsp cooked toordal, cooked carrot(optional) with 2 tbsp dal water(I used the dal that I cooked for our sambar with tomato, carrot, turmeric & asafoetida). Add soaked Aval and let it cook in dal water in sim. Lastly, remove ginger & curry leaf & slightly mash with ladle.
Dates. I just gave the soft inner parts..
Paruppu sadham/ Rice with toor dal & ghee. Just took out some cooked toor dal for baby before adding it to sambar. Lady’s finger from our sambar and potato fry. In coconut/sesame oil, mustard, jeera, curry leaves, asafoetida, finely chopped garlic, peeled, chopped & washed potato, turmeric. Sauté once & cook closed for 5 mins. Add salt, sauté & again cook closed for 5 mins. Add chilli powder, sauté & again cook closed for 5 mins. Sauté now and then. Open and sauté until required. Don’t crisp much.
Peeled and chopped kiwi 🥝
Wheat banana dosai(video link)
Jowar/Sorghum/Chola idly - Soak overnight - 1 cup idly rice, 1 cup sorghum, 1/2 cup urad dal, 1/2 cup poha, 1/4 tsp fenugreek seeds. Grind fenugreek seeds and urad dal together. Grind poha, rice and sorghum together. Grind using grinder, add salt and ferment overnight.. Steam as normal idlis.
Soaked raisins along with soaked water. I gave this from 6 months for my first baby🌙 as I started 3 meals a day for her & she had constipation issues. But with the incremental meal plan, my second baby⭐️ never had constipation & so I didn’t give raisins yet.. Starting from today as raisins is good for iron as well. Good to give few raisins daily with soaked water(link) as the first food in the morning.
Chapathi with palak paneer. U shall use baby spinach. But today I used Malabar spinach / pasalai keerai & this too tasted yum. Dipped more of baby portion(right) & paneer from adult portion(left). The same recipe as my spinach masiyal(link), but skipped tamarind. Added tomato, peeled ginger & whole cashewnut after frying onions. Ground the stuffs with salt & 1 tbsp fresh curd but without chillies & took out a portion for baby. Then added chillies & ground again. In butter, 1/4 bay leaf, ground stuff with lil water, 1/2 pinch homemade garam masala (it has cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, coriander, chilli) & a tsp of cane sugar. Garam masala is just optional. Add homemade paneer cubes and cook in medium flame for 3 mins. Click here for Palak Paneer recipe post with detailed instructions.
Peeled & chopped black grapes..
Tomato rava upma 🍅 In sesame oil, mustard, curry leaves, 1/4 green chilli, 2 chopped small onions, 1 country tomato chopped into big chunks with skin, nearly 1 cup hot boiling water. Cook closed in medium flame for 5 mins. Open, add roasted rava, stir well & cook closed for 5 mins. Stir in between. Switch off and keep closed for 10 mins. Remove leaves & chilli.
Fruit platter - Avocado 🥑 and banana 🍌 This combo is too heavy for a snack and so I always opt for Bf.. This is a good weight gaining combo & I try to give this once in every week..
Made a very spicy Mutton biriyani for us and so just made a simple carrot khichdi 🥕 (link)for her using homemade rice+moongdal khichdi powder(link). Fed with center soft pieces of grilled chicken. It was too soft that I could just mash easily with my fingers while feeding.. Marinate chicken leg pieces with turmeric, salt, chilli powder, lil coriander powder, garam masala, gg paste, lemon for one hour. Add olive oil, mix well and bake at 450 deg Fahrenheit in preheated oven for 15 mins. Turn to other side and again bake for 10 more mins. Do not broil.
Red poha/ aval porridge. Wash & soak a tbsp of red aval for 20 mins. Mash it well with hand and cook in low-med flame with 1/4 cup water, lil ghee and a pinch of roasted cumin/jeera powder. Cook for 5 mins until it thickens. Feed warm.
Aappam(salted)(link) with slightly sweetened(cane sugar) cardamom flavored freshly extracted coconut milk.
Thin Apple slices 🍎
Mashed rice with chicken curry and chicken leg piece. It was softly cooked that I just hand mashed while feeding. Made chicken curry(link) with just 1 tsp gravy powder. Took out baby portion, then in a separate pan, fried 4 chopped small onions, switched off & added 1 tbsp gravy powder, fried for 10 seconds in the hot oil and poured it into the gravy & boiled it for 5 more mins for us..
Orange chunks 🍊
Aappam with reheated chicken curry from afternoon..
Oats & nuts Kheer. Same oats porridge but added cow’s milk(introducing first time for my baby). Ground 1 tbsp rolled oats with peanut, walnut, pista, cashew, soaked & peeled almond. Added 1/4 cup water & cooked until thickened. Then added 1/4 cup milk & again cooked until thickened. Was too delicious like kheer.
Dates - Just gave the soft inner parts..
Rice with buttermilk gravy / Mor kulambu(link). Skipped green chillies in grinding and added those along with red chillies in tempering. Same gravy for baby & whole family. Ridgegourd/Peerkangai poriyal. Coconut/sesame oil, mustard, Urad dal, curry 🍃, chopped small onions, asafoetida. Once fried, add peeled & chopped ridgegourd, salt, 1/4 tsp sambar powder. Sauté, sprinkle lil water & cook closed. Once cooked, open & sauté until dry.. Mine was so tender & sweet..
Idli with Ridgegourd peel/skin chutney. Same as mint chutney in Day 4 dinner(scroll up). Instead of the leaves, added ridgegourd skin & fried for 5 mins. Ground without chillies for baby. Dipped more baby portion(right) and less adult portion(left) while feeding. Use the skin, only if the ridgegourd is organic.
Thinai /Foxtail millet pongal(link). Recipe same as in link, but add 1/2 cup extra water & cook 1 extra whistle for Thinai. Fed with dal cooked for sambar & lil of family sambar.
My first kid's bday today. We made fresh fruits cake. She ate all the watermelon 🍉 hearts ❤️from the cake carvings 😁
Mashed rice with ghee & toor dal cooked for sambar. Veggies from our sambar & potato fry(Scroll up for recipe in Day 7 lunch) from family pot.
Arisi thengai payasam / Rice + coconut kheer made with jaggery. Gave without cashewnuts to baby. Grind 2 tbsp raw rice(soaked for 1 hour) & 1/2 cup grated coconut with 1/4 cup water & make it a paste. Mix coconut paste in 2 cups warm water & boil in medium flame(stirring often) for 10 mins until it gets cooked like porridge consistency. In another pan, add 1/2 cup jaggery with 1/2 cup water & boil till it dissolves. Filter this jaggery syrup to cooked rice+coconut porridge. Add cardamom powder and boil for 5 mins in med flame. Switch off & add ghee-roasted cashews to it. Now, you can add 1/4 cup boiled and cooled milk(optional).
Matta rice porridge. Afternoon rice, water, pinch jeera powder(optional). Cook for 2 mins & mash well with ladle, while cooking.
Dosai with Ridgegourd/ Peerkangai kootu. In pressure cooker, add water, 1/4 cup moongdal(soaked for 20 mins & washed), turmeric, chopped small onions 4, garlic cloves 2, small tomato 1, asafoetida & let this cook for 5 mins. Cook closed with a lid. Meanwhile, peel & chop Ridgegourd. Add chopped veggies & pressure cook for 2 whistles. Take out some baby portion. In coconut oil, mustard, cumin seeds, curry 🍃, asafoetida, 2 green chillies, 2 dry red chillies, cooked dal with veggies, coriander leaves. Boil for 3 mins in medium flame. Dipped dosa with more baby portion (left) & less adult portion(right) while feeding her.
Honey dew melon strips🍈 This will be so sweet & babies will love it.
Rasam rice with ghee and reheated Ridgegourd kootu from Bf. Boil gooseberry sized tamarind and 2 ripe country tomatoes with water for 5 mins. Cool down, peel the skin of tomatoes. In mixie, grind 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp jeera, 2 garlic cloves for 1 pulse. Then add cooked tomatoes without skin & grind for 3 pulses. Mix well & filter the extract from tamarind to a bowl. Add ground stuff to it, turmeric, asafoetida, 1/4 tsp coriander powder, chopped coriander leaves with stalks, rock salt. In sesame oil, mustard, Urad dal, 6 fenugreek seeds, asafoetida, curry 🍃, mixed rasam. Cook in medium flame. Switch off once frothy. Mix kootu with rasam rice & babies will love it..
Pearl millet dumpling/ Kambu kozhukattai(link).
Idli with Mint + Coriander chutney.. Dipped more of baby portion without chilli(left) & less of adult portion(right). Mint chutney recipe in Day 4 dinner(scroll up).
Pesarattu/ Green gram dosa with coconut chutney. Take 1 cup green Moong gram , 1/2 cup idli rice(for crispy dosa) or raw rice(for softer dosa) and soak overnight. Grind in mixie with green chilli, lil peeled ginger piece, 1 tsp cumin seeds. Grind with required water to make smooth paste. No fermentation required. Just make as regular dosas. For coconut chutney, grind coconut, lil fried gram/pottukadalai, 1 garlic clove, rock salt, lil tamarind with lil water. Remove baby portion, add dry red chillies and grind again for others. Temper both with mustard, Urad, curry leaves & asafoetida. Dip both chutneys for baby.. If ur baby doesn’t like this dosa, u can touch some cane sugar/naatu sakkarai too.. This is the first dish that my baby showed disinterest 😂 But after sprinkling some cane sugar over chutney, she had without much complaints .. We elders too eat these kinds of Adai with jaggery & baby is no exception 😉
Honey dew melon 🍈 strips. This fruit is too sweet & too addictive..
Lemon rice from family pot. Removed dals & nuts for baby. Spared some white rice from bottom for baby to lessen spice level. Broccoli 🥦 stir fry from family pot. Inner soft parts of Grilled chicken 🍗 made for us. Broccoli recipe same as Cauliflower recipe in day 4 lunch. Grilled chicken recipe in day 9 lunch.
White sundal. Soaked for 8 hours & pressure cooked with more water for 8 whistles in high flame. Peeled the skin & smashed using fingers while feeding..
Chapathi with veggies white kurma. Chop & Pressure cook 2 carrots, 12 beans, 1 potato, 1/4 cup each of peas & corn with 1 cup water and 1 tsp salt for 1 whistle in high. Grind 1 cup coconut, 1 pattai/ cinnamon, 1 krambu/ clove, 1 cardamom, 1/2 tsp sombu/fennel, 1 green chilli, 4 garlic clove, lil piece peeled ginger, 10 cashews, 1 tsp fried gram/ pottukadalai with 1/2 cup water to smooth paste. In coconut oil, bay leaf, 1 cinnamon, 1 clove, 1 cardamom, 1 stone flower/ kalpaasi, 1 chopped onion, curry 🍃, 2 cut green chillies. Once onions are fried(no color change), add ground paste, cooked veggies with cooked water, add 1 more cup water, salt & cook in low flame for 10 mins. Add coriander leaves & switch off. After 10 mins, Squeeze some lemon juice and stir once. Yumm 👌
Sweet potato paratha 🍠 Pressure cook 🍠 for 2 whistles. Peel the skin and mash well with potato masher. Add generous pinches of asafoetida, turmeric(optional) & roasted cumin powder, mix well and make big balls. Roll chapathi dough, place a 🍠 ball , pleat the corners of rolled dough around the ball, join together & pinch out excess dough. Gently press down, dust with dry wheat flour and roll to thin paratha: Cook in hot Tawa by applying sesame oil & flipping both sides. Cook in medium flame as simmering will harden the parathas. Immediately transfer to a hot pack & keep closed. Cut out thick edges(if any) & offer only the soft parts with stuffing. Better keep more stuffings for babies to cover the corners too & don’t mind if it oozes out. This will be too soft and babies can have as such without any dips.
Orange chunks 🍊
Curd rice with carrot and beans stir fry(cooked for whole family), tempered with mustard, urad, curry leaves & spiced with dry red chillies .
Peeled & chopped pear 🍐
Tomato Rava upma 🍅 Recipe in day 8 dinner.. Tomato based dishes are our family fav including baby 😃 If u r in USA, do try Swad Wheat Cracked fine rava & this will be too delicious 👌 Not a sponsored post 😁 With less spicy Mint coconut chutney. Coconut + more mint + less coriander leaves + 1 green chilli + lil peeled ginger + 1 tsp fried gram / pottukadalai + rock salt . Grind everything with water & temper with mustard, urad & curry 🍃 in sesame oil.
Fenugreek/ Vendhaya kali(link) with karupatti/ palm jaggery syrup.. I ground the batter in mixie yesterday night & refrigerated immediately. Added salt only while cooking..
Dates & thin apple slices as she ate very less Bf.
Rice with ghee & chayote squash/chow chow kootu. Kootu recipe same as in Day 13 Bf, but I didn't separate baby portion today as I used only one green chilli to temper. We had this kootu as side to our spicy cowpeas/thattapayaru tamarind curry. Picked cowpeas from curry for baby. As the cowpeas that we get here is lil big with thick skin, I removed skin while feeding her.
Sweet poha / Vella aval. Wash 1/2 cup red poha thrice & keep closed for 20 mins. After 20 mins, mix well with hand and roughly break it. In a pan, add 1/4 cup jaggery & lil water to completely wet the jaggery. Heat it in med flame until it melts completely.. In another pan, 1 tbsp ghee, 2 tbsp grated coconut.. Sauté for a min, add filtered jaggery syrup, poha, big pinch of cardamom powder, roasted & powdered black sesame seeds(u can add nuts powder too) & keep stirring until thickens. U can feed as such or mix with banana 🍌 Both will be yumm 👌
Wheat dosai(link) with our spicy cowpeas curry from afternoon. Just dipped very lil curry and fed. Still, I thought she might not handle the spicy curry but she had it happily.. My ⭐️ baby has very quickly adapted to family pot..
Sprouted pearl millet/ Kambu idli with lil sambar & toor dal cooked for sambar. Same ratio as my Ragi idli. 1 cup kambu flour, 1/2 cup idli rice, 1/4 cup urad, 1/4 cup poha, 1/8 tsp methi seeds. Add salt, ferment overnight and steam as usual idli.
Peeled & chopped pear 🍐
Mashed rice with ghee and cooked toor dal, drumsticks from our sambar, potato fry(recipe in day 7 lunch) spiced with chilli powder from family pot.
Red poha/ aval paal/milk payasam. Recipe similar to my aval paal pongal(link) but skip coconut. Also, do not soak poha/aval, but fry till golden color in a tbsp of ghee and add fried poha to milk.
Mashed rice with pineapple 🍍 rasam. Cook half tomato in 1/2 cup water for 5 mins. Cool down remove skin and grind tomato to purée. Chop half pineapple slice and grind to fine purée along with a little ginger. U can use some tomato cooked water to grind smooth. U can strain using filter if it has any grainy particles. Mine was too smooth as I trimmed thorny edges before grinding. Add these both purées to remaining tomato cooked water. Add 1 tbsp cooked toor dal with 1 tbsp dal water. Dal & dal water are just optional. Add 1 uncut coriander stalk with leaves, pinch each of turmeric, asafoetida, cumin & pepper powders. Mix well. In sesame oil, mustard, curry leaf, mixed rasam. Switch off when frothy.
Poori with channa. Soak channa overnight & pressure cook for 8 whistles in high flame. Oil, pattai/cinnamon, 1 chopped onion, curry 🍃 . Once fried, add a tsp ginger garlic paste. Once raw smell leaves, add 2 chopped tomatoes with 1/8 tsp turmeric powder. Fry until oil oozes out. Add 1/2 tsp each of coriander & chilli powder. Saute once, add coriander leaves & cooked channa. Grind coconut, 5 whole cashews, 1/2 tsp sombu/aniseed, 10 cooked channa with 1/2 cup water to semi-coarse paste. Add it along with 1/2 more cup water & rock salt. Once it starts to boil, close with lid & simmer for 10+ mins until desired consistency..
Thin Apple slices 🍎
Rasam with Mutton liver fry. Made rasam(Recipe in Day 13 lunch) and liver fry(link) for family pot. Just picked some liver fry, washed it in water for baby. Hand mashed the liver while feeding..
Rasam rice with carrot 🥕 stir fry. Coconut oil, mustard, curry 🍃, dry red chilli, chopped small onions. Once fried, grated carrot. Saute once, add lil water, salt & cook closed for 5 mins. Open & stir fry in high flame until dry.
Sathumaavu/ Multigrains porridge (link) cooked with half water & half cow’s milk.
Homegrown fenugreek leaves/ Vendhaya keerai paruppu kootu with grilled Salmon. Kootu recipe link. Just took out a tbsp of cooked dal for baby & mixed it with the spicy kootu made for family. Marinate fish with turmeric powder, pepper powder, chilli powder, salt & lime juice for 1 hour. Brush with olive oil and broil for 10 mins, each side.
Thin Apple slices🍎
Idli with tomato chutney 🍅 Just fried onions + tomatoes + dry red chillies. Added salt and ground without chillies for baby. Took out baby portion, then added fried chillies and ground for others. No water and no tempering. Mixed her bland chutney(left) with lil of spicy chutney(right) while feeding.
Carrot 🥕 waffles 🧇 with Dates+Raisins Peanut butter 🥜
Grate carrot & fry in sesame or coconut oil for 5 mins in medium flame.. Add to usual dosa batter, mix well & pour in waffle maker to make waffles..
For PB dip, wash & soak 1 tbsp raisins & 2 deseeded dates in 1/4 cup water overnight. Grind soaked stuffs along with soaked water in mixie to smooth paste. Then add 1/4 cup roasted peanuts to it & again blend to smooth paste. That’s it. This has to be finished on the same day as it has water in it. Yumm.. Kids will enjoy this for sure..
Watermelon fingers 🍉
Bottlegourd/ Surakkai mutton curry. Pressure cook 1/2 cup chanadal(soaked for 30 mins) with turmeric powder for 2 whistles. Mutton curry recipe is same as my usual one(link). Just add cooked chandal and big chunks of bottlegourd before adding coconut paste. Once bottlegourd is half cooked, add coconut paste. Rest all is same as any usual mutton curry. Just added 1 tsp curry powder to make curry & took out baby portion. Then fried 2 chopped small onions & added a tbsp of curry powder in sim, sautéed for few secs and added it to curry & boiled for 5 mins. Just hand mashed meat while feeding. Selected meat attached with bones as those meat will be more softer.
Strawberry fingers 🍓 She loves finger food..
Idli with reheated baby’s mutton curry(from afternoon) with just bottlegourd pieces.. Mutton pieces are not recommended for babies at night.
Dosai with Moongdal+tomato curry. Recipe above. Took out lil pressure cooked dal for baby(right) & mixed with our curry(left) while feeding her. Pressure cook 1/2 cup Moong dal(soaked for 20 mins) with turmeric, asafoetida & 4 to 5 well ripened tomatoes 🍅 for 3 whistles. Grind 1/4 cup coconut, 5+ dry red chillies, 1/2 heaped tsp cumin seeds, 2 to 3 small onions with 1/4 cup water to lil coarse paste. Pour ground masala to cooked dal, add more water and cook closed in med flame for 10 mins. In a separate pan, oil, mustard, Urad, curry 🍃, 3 chopped small onions, asafoetida. Once fried, add chopped coriander leaves & pour this over curry. Switch off in 2 mins.
Rice mixed with ghee & lil pressure cooked Moong dal + our moongdal curry. Inner pieces of grilled chicken 🍗(recipe in day 9 lunch). Lady’s finger fry from family pot. In iron pan, coconut oil, mustard, curry leaves, asafoetida, chopped okra, turmeric. Cook closed stirring often. Once half-cooked, add sambar powder & again cook closed until done.
Sweet potato 🍠 cutlet. Pressure cook 🍠 with water till immersing level for 2 whistles. Transfer to plate, peel the skin & let it dry under fan for half an hour. Mash half of it with pinch each of asafoetida, turmeric, roasted cumin & plain chilli powders. Add finely chopped shallots(optional) & a tbsp of powdered(in mixie) fried gram /pottukadalai. If required, u can add 1 or 2 tsp of rice flour. Mix well, pinch out small ball, flatten with fingers to form circle. In iron tawa, add 1 or 2 tbsp coconut oil. Once it is hot, lower the flame & add the patties. Shallow fry on both sides in low flame. As it is already cooked, just 2 to 3 mins in each side should suffice. Will be soo soft & yumm 👌
Carrot 🥕 rava upma. In sesame oil, mustard, curry leaves, 1/4 green chilli, 3 chopped small onions, 1/2 chopped tomato, 1/2 grated carrot, 1 cup hot boiling water. Cook closed in medium flame for 5 mins. Open, add roasted rava, stir well & cook closed for 5 mins. Stir in between. Switch off and keep closed for 10 mins. Remove leaf & chilli.
Kodo Millet / Varagu ven pongal (link).. Served with lil family sambar and more toordal cooked for sambar.
Strawberry fingers 🍓
Rice mixed with ghee and toor dal cooked for sambar. Bottlegourd/ Sorakkai from our sambar. Ridgegourd/ Peerkangai stir fry spiced with red chillies & tempered with mustard, urad, curry 🍃, small onions.
Spicy(lil) puffed rice / Kaara pori(link). Made for all, just picked the puffed rice for baby as nuts might cause choking. She loved it 😀
Banana 🍌 wheat 🌾 dosai(link)
Sprouted pearl millet/kambu puttu with banana. Recipe same as my Ragi puttu (link). Added grated coconut, ghee, lil cane sugar, roasted & powdered peanuts. Do not add sesame seeds to this puttu as kambu will have a mild bitter taste after eating, & so sesame seeds shud be avoided. Adding peanuts & ghee will completely conceal the bitterness & elevate the taste of this puttu..
Curd rice with lentils ball/ Paruppu urundai from our family curry(link).. Snakegourd/pudalangai stir fry tempered with mustard, urad, curry leaves, small onions & spiced with dry red chillies .
Roasted phool makhana masala - Recipe video link.. Just made it less spicy & cut the lotus seeds for the baby.. Babies will enjoy this crispy treat. First introduce Pori/puffed rice & if ur baby is comfortable with it, then u shall give this..
Milk(cow’s milk) rice / Paal sadham with carrot stir fry 🥕 I eat paal sadham still, from my childhood 😬 Nilaa is a lover of this.. How can we spare the baby 😃 She too enjoyed it today.. Many ppl add sugar to milk rice. But we love adding salt. No, the milk won’t curdle.. I am having it for 3 decades by now , so believe me it won’t curdle for sure 😃 Paal sadham goes well with any tamarind based curry or pickle(not for baby).
Soft finger millet/ Ragi chapathi(link) with sambar and Moong dal cooked for sambar.
Prawn pulao with white rice to lessen the spice level for baby. Prawns 🍤 will be so softly cooked in pulao.. It can be easily handmashed & fed to babies.. Oil, cinnamon/pattai, krambu/clove, cardamom, bay leaf, star anise, 1/4 tsp each of jeera & sombu/aniseed, 1 onion, 1/2 tsp gg paste, 1 tomato, 1/4 tsp turmeric, handful of chopped mint & coriander leaves, 1/2 tsp each of coriander & chilli powders. Add prawns & fry for a min till it swirls.. Add 1.5 cup water, salt, 1 cup Jeeraga samba rice(soaked for 30 mins). Pressure cook for 1 whistle in high & 5 mins in sim.
Whole wheat dosa(link) with coconut chutney.. Coconut + fried gram + salt. Ground and took out baby portion(left). Then added red chillies and ground(right). Tempered both with mustard, urad, asafoetida & curry 🍃
Horsegram / Kollu idli. Soak overnight- 1/2 cup Kollu, 1 cup idli rice, 1/4 cup urad, 1/2 tsp fenugreek seeds. Grind all together in grinder, add salt & ferment well. Make as normal idlis. U can add water & make dosas too. Goes well with tomato based chutneys(recipe in day 19 dinner) and curries.
Thin apple slices 🍎
Purslane/ Paruppu keerai moongdal kootu with grilled pomfret/vaaval fish(recipe in day 5 lunch). For kootu, pressure cooked moongdal (soaked for 20 mins & washed), tomato, garlic, small onions, asafoetida, turmeric powder, sesame oil for 3 to 4 whistles. Reserve a tbsp of cooked dal for baby. In coconut oil, mustard, chopped greens. Fry for a min, simmer & add sambar powder. Fry for 30 secs & add water. Cook open until 70% cooked. Then add cooked & mashed dal with lil cooked water.. Cook for 5 mins & switch off. Mix mashed rice, ghee, 1 tbsp cooked dal & 1 tbsp spicy kootu for baby.
Peanut fingers(link). Do not offer this as finger food, as sticky foods might cause choking. Pinch small pieces and feed the baby.
Idli with cow’s milk. I just mix idli well with milk just like rice.. My elder one still loves this combo.. This comes as a quick & light Bf or dinner when either baby or mom is sick.. We both are fine today 😃 I just wanted to register this food in my baby food chart..
Oats + Fig porridge(link) made using cow’s milk.
Chopped grapes 🍇 I just left with some skin on and the baby could eat it.
Lemon rice with some white rice to compensate spice level. Inner soft & non-spicy parts of grilled chicken 🍗(recipe in day 9 lunch) & washed pieces of Mutton liver fry(link)
Greengram/Pachai payaru sundal. Soaked overnight, cooked with water lil above immersing level for 10 whistles in high. Once pressure relases, add salt and just keep closed for 5 mins.. Drain the sundal & this will be too soft.. Just hand mash and feed.
Idli with Kadhamba chutney(recipe in day 5 dinner). Spicy on the right & non-spicy baby portion on the left..
Idli with idli podi(link) and ghee.
Chopped grapes 🍇
Rice with potato+green peas curry & beetroot stir fry spiced with dry red chillies.. Kurma Recipe link. Just use available veggies. I have used potato and green peas.. I used only 1/2 tsp chilli powder & made the curry. Took out baby portion and then fried more chilli powder in oil in low flame, poured over the curry & again boiled 5 more mins for us to make it more spicy.
Multigrains dumplings/ Sathumaavu kozhukattai (link)
Dosai with reheated kurma from afternoon..
Unsweetened Multigrains porridge / Sathumaavu koozh(link) topped with chia seeds(soaked in lil milk for half an hour). You shall add soaked(in water or milk or curd) chia seeds in smoothies or porridges or just on top of fruits.
Watermelon fingers 🍉
Curd rice with lady’s finger from our spicy okra tamarind curry. Aviyal - Cook chopped carrot 1, beans 6 and salt in water in closed vessel. Once half cooked, add 1 drumstick cut into small pieces, 1 raw banana peeled & chopped, 1/4 cup sweet corn, more salt & again cook closed. Once cooked, add (grind coarsely 1/4 cup coconut, 1 green chilli, 1/2 tsp jeera with lil water). Boil for 5 mins and switch off. Whisk 1/3 cup curd & add, mix well, add 1 tbsp coconut oil and few torn curry leaves. That’s it.
Potato cutlet. Just like my sweet potato cutlet(recipe in day 21 snack2). Tawa was hot and some onions were darkened.. Didn’t feed the darkened onions part to the baby.
Chapathi with Paneer Butter Masala using homemade paneer. In butter, sauté lil jeera, cinnamon small, 2 clove, 1 cardamom, 2 chopped onion , 4 garlic cloves, small piece ginger. Once onions are transparent, add 4 chopped Roma/Bangalore tomatoes. Sauté for a min & cook closed for 5 mins. Add 10 whole cashews & switch off. Once cooled, grind to smooth paste. In butter, 2 bay leaves, ground stuff, 1/2 tsp chilli powder, 1 cup water rinsing mixie jar. Cook closed for 10 mins in medium flame. Add paneer cubes and fresh cream(malai taken on top of boiled milk) whisked with 2 tbsp milk..Simmer for 3 mins. Add lil crushed kasoori methi leaves, mix once and switch off.
Barnyard millet/ Kudhiraivaali ven pongal and sambar with small onion and some toor dal cooked for sambar. Recipe same as in my Millet pongal(link)
Watermelon strips 🍉
Rice mixed with ghee, toor dal cooked for sambar and some sambar from family pot. Brinjal & drumsticks from sambar. Spinach stir fry. Spinach recipe is same as my kale stir fry recipe(link)
Sesame + palm jaggery balls(link). Don’t give as such to baby. Give in small pieces to avoid choking..
Wheat dosai(link) and baby idli podi(link) with sesame oil.
Little millet / Saamai kichadi(link) with coconut chutney.
Sweet Pongals from my friends. I actually planned for fruits in this snack, but as the baby fondly asks for Pongal when her sister was eating, gave the same to baby as well.. She enjoyed it.. My Sweet pongal recipe video link.
Rasam(recipe in day 13 lunch) rice with crab 🦀. Cooked crab(link) as usual for family. Take out the flesh from center part for baby as that will be softer than the ones in the claws. I got snow crab from Saraga Supermarket, Indianapolis. Generally, Crabs are high in sodium and so not recommended for babies below one year..
Black sundal .. Soaked overnight & pressure cooked for 10 whistles. Tempered with mustard, urad, curry 🍃, dry red chillies, asafoetida, cooked sundal, salt, grated coconut.. Peeled off the skin & pressed to change shape while feeding the baby..
Rasam rice with carrot stir fry spiced with dry red chilli. This is baby’s fav combo..
Urad dal + palm jaggery kali. Recipe for making this powder is in this (link). For this method, after mixing a cup of water to kali powder to make it a lump-free mix, just
add palm jaggery syrup to it and mix.. Then keep in stove in low flame and keep stirring.. once thickened add gingelly oil now and then and stir.. When u touch with wet hands, it shouldn’t stick.. Switch off and serve immediately..
Pear 🍐 & Pome.
Mutton curry(link) rice , mutton kola balls(link).
Dates & Nuts laddu(link) shaped as fingers.
Idiyappam with reheated mutton curry from afternoon. Same recipe as in link but used 1 tsp curry powder to make curry. Took out baby portion. Fried 1 chopped small onion & more curry powder in sim, added this to curry & boiled 10 more mins for us.