25 Indian Baby Food Recipes for 6 to 12 Months in 2021

Last Updated: 15th January 2021

Once your baby completed the six months milestone, you are excited to introduce a variety of foods to your little one.

According to Department of Health Recommendation, your baby should have the exclusive breastmilk or formula-based milk until six months. Your baby will get all the nutrition from mother milk and formula milk.  Also, you should not start the solid before 4 months. Your baby’s gut is still developing and is not able to deal with foods other than breastmilk or formula milk. It may cause the infection or other serious problem.

By the six months, your baby will show the signs that he is ready to wean

  • He has stable neck
  • He is able to sit with/ without support
  • He has full control over his head and neck.
  • Your baby is interested in the food that you are having and try to take the food from your plate.
  • He is feeling hungry even after having milk.
  • He is coordinating his hands, eyes, and mouth well. They can open and close the mouth when you move the spoon around, can grab the teether and put it into his mouth.
  • Baby can swallow his food.

In the first month of solid foods, always start with easy to digest and non-allergic foods like fruit and vegetable purees, stewed apple, cereals.

Don’t introduce multiple foods in one go. Start with one ingredient/food at a time.  By the end of six months, you can start more foods options like khichdi, porridge, a variety of cereals, idli, dosa, soups.

Please avoid to include these foods in baby diet before 1 year of age.

  • Don’t introduce honey to your baby before 1 year of age
  • Don’t introduce salt and sugar to a baby before 1 year. Babies don’t have taste buds until 1 year. Your baby will get require an amount of salt and sugar through breast milk.
  • Don’t introduce the cow’s milk to a baby before 1 year.

Always prefer to give the healthy, fresh, homemade and nutritious food to your baby.

I am composing a list of baby foods which you can try for your little one.

Food Recipes For Babies 6+ months

#1. Mashed Banana

Banana is an easy option to pick and feed to your baby. You don’t need to steam it before feeding to your little one.

Mashed Banana Puree

Ingredients

1 ripe banana

Breastmilk/ formula milk

Recipe

  1. Peel fully ripe banana.
  2. Place a banana into the food processor and blend to make a puree
  3. You can mash the banana with a fork.
  4. Add the breastmilk or formula milk and mix it well to make it thin in consistency.
  5. Let your baby enjoy the banana puree

#2. Fruit Puree

Fruit purees are a good choice for your baby in the 6th month.  It is easy to prepare, healthy and tasty. Fruits have the good amount of nutrients and vitamins. You can stream fruits for making puree as it will not destroy the nutrients of the fruits.

I am sharing the procedure of pear puree for your baby.

Ingredients

1 ripe pear

Recipe

  1. Peel and cut the pear into pieces.
  2. Steam the pear into a thick bottom pan for few minutes until tender.
  3. Place in a blender/food processor until smooth.
  4. If your baby is 8 months old then you can mash the pear with a fork after steaming.

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#3. Moong Dal ( Yellow split pulse)

Moong Dal is a healthy choice for your baby, It has sufficient flavors and nutrition.

Yellow Moong Dal

Ingredients

2 tablespoon Moong Dal

1 cup water

Recipe

  1. First, wash moong dal in fresh running water.
  2. Now boil the moong dal in the 1 cup of water over low flame for 15-20 minutes. Stir in between.
  3. Once dal is properly cooked. Switch off the gas stove.
  4. Mash the Dal with a masher or in the blender.
  5. Let it cool down to room temperature and feed to your baby.

#4. Stewed Apple

You can read the recipe of stewed apple

#5. Oatmeal Cereal

Oats are rich in calcium, fiber, protein and Vitamins B. Oats Cereals for your little one is a good choice. Oats cereal is easy to digest and less constipated than rice cereal.

Oatmeal Cereal for Baby

Ingredients

¼ cup ground oats

1 cup water

Recipe

  1. First, make ground oats by grinding the oats in a blender or food processor.
  2. Now in a thick bottom pan, add the water and oats powder. Mix continuously to avoid lumps.
  3. Let this mixture get cooked over low flame for 7-8 minutes.
  4. Stir continuously to avoid clumping.
  5. Once fully cooked, switch off the gas stove. Let it get cool down, mix in formula or breast milk and serve to your baby. You can mix fruit puree if desired.

#6. Rice Cereal

Rice Cereal is one of the commonly used first cereal for baby. It is hypoallergenic, single grain, easy to digest. Rice cereal is a good option for babies who have gas problems.

Read the full recipe to make the rice cereal here

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#7. Creamy Banana Oats

Ingredients

2 tbsp oats

1 cup water

½ banana

Recipe

  1. First, make ground oats by grinding the oats in a blender or food processor.
  2. Mix oats and water in a saucepan & switch on the gas stove.
  3. Let this mixture get cooked over low flame for 7-8 minutes.
  4. Stir continuously to avoid clumping.
  5. Switch off the flame. Let it thicken for two minutes.
  6. Once porridge cools down, mix banana pureed into your oatmeal.
  7. It’s ready to serve to your little one.
  8. If your baby is 1 year old then you can add the cow’s milk to make banana oats porridge instead of water.

#8. Banana Shake

You can make the shake of any seasonal fruit as available. I used to give banana or chikoo shake to my son. Banana shake can be a good option for satisfying baby’s little tummy. It’s nutritious and your baby will love it because of the sweetness of the banana.

Banana shake for baby

Ingredients

½ ripe banana

½ cup breastmilk or formula milk

Recipe

  1. Peel the banana and cut into small pieces.
  2. Blend it into blender or mixer to a fine consistency.
  3. Now mix it with breastmilk or formula.
  4. Banana shake is ready to serve to your baby.

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#9. Seasonal Vegetable Soup

Homemade, warm, fresh and seasonal soups are the good way to introduce seasonal vegetables to your little one.

Ingredients

3 – 4 beans

4 – 5 leaves of spinach

Carrot ½ piece

Few peas

2 cups filtered water

Recipe

  1. Peel and wash all the vegetables in clean running water.
  2. Dice all vegetables in small pieces.
  3. Put it in a pressure cooker along with 2 cups of water. Close the lid.
  4. Let it cook for 4-5 whistles and switch off the stove.
  5. Once it’s cooled down, Blend it in a blender to make a smooth consistency.
  6. Strain it into a bowl and serve warm.

#10 Spinach & Carrot Soup

Spinach Carrot Soup For Baby

This soup is really healthy and provides the warmth to your baby in winters.

Read full recipe here: recipe of Spinach and Carrot Soup

#11  Barley Cereal

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup ground barley powder
  • 1 cup water
  • Breastmilk/formula milk

Recipe

  1. First ground the barley in a blender or food processor to make a powder.
  2. Add the barley powder and water in a thick bottom saucepan. Mix it well to avoid the lumps.
  3. Stirring constantly. Let it get cooked over low flame for 10 minutes.
  4. Once it reaches at desired consistency, switch off the flame.
  5. Let it cool down to room temperature.
  6. Mix it with breast milk or formula milk and serve to your baby.
  7. You can add fruits puree or dates puree as a sweetener.

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#12 Fruit Yogurt

Curd/ Yogurt is a natural probiotic for the body. It helps to boost immunity, improve digestion system, the remedy for gastric troubles, the remedy for diarrhea and dysentery.

Fruit Yogurt for Baby

Ingredients

Yogurt ¼ cup

Fruit purees like banana, apple, pear litchi, peach, plum or sweet potato

Recipe

  1. Set the homemade curd/ yogurt at home.
  2. Make the puree of any one fruit like banana, pear, apple, litchi, peach, plum or sweet potato into blender or food processor.
  3. Now mix fruit puree with yogurt and feed it to your baby. You can mix two or three fruits together to enhance flavor.
  4. Your baby will love the taste of fruit yogurt.

Note: Observe the dairy products allergies in your baby if any.

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#13. Oats & Apple Cereal With Ghee

You can blend the apple along with oats to make oats and apple cereal.

Ingredients

¼ cup oats

Water

½ grated apple

¼ tsp ghee optional

Recipe

  1. Ground the rolled oats into a powder.
  2. Mix the ground oats into a 1 cup of water, stir it well to avoid the lumps.
  3. Cook this mixture over low flame for few minutes. Add the ghee into it.
  4. Once consistency is thick then add the grated apple into it.
  5. If your baby has difficulty with grated apple then you can make apple puree.
  6. Switch off the flame once oats are cooked.
  7. If your baby is over 1 year of age then you can add jaggery as sweetener.
  8. Cool completely and serve to your little one.

#14.  Suji Kheer

It is one of the very first solid food for your little one.

Kheer For Baby

Ingredients

1 tsp Suji (Rava)

1/4 cup Water

1/4 cup Formula/breastmilk

Recipe

  1. Take 1 tsp suji in a saucepan and dry roast it for 5 minutes on low gas flame.
  2. Now add water and let it cook till it becomes thick in consistency.
  3. Switch off the gas stove and mix milk into it.
  4. Serve warm to your baby.

#15. Plain Khichdi

Once your baby is in her ninth month, you can start giving her khichdi, a great combo of cereal and pulse.

Ingredients

2 tbsp yellow moong dal

1 tbsp rice

A pinch of haldi

½ tsp desi ghee

1 cup water

Recipe

  1. Wash and soak the yellow moong dal and rice in sufficient water for 15 minutes.
  2. Mix dal, rice, turmeric and 1 cup of water into a pressure cooker and close it with lid.
  3. Pressure cook it for 4 whistles.
  4. Open the cooker once steam is released completely.
  5. Stir the khichdi with the back side of spoon or masher.
  6. Add the ¼ tsp of desi ghee into khichdi and feed to your little one.

#16. Daliya / Bulgar Wheat Porridge

It’s a cereal food,  made from durum wheat most often. It’s a kind of dried cracked wheat. Bulgur is rich in fiber, protein and has high levels of vitamins.

Ingredients

2 tbsp bulgar wheat (dalia)

Dates 3 pieces, deseeded

1 cup water

Recipe

  1. Take 2 tbsp dalia in a bowl and washed & drained it.
  2. Add half teaspoon desi ghee in a saucepan, roast bulgur wheat into it. Once it’s dark in color, add one cup water and stir it.
  3. Let it get cooked on low flame for 10-12 minutes approximately.
  4. Cover it with lip and stir in-between.
  5. After 10 minutes, check the consistency. If dalia still looks uncooked and dry then you can add ⅓ cup water.
  6. Once dalia seems cooked, switch off the stove. Add dates puree and mix it well.
  7. Let it cool down and feed your baby.

Note:

If you want to cook dalia in a pressure cooker, combine the bulgur wheat, dates puree and 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.

#17. Jowar & Banana Porridge

Jowar porridge can be given to baby after 8 months. It is rich in carbohydrates, protein, and iron. This porridge will keep your baby full for a longer period of time.

Ingredients

¼ cup of jowar flour

¼ cup of mashed banana

1 tsp of desi ghee

¾ cup water

Recipe

  1. In a non-stick pan, heat the 1 tsp of ghee.
  2. Add the jowar flour and saute on a medium flame. Stir continuously to avoid the burn.
  3. Once jowar flour is roasted, add ¾ cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame while stirring.
  4. Switch off the flame, add the mashed banana and mix well.

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#18. Carrot, Potato, and Apple Soup

Carrot and apple soup is good for infants. It’s rich in Vitamin A and quite fulfilling.

Soup For Baby

Ingredients

½ medium sized apple, peeled and chopped

½ carrot, peeled, diced and washed

½ potato peeled, diced and washed

A pinch of black pepper

1 cup water

Recipe

  1. Add apple, carrot and potato along with 1 cup water in a pressure cooker.
  2. Pressure cook it for three whistles.
  3. Switch off the gas flame after three whistles.
  4. Blend it into blender or mixer once its cool down.
  5. Strain it and feed it to your baby with  a spoon.

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#19. Whole Wheat Banana Pancake

pancakes for baby

Ingredients

½ cup whole wheat flour

1 pinch cardamom powder/ cinnamon powder

½ banana mashed

1 egg yolk ( You can use the egg white after 1 year of age)

Water to adjust consistency

Recipe

  1. First mash the banana and beat the egg yolk into it.
  2. Now mix the flour into the batter.
  3. Beat till there is no lumps remain in the batter.
  4. Now add the pinch of cardamom/cinnamon powder.
  5. Heat the non stick tawa, put a small amount of batter on tawa
  6. Let it cook on low flame.
  7. Once the babbles appear, flip the side and cook on the other side.
  8. Serve it to your baby when warm.
  9. If your child is 1 year old, then you can serve it with honey or maple syrup.

#20. Suji Halwa

The sweetness of this suji halwa will definitely be liked by your baby. It’s healthy, nutritious and easy to prepare.

Ingredients

¼ cup suji (semolina)

½ tsp ghee

¾  cup lukewarm water

½ cup pureed date

1 pinch of cardamom powder

Recipe

  1. Deseed the dates, chop into small pieces and puree in a mixer with warm water.
  2. Now heat the ghee in a thick bottom pan, roast the suji on low flame, stir continuously to avoid the burn.
  3. Once suji is pinkish/reddish in color, it means suji is roasted completely.
  4. Now add the water, dates puree, a pinch of cardamom powder into the roasted suji.
  5. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.
  6. Let it get cooked on the high flame for few minutes. Once water absorbed, switched off the flame.
  7. Let it cool down to room temperature then feed to your little one.

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#21. Ragi Porridge

Ragi is also known as Nachni / Finger millet. It is a super nutritious, rich source of calcium, potassium, and iron. Ragi is easy to digest for your little one.

Ragi Porridge

Ingredients

2 teaspoon ragi flour

1 teaspoon desi ghee

1 pinch of cardamom

1 teaspoon grated jaggery or you can add ¼  cup pureed date

Milk/water as required

Recipe

  1. Mix the ragi flour in ⅓ cup of water. Mix it well to avoid the lumps.
  2. Heat the ghee in a thick bottom pan, cook the ragi mixture on the low flame, stir continuously to avoid the burn.
  3. Once ragi is completely cooked then add the pinch of cardamom.
  4. Now add the jaggery or dates puree and mix well.
  5. Stir continuously to avoid lumps.
  6. Switch off the flame. Let it cool down to room temperature.
  7. You can add the milk into it and feed to your little one.
  8. If you are adding the dates puree then deseed the dates, chop into small pieces and pureed in a mixer with warm water.

#22. Carrot Rava Idli

Rava Idli is one of my favorite because you can prepare it instantly without any need of grinding, fermentation. Just soak the mixture for few minutes and ready to steam.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Suji /Rava
  • ½ cup curd
  • 1 medium sized grated carrot
  • ¼ spoon salt
  • Fruit Salt – ¼  tsp
  • Water  as required

Recipe

  1. In a big bowl, add the suji, grated carrot, curd,  salt.  Mix everything well.
  2. Add the water to make the batter consistency just like dosa batter.
  3. Cover the bowl with a lid, let it rest for 20 minutes.
  4. After 20 minutes, add the fruit salt/eno into the batter. Mix it well.
  5. Now pour the idli batter into the greased idli molds.
  6. Steam it with a cup of water for 12-15 minutes over medium flame.
  7. Switch off the flame, remove the idlis from the molds.
  8. Idlis are ready to serve to your baby.

#23. Curd Oats

Curd Oats For Baby

Ingredients

2 tbsp ground oats

¾ cup water

Curd 1-2 spoons as required

Recipe

  1. Take 2 tablespoons of ground oats in a pan.
  2. Now add the water and stir well.
  3. Cook it over low medium flame for few minutes until it thickens in consistency.
  4. Switch off the flame, add the curd to this mixture as per consistency and serve.

#24. Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana is also called sago and is made of tapioca root. Sabudana can be used in multiple forms like kheer, vada, porridge, and khichdi. It is high in carbohydrates and provides the instant energy.

During the loose motions, you can give this water to your baby to stop motions.

Ingredients

¼ cup sabudana

2 tbsp jaggery or dates puree

1 cup water

1 cup milk

A pinch of elaichi powder

Recipe

  1. Soak the sabudana in the water overnight.
  2. In the morning, rinse the sabudana and let it stand for few minutes.
  3. In a thick bottom pan, add 1 cup of milk.
  4. Add a pinch of cardamom, stir in between.
  5. Add the washed and rinsed sabudana into the milk.
  6. Let the milk get boiled over low flame for few minutes. Stir in-between.
  7. Once the consistency gets thicken, add the jaggery or dates puree into it.
  8. Stir it well, switch off the flame.
  9. Let it cool down to room temperature and feed to your baby.

#25. Apple Ragi Halwa

Ingredients

1 tbsp ragi flour

1 cup water

½ tsp ghee

1 medium sized apple

Recipe

  1. In a pan, add the ragi flour and water. Mix it well so that there are no lumps left.
  2. Once it’s mixed completely, cook this mixture over the slow flame.
  3. Add the ½ tsp of ghee and stir.
  4. While ragi is cooking over low flame, grate or pureed the apple after peeling and deseeding.
  5. Add the apple into ragi. Let it get cooked for few more minutes.
  6. If you feel the mixture is too thick then add the water as required.
  7. You can add dates pureed or grated jaggery as a sweetener.

Conclusion

Mommies are always worried about their children food eating habits and food selection. Try to provide the food which is fresh, home cooked and healthy for your kids.

Sometimes, your baby refuses to eat his food properly. Don’t compare your baby food intake quantity with other babies. Each child is unique so food habits and likes/dislikes of your child.

You can try a variety of recipes based on your child taste buds. Variations in shapes and texture of food always tempt baby as she is growing. Always try to make a connection of food with your baby. Once interest creates, the baby will start eating herself without any further efforts.

Do try these food recipes for your baby and let me know how much your child like it.

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