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Toddler Recipes (1 to 3 years), Indian Toddler Recipes

बच्चों के लिए रेसिपी (1 से 3 साल के लिए) - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Recipes for Toddlers (1-3 Years) recipes in Hindi)

બાળકો માટે રેસીપી (1 થી 3 વર્ષ માટે) - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Recipes for Toddlers (1-3 Years) recipes in Gujarati)

toddler recipes. indian toddler recipes for 1 to 3 years. As your little one gets ready to celebrate her first birthday, stepping into the fascinating world of toddlerhood, she will be about three times (triple) her birth weight.

The stage from her first birthday until she starts school, i.e., from 1 to 3 years is the stage of toddlerhood. These are crucial years for laying the foundation of your baby’s health. Most babies outgrow the stage of eating mashed and bland foods and will now begin to eat more elaborate meals.

They are now ready to eat everything that is being cooked for the other family members. Try recipes like Vegetable Idlis for babies and Toddlers and Jowar Golpapdi and practice self-eating. This makes them more independent.  

Jowar Golpapdi for Kids

Do remember that the food habits formed at this age will hold them good for a lifetime. So you need to ensure that she eats healthy and nutritious toddler recipes. Encourage your toddler to eat whatever she likes and treat her palate to a variety of foods so that she cultivates a taste for new foods and flavours. For you, this stage can be a magical experience, as you will see your baby gaining independence and ability very rapidly.

Rajma Salad for Toddlers

A wonderful healthy toddler soup which has protein from the dal and fiber from vegetables in puree is Dal and Vegetable Soup. Nothing like a Chila which is toddler friendly.  Then you have the Mini Bajra Oats Uttapa for your kid. Yes we have made it mini for your little one and packed with nutritients.

Dal and Vegetable Soup

Chickoo is baby friendly as its naturally sweet and we have made this delicisous Chickoo Milkshake.   Remember to remove the thich outer layer of the skin as suggested in the recipe as your toddler will not be able to digest it. 

Chickoo Milkshake

For smaller toddlers who are use to Rice water then you can try this fab Rice Mash recipe which is lubricated with ghee to make it easier to swallow. 

Rice Mash for Babies

For toddlers, parathas make terrific food since they can be enoyed without parental supervision and you can stuff healthy toddler food in like Paneer Vegetable Paratha. Also a great way to introduce your toddler to to cereals like jowar and bajra is to give them Multi Grain Palak Paneer Roti. 

Paneer and Vegetable Paratha

When and how much to feed toddlers from 1 to 3 years

Between the ages of 1 and 3 years, your bundle of energy will grow very rapidly, learning to crawl, talk etc. During this period, she will need to be fed more frequently. Unfortunately, right now, her small stomach is not in a situation to cope up with large meals.

So, offer small and frequent meals to your child. When you have leftover rotis, do try these innovative and simple Roti Ladoos for Babies and Toddler. 

Roti, Chapati Ladoo for Babies and Toddlers

Also remember not to set hard and fast rules in terms of a particular time or number of meals, because what is really important is not the number of times your child eats but what she eats. You need to emphasize on the quality and not quantity of food she eats. Be flexible as rigidity regarding meal times may lead only to stubbornness.

Sprouts Khichdi ( Baby and Toddler)

Toddler Recipes, Knowing when the toddler is hungry

Most babies show a decrease in appetite during this year, as they are busy concentrating on learning other skills. If your baby is one amongst them, do not worry, as they usually demand food when they are hungry and eat what they like.

On the other hand, some children might not be able to express that they are hungry. They may get tired, cry or nibble on anything that’s within their reach.

Carrot Beetroot Raita for Toddlers

Now you need to be more attentive than usual, as your little angel may not understand that she is hungry and will probably realize it only once food is in sight. If she is hungry, she can cry or throw a tantrum too, so you need to be alert and remind her to eat by offering her food at regular intervals. What you can try from your side is to make food in different shapes and / or serve in attractive way like we have done in the recipe of Spring Vegetable Risotto. 

Spring Vegetable Risotto for Babies and Toddlers

It is possible that sometimes she may refuse to eat for no apparent reason. If you insist on force feeding, meal times will soon become a tug of war between you and your child making her extremely unpleasant and perhaps even lead her to develop an aversion of food.

If your little one is not particularly interested in all the foods that you offer and chooses to eat one or two things, do not force her to eat the foods she does not wish to eat. She will surely make up for this lack of eating in her next meal. Mothers are agonized if their baby has had no milk for one day, but it is okay to take a break from regular everyday foods, once in a while. Tempt her with cheese or paneer instead.

Mini Mixed Moong Dal Chila ( Baby and Toddler)

Toddler Food, Handling fussy toddlers

Some toddlers are also fussy about what they like and what they want to eat. By now, they have strong preferences, which might make you want to tear your hair out sometimes. This situation can be handled if you follow the basic principle of serving your baby the foods that she is already accustomed to and enjoys, while continuing to add new foods to her diet. Fussing over her may convey that eating is a means of getting family attention.

Potato Green Pea Tikki, Baby and Toddlers Tikki

Cook dishes that your toddler enjoys. Also, it is wiser to mask foods she doesn't like by mashing, or puréeing it. You can also mix those ingredients with your toddler’s favourite ones. Say, for example, veggies.

Try and mask veggies in the form of stuffing and spread it over the dosa. Check recipe of Moong Sprouts Dosa for Toddlers for this unique idea. 

Moong Sprouts Dosa for Kids

Toddlers also like variety in terms of textures, shapes and flavours as their taste buds are now almost developed.

Enjoy our healthy toddler recipes for 1 to 3 years  and other baby recipes articles below.

1. Recipes for 10 to 12 months Babies

2. Recipes for 8 to 9 months Babies

3. 7 months baby food

4. Recipes for weaning, 6 to 7 months

5. Teething Recipes for Babies

6. Babies Recipes

Baby food chart with recipes for 7 months to 1 year Indian baby & toddlers

By Swasthi on August 6, 2022, Comments,

Indian baby food chart along with a list of tried & tested 60 Indian baby food recipes. Thanks to the readers who led me to this post on Indian baby food chart. Before I take you to the details of the food chart and the food recipes, please be informed that this post is based on my experience. I have honestly expressed my views and opinions on easy baby weaning so that it could be helpful to new mothers.

Please read the comments below before posting your queries since similar queries may have been answered.

Well, some of my tips might look like old wives tales since they are based on Ayurveda, but I do trust them in growing healthy and happy babies. However I suggest consulting your elders or pediatrician before you follow any new foods or tip that have been mentioned here.

For the past several years, I have been consistently sharing & updating baby recipes especially for a good weight gain. You can find all the latest recipes or ideas on the baby toddler recipes section.

Readers who have been asking for suggestions on foods to gain weight, please check this detailed post on best foods for weight gain in babies & toddlers.

Is this baby food chart suitable to my Baby?

This Indian baby food chart is a generalized one suitable for most babies. However i suggest you to use your judgement whether to include or not, certain ingredients in your babies diet based on your babies allergies, intolerance, appetite, likes and dislikes.

I have tried to link most Indian baby food recipes that I have posted earlier on this blog. Many were written almost 5 years ago and are updated regularly with new tips based on the readers reviews.

This Indian baby food chart was developed by me based on what i fed my 2 kids, whose birth weight was 3.3 kgs and 3.4 kgs. The ideas were basically drawn from the health and baby weaning booklets that were given to us during our visits to the singapore clinics, hospitals and few from clinics in Bangalore.

This chart is also suitable to babies who were preterm born or were underweight. However I suggest mums with such babies to consult a pediatrician if you are skeptical about these foods.

This post will be updated, to include tips and other information. You can leave a comment here if you want to know anything specific which will be answered. Please feel free to share or discuss your experiences, views, problems that you encounter while weaning your babies in the comment section. It could be helpful to other readers, it’s through sharing we can learn.

When to introduce food to baby – 6 months to 1 year

Here is a brief guide on the right time to introduce foods. But how to introduce them can be found in the recipe posts. Example: Oats or oatmeal – I have mentioned clearly how to choose them and the kind you can use and how to prepare it for a baby.

You can find a a detailed baby food chart for 6 months old baby here along with recipes.

This Indian baby food chart and the baby food recipes have been developed for a good weight gain in babies.

Indian baby food chart for babies above 7 months or from 8 months

Wake up – 6 am
Milk – (skip milk if baby wakes up after 8 am, make a milk based breakfast from breakfast section)
Breakfast – 7. 30 to 8 am
One of the following:

 Egg, (Fully boiled or scrambled in very few drops of oil)(babies above one year)
 IDLI with rasam or sambar (sambar for babies older than 12 months)
 VEGETABLE OATS PORRIDGE(blend it in a blender till smooth)
 RAGI MALT with badam powder
 CHICKPEAS SOUP (babies older than 15 months)
 BARLEY VEGETABLE SOUP (blend till smooth)
 SWEET CORN VEGETABLE SOUP(blend till smooth)

Quick fix breakfast (for 8 to 18 months):

 Nestum rice (stage 1) with ALMOND MILK
 Nestum rice with homemade curd (plain yogurt), add water as needed while mixing

Mid-morning – 10 to 10. 15 am
One of the following:

 Steamed apple (raw apple for babies older than 12 months)
 Banana or steamed kerala banana (if baby has cold)
 Chikoo (sapota)
 Other fruits like watermelon, pears, oranges
or 2 tbsp of fresh HOMEMADE PLAIN CURD / YOGURT (3 times a week, avoid when the baby has cold & phlegm, prefer room temperature. As the baby grows you can increase the quantity)

Lunch for baby – 11.30 to 12.30 pm
Try using whole grains like

 Broken wheat (daliya).
 Half basmati brown rice with half white rice.
 Soak them for about 2 to 4 hours in warm water before cooking. Discard the water.

Try one of the following

 DALIA KHICHDI (vegetable broken wheat food)
 VENN PONGAL(skip pepper, hing)
 DAL KHICHDI with one of the vegetables: spinach, methi, pumpkin, carrot, ridge gourd, bottle gourd, tomato
 TOMATO DAL KHICHDI (no veggies)
 SWEET POTATO RICE (make the same way as potato rice, you can add a bit of jaggery instead of salt)
 PLANTAIN RICE RECIPE (raw cooking banana with rice)
 CHICKPEA TODDLER MEAL for toddlers not for babies
 INDIAN BABY FOOD with chickpeas and methi leaves (11 months, only for babies not having colic)
 Dal & mashed rice with TOMATO RASAM, RASAM made with RASAM POWDER
 mashed rice with MOONG DAL RASAM or dal ka paani (bassaru)
 Soft mashed rice withDRUMSTICK SAMBAR or SAMBAR (15 months and above,mash up the veggies along with the rice, try using homemade sambar powder)

For a lighter meal, if the baby has colic

 mashed rice with dal ka paani with a pinch of ajwain(strained dal soup)
 Soft Mashed rice with milk
 Mashed rice with yogurt (avoid this frequently)
 Soft Mashed rice & banana (if needed puree)
 Mashed rice with TAMARIND / DANIYA RASAM
 Soft cooked carrot, mashed rice with daniya rasam
 sabudana porridge with salt and ajwain (vaamu / carom seeds) powder
 rice porridge with salt and ajwain powder

Mid noon – 2. 30 to 3 pm
Fruits or steam cooked mashed veggies
Evening snack for baby -5 to 5.30 pm
One of the following:

 Large serving of Milk
 whole grain cereal
 RAGI MALT WITH MILK (almond powder can be included)
 Millet porridge (will post the recipe shortly)
 ALMOND MILK with powdered corn flakes or nestum rice (stage 1)
 CARROT BABY FOOD (can skip almonds)

Dinner – 7 to 7.45 pm
Please Note:
Feeding late can cause indigestion and the infant may not sleep due to colic. Avoid feeding heavy foods. Dinner should always be light, nutritious, mostly vegetable based.

 For babies from 10 to 12 months prefer light foods from breakfast section. Avoid egg & nuts.

 Babies above 12 months : Any foods mentioned in the breakfast and lunch can also be served for dinner.

Other options

 mashed rice with dal ka paani (strained dal soup)
 Soft mashed rice with milk
 Mashed rice, carrot with daniya rasam
 rice porridge with veggies
 Rice with dal ka pani (bassaru) and light cooked vegetables.
 Soft Rice with tomato rasam and light steamed or cooked vegetables.

Bed time – 8.30 to 9 pm
Large serving of Milk. Make sure there is a gap of at least 1 hour 30 mins in between the completion of dinner and milk. For babies above 12 months: If the baby is still hungry after the milk, can feed some light crackers.

Related post: how to make ragi flour for babies or toddlers’ porridge

Tips to increase the appetite in babies

1. Try to serve fruits 1 ½ to 2 hours before a meal. They tend to make the infant feel hungry naturally. Do not serve fruit with a meal.

2. Do not mix fruits with dairy especially milk. It leads to indigestion.

3. Babies need exercise, let them play and crawl or run around. Don’t confine them to a small area. For toddlers / babies who can walk, a small walk in the neighborhood before a meal can make them hungry.

General Tips:

1. If you have a very fussy baby, avoid milk in the early morning and serve milk based breakfast mentioned in the table.

2. Serving bread or any other baked stuff to babies, leads to colic or bloating due to the ingredients like baking soda, powder, yeast etc.

3. Limit crackers or biscuits to only once a day, avoiding is however better.

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Children's food in different countries of the world - Encyclopedia Baby food

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Each country has its own cuisine. And baby food is no exception. Let's look at what are the features of baby food in different countries of the world.


Parents accustom their children to the social table quite early. Without fear for the life of the child, parents can give both cabbage and tomatoes for the first tooth. If the baby copes well with food, then the family prepares dinner the same for all family members. This approach greatly simplifies the life of parents and has a beneficial effect on the development of taste in a child. The French are connoisseurs of food and taste comes first for them. In kindergartens, the child will be offered a lunch of five different dishes. nine0007 Oysters and snails are quite common in baby food.

Ratatouille is a very popular French dish. This is a stew of vegetables, zucchini, tomatoes and eggplant, seasoned with sweet peppers, garlic and onions. This dish is often found on the French table. It contains many useful vitamins that every person needs.

Fricassee is a simple French dish. The basis of the dish includes meat (lamb, rabbit, veal, chicken). The highlight of the dish is considered to be bechamel sauce. The meat is cut into pieces, rolled in flour and fried in oil until cooked. When the meat is almost ready, pour the sauce and stew for some more time. nine0005

What are the characteristics of baby food in Japan?

Children from Japanese families eat not only sushi. Modern parents treat the issue of nutrition very carefully. In the menu of Japanese children, you can find rice, boiled white fish, spinach, burdock root.

In Japanese schools, children's menus are prepared by special people. It includes vegetables, fruits and dairy products.

Bento lunch is a lunch for a modern school student in Japan. It includes rice, fish or a piece of meat, and chopped raw or pickled vegetables. And all this can be bought in one box. Nutritious and economical. Japanese mothers believe that this is the best and most healthy lunch for a child. nine0005

What are the features of baby food in Thailand?

Thai cuisine includes various dishes. Children will love meatball noodle soup, rice soup ( kao-tom ), and the signature dish, seafood rice. As a dessert, children can taste pancakes with chocolate, fruit or condensed milk. Thai cuisine is famous for its various sauces. You can always see them in Thai cuisine. Rice – main dish. Everyone can add the sauce they like. Parents do not buy children's tables, but feed the child, putting him on their laps. nine0005

What are the characteristics of baby food in Finland?

Finnish dishes are based on fruits and vegetables. The children's menu is varied: fried or boiled potatoes with meatballs, salmon steamed with vegetables, spaghetti. Dairy products are also popular. Finnish people prefer grain bread. On the Finnish table you can find sandwiches with butter and herbs.

Kalekukko pies are fish pies baked by Finnish mothers for the holidays. Blueberry pies are a treat for the whole family. In Finland, since childhood, they have been focusing on a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition. nine0005

What are the characteristics of baby food in India?

Indian cuisine is based on vegetarian dishes. No one believes that different seasonings can harm the children's body.

Biryany is a popular children's dish. This is pilaf cooked in butter. Everyone can season pilaf with different spices. Carrot halva is prepared for children as a dessert.

Chutney is a famous Indian sauce made from pieces of vegetables and fruits. The consistency is similar to jam. If you do not add spicy seasonings to pilaf, you get a great alternative to ketchup. The main thing is that the kids like it. nine0005

What are the characteristics of baby food in Italy?

Pizza, lasagna and pasta is the basis of Italian cuisine. Lasagna is made from durum flour. It is impossible to get better from it, as it contains B vitamins.

Seafood, meat and cheese are on the menu of every Italian family.

Riccotta is a soft, milky cheese resembling cottage cheese. Italians add it to various dishes, using it as a seasoning and pizza topping. Baby food is not in the first place. From early childhood, kids are taught to eat adult food. They even allow you to drink coffee, sodas and eat sweets. Children do not like fruits and vegetables. The Italian family stands for the independence of the child. nine0005

What are the characteristics of baby food in Britain?

English cuisine is based on simple recipes. This approach continues for baby food. Nutrition and simplicity are at the heart of every recipe. The best food for the younger generation is sandwich , apple and juice. For dinner, meat and two types of vegetables are prepared. The British love different cuisines and see nothing wrong with adding different sauces to baby food.

What are the characteristics of baby food in the US? nine0029

Americans don't just eat burgers and diet drinks. Recently, they have been thinking about healthy eating. Most families support this idea and prepare healthy homemade meals. The most popular dishes are potatoes, corn, pumpkin. For breakfast, children can enjoy bread with peanut butter or pancakes with syrup. Dry breakfasts for preschool children are also popular.

9 Indian dishes for the New Year's table / Tips and recipes - an article from the "What to eat" section on Food.ru

1. Indian pilaf

The closest analogue of biryani is pilaf. In fact, the dishes are very similar. Biryani is made from basmati rice with meat, some recipes use fish, seafood or vegetables. An important difference from pilaf is the spicy and spicy taste resulting from the addition of fragrant masala spices, which many Indian national dishes are famous for.

Biryani means “fried” in Farsi, reflecting the style of its preparation. The dish has Iranian roots, it was brought to South Asia by travelers and merchants. Then, through South Asian migrants, the biryani spread to the West. Each region has its own version. We offer a traditional meat recipe. nine0005

2. Spicy puree soup

National dal soup puree is the central dish of Ayurvedic cuisine in India. Made with beans, coconut milk, vegetables and spices, it is suitable for vegetarians. The soup itself resembles a thick stew that can also be served as a stew.

Due to its composition, Indian dal is rich in nutrients, especially protein, fiber and B vitamins. It is believed that its medicinal properties help to normalize metabolism, increase immunity and slow down aging. Soup is also used to tune in to meditation and strengthen mental abilities. nine0005

3. Chicken tikka masala

Chicken pieces marinated in a spicy marinade with a mixture of masala spices is one of the bright pearls of Indian and British gastronomy. All thanks to the colonial past and the complex relationship between India and the UK. Until now, they argue where chicken tikka masala was cooked for the first time - at home or in the first Indian restaurant in London. According to some reports, its popularity overtakes even the traditional British fish and chips.

There are many options for cooking. Chicken masala can be served with rice, on skewers like a kebab, or in its original form - chicken pieces floating in a gently spicy creamy sauce and garnished with cilantro leaves. nine0005

Prepare the dish according to our step by step recipe with photo:

4. Refreshing milkshake

The hot Indian climate is unbearable without soft drinks. A particularly popular option to refresh and regain strength is the lassi. In the traditional version, a mixture of dahi yogurt, water, salt and spices is added, which is whipped until smooth. The sweet version of the drink is usually made from various fruits, honey or sugar. It turns out a delicate creamy taste that resembles a milkshake. nine0005

Lassi is also useful. It normalizes the work of the gastrointestinal tract and helps with arthritis, and for men it is considered a powerful aphrodisiac. We share our mango recipe.

5. Indian Cheese with Spinach

Many people are repelled by the sharp flavors of Indian cuisine, so we offer a moderate option in the form of palak paneer.

Palak means spinach in Hindi and paneer is a salty Indian cheese. As the name suggests, this classic dish is made with fresh spinach, onions, spices, paneer and herbs. Paneer is homemade with milk and lemon juice. It tastes like Adyghe cheese, and for a vegan option, you can use tofu. nine0005

Spinach leaves are blanched and then mashed. Add spices, onions and tomatoes to a thick curry-like consistency. Then paneer is cooked in this sauce.

Palak paneer is served with flatbread or as an appetizer with vegetables and rice dishes.

6. Unleavened dough patties

If the name "samosa" suspiciously reminds of samsa, then in principle you are right. Samosas are traditional Indian triangular patties filled with meat, fruit or vegetables. They appeared in the Middle East and were brought to India during the reign of the Delhi Sultanate. nine0005

Samosas are made from unleavened dough, which is then deep fried or baked in the oven. The result is hearty and crunchy snacks that are ideal as a snack or a full snack.

7. Crispy biscuits

Jalebi, a traditional Indian dish in the form of spirals, is perfect as a dessert. These are tender and crunchy biscuits, which resemble the cooking style of chak-chak or brushwood loved since childhood. It is prepared from semolina, yogurt and spices. nine0005

Jalebi dough is deep-fried with ghee and drizzled with sweet syrup to give the treat a bright orange hue. This sweet can be served hot or cold.

8. Potato balls with cheese

Deep fried potato meatballs with paneer, cream sauce with herbs, spices and nuts will become an unforgettable dish on your table. Fragrant, with a slight spiciness and hints of sweetness, the Malay Kofta dish is rightfully considered one of the most popular in the country. “Kofta” means “fried balls” in Hindi, and “malai” means cream sauce. nine0005

Like many Indian dishes, potato balls are served with traditional naan or roti, and flavored rice, especially jasmine.

9. Flatbread

Flatbread is firmly woven into the Indian cultural code. This is a versatile addition to any dish or sauce. Cakes are prepared on yeast or unleavened dough, round or elongated.

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