Homemade baby food recipes in nigeria

Homemade baby food: 9 African recipes

Homemade baby food: 9 African recipes | Pulse Nigeria


Homemade baby food has its advantages, one of which is that it costs less and you can prepare several days worth of food. Also, making baby food at home allows you the choice of using healthier ingredients.

These African homemade baby food recipes are easy, healthy and nutritious for your baby. With these you can ensure your baby eats nutritious meals

Homemade baby food: Recipes From Different African Regions


This time we go round the African continent to bring you homemade recipes that are not only delicious but healthy for your baby.

Homemade Baby Food: Southern Africa

Aubergine delish

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Aubergine contains vitamin K and fibre that help regulate your baby’s bowel movement.


  • 1 tomato, skinned, seeds removed and chopped
  • ⅓ aubergine, peeled and sliced
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • 2 Tbsp cooked rice
  • Pinch of cinnamon (optional)


  • Put aubergine and tomato in a pan with some water and boil.
  • Add raisins, but go easy on the raisins as their taste can be strong. Cook for at least 15 minutes, then add cinnamon to taste.
  • Drain and save some cooking water to thin food if necessary.
  • Add rice and purée all ingredients and you’re done. Serve a portion and refrigerate or freeze the rest.

Vegetable medley

Vegetables are popular for their amazing health benefits. The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants contained in vegetables help your baby fight diseases.


  • 2 potatoes (peeled and diced)
  • 1 courgette (washed and chopped)
  • 1 aubergine (washed and chopped)
  • 5oz mushrooms (cleaned and sliced)
  • 1 onion (peeled and sliced)
  • Several cloves of garlic
  • Fresh sprigs of rosemary
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Mild olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 200°C and grease an oven dish with olive oil.
  • Put potatoes and vegetables in the dish. But if for adults you can slide several cloves of garlic and sprigs of rosemary in between. Since it’s not, just go ahead and sprinkle olive oil.
  • Cook in the centre of the oven for 45 minutes, covered in aluminium foil for the first 30 minutes.
  • For babies, add just a pinch of salt but no ground pepper. Purée or mash a portion for baby.

Cod with broccoli

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Broccoli is very high in protein, calcium, and vitamin C, all of which combine to support your baby’s growth.


  • 1 small potato (peeled and diced
  • 3oz broccoli, washed, peeled and chopped finely
  • 1oz cod


  • Boil your potato and broccoli, then add cod and simmer for fifteen minutes at least.
  • Purée and add some of your baby’s usual milk until a suitable consistency.

Homemade Baby Food: East Africa

Baobab maize meal porridge

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Baobab is a rich source of calcium and magnesium that strengthens your child’s bones.


  • 1tbsp baobab powder.
  • 2tsps honey.
  • A ½ cup of fine maize meal.
  • 1 cup of water.


  • Boil water and then pour in the maize meal and stir in carefully to avoid lumps.
  • Mix baobab with very little cold water and pour into maize meal and stir well. This will help you avoid lumps.
  • Stir regularly as it boils to avoid lumps or the porridge sticking to the pot.
  • Turn off the heat and leave the pot to simmer, before pouring the porridge in a baby bowl. Serve while warm.

Barley porridge

The high fibre content in barley helps keep the bowel movement of your baby as smooth as possible.


  • 1cup of breast or formula milk.
  • 1cup of water.
  • Barley poweder


  • Wash barley and dry it. Afterwards, roast barley until golden brown, but avoid burning. Then grind one cup of barley until fine.
  • Boil water and add ground barley powder into the boiling water and stir in. Boil the mixture together.
  • Reduce heat to low and stir constantly for about 20 minutes. Then turn off the heat and leave to stand.
  • Thin the mixture with 1 cup of breast milk formula. Add the milk gradually stirring in continuously until you get a good texture.
  • Pour into a baby bowl and serve warm.

Pumpkin and Carrot Soup

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Pumpkin and carrots are rich in vitamin A and carotenoids, which helps sharpen your baby’s vision.


  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 onion
  • 500g of pumpkin cubes
  • A tbsp olive oil
  • 1 carrot
  • Stockcube


  • Boil one cup of water in a pot and add 500g of pumpkin. Boil until cooked.
  • Preheat pan and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Then put onion plus carrot into a pan and fry until soft.
  • Mix 1 litre of warm water with a chicken cube and mix well. Afterwards, pour the chicken stock into the pan and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Add pumpkin into the carrot mixture and simmer for five minutes. Then add 100ml of fresh cream and mix.
  • Pour mixture into the blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a baby bowl.

West Africa

Unripe Banana Porridge

Banana is high in vitamins such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin B2. Also, the natural antacid in banana protects your baby from stomach ulcer.

  • Unripe banana (use a grater or blender)
  • Crayfish
  • Onion
  • Seasoning cube
  • Salt
  • Hot leaf or mint leaves (any green leafy vegetables of choice)
  • Palm oil


  • Scoop the grated unripe banana and wrap in uziza leaves, then drop into a pot and set aside.
  • Fry onion and oil in another pot and then pour into the pot with the wrapped unripe banana. Adding some boiled water helps the wrapped banana solidify quickly.
  • Add seasoning and bring to boil.

Coconut Milk Moi Moi With Tuna Chunks

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The main ingredient for this recipe is beans and it has many health benefits. Beans are a rich source of carbohydrates, protein, iron, calcium, B vitamins and fiber that help nourish your baby.


  • 3 cups beans
  • 2 tablespoons oil (optional)
  • 3 medium sized onion
  • 5 large tatashe ( red bell peppers)
  • 2 bouillon cubes
  • 2 cans tuna chunks. (or corned beef)
  • ½ can coconut milk. (You can use more or less depending on how hard or soft you want your moi moi)
  • Broad leaves. Also, you can cook with foil or cellophane bags or bake in the oven with muffin cups


  • Soak the beans for 5 minutes and pour into a food processor. Pulse until all the skins are off.
  • Rinse the skin off the beans and mill with the tatashe and chopped onions.
  • Afterwards, add the seasoning cubes, coconut milk, stir well before adding the tuna. Stir briefly again, check for salt before wrapping in washed leaves.
  • Finally, when your moi moi is wrapped and placed in the pot, add some drops of boiling water before turning on the heat. Moi moi is cooked by steaming, so don’t add too much water. Too much water at once will seep into the wrapped beans and ruin your cooking.
  • Let it boil for 45 minutes before turning off the heat.

Rice And Groundnut Smoothie

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Groundnut and whole milk yogurt are rich in protein, while banana and strawberry are great sources of vitamins and minerals.


  • Cereal: Rice, sorghum, oat
  • Fruits: Raw and ripe fruits (e.g banana and pawpaw) or cooked and soft (e.g, apple, mango)
  • Vegetables: Soft and cooked (green beans, peas, carrots, sweet potato)
  • Whole milk yogurt
  • Soft meat (chicken, turkey, fish)


  • Pour plain whole yogurt in a blender, then banana and a few strawberries and blend until smooth.
  • Use a dry blender to blend roast groundnuts until a semi-smooth powder forms.
  • Boil water in a pot and add rice flour to the boiling water. Cook for ten minutes while stirring continuously until a smooth pudding forms. You can add some more water if the pudding is too thick.
  • Then add blended groundnut and yogurt paste into the rice pudding. Stir until smooth and then serve warm.

The great thing about homemade baby food is your knowledge of what it contains. Not only are these recipes healthy and nutritious for your baby, they are also easy to make.

Read also: Energy-Packed Local Foods For Your Kids

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Top 5 Healthy Nigerian Homemade Foods to Start Your Baby On – AugustSecrets

Dear mummies, you don’t have to be a master chef to start feeding your baby with healthy Nigerian homemade foods. Learn how to make the easiest Nigerian homemade food recipes for your adorable babies with simple, single-ingredients purees and fresh fruits.

We are sure that these delicious homemade baby food recipes will tempt your baby taste buds.

  1. Boiled Egg Yolk

Eggs are rich in minerals, vitamins and several other nutrients that are beneficial for the development and growth of infants. They help in digestion, brain development, liver function, immunity and eye health.


  • Boil the egg till it’s done
  • Remove the yolk, then place in a clean bowl
  • Mash it
  • Add some drops of expressed breast milk to thin if need be
  • Simply serve gradually
  1. Avocado

Avocados contain 20 different vitamins and minerals. Besides being relatively cheap and easy to find, they are loaded with antimicrobial, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which helps to prevent babies from getting sick.


  • Clean the avocado
  • Open a part of it and scoop out the flesh into a clean bowl
  • Mash or puree till smooth
  • Serve directly or with egg yolk
  1. Banana

Bananas are easy to digest, soft and mushy. They help in the overall development of babies and are a great first food to start babies on.


  • Peel and throw inside your blender and whisk into a smooth banana puree
  • You can add small formula milk and few drops of water to thin
  • Serve directly or blend with avocado
  1. Apple

Apples are a great choice when your baby is ready for solids as they contain a whole host of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. They as also very versatile and can be served with other baby recipes.


  • Peel 1-2 apples, core the hard, seedy middle
  • Place on heat to steam/boil for 4-5minutes
  • Allow to cool, then blend till smooth
  • Serve directly

Apple sauce can be served with AugustSecrets Mixagrain or Nuttymeal.

  1. Okra

Okra offers lots of vitamin C (for immunity), vitamin K (for healthy blood), vitamin B6 (for metabolism), and a decent amount of folic acid (for cell growth).


  • Clean and cut 5 okra pieces, each into two halves and toss in the blender
  • Blend till smooth
  • Place on heat with little water and cook for 4 minutes with ½ a teaspoon of fish powder, and 1 tablespoon of palm oil
  • Serve with a spoon or with your washed hands.

N.B: Don’t add salt or seasoning as baby’s kidneys are to tender for that.

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    Foods of plant origin

    Nigerian cuisine is rich in dishes based on rice, beans, yams and cassava. nine0006

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    Meat is used in most dishes in Nigeria.

    Dairy products

    Wara (Wara) - soft village cheese made from cow's milk.


    Today, Nigerian cuisine, like most West African cuisines, uses many spices, herbs, and oils to create deep flavored sauces and soups that are often made very spicy with chili peppers.

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    Akara — Deep-fried pea flour flatbread.

    Alkubus is a steamed bread made from wheat, flour, yeast and water. Served with Miyan Taush. Typical of the Nigerian Hausa and Fulani peoples.


    Miyan kuka is a thick Nigerian soup made from crushed baobab leaves and dried okra. Very common in the cuisine of the Hausa people.

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    Okro soup is a thick soup made from okra, spinach, crayfish or shrimp, meat and pumpkin seeds. Served hot with ugali or fufu.

    Egusi soup is a leafy vegetable soup thickened with ground pumpkin seeds (egusi), popular in Nigerian cuisine.

    Banga soup is a palm nut soup popular in southern and midwestern Nigeria.

    Edikaikong is a nutritious vegetable soup typical of the Ibibio and Efik peoples of southeastern Nigeria. It is prepared from beef, game, dried fish, crayfish, beef offal, pumpkin leaves, onions, palm oil. Because the soup includes expensive ingredients, it is considered a delicacy and is served on special occasions or by wealthy families in Nigeria. nine0006

    Afang is another nutritious vegetable soup that originated among the Efik, Ibibio and Ananng peoples of southeastern Nigeria. It is served at home and also sometimes at ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, festivals.

    Pepper soup is a light meat and fish soup with herbs and spices. It is one of the few soups in Nigerian cuisine that can be eaten on its own rather than as a dip for fufu or crushed yams. Pepper soup is often an appetizer at formal occasions and is also consumed in the evening at pubs and social gatherings. nine0006

    Omi ukpoka - corn soup made from crushed dry corn mixed with smoked fish.

    Draw soup is the name for thick, viscous soups from southeastern and southwestern Nigeria. They are boiled with okra, ogono seeds and jute leaves. This soup is usually eaten by dipping pieces of fufu into it.

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    Fufu is a thick dense porridge made from cassava and green plantains. It is the basis of many African cuisines, including Nigerian cuisine. nine0006

    Coconut rice is rice cooked in coconut milk.

    Jollof rice is a traditional African rice dish with tomatoes and peppers.

    Pate is a pâté made from ground dry corn, rice or achi (millet). It is mainly served in combination with spinach, tomatoes, onions, peppers, eggs, beans, peanuts, sugar bones and minced meat. Especially popular in the northwest of Nigeria.

    Maafe is a stew cooked with peanuts, tomatoes, onions and other ingredients. nine0006

    Tuwo masara is a cornmeal dish eaten in northern Nigeria.

    Tuwo shinkafa is a thick rice pudding usually eaten with miyan kuka soup, goat meat stew or miyan tausheh. Tuvo shinkafa is most common in the northern part of the country.

    Miyan taushe - stewed pumpkin leaves with peanuts, often with spinach, meat (usually goat or lamb) and smoked fish.

    Moin-Moin is a traditional Nigerian protein-rich pudding steamed in banana leaves. The pudding is made from a mixture of black-eyed peas with onions and fresh ground pepper (usually a combination of bell pepper and chili pepper or Scotch Bonnet). nine0006

    Ekuru is a traditional food of the Nigerian Yoruba people of southwestern Nigeria. This is another bean pudding similar to moin moin. Ekuru is also made from black-eyed peas, but without the addition of pepper. Served with fried peppers.

    Suya - meat with ground chili, peanut powder and other local spices, grilled on skewers. It is one of the most famous dishes in Nigerian cuisine and can be easily found all over the country.

    Tsire - meat generously topped with a mixture of ground peanuts and chili. Cooked with or without skewers. nine0006

    Kilishi - very thinly sliced ​​meat is dried, brushed on both sides with a paste of chili peppers, spices and local herbs, and then quickly grilled.

    Balangu - Meat (beef, goat or lamb) cooked on coals without spices in order not to spoil the taste of the meat. Salt and spices can be added later to taste.

    Nkwobi - cow's feet stewed in a spicy thick sauce, a traditional dish of southeastern Nigeria. nine0006

    Ofe akwu - palm nut stew served with rice.

    Ayamase (Ayamase) - a stew of green or red Scotch Bonet peppers.

    Gbegiri is a bean stew typical of southwestern Nigerians.

    Ofada stew is a palm oil based stew popular in western Nigeria. It is made from palm oil with unripe peppers, tomatoes, beef and nere seeds.

    Iyan - Yam puree.

    Asaro, thick yam porridge, is a popular Nigerian dish found in the western region. Asaro is made by boiling and lightly mashing yams in a sauce of tomatoes, chili and large red peppers with palm or vegetable oil. It can be garnished with fish, meat or crayfish as desired. nine0006

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    Ewa Agoyin is a popular Nigerian street food commonly eaten in Lagos and other southern states of Nigeria. It is a soft bean puree. It is usually eaten with crushed peppers in a spicy tomato sauce. The local name for the dish is "Ewa G". Additional ingredients may include palm oil, onion and crayfish. It is usually served with bread.

    Ogi (Ogi / Eko) is a fermented grain pudding from Nigeria, usually made from corn, sorghum or millet. Traditionally, the grains are crushed, soaked in water for fermentation for three days until they become sour. This mass is then boiled to the consistency of a creamy pudding. It is usually served with moin moin or akara. nine0006

    Dodo is a side dish of ripe bananas fried in vegetable or palm oil.


    Funcaso - millet pancakes.

    Mosa is fermented corn ground into a thick paste, roasted and sprinkled with sugar. There is also a variant of the very soft plantain mosa, which is pounded into a paste, mixed with dried black pepper, fried and sprinkled with sugar.

    Chin Chin - fried cookies made from flour, eggs and butter. nine0006

    Puff Puff — fried sweet dough balls.

    Alkaki are deep-fried products made from sugar dough.


    Kunu is a popular drink in Nigeria made from millet, sorghum or corn.

    Fura da nono is a popular drink, especially in northern Nigeria, made from boiled millet or sorghum grated with a little cow's milk.

    Zobo is a drink made from rosella juice. nine0006

    Soy milk is a drink made from soaked, crushed and strained soybeans.


    Palm wine - popular in African cuisines, including in Nigeria, a drink made from palm tree sap that can be distilled in ogoro.

    Ogogoro is a strong alcoholic drink made from raffia palm. The alcohol content of an ogoro usually ranges between 30 and 60 degrees. Ogogoro has a large social component - it is an integral part of numerous religious and social ceremonies. nine0006

    Burukutu is an alcoholic drink made from sorghum and millet.

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