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Top Baby Food Recipes Kerala Style (Upto 1 Year)

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Today, I just want to give a few quick baby food recipes Kerala Style. Since I have published few other articles on homemade baby foods of 6-12 months babies, this article is mainly focusing on the making of  Kerala baby foods.

I used to see my grandma preparing different kinds of baby foods for her grandchildren. I used to wonder sometimes, how she prepares so fast and efficient, that too much care and love! Frankly, I copied a lot of recipes from her and start making for my little one.

Sharing main Kerala baby food recipes of grandma here.

Remember, Breast Feeding can’t replace any foods recommended here.  All the other foods are just an addition to that.

1. Ragi Kurukku (Panjapullu – Muthari)

Ingredients :
  1. Ragi Flour –  1-2 tbsp (homemade Ragi Flour is good. Qty depends on your kid’s eating behavior)
  2. Rock Sugar  (kalkkandam)
  3. Pure Ghee – 1/4 cup
  4. Milk or Water – 1 cup

Preparation: Add 1-2 tsp of Ragi powder in a pan,  add water and slowly starts to dilute the mixture by adding rock sugar (or Panakarkandu) and Pure Ghee. Ragi Kurukku is one among the best baby foods for kids.

Ragi Kurukku- Baby Food Recipe Video in Malayalam Explained by Molly

Note: If the child has symptoms of cold and cough, better avoid giving Ragi.

Buy Organic Ragi Flour.

2. Carrot/ Beetroot Mash

Ingredients :
  1. Carrot  –  1 small piece
  2. Beetroot – 1 small Piece
  3. Salt  – 1 small pinch
  4. Water – to boil

Preparation: Peel out both the carrot and beet root nicely. Boil it in water, adding a pinch of salt until it ready to mash. Once ready to mash, take out of water, drain and smash it nicely. If need, add little lukewarm water to make it semi liquid.

Note: If the child resists to eat, mix with boiled rice and make it as a semi solid recipe, which would be great for the baby.

3. Boiled Rice

Ingredients :
  1. Rice – 4-5 Tablespoon
  2. Salt – 1 small pinch
  3. Ghee – 1/4 Teaspoon

Preparation: We should give boiled rice to babies of age from 7 months. Boiled rice is rich in Carbohydrates. Take 4-6 tablespoons of boiled rice, add with boiled rice water(kanjivellam) and grind in a mixer till it become semi fluid. Feed it nicely by adding ghee too. Adding boiled vegetables are too good for the health of babies.

Note: Adding Ghee is good to free motion avoiding constipation.

Find a few more quick baby foods here.

Ingredients :
  1. Raw Banana Powder – 2-3 tablespoon
  2. Rock Sugar /Karuppetty /Kalkkandam – For Taste
  3. Water
  4. Ghee(optional)

 Preparation : Mix 2-3 tablespoon of banana powder with 1/2cu p water. Heat this mixture on a low flame and stir continuously until it sets. Later add Rock Sugar /Karuppetty /Kalkkandam and 1 to 1/2 tsp ghee. Around 45-75 ml  is ideal for a midday meal. Feed the baby with medium temperature.

Ethakka Kurukku – Baby Food Recipe Video Malayalam Explained by Molly

Note: It is always advised to feed the food with medium temperature.

5. Njavara Kurukku (Njavara / Navara Rice Mix)

Ingredients :
  1. Njavara Rice Powder (Navara Rice) – 2-3 tablespoon
  2. Rock Sugar /Karuppetty /Kalkkandam – For Taste
  3. Water
  4. Ghee(optional)

Preparation: Add 2-3 tsp of Njavara Rice powder in a pan,  add water and slowly starts to dilute the mixture by adding rock sugar (or Panakarkandu) and Pure Ghee.

Njavara Kurukku – Kerala Baby Food Recipe Video Malayalam Explained by Molly

Note: Navara rice is available to buy from Ayurvedic stores, or else you can purchase original Kerala Njavara rice from Amazon here.

6. Potato Mash

Ingredients :
  1. Potato  –  2 small pieces
  2. Salt  – 1 small pinch
  3. Water – to boil

Preparation: Peel out potato nicely. Boil it in water, adding a pinch of salt. Once ready to mash, take out of water, drain and mash it nicely. If need, add little lukewarm water to make it a semi fluid food.

There are many more baby foods are available in the traditional Kerala style, will be writing soon in my future post.

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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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I’m Swasthi Shreekanth, the recipe developer, food photographer & food writer behind Swasthi’s Recipes. My aim is to help you cook great Indian food with my time-tested recipes. After 2 decades of experience in practical Indian cooking I started this blog to help people cook better & more often at home. Whether you are a novice or an experienced cook I am sure Swasthi’s Recipes will assist you to enhance your cooking skills.

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The Indian state of Kerala is located in southeastern India. In terms of the level of improvement, social development and education of the population, this is the leading state of the country. There are many luxury hotels and three international airports.

Facts about Kerala

Kerala has developed Ayurveda, which is best practiced in the off season. The fact is that in the off-season, high humidity, and the oils applied to the skin are better absorbed. On the right, the state is framed by the mountains of Gada. The coast of Kerala is washed by the Lakadive Sea. nine0003


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Rajah Beach Ayurvedic Hospital is located in Akalad, Kerala, in a quiet fishing village just 200 meters from the sea. The distance to the airport of Cochin is 96 km and the road to the hospital takes about 2 hours.

Rajah Beach Ayurvedic Clinic is one of the first in Kerala to be accredited by the Indian National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Health care Providers (NABH)

NABH is one of the most prestigious accreditations for clinics and hospitals in India - requiring the highest medical standards. NABH standards, along with such international standards as JCI (USA) and JCQHC (Japan), are considered among the highest in the world.

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The spacious rooms of the Rajah Beach Clinic will make your stay very comfortable. Each room has large windows through which you will have a stunning view of the surroundings. The beach is very close to the resort and it is always not crowded. nine0003

After the construction of a new clinic (the fourth clinic Rajah Eco Beach was opened nearby in 2018 - more details at the link), some of the rooms located outside the main territory were transferred to the new Rajah Eco Beach clinic.

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The hotel has a large fresh water swimming pool equipped with sun beds and umbrellas, a yoga area, as well as chairs and hammocks for relaxation located in the garden among coconut trees.

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Deluxe Room (4 rooms) buildings and consist of a spacious bedroom with a seating area (the total area of ​​the room is approximately 27 m 2 ) Bathroom with shower and outdoor shower. The room has a TV and air conditioning.

Suite Room (1 room) Very spacious room with one large bed , sitting area and balcony. (total area of ​​the room approx. 37 m 2 ) Bathroom with shower. The room has a TV and air conditioning.

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Day of the day in Rajah Beach:

• 06:00 in the morning - Morning medicine

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• 11:00 – juice

• 12:30 – 14:00 lunch

• 14:30 – 16:30 afternoon treatments (1 hour)

• 16:00 tea with Indian snacks.

• 17:00 – 18:00 Evening Yoga

• 18:00 Medication

• 19:00 - 21:00 Dinner

• 21:30 Rest Time

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Reviews about the Ayurvedic Rajah Beach Ayurvedic Hospital, India, Indian0003

Tatyana, Minsk June 2017

Finally finished a video about India and Ayurveda in Raja Beach. Three weeks of life fit in six minutes, kilometers of delight and a ton of hope that this is not the last such trip. I have already blogged about my first experience of such a vacation. And now I thought that making a video is much clearer and clearer than describing it with the most beautiful and juicy sentences. I hope you enjoy...

Tatyana Minsk March 2016

My vacation was spent in a quiet village in southern India - in a small Ayurvedic clinic where I cleansed the body. Only those closest to me knew which India I was going to. And after the vacation, not everyone understood where I was after all and what they did to me there ... More details

Panchakarma diary: chronology of my Indian adventures (part 1) I started keeping this diary only at the end of the second day. Today is just the end of the second day, and I'm starting to gradually come to my senses. Because the body was completely exhausted.... More

Panchakarma diary: chronology of my Indian adventures (part 2 - final). In the daily routine, like Remarque, no change. Getting up before the sun, yoga, white-toothed smiling Indians, scheduled medicines, care, care and attention, the incredible pleasure of the procedure - everything has become completely familiar .... More details

Valery Minsk May 2017

I cannot say that my trip was urgently necessary for health reasons.

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