Preparing Baby Food at home is the best thing you can do. That is especially essential when you start thinking of introducing solid food to your baby. Wholesome homemade baby food is always advised. I still remember Amma making those Ragi Kanji, Rice Kanji apart from trying out with Dalia, and other lentils.
I get many emails asking for baby food ideas, especially wholesome baby food for infants. By the time I realized that many new mothers have a lot of questions on how to make baby food, my twins crossed that stage. I prepared some of those best baby food based on the Indian diet again just for the requests.
Dal Tadka is one of the basic food used as introducing lentils to babies 7 months and older. Then there were few other variations that we used to follow, each time introducing an ingredient at a time. It has always been a challenge, hitting on the correct menu and getting the babies to eat without making a fuss.
We recently visited my 14 months old niece who was so adorable and very sweet. For all I was told about her throwing tantrums for eating, she was so much better than my boys I felt. Or maybe she wanted to show her best behavior in front of us or she was entertained by our company. Or so I want to think.
When I saw my Aunt preparing the baby food, I immediately asked if I can take pictures of the food and also take notes on what she was preparing. I knew this diet coming from my Aunt who is a doctor, is most surely very balanced and nutritious. She gladly shared her recipe and halfway after feeding my niece she gave it to me for taking pictures, while baby looked at us very keenly trying to understand what we were doing.
This food made with Rice, Lentils, Vegetables can be introduced when the baby is 7 months old. More complex lentils like Kidney Beans, Soya Bean can be introduced after 12 months.