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Homemade Baby Food Recipes for 6-12 Months

Nandhini Gnana
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Created by Nandhini Gnana
Updated on Jan 31, 2019

Homemade Baby Food Recipes for 6 12 Months
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As every mom, even I had thousands of questions about starting solid foods for my baby (who now is 7 months). What food recipes to give? Will he be able to digest it? Is it safe to give? Just to answer these questions from my experience, I'm writing this blog for homemade foods for 6-12 months babies which you can prepare at home. Know ingredient & method of preparation here.

Here in this blog, learn how to make a complete range of baby food at home, from first foods to full meals. Try these DIY baby food recipes now!

  • Rice Kanji
  • Rice Payasam
  • Carrot Khichdi
  • Ragi Porridge.

 

Nutrient-rich Food Recipes Ideas for 6-12 Months Babies

The questions is "What Should Baby's First Foods Be?" Most babies do not have teeth at this time, so the foods that they are fed should be pureed, and easily digestible. It is important to note here that baby's tummy has never ingested foods till now, so we as mothers need to be very careful when we feed our child. Choose from 4 healthy easy to make & tasty, safe, homemade baby food recipes that your kids will definitely love. Here you check these food recipes. 

#1. Rice Kanji Recipe:

Get the list of nutritious Rice Kanji recipe ingredients along with preparation method.  

Rice Kanji Ingredients Quantity
Boiled rice (puzhagala arasi) 3 Cups
Bengal gram 1 Cup

Method to Prepare Rice Kanji Recipe

Wash it well and dry in sun over a clean cotton cloth. Dry roast the above two ingredients in a pan separately, until they become hot. Cool it down and grind it separately. Stir in air tight containers. Boil one glass water; add 3 tbsp rice powder, 1/2 tbsp Bengal gram powder. Add 5 numbers of jeera. Mix continuously. Add 2 drops gingely oil/ghee. Salt if required, nut better to avoid. Allow the rice to cook well. Allow it to cool down a bit. Feed it when warm, as it thickens after completely cooling.

 

#2. Rice Payasam Recipe:

Get the list of Rice payasam ingredients along with preparation method.  

Rice Payasam Ingredients Quantity
Rice Powder 3 Tbsp
Jaggery  Water As per need
Ghee As per need

Method to Prepare rice payasam Recipe

Boil one glass water, add 3 tbsp rice powder. Add jaggery water (soak a small piece of Jaggery in water and strain it). Mix continuously. Add 2 drops ghee. Allow the rice to cook well. Allow it to cool down a bit. Feed it when warm, as it thickens after completely cooling.

 

#3.Carrot Khichdi Recipe 

Get the list of carrot khichadi ingredients along with preparation method..  

Carrot Khichdi Ingredients Quantity
Rice powder 3 Tbsp
Paasi Parap (moong dal) 1 Tbsp
Carrot  1 small piece
Jeera 4-5
Pinch Turmeric As per taste
Pinch Salt As per taste
Ghee 2-3 drops

Method to make Carrot Khichdi

Add All the above ingredients, one glass water in a cooker. Keep it for 4-5 whistles in slow flame. Keep the cooker aside for ten minutes for the pressure to reduce. Blend this mixture in a blender/mixie. Feed it when warm. This recipe can be tried with beans/potato/drumstick/beetroot (7 months). You can slowly start combining two vegetables together.

 

#4.Ragi Porridge Recipe 

Get the list of Ragi Porridge ingredients along with preparation method..  

Ragi Porridge Ingredients Quantity
Ragi  1 Cup
Milk 2 Cups
Water 3 Cups

Method to Prepare Ragi Porridge

Clean ragi, remove sticks/stones if any. Wash it well. Soak one cup ragi in two cups of water the previous night. In the morning, strain this water. Grind it with 1 cup water in a mixer. Add more water if required. Using a clean cotton cloth, filter the mixture. You will get half a glass of ragi milk. Take a vessel, add this to milk and allow it to boil of two minutes. Add jeera and salt if required. Mix continuously to avoid forming lumps. Once you see a nice shiny glaze over it, turn off.  Feed it when warm Check:  Baby Food Ideas for 6-12 months Kids

 

When Should Start First Baby Foods?

Most pediatricians recommend introducing semi-solids to the baby after the age of 6 months. My pediatrician told me that at the age of 6-12 months breast milk or formula become insufficient to address baby's growing need for nutrients. Hence, to make up for healthy development for babies, it is important to introduce them to some solids foods once they are 6, 7 or 8 months old. However, every baby is different and they have different needs, so it is best to consult the doctor on how and when you should start giving semi-solids to the baby. It may be noted here that milk – breast or formula still rules your baby's diet in the first year. Must Check: 4 Food Recipes for 6-month baby

How Can I Know If My Kid Is Ready For Solid Foods?

My little one started making chewing faces and noticing us very closely when she saw us eating anything. She soon started trying to reach for plates of food, so much so that I had to ensure that nothing is in her reach. Basically, when the baby gains head control and can sit up straight with some support, she can have solids.

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This content has been checked & validated by Doctors and Experts of the parentune Expert panel. Our panel consists of Neonatologist, Gynecologist, Peadiatrician, Nutritionist, Child Counselor, Education & Learning Expert, Physiotherapist, Learning disability Expert and Developmental Pead.

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| Sep 23, 2015

Nice recipes... will definitely try.. thank you:-)

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| Sep 23, 2015

Could you please advise which type of rice is best for baby as I have a 9 month old baby girl.

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| Sep 23, 2015

Thanks for the recipe. It will be helpful for me

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| Sep 23, 2015

I guess salt and sugar is not added to baby food till one year then how can u suggest such a thing in ur blog

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| Sep 23, 2015

Can we use Ragi powder for porridge??

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| Sep 24, 2015

@Khwairakpam, Hi, parboiled rice, rice flakes and any easily digestable variety of rice is recommended.

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| Sep 24, 2015

@Amruta, Hi, Ragi should be roasted on slow flame and then powdered. Then this can be used in the porridge.

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| Sep 24, 2015

my son is 7 n 1/2 month old. i m giving him dal pani,rice pani,fresh fruit juices,tomato n spinach soup. what more can i add on this?his weight is 7. 2kg

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| Sep 26, 2015

My child is 3 months old. But he doesn't suck breast so I feed him by giving LACTOGEN 1. plz suggest what food i will give him?

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| Sep 26, 2015

My daughter is premature born at 33 weeks 3days on 1-3-15. Her birth weight was 1. 54kg She is on top feed since birth. Can i start weaning now .what can i start for her nourishment. her weight is 5. 8kg now. She looks small.. n skinny

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| Sep 26, 2015

Hi amily.. its ok if he is having top feed... but u should not start solids before your baby is 6 months !

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| Sep 27, 2015

@ emilli, baby is too small to start weaning. My baby too had latching problem n after consulting to peaditrician i started weaning at 4 months where i used to give him unsalted daal n chawal ka pani n semolina's kanji. But solids we introduced only after 6 months.

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| Sep 27, 2015

@ amily. Sorry for the typing error

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| Sep 27, 2015

@ rohini, make semolina kanji. Ragi kanji they are very nutritous. Also u can give him mashes potatoes, banana, moong daal. khichdi. but start from small quantity so that even u know wat ur baby likes n can digest well. Homemade cerelac is another good option.

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| Sep 27, 2015

@shivi: Thank you. Do let me know if your little one enjoyed the food.

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| Sep 27, 2015

@barnali devi: it's always best to give par boiled rice as it is easy to digest.

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| Sep 27, 2015

@barnali devi: it's always best to give par boiled rice as it is easy to digest.

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| Sep 27, 2015

@shantiyaa: Thank you. Let me know after you try them :)

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| Sep 27, 2015

@kalpana : Yes. It is always best to avoid salt and sugar for babies under one year.

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| Sep 27, 2015

We should not add salt or sugar to baby food.. At all.. It is not required till they are one year of age

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| Sep 27, 2015

Thanks for the recipe.

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| Sep 30, 2015

Very good recipes

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| Oct 05, 2015

I hv tried these receipes for my elder son, N nw for my Younger one. this reaallly helps. Also wht u cn try After 8th month is soaking up chapati in warm milk n thn blending it with a lil jaggery. u cn also add a piece of banana or anjir to this. very healthy for babies.

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| Oct 10, 2015

These are really nice receips.. we can also give rava kheer,green moong daal paani,very sloogy rice with daal,boiled potato... happy parenting

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| Oct 10, 2015

Make sure the jeera is also grounded. It might prick the throat if it's whole!

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| Oct 10, 2015

I am using ragi powder for porridge and it's good, but the stool colour is also dark like the porridge

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| Oct 10, 2015

I am using ragi powder for porridge and it's good, but the stool colour is also dark like the porridge

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| Oct 10, 2015

Boiled/raw rice has to be washed and dried???

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| Oct 23, 2015

@shilpa: it is always good to give boiled rice and it can be digested easily. Yes, you need to wash it and dry it . spread it on a clean cotton cloth.

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| Oct 29, 2015

But how to know what quantity is to given when starting initially???

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| Nov 03, 2015

@shwetha: initially when you start the intention is just to introduce them to solid foods. Not for filling the tummies. So what ever you try , make in very small quantities, 1 or 2 table spoon. Do not expect your baby to complete it. Always follow the four day rule, do not try a new food before four days completion of trying a food. Slowly you will understand what your baby likes and what he dislikes.

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| Nov 04, 2015

1 -2 yrs food receipes pls... & rvrt pls mention homemade cerlac receipes....

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| Nov 05, 2015

Good one. Top feeds can be given provided its adviced by the pediatrician. Weaning ideally shud start by 6m. Salt n sugar cannot b given??? Y so. They r natural ingrediants. Yes too much s bad. And any food in the right quantity and consistency is good for the baby. Fruits( non citrus to be introduced first) Contain sugar and salts, coconut water, cooked n mashed veggies all contain some amount of salt. But if the child s not liking the so. called feed, u can add some amunt of it to make it palatable. I would suggest introduce one type at a time, avoid ghee initially. As baby starts accepting feeds u can gradually add nuts and ghee . Egg can be gradually introduced later on by 8m.

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| Nov 05, 2015

How many times a days should the baby take solid food for the day I mean can we feed them I the Patten of breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner 4 different kind of food.

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| Nov 05, 2015

Hi.. Thanks a lot for ur valuable info. It s very helpful for every new mom. Cheers..

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| Nov 05, 2015

Boilwd potatoes. put some tomato and cook in ghee with lil zeera :)

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| Nov 05, 2015

Can we use sprouted Ragi powder for porridge?

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| Nov 05, 2015

Very helpful information.

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| Nov 06, 2015

Nice

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| Nov 06, 2015

Nice

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| Nov 06, 2015

Nyc

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| Nov 06, 2015

Nyc

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| Nov 09, 2015

Good recipes. I wanted to know the amount and frequency of feeding. Please help and what is a four day rule?

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| Nov 20, 2015

@Farida: Number of feed depends on how old your baby is. 6 months: Start with just one feed. 11:00am After two weeks make it two feeds. 11:00am and 5:00pm 7 months: Three feeds, breakfast, lunch, dinner After two weeks make it to five feeds. Breakfast, snacks, lunch, snacks, dinner

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| Nov 23, 2015

Mam can you please tell me some more recipes

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| Nov 23, 2015

@shraddha: I am writing another blog. It will be available soon.

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| Nov 24, 2015

@faridha: As we are trying new foods for our little ones we need to wait to check if they are allergic to it. So when ever you introduce a new food, wait for minimum four days before trying another new food. This way you can understand what food your baby is allergic to.

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| Dec 14, 2015

Hi mam.. My baby is 4 months old and her weight is 5. 3 kgs.. She is having only my milk apart from my milk can I have anything else to keep, when I consulted my pead he suggested to give my feeding.. And can u help me out some healthy food receipes how to prepare for my baby.

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| Dec 14, 2015

Thanku so much for ur receipes .. Along with cerelac can I give any of this food receipes to my baby. If yes, than at wat tym can I give. At wat tym.

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| Dec 14, 2015

My baby is about to 2 months now. She is Takes formula feed from first day of her birth, I just want to know can I start ceralack after 1 months?? And what home made food shall I give her when she complete 3months or continue lactogen 1 ??

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| Dec 14, 2015

@Ankana.. i started single cereal cerelac in the 5th month.. semi solid wen she was 6 nd half

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| Dec 15, 2015

@ashwini and @ankana: until your babies are 6 months old please do not think of any other food. Breast milk is the only healthy and sufficient food. If you are unable to give breast feed for any reason, then formula feed is sufficient. These recipes are to be started only after your baby is 6 months old. Please talk to you pediatrician if your baby is really under weight.

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| Dec 15, 2015

Ya nandhini I'll start from 6 month onwards.. Thank u for ur suggestion..

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| Dec 16, 2015

Hi Nandhini my baby s 5 month old shall I start to give rice kanji

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| Dec 20, 2015

Hi my son is 9months old. which food i have to give

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| Dec 21, 2015

Thanks for giving recipes and suggestions .

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| Dec 21, 2015

@Radhika: I would suggest you to wait for another month.

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| Dec 21, 2015

@zubeda: I have written another blog for 9 month babies. It is yet to be published by the website. You can start giving mashed rice with dal. Veg soup, chicken soup for snacks. Apple, water melon, musk melon, chikku fruits. You can also start giving only the yellow part of the egg, well boiled or even omlet.

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| Dec 22, 2015

Hi Nandini.. Thank you for sharing good recipes.. my baby girl will enter into nine months by 28th of this month can I give curd or butter milk to her?

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| Dec 23, 2015

@bharathi : yes you can start. You can give it after lunch or as snacks. You can add Jaggery/jeera powder for flavor

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| Dec 24, 2015

Hi Nandini.. Hw should I prepare rice cereal with white rice ?

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| Jan 25, 2016

hey i have a doubt.. my son is 7 months n does not sit yet. what position do u guys choose to feed?

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| Jan 25, 2016

I have a doubt. How much water I should give to my baby. She s 7 months old now.

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| Jan 25, 2016

hi my baby is 6month old ....at starting how many meal sud i give her.... one time or 3 times a day

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| Jan 25, 2016

Hi Nandini, thank you for sharing the recipes. My Lo is 8. 5 months, what all can I give her for snacks. TIA.

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| Jan 25, 2016

Very nice recipes. But think salt/ sugar should not be given to babies until their first birthday, their kidney could not manage the extra salt in food and auger obviously for teeth. Any suggestion?

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| Jan 27, 2016

@samiya: please read the blog again. I have mentioned how to prepare rice powder

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| Jan 27, 2016

@shilpa: it is always correct to feed baby solids in sitting position. Try to invest in rocking chairs, it costs around 1000, you can make your baby to sit in a slightly slanted position, they are usually completely adjustable. It also has belts. It can be converted to a rocker too. Other options is to use pillows, to get a slanted position. But you need to keep pillow on the sides too,to make sure your baby is not hurt. Since babies get fussier while eating it becomes difficult to handle the baby, pillow, plate :)

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| Jan 27, 2016

@hema:I would suggest you not to give more water to your baby. If your baby is breast fed water is not necessary if he/she is less than 6 months. While having solid foods, yes you can give them half a cup for a meal. Try to give only if necessary, you should not fill your babies tummy with water.

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| Jan 27, 2016

@nisha: please start with just one meal. Start during the day time, 10:00am . Start with very little quantity, don't expect your baby to complete the food. Repeat the same food for four days, if no allergy or stomach upset you can continue with the same. Next week change to two feeds. 10:00am and 5:00 pm Third week 10:00am, 1:00pm ,6:00pm Continue for the complete month. Seventh month you can make it to four feeds.

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| Jan 27, 2016

@harika: 1. Mashed or boiled fruit: apple, banana, pear 2. Egg yolk: scrabble or boiled, start at 9 months 3. Boiled potato 4. Sundal: boiled and mashed green gram/channa/chickpeas.

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| Jan 27, 2016

@deepa: yes it should be avoided. Jaggery and fruit puree is better option to sweeten. But adding a very little amount of salt after 9 months is fine,I had consulted my pediatrician too. Otherwise your little one will like only sweet food later. This is my own personal experience. My baby loves anything sweet. He hates other food. I'm slowly teaching him to like other foods. It's just a suggestion.

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| Jan 28, 2016

Hi all, my new blog is released. "recipe ideas for babies " do check it out .

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| Feb 01, 2016

My son is 1 yr wat can I give him

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