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Homemade Cerelac, Sathu Maavu Recipe for 6-12 Months Babies

Akangksha Balki
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Created by Akangksha Balki
Updated on Jan 22, 2019

Homemade Cerelac Sathu Maavu Recipe for 6 12 Months Babies
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If the first question that pops in your mind is why 'home made cereal when so many commercial ready-mixes are available', then I would like to say that nothing can guarantee the freshness and nutrition than homemade baby foods. Add to that all the love and hard work that goes in making homemade baby cerelac, not only will your he/she love it, but you will find great satisfaction in feeding it.

 

What is Homemade Cerelac/Cereal, Sathu Maavu?

Traditionally known as sathu maavu, homemade cerelac is wholesome, nutritious, healthy and tasty for baby. Basically, it is made by using different kinds of grains and pulses. One can also add dry fruits to the mix if the baby has celebrated her first birthday. Some ingredients are soaked overnight and even sprouted to make them healthier. Homemade cerelac is also filling, and strengthens their bones.

Baby Cerelac/Cereal, Sathu Maavu (6 Months+)

This recipe for homemade cerelac is packed with nutrition, and your baby will surely like it. This can be given to your 6+ months old baby. It is a complete meal in itself! With this homemade cerelac, your baby gets the goodness of wheat, rice, pulses (dals), and the chana, daliya, and jeera adds flavor. It can be easily stored in an airtight container. It is homemade and free of preservatives, and therefore great for your baby's healthy growth. Read More: 8-12-Months Baby Food Ideas, Infant Lunch, Breakfast Recipes

 

How to Make Homemade Cereal for 6-12 Months old Baby?

Here is the baby Cerelac/Cereal recipe ingredient quantity & preparation method..

Cerelac Ingredients Quantity(in grams)
Wheat 50 grams
Rice 50 grams
Toor Dal 10 grams
Moong Dal (Green) 10 grams
Moong Dal (Yellow) 10 Grams
Masoor Dal 10 Grams
Dried Peas 10 Grams
Chana Dal 10 Grams
Jeera 1 Teaspoon

 

Step by Step Preparation Instructions Make Baby Cerelac at Home

  • Take all the ingredients except chana dal and jeera, and wash them well rinsing till the water runs clear
  • Let them dry in the sun for 2 to 3 days
  • Fry the sun-dried ingredients without oil one by one at first
  • Dry roast the daals till they turn crispy and get a golden color to the grains
  • Now also add the chana dal and jeera, dry roasting all ingredients for a few minutes
  • Grind them all in a mixer into a fine powder. Store it in an airtight container

 

Nutritional Benefits of Homemade Baby Cerelac

  • Rice provides dietary fiber and carbohydrates
  • Dals in the cerelac is packed with proteins, iron, and folate
  • Wheat is rich in carbohydrates and magnesium
  • Homemade cereal can be a good source of vitamin B6 and carbohydrates, giving little one instant stamina
  • Can be helpful in increasing the baby's weight

           Read: Weight Gain Foods for Toddlers

When Should I Start Cerelac for My Baby?

It is ideal and largely recommended to feed a baby only breast milk for a formula for the first 6 months of life. Some parents, however, wish to introduce cerelac and other semi-solids once the baby turns 4 months old. The point to note here is that till the age of 6 months, babies get all the necessary nutrition from breast milk or formula, and do not need anything to thrive and develop. Still, if you want to introduce cerelac to a baby earlier than 6 months, take your doctor's recommendation first.

Why Make Cerelac At Home When We Can Easily Get The Pre-Packaged Cerelac?

There is no denying the fact that commercially available cerelac is easy to make, easily available, hassle-free and easy to use. But haven't you ever wondered if it is as safe? Yes, making baby cereal at home can be a cumbersome process but it can have many benefits – like you can adjust the quantities of the ingredients as per his/her liking, and it is also a great option in increase weight in babies. No matter how attractive and feasible these commercially available baby foods may be, they cannot be compared anything close to homemade food.

Serving Homemade Cerelac to the baby

Preparation - At the time of preparing your baby's feed, put 1 tablespoon of the powder in 1cup of normal water, and stir it well so no lumps are formed. Add a pinch of salt, and boil the mixture till it becomes a fine paste. Add more water if required, and then add some ghee. Let it cool for some time, check the temperature and taste, and feed your baby.

This homemade cerelac mix is quite versatile. For a change, you can add sugar and milk to make the homemade cerelac mix sweet, like halwa. If you prefer, you can add poha and almonds also while frying it. Let your baby enjoy delicious homemade food that is good for his/her health and growth.

 

Did you find Akanksha's recipe for homemade cerelac useful? What baby foods do you prepare at home? Do share your recipes, experiences and learning with us in the comments section below. We love hearing from you!

 

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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| Jul 07, 2017

very useful article, but i m little worried as it is a mixture of many things, and little kido is just to start a meal. will my angel be able to digest it.

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| Jul 07, 2017

Hi Meenu, Since your baby is just going to start her food, you can try only with or rice n moong dal mix. If you observe thats how cerelac moves to different stages

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| Jul 07, 2017

Yes meenu... Surely your baby will be able to digest it... Make sure it's chana daliya not chana dal... Try for a week you will come to know whether your kiddi is liking it or not... All are natural ingredients... Just like market's cerelac but without preservatives... Made by you... Add little bit ghee also...

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| Jul 07, 2017

Hi Meenu.. Baby can digest after 6 months.. First try with very thin consistency only one or two spoons.. And a big NO for the salt. please don't add even a pinch of salt to baby food untill 1 year.. baby dont require the salt at all..

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| Jul 07, 2017

good one there are many other recipes of homemade cerelac pls share mommies if tried

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| Jul 08, 2017

very interesting and healthy way for home cerelac. Thanks for sharing.

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| Jul 08, 2017

it's really nice one....... I will try for my child

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| Jul 08, 2017

its very useful recipe, thanks for the same

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| Jul 09, 2017

it's very useful recipi and thanks for your recipes please suggest more recipe

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| Jul 09, 2017

can we add milk???

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| Jul 09, 2017

wat is dried peas

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| Jul 09, 2017

ya nice one.

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| Jul 09, 2017

very useful recipe thanjs

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| Jul 09, 2017

@shinu Sakhuja... Dried peas are easily available in grocery shop... They call it Vatana.. Its optional... make sure you add chana daliya... Not chana dal. It will be heavy to digest. By mistake parentune has written that

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| Jul 09, 2017

thnx fr useful recipe... bt wat z chana dalia

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| Jul 09, 2017

Try this recepie... In beginning make in small quantity... If your kiddi like it... Make more

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| Jul 09, 2017

very nice

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| Jul 09, 2017

Pls share more recipes for 1 year old baby

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| Jul 09, 2017

0@vipulab sharma... its simple chana (from which sattu is made), you will get in grocery shop

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| Jul 09, 2017

I give my son gehu daliya, dal rice with ghee, simple moong dal khichdi, mashed potato halwa, sprouted moong fry (properly mashed). Etc

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| Jul 09, 2017

like the recepie very much. plz share some more receip for 7 month old baby... thanks

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| Jul 09, 2017

good one

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| Jul 09, 2017

my baby is 6 month and I have already started giving him cerelac stage 1 from last 15 days. I m planning to start stage 2 .this homemade cerelac will b very useful for me. I will definately make this and feed my baby. thank u so much for giving this recipee

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| Jul 09, 2017

thanks for informations

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| Jul 09, 2017

But without oil how to fry it... ?

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| Jul 09, 2017

isn't Channa daal v heavy for the child at this stage?

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| Jul 09, 2017

My daughter have competed 9 months is it ok if i feed her a fresh milk mix with oats?

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| Jul 09, 2017

nice recipe bt wanted to inquire i give my baby ceralac when travelling so this recipe needs gas to warm a bit cud it help without putting the mix on gas n feeding d baby just by mixing in normal water

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| Jul 09, 2017

Nice

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| Jul 10, 2017

Anuja Sharma Paliwal ... Its not chana dal... Its chana daliya... Definitely dal will be heavy... Parentune walo ne mistake se "chana dal " mention kar diya...

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| Jul 10, 2017

Upeka sharma... Take a kadhai... Put the ingredients as mentioned... Start gas on low flame... And with the help of big spoon "bhunj na" hai.

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| Jul 10, 2017

My son have completed 7 months. kya ismai fruits add kar sakti hu when I boiling it ??

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| Jul 10, 2017

No u can't add fruit while boiling...

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| Jul 10, 2017

very helpful, thanks for sharing !!

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| Jul 10, 2017

Liked the recipe. Can the mix be stored in fridge and if not what's the life of the ground mix?

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| Jul 10, 2017

And Chana daliya is roasted Bengal gram right?

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| Jul 11, 2017

thank you so much fr this tips.. I'm searching this recepi only....

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| Jul 11, 2017

shall I give this to my 7 month baby???

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| Jul 11, 2017

shall i give this to my 6month baby?

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| Jul 11, 2017

nice blog.. helpful for new mommies. my baby is 7 months old now and I am giving home made cerelac to him since 1 month and he like it very much.

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| Jul 11, 2017

what is chana daliya.. hv heard about daliya but no chana daliya... n what about dry peas...

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| Jul 12, 2017

gud 1

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| Jul 15, 2017

it's great.

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| Jul 15, 2017

very useful for moms

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| Jul 15, 2017

It's good

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| Jul 17, 2017

hw many times do the baby needs this to be fed in a day???

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| Jul 18, 2017

very usefull recipe thnx....

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| Jul 20, 2017

fridge main rakhna Hai ki Bahar rakh sakte Hai banake ?

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| Jul 25, 2017

its good n healthy recipe..

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| Aug 07, 2017

healthy recipes

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| Aug 09, 2017

very nice recipe.... can I give chaan dal and toor dal to 8month old baby?

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| Aug 10, 2017

what is toor daal?

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| Aug 13, 2017

r

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| Aug 13, 2017

what is toor dal and dried peas. Plz reply

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| Aug 13, 2017

what is toor dal and dried peas. Plz reply

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| Aug 15, 2017

good one plz keep sharing more recipes

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| Aug 19, 2017

very nice recipe akangksha.. my query is, is it ok if I avoid chana daliya and dried peas? also is ok if I don't boil the mixture on the gas and just add it in hot or warm water or milk. I was thinking to feed it during the travel. tia

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| Aug 21, 2017

Hii, i used to feed my baby this cereloc made by mom of same recipe but problem is that it could not be very fine when i grind the same. So my baby could not digest this. So plz suggest me wht to do?

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| Aug 21, 2017

I would also like to know how can this be fed while travelling

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| Aug 21, 2017

thanku very much for this useful recipi

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| Aug 21, 2017

tnkewww

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| Aug 21, 2017

thnx aloot

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| Aug 21, 2017

Very nice recipes, thank you

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| Aug 21, 2017

It's really gooooood

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| Aug 22, 2017

Hey pls tel me if I add wheat flour instead of wheat.. It will work or not..

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| Aug 23, 2017

vry nice

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| Aug 24, 2017

Very much helpful. thanks

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| Aug 28, 2017

my baby is five month what to give in solid

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| Aug 28, 2017

very helpful thanks

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| Aug 28, 2017

That's good

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| Aug 29, 2017

It's good. But not suppose to add salt untill baby is one year. Can that step be skipped ?!

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| Aug 29, 2017

Very tasty n my baby loves it, thank you

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| Aug 30, 2017

nice will do as per your guidance, as my lo will turn 6 mth very soon.

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| Sep 02, 2017

do u recommend salt & sugar before 1year of age?

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| Sep 02, 2017

Is it useful for a 19month old baby?

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