This is one of the most nutritious idlies possible as it's made from sprouted ragi (finger millet) which is rich in protein. This is also why it makes it a filling dish, heavier than the usual rice idlies we eat. Ragi idles can be fed to babies 8 months onwards (please check with your doctor before adding salt to the batter). This dish serves as a nutritious breakfast for adults as well.
This is a useful mix that has a long shelf life and can be used to instantly prepare a filling meal for the baby. It's particularly good for breakfast as it contains vital nutrients that the child can use all day.
After the age of 8 months babies can be given soft dosas, idlies, etc. Mini Fried idlies is a good choice at this point as the size is perfect for babies and it takes lesser time to make than regular idlies. Moreover, adding some vegetables can help make it a nutritious choice for your baby. For making Paniyaram or Mini Fried Idlies you need to get a stand which resembles a tava with molds in it. This is locally called a Kuzhi Paniyaram stand and can be directly used to cook Paniyarams on low flame.
Upma can be made from a variety of base ingredients like semolina, wheat/ rice/ ragi vermicelli, brown/ white beaten rice, etc. Using your child's favorite vegetables and alternate base ingredients you can creatively make an upma to suit your baby.
Babies at this age can not be given anything sweet so this halwa (or mash) is a welcome change as it contains the natural sweetness of carrots and raisins. It can alternately be made by other sweet vegetables like beetroot, pumpkin or sweet potato. If your baby doesn't have a sweet tooth you can use bottle gourd instead.