Indian Baby Food Recipes

Instant Khichdi Mix (for travelling)

instant khichdi
This mix is handy while travelling with a little baby. Once steamed, it has a texture like that of idly. You can carry an electric cooker, plug it in your hotel room and steam the Instant khichdi mix. That way you can quickly have the baby's lunch ready in the comfort of your room. Please try feeding your baby this dish once or twice before you leave on your journey otherwise you might find it difficult in a new place if he rejects it.

Ingredients :

  • 2 tablespoons of yellow moong dal
  • 2 tablespoons of rice
  • 1 teaspoon of ghee

Procedure :

To make the powdered mix :

  1. Mix the dal and rice. Wash well till the milkiness goes away and dry it in the sun.
  2. Heat ghee and roast this mixture in it for about 5-7 minutes.
  3. The mixture will start turning light brown indicating it's done.
  4. Now cool it and grind it to desired consistency in a mixer jar.
  5. Store this in an air-tight container and pack it in your travel bag.

To make the khichdi :

When you need to feed the baby, boil a teaspoon of this mix in 1/4 cup water for about 5-7 minutes, stirring continuously. You can float the vessel containing khichdi mix over water that is boiling in an electric cooker. You can also boil water in a stainless steel vessel placed over an induction heater and cook the khichdi mix in a similar manner. These gadgets are useful in a hotel room where you might need to quickly cook something for the baby in a hygienic setting.

Notes :

  1. Add a tiny pinch of salt to the khichdi once the baby is older.
  2. This mix has a shelf life of about a week. If you don't roast the dal and rice in ghee the taste becomes a bit bland but you get a longer shelf life.