Nutrient-Rich Rice and Moong Dal Kichadi: Ideal Weaning Food for Babies

Rice and Moong Dal Kichadi is a traditional weaning food that provides essential nutrients for your baby's growth and development. This soft and easily digestible dish is perfect for introducing solid foods to your little one's diet. Follow this simple recipe to prepare a nourishing kichadi that your baby will love.


  • 4 tbsp rice
  • 2 tbsp moong dal (split green gram)
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Prepare the Rice and Moong Dal:

    • Wash the rice and moong dal thoroughly under running water to remove any impurities.
    • In a pressure cooker, combine the washed rice and moong dal with 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Cook the Rice and Dal:

    • Close the pressure cooker lid and cook the rice and dal mixture until soft and well-cooked. Allow the pressure to release naturally.
  3. Mash the Kichadi:

    • Once the rice and dal are cooked and warm, transfer them to a bowl.
    • Add a pinch of salt and ghee to the warm rice and dal mixture.
    • Using a spoon or masher, mash the kichadi well until you achieve a smooth and fine consistency. Ensure there are no lumps.
  4. Serve to Babies:

    • For babies who are just starting on solids, ensure that the consistency of the mashed kichadi is very fine and easy to swallow.
    • Gradually increase the consistency to semi-solid and solid as the baby grows and develops teeth, allowing them to chew the food.


  • Texture: Adjust the consistency of the kichadi by adding more or less water while cooking, based on your baby's preference.
  • Variations: You can add cooked and mashed vegetables like carrots, peas, or spinach to the kichadi for added nutrition and flavor.
  • Temperature: Allow the kichadi to cool down to a lukewarm temperature before feeding it to your baby.

Introduction to Solid Foods:

With its soft and easily digestible texture, Rice and Moong Dal Kichadi is an excellent choice for introducing solid foods to your baby's diet. Packed with essential nutrients and gentle on the stomach, this wholesome dish will support your baby's transition to solid foods with ease.


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