Vegetable Khichdi ( Baby and Toddler)

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Khichdi is a complete meal in itself, providing plenty of energy, protein and folic acid for your baby.

This yummy Vegetable Khichdi is all the more nutritious, thanks to the addition of vitamin A rich carrots. The appealing colour, soft texture and slight sweetness of cooked carrots also improve the flavour and texture of this meal.

All in all, this recipe is a good way of introducing your child to a mildly-spiced dish.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 1 cup
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1 1/2 tbsp peeled and grated bottle gourd (doodhi / lauki)
2 tbsp peeled and grated carrot
2 tbsp rice (chawal) , washed and drained
2 tbsp green moong dal (split green gram) , washed and drained
1/2 tsp ghee
1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
a pinch of asafoetida (hing)
1 clove (laung / lavang)
1 black peppercorn (kalimirch)
a pinch of turmeric powder (haldi)

For Serving
fresh curd , preferably made from cow's milk

  1. Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds.
  2. When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida, clove, peppercorn, bottle gourd, carrot, green moong dal, rice, turmeric powder and 1¼ cups of water, mix well and pressure cook for 3 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. When it is done, remove the peppercorn and clove. Mash the khichdi a little with the back of a spoon.
  5. Serve lukewarm with fresh curds.

Nutrient values for 1 cup
EnergyProteinCarbohydratesFatVitamin AIronFolic Acid
221 kcal 8.8 gm 39.7 gm 3.0 gm 452.0 mcg 1.5 mg 44.6 mcg

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 on 22 Aug 13 02:39 PM

Lovely nutritious and tasty khichdi. Use the same recipe for adults so cooking is easier for the day.