Nutritional Facts of Vegetable Khichdi for Babies and Toddlers, Calories in Vegetable Khichdi for Babies and Toddlers

by Tarla Dalal
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How many calories does one cup of Vegetable Khichdi for Babies and Toddlers have?

One cup of Vegetable Khichdi for Babies and Toddlers gives 218 calories. Out of which carbohydrates comprise 159 calories, proteins account for 36 calories and remaining calories come from fat which is 22 calories. One cup of Vegetable Khichdi for Babies and Toddlers provides about 11 percent of the total daily calorie requirement of a standard adult diet of 2,000 calories.

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vegetable khichdi for babies and toddlers is a very simple home food which is soft in texture and soothing to the throat and tummies of the babies. It is a complete meal in itself, providing plenty of energy, protein and folic acid for your baby.

Making this easy homemade khichdi for babies is like any other khichdi. Wash the rice and green moong dal and then choose some veggies and grate them. Combine these 2 food groups in a pressure cooker, add asafoetida for digestion and turmeric powder for slight colour and cook it with water till overcooked.

This yummy vegetable moong dal khichdi for babies and toddlers 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 vegetable khichdi for babies and toddlers is a good way of introducing your child to a mildly-spiced dish. The clove and peppercorn will introduce new tastes. But remember to remove and discard them without fail, else they are sure to hurt the babies and lead to choking.

Also this mix vegetable dal khichdi for infants doesn’t make use of salt. This is because most pediatricians now-a-days do not recommend adding salt to babies diet. After 1 year, it is recommended to add restricted amount of salt only.

Is Vegetable Khichdi for Babies and Toddlers healthy ?

Yes, this is very healthy. 

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  2. Since the khichdi is for 8 to 12 months old babies, no salt has been added. Most pediatricians now-a-days do not recommend salt till the age of 1 year. Please consult your pediatrician before adding salt to this khichdi. 
  3. Before introducing this khichdi to your baby, ensure that you have tried a simple recipe like Rice Mash for Babies followed by Moong Dal Khichdi for Babies. Both the vegetables, carrot and bottle gourd, have also been introduced to your baby in some form. This is simply to prevent any allergies. 
  4. Begin with a small quantity and gradually increase the quantity.
  5. Feed your baby in a upright position to avoid choking.
  6. Do not show dislike towards any food, else babies are good imitators and they follow what they see easily. 
  7. Use colourful bowls and spoons for feeding. Colours appeal all babies. 
  8. Be patient while trying to feed a new food. It is quite likely that your baby may eat just a spoon of this khichdi or not eat at all. No worries. Try it again after 2 to 3 days. 

Let's understand the Ingredients.

What's good.

1. Doodhi (bottle gourd, lauki) : With extremely low levels of sodium, this doodhi is highly suitable for those with high BP. It helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and regulate blood pressure and ensures a proper blood flow to heart and they're onwards to all parts of the body. It helps prevent acidity and good for diabetics. See the 10 benefits of bottlegourd article for complete information. 

2. Carrots (gajjar) : Carrots have the nutrient Beta Carotene which is a form of Vitamin A, helps prevent deterioration of the eye as one gets older and prevents night blindness. Carrot is great for the eyes.They relieve constipation, lower blood pressure, have fibre and lower cholesterol. Read the 11 super benefiits of carrots and why to include in your daily diet.

3. Rice : Here are the pros for rice. Rice is a great source of complex carbohydrates, which is an important source of energy for our body. Rice is low in fibre and therefore a good option for people suffering from diarrhoea. What's not good in rice. Foods like rice are high in Glycemic index are not suitable for weight loss, heart patients,  diabetics as they affect the blood sugar control levels. See details of is white rice and parboiled rice good for you?

4. Moong Dal ( Green Moong Dal ) : Moong dal or green moong dal  is rich in Folate, Vitamin B9 or Folic Acid which helps your body to produce and maintain new cells, especially  red blood cells and is pregnancy friendly. Being rich in Antioxidants like Flavonoids, mung reduces the damage done by free radicals to the blood vessels and lowers inflammation. Moong Dal is heart and diabetes friendly. Moong Dal or Split Green Gram are high in Fibre and 1 cup of cooked Moong dal gives 28.52% of your daily Fibre requirements. See here for 9 fabulous benefits of Moong Dal.

5. Ghee : Other than calories and fats, the only nutrients that ghee is rich in are the vitamins – all of which are fat-soluble. All the 3 vitamins (Vitamin AVitamin E and Vitamin K) are antioxidants which have a role in removing free radicals from the body and protecting our cell as well as help in maintaining skin health and glow. Ghee is an excellent, high-quality selection medium of cooking because of its high smoke point. As compared to most oils and butter, ghee can handle a smoke point of 230°C, 450°F, thus its less prone to oxidant and destruction of nutrients. Yes, ghee does contain cholesterol, but some amount of cholesterol is needed by the body. Cholesterol has some functions to play too. It is necessary for hormone production, brain function, cell health and lubricating the joints. It is, in reality, a high quality fat for the body and brain. Ghee is loaded with fats but that’s medium chain fatty acids (MCT) which aid in weight loss. Ghee is healthy for daibetics in small amounts and you need to check your fat intake at the same time. Learn to easily make your ghee at home which is free of preservatives. See benefits of ghee

6. Curd + Low fat Curds :  Curds help in digestion as it has very good bacteria. Probiotics in curds acts as a mild laxative but, in case of diarrhoea and dysentery, it is a boon, if curd is used with rice.They help in weight reduction, good for your heart and build immunity. The only difference between curds and low fat curds is the fat level. Read the benefits of curds to include in your daily diet. 

Vegetable Khichdi for Babies and Toddlers is high in

1. Folic Acid : Folic acid is an essential vitamin required throughout pregnancy.

2. Phosphorous Phosphorous works closely with calcium to build bones. 

3. Vitamin B1 : Vitamin B1 protects nerves, helps in carbohydrate metabolism, prevents heart diseases and helps produce red blood cells. 

Note : a recipe is deemed high in a Vitamin or mineral if it meets 20% and above the recommended daily allowance based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Value per cup% Daily Values
Energy218 cal11%
Protein8.9 g16%
Carbohydrates39.8 g13%
Fiber3.6 g14%
Fat2.5 g4%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Vitamin A448.2 mcg9%
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)0.2 mg20%
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)0.1 mg9%
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)1.3 mg11%
Vitamin C2.2 mg6%
Vitamin E0.1 mg1%
Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)45.5 mcg23%
Calcium44.2 mg7%
Iron1.6 mg8%
Magnesium65.2 mg19%
Phosphorus273.1 mg46%
Sodium17.5 mg1%
Potassium378.8 mg8%
Zinc1.2 mg12%
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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