Dals or pulses are a staple in every Indian home. Dal water and dal rice khichdi are the first foods that we offer to babies as they start solid foods. We often start with simple dals like moong dal and masoor dal and then graduate to other dals.
Which dal to give at what stage?
Parents are often confused about when they can give different dals to babies, whether it is safe to give certain dals at a certain age or not. Dals are often associated with gas problems, so we need to be a bit careful.
You can introduce different pulses at different stages.
Moong dal dhuli / Skinned Green ram – 6 months +
Masoor dal dhuli / Skinned Red lentils – 6 months +
Moong dal with skin – 8 months+ (in small quantities)
Chana dal – After 10 months
Bhuna chana as part of cereal – 8 months+
Please remember that these are general guidelines and you are free to delay the introduction of a certain item if you are not sure or if you have a history of allergies. Also, whenever you introduce something new, always follow the 3-day wait rule.
Today we are sharing a popular baby food from South India. It is called Ulundhu kanji or Urad dal porridge for babies. This is another homemade cereal which can be prepared ahead and then can prepared in a few minutes whenever you want to give it to your baby.