Homemade Instant Khichdi cereal/ Dal rice cereal for babies/ Travel baby food


homemade instant dal rice/ khichdi cereal


Feeding homemade food to babies is common in India but packaged food and purees have made forays into our homes. At a time, when most western nations are recognising the benefits of eating homemade which is fresh as well as natural, we are getting allured by the ease of pre-packaged cereal and baby food.

You might remember that we did a post on homemade cereal mixes for babies, which was greatly appreciated. Today I am going to share an easy dal and rice cereal which you can use in place of the store-bought cereals.

Homemade cereals are way better than store-bought. They have no preservatives, no additives and you know exactly what your baby is eating. Most store-bought cereals are full of sugar to make them palatable for babies.




Salt and sugar should not be given to babies, as their digestive system  Here, we are not adding any salt or sugar in any form.

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1/2 cup rice

1/2 cup moong dal(washed green gram)

1 tsp cumin seeds


Wash rice and moong dal separately. Wash them at least 5-6 times in running water or till the water runs clear. Drain and keep aside.

Heat a pan and add rice and dal one by one and spread them so that any remaining water from washing gets evaporated.

Once they have dried a bit, cook them on medium heat till nicely roasted while stirring continuously. The roasting will take 5-10 minutes.

Add cumin to the same pan and roast cumin seeds also.

Take off the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

Once cool, grind together in a mixer to a fine powder.

Pass this powder through a tea-strainer or muslin cloth to get a very fine cereal. If you see big pieces of grains, you may grind the remaining powder again to a finer consistency.

Keep in a dry, air-tight container.


Homemade dal rice cereal for babies

How to make this cereal

You can use this cereal at home to make a quick meal or also when you are travelling and do not have access to a stove.

Cooking on a stove top

Take 2 teaspoons of the cereal in a small pan and add half a cup of water.

Mix to make a smooth mixture and out on heat.

Now cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes while stirring continuously and it is done.

You may add some more boiled water or BM or formula to thin it if needed.

To make it even more wholesome, you may add a spoonful of fruit or vegetable puree to it.

You may also add some homemade ghee to this.



Preparing instant khichdi cereal while travelling without stove

  • If you are taking this cereal for travel, ensure that you sieve the powder well so that it is very fine.
  • You must use very hot water to make this. Lukewarm water will not do.
  • Take couple of teaspoons of cereal in a container.
  • Add half a cup of boiling hot water and mix to make sure there are no lumps.
  • Now cover and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  • You may add a little ghee to this if you want.


Tips for making homemade dal rice cereal

  • Always use sterilised utensils for preparing and serving baby’s food.
  • You can sterilise utensils by boiling them in water for 10 minutes and keeping them there till you use them.
  • Use boiled water for baby below 12 months.
  • Always look out for allergies and other reactions when introducing a new food. It is best to follow the 3-day rule when ever any new food is introduced.


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7 Replies to “Homemade Instant Khichdi cereal/ Dal rice cereal for babies/ Travel baby food”

  1. Ritu Suri says:

    Hi Dear! Thanks for the recipe. For how many days can we keep this grinded mixture? or it has to to be consumed the same day it is prepared.


    1. Priya Sachan says:

      It can be kept for 3-4 weeks in an air-tight container.

  2. Saby says:

    Thank you for the brilliant recipie! My baby just completed 6 months and i followed this recipie to make khidri
    However, i have a query. I will put my baby to daycare where i have to provide food. Can i preprare this khidri in the morning and send with her for lunch? They have fridge and microwave there

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      Yes you can make and send or even tell them how to prepare there.


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