Homemade Cerelac substitutes / Instant Homemade Baby Cereal/ Baby Porridge Recipes

4 Homemade Cerelac recipes for babies/ Cerelac substitutes

Most of you know that my daughter is four years old now and she has in a way raised both me and ShishuWorld. Yes, we have grown with her! Anyway, so when she was a baby, I resorted to almost 95% homemade food and rarely did I give her cerelac or similar packaged baby foods. They used to be there just for emergency, but still I had them.  

Some time back, a friend who has a 10 months old son asked for my help as she did not want to use packaged cerelac, NAN or similar baby foods available in market. She is a working lady and has recently joined back. Her baby has started going to a daycare and she gives her foods like khichdi, suji halwa etc. from ShishuWorld’s Recipe Corner. But she wanted some instant food like cerelac etc. which she can give him in an emergency or when she is travelling. At the same time, she did not want to use the pre-packaged ones as they are full of sugar.

Happy to say that we prepared some homemade cerelac recipes from scratch based on our experience and research and she is able to use them for her baby!

Homemade Cerelac substitutes for baby

Homemade baby cerelac

Here I am sharing the ones that can be given to babies around 6-7 months.

We did not add any salt or sugar in any form to these.

There are no complex mixtures only 1 or two ingredients in these powders.

It is best to make these in small batches and keep them in air-tight containers to keep them fresh.

Homemade Rice cereal/ Homemade Cerelac Rice – Stage 1

This was a no-brainer. Rice is one of the safest foods to be introduced first up and she too gives well-cooked rice to her baby. To make instant porridge mix, we followed the below steps.


250 grams rice- we used par-boiled rice, which is easier to digest

How to

Wash the rice well and let it dry well in sun. She has a big terrace where we could do this, else you could dry in air for some time and then dry roast in a heavy bottomed kadai.

Now take a heavy bottomed pan or kadai and roast the rice till they get nicely crispy. You must keep stirring constantly. This should take a few minutes.

Now allow it to cool down.

Take small quantities in the spice jar of your mixer and grind them into a fine powder.

Store in air-tight jars.

When you want to use this homemade cerelac/ porridge, just take a couple of spoons in a bowl and add boiling hot water. Leave it covered for about 5 minutes and TADA!!, your baby’s food is ready.

P.S. This can also be taken during travel to make quick and homemade food for your little one, even toddlers.

You could add some roasted cumin seeds or a little organic jaggery if your baby does not take it as is. But it is best not to give sugar in any form so that baby learns to appreciate food in it’s natural form.

You may add some mashed banana or applesauce or baby’s formula or milk to this too

P.P.S  You may also use this to make an instant kheer or phirni for your older kids. Add this to boiling milk, cook for few  minutes and add sugar and dry fruits.

Homemade Cerelac Beaten rice/ Rice flakes Cerelac

This homemade cerelac is very easy. Poha/ beaten rice or rice flakes is one of the easiest things to prepare and has been used in various parts of India as an instant breakfast for ages, much before the cornflakes and other cereals invaded us.

Beaten rice is of two varieties. The thin one can be cleaned, washed in running water, soaked in milk or curd for few minutes and can be given to baby or older kids too.

We used thick poha for this instant porridge powder.


Thick rice flakes/ beaten rice/poha/chivda/avlakki (quantity as you require)

How to

Pick and clean the thick poha.

Dry roast it and cool.

Grind in the mixer and store in an air-tight jar.

When you need it, just take the required amount and add hot water and let it stand for a couple of minutes.

You could add mashed fruits, baby’s milk or curd to this too.

Dal Rice Homemade Cerelac/ Homemade Dal Rice gruel/ Instant khichdi -Stage 1

This is a quick and instant basic khichdi mix and a great homemade baby cerelac substitute. Great when you are travelling too. Use this once baby has been introduced to both moong dal and rice.

Homemade cerelac/ instant khichdi cereal for baby


1 cup rice

1 cup moong dal(washed green gram)


Wash rice and moong dal separately.

Once they have dried a bit, roast them separately in a heavy-bottomed pan.

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

When you want to use this, take couple of spoons in a bowl and pour boiling hot water. Cover for 5 minutes and khichdi is ready.

You can make it tastier by adding some roasted cumin and asafoetida to the mixes.

You can also add some vegetable or fruit puree to this mix.

You may also top this homemade baby cerelac with a little homemade ghee to prepare the instant gourmet meal for your baby.

Instant Semolina Homemade Cerelac for baby

Instant Semolina/ suji/ rawa/ Cream of wheat cereal

Just dry roast fine suji/rawa and keep stored in an air-tight jar.

When needed add hot water/milk and any fruit mashes that you want and your instant halwa/ porridge is ready.


Make these powders in small batches and keep them in air-tight containers. You could also keep the containers in fridge and they will easily stay good for a 3-4 weeks.

Use these as a fallback option and give regular, fresh food to babies on a daily basis. Do not depend on purees for too long. You may see our Recipe corner for loads of recipes for 6-9 months old babies

Avoid adding sugar in any form to baby’s food. You can sweeten your baby’s food using fruit mashes if you like.

Avoid adding nuts, cow’s milk and honey to any of these.

You may add a little ghee once your baby has been started on it to any these porridges/cereals.

Hope these will help in planning baby’s food and making it healthier. If you like it, please share it in your circle. Please leave a comment to ask a question or let us know your feedback.  You can follow us on Facebook, twitter and pinterest.


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26 Replies to “Homemade Cerelac substitutes / Instant Homemade Baby Cereal/ Baby Porridge Recipes”

  1. Cerelac says:

    Cerelac is great way to fulfill your baby daily dietary and nutritive requirements. It has Iron, Calcium, Fatty Acids and Vitamins thats helps child in early stage development.

    1. Jenney says:

      Hello man my Baby born on July now she is 5 months.but her weight not gain. So suggest me what I do? Any food plan and receipe

  2. Moumita banik says:

    Thanks a lot. What kind of fruits can i mix with the cereal to make it sweeter

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      You may add banana or applesauce, even pear, mangoes etc.

  3. Priya says:

    I was also thinking for a homemade cerelac like u hav mentioned about ur friend . As I was searching, found this . Thanks ! But hav a small doubt . S it enough jus to keep the rice and dhal powder covered for 5min in hot water ? Will it b cooked ? Sorry and yes you will b trying it for ur baby . But jus curious to clarify that doubt . Cos I always cook my baby food for lil longer .

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      It is for travel and it works since both dal and rice have been roasted very well. However, when you are at home then you may cook it for few minutes till you are happy with the texture. Hope it helps.

  4. Seema says:

    Pls share food receipes for 1.5 year old baby….my baby is under weight…..

  5. Humera says:

    Happy to see all recipes,but my baby coughs if she eats ghee in her food, can you suggest any home remedy

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      This is a bit unusual as usually ghee is soothing for throat. But if you feel it is not suiting her, avoid it for some time. Also, try giving her homemade ghee and not packaged ghee.

  6. Megha says:

    Thanks a lot shishuworld for your guidance.
    My baby boy is now 8 months old. He is 7.5 kgs
    He is having rice, poha, suji.
    But not gaining weight.
    Should I start banana. As winter has started.
    I have started cow milk as my breastfeeding has stopped. But doctors suggest to add tsp of sugar to it. As if we don’t add sugar then his potty will be too hard and he will have a trouble to do it. Formula milk nan pro 2 is also going on. I don’t want to add sugar to his diet. Kindly suggest.
    As I am working I have to keep my baby in daycare. Doctor suggested to stop bottle feeding. Feed everything with spoon. What to do?

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      Hi Megha,
      What was your baby’s birth weight?
      I am not sure why your doctor has asked you to start cow’s milk and sugar, but both these should be avoided till the age of 1 year. It is best to continue with nan pro since you are already giving it. If your baby is in day care, then you may continue with bottle for a few more days and then gradually move to a glass. Talk to your baby’s day care how they can help you with this too.

  7. pihu says:

    Hi my baby is 7month old, she stop my feeding at 3rd month, first I was giving her nan but it not suit ,then I start giving her electogen, but it is also not suit, she not drinking milk properly n doing green Poo till 2month, now I started cow milk she drink that, n poty is also better

  8. pihu says:

    Priya can you please suggest me what should I give with milk coz I was worrying about her weight n growth

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      Hi Pihu,
      How old is your baby and what is her current diet?

  9. Pooja says:

    I am using boiled kolam rice for instant khichdi. The rice does not puff on heating on low Fire. I need to travel after two days. Please help me

  10. SHOBHA says:

    HI ,

  11. swapna says:

    Hi! I was having adequate milk. But, my daughter refused to take it. So, doctor suggested to use Similac advance. From 08 months, I tried to give her home made uggu. But, she refused to take it. So, I have given her Cerelac. Now she is 01 yr old, Can I feed home made uggu + Similac advance 3. I am worrying whether it affects her health.

    1. Priya Sachan says:

      Of course, you can. Move her to homemade food gradually.


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