Babies in this age-group can sample a lot more variety and can even partake of regular family meals. Babies now have a few teeth and their digestive systems have matured to a major extent. Though it is still important to follow discretion with giving them anything , their bodies and taste-buds are prepared for a lot more than earlier.
In this section we have baby food recipes for 9-12 months
Babies now prefer chunkier food, so can give the food you gave earlier, but mash them only coarsely. Food should still be well-cooked. You can start introducing spices in small quantities if not already introduced. You can now introduce eggs and meat safely, if not already introduced. Always check with your doctor before doing so and be on the lookout for any allergies, rashes etc. whenever a new food is introduced.
Fat like oil and ghee can also be introduced safely now if not introduced earlier and definitely little more than earlier. Little bit of whole cow’s milk can also be added to cooking, though it should not be given as a main drink.
Do not take below measurements/quantities as one feed. This is only for proportion and you should change depending upon how much or less you want to make.
Vegetable Khichdi for 10 months old
An absolutely versatile way of feeding veggies and dal to your baby. This is a complete meal in itself and you can feed even older children without mashing it. If you do not want to add spices you can add ghee at the end after khichdi is prepared.
Here we give three variations of the simple khichdi. The first one is the vegetable khichdi with moong dal and rice. Since baby is a little older, now you can introduce some spices like cumin, mustard, bay leaf and cinnamon. Spinach is a great addition to any recipe and palak or spinach khichdi is a welcome change from regular khichdi.
Find detailed 10 Khichdi Recipes for babies here.
Semolina is very easy to digest and is given to babies since time immemorial.This halwa is similar to what you prepare for a younger baby, but ghee and a few nuts can be added. If baby is having nuts for the first time, monitor closely for any allergies and discontinue use if you see any.
½ cup suji (semolina)
½ tsp ghee
½ tsp powdered almonds/cashew nuts (optional).
1 cup water
1 pureed date (You can deseed the date, chop into small bits and puree in a mixer with a little water).
1.Heat ghee in a pan. Roast suji in ghee, stirring continuously else it can burn
2.Once suji is roasted a little and gives off nice aroma, add water.
3.Add purreed date for sweetness.
4.Keep stirring to avoid lumps.
5.Add the powdered nuts, if you want.
6.Bring it to your desired consistency for the baby. It should be a little thin as it keeps getting thicker once it cools down.
7.Your baby will love the taste.
This is another variation with veggies and spices(optional).
½ cup suji (semolina)
½cup Mixed veggies – carrot, peas, beans, potato(par-boiled and coarsely mashed)
1 cup water
¼ tsp oil/ghee
Few cumin seeds/ black mustard seeds
Pinch of turmeric
Pinch of salt (salt if added should be about half of what is taken for adults)
1.Dry roast suji in a pan, stirring continuously else it can burn.
2.Once suji is roasted a little and gives off nice aroma,keep aside.
3.Heat ghee in the pan.
4.Add cumin seeds/ black mustard seeds.
5.Once they crackle, add the veggies and stir. Add turmeric and salt(optional).
6.Saute for a few minutes and add suji.
8.Keep stirring to avoid lumps.
9.Bring it to your desired consistency for the baby. It should be a little thin as it keeps getting thicker once it cools down.