5 Easy and Healthy Recipes For Your Toddler

As Riya fed banana cake to little Lehaan, his satisfying smile made her really happy. For a moment she thought about their journey from breastfeeding to Lehaan having a variety of other solid foods. 

As your baby turns seven months old, they can start eating some solid foods as well. Toddlers (1 – 3 year old) can have a lot more of different foods, they adapt to new tastes – many of which they would not like at first. And making them try distinct food items after 12 months is an exciting phase for all the mothers. Not only do they get to experience new flavours, they also get a lot of nutrients from these. Confused about what to cook for your baby for the evening? Try out any of  these simple super – healthy nutrient packed recipes that your toddler will love :

  1. Porridge

Health benefit : 

  • High in fibre
  • Supports muscle building and bone density

Ingredients :

  • 2 tbsp Ragi Flour 
  • 1.5 tbsp Jaggery Powder 
  • ½ cup (¼ cup + ¼ cup) Water  
  • 1 cup Milk (preferably cow milk or the one that suits your baby)

Procedure :

  • Boil milk and keep it ready for use
  • Mix jaggery with ¼ cup water until the jaggery melts completely, strain it and pour in a saucepan
  • Now add ragi flour in the saucepan along with ¼ cup water
  • Mix the ingredients well such that there are no lumps
  • Cook the mixture on slow flame and stir continuously until it turns dark brown and shiny
  • Add milk, boil and stir until it becomes medium thick.
  • The porridge is now ready to serve. Please note that it becomes thick on cooling down.
  • Serve this healthy porridge to your kids before it cools down completely.
  1. Whole wheat eggless Banana Cake

Health Benefits :

  • High fibre and potassium content
  • Easy to digest

Ingredients :

  • Dry Ingredients :
  • Wet Ingredients :
    • 4 medium-size ripe bananas
    • ½ cup jaggery powder (or sugar powder)
    • ⅔ cup oil (or ghee or olive oil)
    • ¼ cup curd
    • ¼ cup milk (optional)
    • 2 – 3 tbsp dry fruits (finely ground)

Procedure :

  • Grease the pan, sprinkle some flour over it (for the cake to leave the pan’s surface smoothly) and keep it aside. Preheat the oven at 180 degrees. 
  • Sieve the dry ingredients together and keep them aside
  • Add all the wet ingredients in a bowl and mix well such that there are no lumps
  • Start mixing the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients mixture using cut and fold method. Do not overmix
  • Pour the batter in the greased pan.
  • Gently tap the pan twice to get rid of air bubbles.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake it for 45 – 50 minutes.
  • After 45 – 50 minutes, insert a toothpick to check it has baked properly – the toothpick should come out clean.
  • Let it cool and then take it off the pan. Slice it as desired. 
  • Serve this yummy cake to your kid with some milk. It’s the perfect delicacy while you have to deal with your toddler’s tantrums.
  1. Vegetable Paneer paratha 

Health Benefits :

  • Good source of protein and fiber
  • Easy to digest

Ingredients :

  • Whole wheat flour for rolling
  • 2 – 3 tbsp ghee
  •  For the dough –
    • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
    • ½ tsp oil
    • Salt (as required)
    • Water (as required)
  • For paratha stuffing –
    • ½ cup paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – grated
    • 1 tbsp boiled, properly strained and mashed green peas
    • 1 tbsp grated carrot
    • 1 tbsp grated beetroot
    • 1 tbsp coriander leaves – finely chopped 
    • Salt (as required)

Procedure :

  • Combine all the stuffing ingredients and keep it aside.
  • Knead the dough ingredients into a soft dough. 
  • Divide the dough into 4 portions
  • Strain excess water from the stuffing and divide it into four equal portions.
  • To roll the paratha (using 1 portion of dough & stuffing); roll the dough, apply a little ghee, place the stuffing, bring the sides together to seal it tightly and roll the stuffed dough into a paratha.
  • Cook the paratha on heated tava with little ghee
  • As the paratha turns golden brown, place it in the serving plate and apply some more ghee. 
  • Serve this desi healthy paratha with curd as a wholesome meal
  • Try out different paratha shapes to make eating a fun and easy process for your toddler.
  1. Dry Fruits Milk Shake

Health Benefits :

  • Good source of fibre, protein, zinc and other minerals.
  • Provides energy and boosts immunity.

Ingredients :

  • 1½ tbsp almonds
  • 1½ tbsp walnuts
  • 1½ tbsp unsalted shelled pistachios
  • 1½ tbsp cashews
  • 1½ tbsp raisins
  • 5 to 6 chopped dates
  • 2 to 3 chopped dried figs
  • 3 – 4 strands of saffron
  • 2 cups + ½ cup Milk (whichever suits your baby, preferable cow milk)
  • Sugar or jaggery (as required)

Procedure :

  • Soak the dry fruits along with saffron in ½ cup hot milk for 4 – 5 hours
  • Blend the soaked dry fruits in a blender jar.
  • Add 2 cups of milk and blend again.
  • Do not over – blend the mixture
  • Pour in two glasses and enjoy the shake with your toddler (if they let you!)
  • You can also strain the shake while pouring it in a glass for your baby. This

Will avoid any probability of the shake getting stuck in your baby’s throat.

  1. Rava Idli

Health Benefits :

  • Light and easy to digest
  • Rich source of fibre, protein and carbohydrates

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup rava (sooji or semolina)
  • 1 cup curd
  • ¼ to ½ cup water
  • ¾  tsp eno or baking soda
  • Salt (as required)
  • 3 tsp ghee

Procedure :

  • Add rava, curd and salt in a mixing bowl. Mix these well
  • Add water (as required) to the batter. The batter should neither be too thick nor thin.
  • Cover the bowl with a lid and let it rest for 45 minutes to an hour.
  • Check the batter after an hour. If it looks too thick, add some more water for medium consistency.
  • Heat water in the steamer and grease the idli moulds.
  • Add eno to the batter just before pouring the batter into the mould.
  • Steam the batter for 20 minutes on full flame to get fluffy spongy idlis.
  • Insert toothpick to check if the idli is completely cooked.
  • Temper the idlis with ghee.
  • Serve yummy idlis along with some coconut chutney to your little one.

Taking care of your toddler’s daily needs is an important part of parenting and serving them with the food they love is one of the happiest experiences of parenting. We hope that your baby will love each of these recipes which are easy to cook for you as well.