Urad Dal Khichdi/ Gram Dal Khichdi/Ulundhu Khichdi: Easy and quick lunch recipe for babies and toddlers made with rice and urad dal/gram dal. Urad dal is a healthy lentil which helps in weight gain in babies and kids.
I have already shared a version of urad dal rice. This urad dal khichdi recipe is more easy with fewer ingredients & less quantity; you can make for your baby or toddler alone. Its ideal for babies from 8 months after introducing rice, and urad dal separately.
Check out other urad dal recipes for babies and toddlers:
EVLA’s Baby Feeding Set Silicone Bib Plates Bowls Spoons Review – Ending up with the right baby feeding product is always crucial for any parent. If you are practicing self-feeding and find it hard to clean the mess, then you can be sure that the EVLA’s Baby Feeding Set will work for your case. Two weeks back, I have received one set of this product to review. I tried the products with my preschooler, and we liked it:)
EVLA’s Baby Feeding Set Details
Item Weight: 1.6 pounds
Material Type: Food Grade BPA free Silicon
EVLA’s Baby Feeding Set Features
Non-slip divider baby plate with attached silicone placemat for extra grip. It is great for portion control, minimizing mess and still small enough to fit comfortably on most high chairs.
Round suction baby bowl which grips to your highchair, ensuring no more accidental spills.
Silicone bibs are easy to clean and adjustable with a large pocket that stays open for those super messy eaters.
Two soft tip spoons are perfect for encouraging self-feeding
Pros of EVLA’s Baby Feeding Set:
Unbreakable, Unscratchable, 100% food grade silicone material adhering to the highest safety standards
Dishwasher & Freezer Safe
Waterproof and Stain resistant
Portable or travel-friendly
Cons of EVLA’s Baby Feeding Set:
I could think of Nothing.
My Thoughts On EVLA’s Baby Feeding Set
The Elva’s baby feeding set has everything needed for beginning solid foods for a baby. It is a great product to help your baby learn how to feed herself without the constant mess.
The suction bowl is pretty strong, and your baby wouldn’t be able to throw the bowl on the ground. Even my preschooler has tried her hardest to lift the bowl! It is perfect for using on a high chair or any table.
The compartments on the plate are great and high enough to help your baby or toddler learn to scoop the food onto his spoon. They fit nicely in a table, so little hands don’t push them off the table.
There are two spoons with soft tips. The spoons are very soft and durable.
My preschooler loves the bright green and blue color bibs. The silicone bibs with the large front pockets that make sure that less food ends up on the floor! No more huge mess!
Everything is dishwasher safe making this set perfect. You can also hand wash with soapy water, and it is super easy since the feeding set is made of silicone. Another bonus is these fit comfortably into your bag for travel! Overall I’m pleased with this product! Great product and with the price.
Would I recommend this Product
Yes, definitely to all the parents of babies/toddlers. If you are having a hard time during mealtimes due to the mess, cleaning, and laundry, Go ahead and buy it today.
We’ve all heard the dangers of not sleeping enough as adults. It’s a smart move to sleep more every night. Does the same apply for newborns and younger children? You bet it does. I’d argue that sleep might be even more important for children than it is for adults. Why? Let’s find out:
What happens when a child sleeps?
Young children are in the prime stage of their development — everything they see and hear forms their view of the world. They’re especially good at creating explicit knowledge from implicit things they see. What does that mean? Well, if they see you as a parent donate to someone on the street – even though money is tight at the moment – the child learns that giving is essential.
So children take up information all day. During sleep, their brains take all this information and form concrete knowledge from it. It means that sleep for newborns and young children is crucial for the development of:
Their vision and auditory skills
Physical and motor skills
When the child sleeps, new connections are formed. It’s estimated that by the time a child is three years old, the brain has built 1,000 trillion connections. It is twice as much as adults. When children turn around ten years old, the brain starts to remove unnecessary connections. It is to strengthen the remaining neural connections.
Loving support and protection by parents/caretakers
Now, if you’re reading GKFoodDiary, I’m willing to put my money on the fact that your child is the most important person in your life. So that fulfills criteria #1. Also, if you have access to the internet, your family is most likely not starving. Which is #2? Now, the last thing on the list is enough sleep.
School-aged children (6 to 13 years) require 9 to 11 hours
Teenagers (14 to 17 years) need 8 to 10 hours
Young adults (18 to 25 years) need 7 to 9 hours
As you can see, the younger the child, the more sleep it needs. That’s because he or she is learning more. When your child doesn’t get the required amount of sleep, it can slow down development of the brain, as the child doesn’t have enough time to solidify the information that he’s taking in during the day.
Just like adults, some kids are ‘better’ sleepers than others. However, there are always things that you can do as a parent to ensure your child gets plenty of opportunity for quality sleep. You can create a healthy sleep routine so that your child’s brain gets used to the routine and falls asleep quickly.
Also, one of the key things to make sure your baby gets good sleep is to remove all the obstacles that are preventing him from that. For example, if the baby is hungry or thirsty, then he won’t sleep well. Here are 12 reasons why your baby might be waking up throughout the night (and solutions for that).
Do you have a specific sleep tip that helps your child sleep better? Share it in the comments so we can all learn from it!
Jamy Russell, who started Sleep Investor to teach people simple, yet effective ways to improve sleep. Falling asleep doesn’t have to be as difficult as many people make it out to be, and often there are many easy wins that people overlook in their quest for better sleep.
Carrot Khichdi – Easy and quick lunch recipe for babies and toddlers made with rice, lentils, and carrot. I always try various versions of khichdi recipes with different combinations of lentils, vegetables, and spices. This is another simple, wholesome khichdi recipe with the addition of carrots.
Carrot khichdi is easy to prepare and fits perfectly into any meal, be it lunch or dinner for your baby. It is ideal for babies from 6 months after introducing rice, moong dal and carrot separately. Check out other khichdi recipes for babies and toddlers
Here is how to make an easy carrot khichdi recipe for babies and toddlers.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Measure and keep all the other ingredients ready. Measure and Sieve the whole wheat flour and mix well with baking soda and a pinch of salt.
Heat water until its warm and add dry dates powder/date sugar to it. Mix well with a hand whisk until the date sugar is completely dissolved. Then add vanilla essence and oil. Mix well so that the oil is mixed evenly.
Now add lemon juice/vinegar to it. Stir well.
Then add the sieved whole wheat flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Gently mix everything well for 10-15 seconds. Don't over mix it. Then add chocolate chips or broken nuts to the mix and give a stir. The final mixture should be slightly runny. So adjust with water if it is thick.
Line up the muffin tray with muffin liners. Pour the mixture into muffin liners and Bake in the preheated oven for 25 -30 minutes (baking time depends on the size of the muffin tray and oven) at 180°C till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cooling in the tray for 5 minutes.
Serving size: 8-10 Small Muffins
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees for 10 minutes. Measure and keep all the other ingredients ready. Measure and Sieve the whole wheat flour and mix well with baking soda and a pinch of salt.
2. Heat water until its warm and add dry dates powder/date sugar to it. Mix well with a hand whisk until the date sugar is completely dissolved. Then add vanilla essence and oil. Mix well so that the oil is mixed evenly.
3. Now add lemon juice/vinegar to it. Stir well.
4. Now add the sieved whole wheat flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Gently mix everything well for 10-15 seconds. Don’t over mix it. Then add chocolate chips or broken nuts to the mix and give a stir. The final mixture should be slightly runny. So adjust with water if it is thick.
5. Line up the muffin tray with muffin liners. Pour the mixture into muffin liners and bake in the preheated oven for 25 -30 minutes (baking time depends on the size of the muffin tray and oven) at 180°C till a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow cooling in the tray for 5 minutes.
The healthy whole wheat date sugar muffins are ready to serve!
The final mixture should be slightly runny. So adjust with water if it is thick.
The muffins stay well for four days at room temperature and keep good for a week if stored in the refrigerator.
You could use walnuts or any nuts of your choice or chocolate chips.
Mixing and measurements are most important for the perfect muffins.
The same recipe can be tried in a cake pan too, but the baking time may vary from 35-40 minutes.
Spinach is a super food and commonly called as ‘Palak‘ in Hindi, ‘soppu’ in Kannada, ‘Cheera’ in Malayalam, ‘Koora’ in Telugu and ‘Keerai’ in Tamil. It contains an abundance of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. The nutrition-rich leafy vegetable should be a part of your child’s healthy diet as it helps in the physical development and prevent diseases. Also, spinach is known for its versatility that you can give them to kids in many ways.
Here are some ways to include spinach in your baby’s diet. Read more to know information about the nutritional benefits of spinach, how and when to introduce spinach to the baby.
When can I introduce Spinach to my baby?
You can introduce spinach to your baby from 10 months. You can also begin spinach earlier, but ten months is ideal for baby to digest spinach easily. When you start spinach, begin with a small amount of spinach puree or spinach soup at daytime. If the baby shows an allergic reaction, discontinue feeding it and consult your baby’s doctor.
Make sure the spinach is thoroughly washed, stems are removed and cleaned before preparing the baby food. Gradually you can start including other spinach recipes. Restrict spinach to your baby weekly twice or thrice as too much of it may not be suitable for babies.
How to select and store Spinach for Baby Food
Choose fresh and tender spinach with bright green leaves. The stems should have no signs of yellowing, and the leaves should not be wilted or bruised. Buying organic spinach is recommended for baby food as non-organic spinach varieties may be contaminated with pesticides.
After purchasing spinach, place them in a plastic bag and store them in the refrigerator. It keeps well for five days if stored properly. Don’t wash the spinach before storing in a fridge.
Best Spinach Types for Baby
Many varieties of spinach are available across the world, Its always better to choose local varieties of spinach available in your area. Here are some popular spinach varieties that are good to start when you introduce spinach for babies.
Mulai Keerai (Amarantus Blitum)
Arai Keerai (Tricolor Amaranthus)
Siru Keerai (Tropical Amaranthus)
Slowly you can include below spinach varieties to babies menu preferably after one year
Methi Leaves (Fenugreek Leaves)
Drumstick Leaves (Moringa Leaves)
Sigappu Thandu Keerai (Red Amaranthus )
Manthakali keerai (Black nightshade)
Ponnangani Keerai (Dwarf Copper Leaf)
Nutrients in Spinach
Here is the nutrition information of 1 cup of cooked spinach (180 g)
Health Benefits of Spinach for Babies and Toddlers
Spinach is useful for babies with less appetite as it is easily digestible. It provides essential nutrients which are vital for the growth of the baby.
Antioxidants in spinach are suitable for growing children’s muscles.
Vitamin A in spinach is beneficial for eye health and helps to improve children’s eyesight.
Spinach is loaded with potassium which is helpful in maintaining brain function and boosts concentration.
Calcium present in spinach contributes to good bone health.
The folate content in spinach helps in the development of the nervous system.
Vitamin C in spinach benefits to boost the immune system of kids.
Rich in Vitamins and minerals that benefit skin and hair for your baby.
Spinach Recipes for Babies, Toddlers, and Kids
Here are some delicious recipes to include spinach in your baby’s diet.
Do try all these nutritious spinach baby food recipes:)
Spinach Baby Food Recipes | When Can I give my Baby Spinach
Palak Khichdi/ Spinach Khichdi/Paruppu Keerai Sadam: Easy and quick lunch recipe for babies and toddlers made with rice, lentils, and spinach. As everyone knows, spinach is a super food loaded with many nutrients. Hence it is essential to include them as part of children’s healthy diet. This spinach khichdi is a healthy and tasty option to add them to your baby and kids menu.
I have already shared a version of spinach khichdi for babies and kids. This recipe is another version of spinach khichdi with fewer ingredients & less quantity; you can make for your baby or toddler alone. Its ideal for babies from 10 months after introducing rice, toor dal and spinach separately.
Check out other spinach recipes for babies and toddlers:
Easy Spinach Khichdi - A quick, comforting lunch made with rice, lentils, and spinach. Nutritious iron-rich food for babies and toddlers.
Recipe type: Baby Food
Rice - 2 tbsp
Toor Dal - 2 tbsp
shallots/onion - 2 tbsp chopped
Garlic -1 or 2
Turmeric powder- ⅛ tsp
Salt - as required
Spinach Leaves- 1 cup loosely packed
water - 1 cup
Ghee - 2 Tsp
Slice onions and garlic. Wash spinach thoroughly and keep it ready. Wash rice and toor dal together and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes.
Heat a pressure cooker with a tsp of ghee. Add garlic.
Then add chopped onions. Saute them nicely until transparent.
Once onions become transparent, Add washed spinach leaves.
Fry the spinach leaves until it shrinks. At this stage, add in turmeric powder and salt (for babies above one year).
Then add soaked rice & toor dal mix well. Give a quick stir.
Add one cup of water and mix well. Then close the lid of pressure cooker and cook everything in a medium flame for three to four whistles. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker, mash it well with a masher until soft. You can also grind in the blender if you prefer.
Serving size: 2
Here is how to make spinach khichdi/ palak khichdi for baby
Easy Spinach khichdi for babies & Toddlers | Palak Khichdi for Babies - YouTube
1. Slice onions and garlic. Wash spinach thoroughly and keep it ready. Wash rice and toor dal together and soak it in warm water for 20 minutes. Heat a pressure cooker with two tsp of ghee. Add garlic.
2. Then add chopped onions. Saute them nicely until transparent. Once onions become transparent, Add washed spinach leaves.
3. Fry the spinach leaves until it shrinks. At this stage, add in turmeric powder and salt (for babies above one year).
4. Then add soaked rice & toor dal mix well. Give a quick stir.
5. Add one cup of water and mix well. Then close the lid of pressure cooker and cook everything in a medium flame for three to four whistles.
6. Once the pressure releases, open the cooker, mash it well with a masher until soft. You can also grind in the blender if you prefer.
Easy and quick spinach khichdi is ready!
You can also add cumin seeds/cumin powder and one small chopped tomato to this spinach khichdi.
You can replace toor dal with moong dal.
Always serve spinach khichdi warm. Otherwise, it will become dry.
Any regular cooking rice can be used to prepare this rice.
Skip salt for babies below one year.
Adjust water quantity according to the consistency your baby prefers.
Make sure to introduce everything separately before you try this khichdi.
Always check with your pediatrician before introducing any new food.