Health recipe: Indian cereal for babies

Planning to start your baby on weaning foods? Soft and mashed cereal foods can be introduced along with breastfeeding at the age of 3 to 4 months.

Rice and certain millets can be introduced safely. Always start your baby on the new food  at lunch time. Here’s a traditionally made, nutritious cereal your baby will love.

750g – red colored rice
500g – whole wheat
250g – ragi/millet
100g – whole moong/green gram
100g – thick poha/rice flakes
2 tsp – fennel/ajwain
4 – jaikai/nutmeg
20 – badam
5 – cardamom/elaichi with chilka
50g – arrowroot powder

50g – bhadramusthe
50g – sugandhi beru


  1. Roast rice and wheat on a light flame for 10 min.
  2. Raagi should be soaked in water so that it sprouts the next day.
  3. Spread out the raagi on a towel and place in the sunlight to dry well.
  4. No water should be remaining..
  5. Mix all ingredients in a good mixer.
  6. Make a fine powder, the final powder should be as fine as chapathi flour.

To cook:

  • Take 1 small cup of water, 2 spoons of this cereal, brown sugar candy and boil well.
  • This cereal is given to babies from 4 months to 1 year of age upto 2 to 3 times a day.
  • It is very healthy for growing babies.Note: Diet and nutrition guide for children

    Recipe courtesy: Shubha
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