Category Archives: 10-12 months

Green gram rice mash for babies | Pachai Payaru saadham | Green gram rice puree baby recipe

Green gram rice mash/Pachai Payaru saadham is a great treat for babies. Babies will love eating this, making moms so happy. Every mom is so special. Wishing “Happy Mother’s day”(May 14th) to all Moms 🙂

The base of this recipe was in a booklet given by my Pediatrician Dr.Siva Bharathi(Kovai Kids Clinic), when I started weaning for Nilaa. He is a trusted physician. He never gives unnecessary medicines. Many times, he has sent us home empty-handed(without medicines), but with fulfilled hearts!! If you are in or near Coimbatore, do visit him and you will realize that you are in safe hands. Note: This is not a paid review. Just a tribute from heart!

Green Gram Rice Mash for babies Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins | Soaking Time : 30 mins
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 7+ Months babies

Green gram/Pachai payaru – 1 tbsp
Rice – 1 tbsp
Water – 1 + 1/4 cup
Turmeric powder – 1/8 tsp
Roasted jeera powder – 1/8 tsp
Garlic – 1 clove


1.Take green gram and rice together in a bowl and wash with water.2.Rub well using fingers and wash it twice or thrice. Once the water is clear, take rice and green gram from water and transfer to another bowl, leaving any dirt in the water.3.Measure and fill clean water and let it soak for 30 mins. After half an hour, pour the soaked content along with water into a pressure cooker. Add a garlic clove, generous pinch of turmeric powder and roasted jeera powder.4.Cook for 7 to 10 whistles depending upon cooker. Once whistle releases naturally, open the lid. It should be mushy and cooked well. If not, add more water and cook for more whistles.5.Once cooled down, add to mixie jar and pulse it to desired consistency. Add melted ghee and mix well.                 Feed immediately..


  • If the puree is so thick, you can thin down by adding lil water/breast milk/formula milk.
  • For 7-8 months baby , use 1 tsp green gram, 1 tsp rice, 3/4 cup water. Recipe same as above..
  • For 8-10 months baby , add 1/8 tsp coriander powder to the above recipe. Use blender for mashing.
  • For 10+ months, add 1/8 tsp pepper powder too. Use potato masher or mathu for mashing.
  • For 12+ months, add 1/4 green chilli(with seeds removed) too. Use spoon/hand for mashing.
  • Start with 1 tsp ingredients and then gradually move to 1 tbsp ingredients as per your baby’s appetite.
  • Do not add salt until your baby turns 1.

Nutritional Benefits

Green gram/Pachai payaru – Dietary Fiber, Protein , Iron , Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C


Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie for babies

Strawberries and yogurt(curd) blend well for babies smoothies. Packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, folates and Probiotics, this makes an ideal choice for brunch menu.

If your baby has any food allergy or Eczema, pls consult with your Pediatrician before introducing strawberries. Otherwise, strawberries are advised for babies around 7-8 months. Prefer organic strawberries as normal ones have a big threat for pesticides.

Yogurt/Curd can also be introduced around 7-8 months. Babies with Eczema too are advised to take yogurt. Many good bacteria found in yogurt are good for developing digestive system and immune system. Make curd using whole fat milk at home and give fresh curd to babies either as fruit smoothies or mixed with cooked rice.
                I have used Nilaa’s toy mixie for photo bg 😉

Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 7+ Months babies

Strawberries – 5
Yogurt/Curd – 1 tbsp


1.Wash strawberries well. Cut out the green leaves and also remove the pith as shown below:2.Slice further and add to mixie jar.3.Add a spoonful of fresh curd and grind smooth.

Fresh fruit smoothie is ready.. Feed immediately..


  • Use fresh curd. Do not use sour curd.
  • If your baby refuses it, blend together ripe banana for sweetness.
  • After 1 year, you can add honey too.
  • You shall use more curd/milk/water to thin out the drink.
  • Caution: Cow’s milk is not advised for babies below 1 year.

Nutritional Benefits

Strawberries – Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Folates, Vitamin C & antioxidants
Yogurt – Protein , Calcium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Biotin, Vitamin B


Palak Keerai Masiyal | Spinach Mash Recipe | Palak Kadanja Keerai Recipe | Baby spinach recipes

Palak keerai masiyal/Spinach mash is very easy, yet tasty and healthy. Once you try this, you will definitely hook to this recipe.

Keerai sothu urundai(Spinach rice balls) is a usual hit among kids and I have relished it from childhood. Though each ball is packed with enormous vitamins and minerals, to me – each ball is packed with my mom’s love.. Every time I eat this, I remember you amma…

Baby Spinach Mash Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins | Waiting Time : 10 mins
Serves : 2 | Suits: 10+ Months babies and whole family

Spinach/Palak – 150g
Onion – 1 big or 2 medium
Garlic – 3 cloves
Green chilli – 1 big or 2 small
Tamarind/Puli – 1 inch piece
Salt – 1/2 tsp

To Temper:

Gingelly oil/Nallennai – 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds/Jeera – 1/2 tsp


1.Wash the leaves twice or thrice until the washed water is clear. Refer this link to know how to clean veggies and greens..2.Peel the skin and cut onion & garlic. Heat a tbsp of sesame oil(Nallennai) and once hot, add jeera. Before jeera darkens, add onion, garlic and green chillies.3.Add salt and a pinch of tamarind. Saute till onion turns translucent. Do not fry too much making onions turn brown as it might give bitter taste.4.Add washed spinach leaves and fry for a minute till the leaves shrink.5.Cook closed for 2 more mins in medium flame. Stir in between. No water is required for this dish. Leaves will cook within 4-5 mins. Once done, transfer to a plate and let it cool down.6.Once cooled, transfer to mixie jar and give short pulses until required consistency reaches.         Serve with hot rice.. Yummm….


  • Green chilli tastes good in this recipe. So, do not try to replace with dry red chilli.
  • When preparing this for babies, reduce chilli and tamarind. Tamarind is recommended only after 1 year of age. Try Spinach Pulses Mash recipe for babies before trying this recipe.

Nutritional Benefits

Palak/Indian Spinach – Proteins, Fiber, Folates, Vitamins A,B,C,E,K, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Omega-3 & 6 Fatty acids


Foxtail Millet Sweet Pongal | Thinai Sakkarai Pongal | Thinai Pongal Recipe

Pongal Festival – Thamizhar thirunaal – Uzhavar(Farmer) thirunaal is a tribute to Nature. Do we really love nature ? Before searching the possibilities of life in other planets, let us make it possible in our own planet.

Together, let us contribute to Green revolution. Let us not suffocate our mother Earth by dumping loads of plastic on her. Let her breathe peacefully. Our first step – Just own a big shopper bag(non-plastic) and carry it for shopping. This way, we can support reducing millions of plastic bags usage. Let us inspire others… Happy Pongal 🙂

Thinai(Foxtail Millet) is best suited for sweet recipes. Try traditional pongal recipes using millets to make it more nutritious. Last year I posted Little Millet(Saamai) sweet pongal using milk. Click here for recipe.

Thinai Sweet Pongal Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Serves : 4 | Suits: 12+ Months babies and whole family

To Pressure cook:

Foxtail Millet(Thinai arisi) – 1 cup
Moong dhal(Paasi paruppu) – 2 tbsp
Water – 4 cups

Jaggery Syrup:

Jaggery(Vellam) – 1 3/4 cup tightly packed
Water – 1/2 cup

To Temper:

Ghee – 3 tbsp
Cashews – 15
Raisins – 10


1.Slightly dry fry moong dal(paasi parupu). Wash thinai millet twice and separate the stones(Scroll for Tips).2.Add moong dal to it, rinse it once and soak both in water(4 times) for 10 mins. Add it to cooker and let it start to boil.3.Once it starts to boil, close the lid and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Once pressure releases naturally, open the lid and stir well.4.In a separate pan, add grated jaggery, water and a generous pinch of cardamom powder. Let jaggery dissolve well and the syrup bubble up.5.No need to wait for any consistency. Just filter the syrup and add to cooked millet.6.Mix well and let it boil well. In 5 mins, add 2 tbsp of ghee and mix well. Switch off in just 1 minute.7.In a separate pan, add a tbsp of ghee, fry cashews and raisins in medium flame.8.Add ghee-fried cashews and raisins to pongal and mix well.

Thithikkum Thinai Pongal is ready !! Serve hot/warm…


  • Millets might have tiny sand and stones. Take water immersed millets in a vessel. Hold one end of the vessel rim and slightly lift up. While you shake the vessel to and fro using one hand, gather the millets in the other palm and transfer to another vessel in batches. In this way, the sand settles in the bottom to discard easily. Repeat this process twice or thrice until no sand settles down.
  • I forgot to add ghee fried grated coconut. Do add when adding cashews and raisins.. It elevates the taste and nutrition.
  • You shall top with dates while serving.

Nutritional Benefits

Foxtail Millet(Thinai) – Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium, Folates, Proteins, Fiber, Vitamins B & E


Pumpkin Dosa | Kids Dosa Recipes | Pumpkin Recipes | Poosani dosai

pumpkin-dosa-for-kids-recipe-1Pumpkin dosa – an easy way to sneak vegetable in kid’s diet! Orange-colored(Beta-Carotenes rich) dosas attract kids’ eyes when seen and enhance their eyesight when eaten.

Highly nutritious pumpkin is good for all ages. Pregnant ladies do have pumpkin as it provides majority of the nutrients your body needs and also relieves you from constipation(Fiber-rich) and anemia(Iron-rich).pumpkin-dosa-for-kids-recipe-2

Pumpkin Dosa Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins
Makes : 6 dosa | Suits: 9+ Months babies and whole family

Idli batter(Maavu) – 1.5 cup
Pumpkin – 1 piece cut along the ribs from top to bottom
Garlic – 1 clove(Optional)
Sesame oil(Nallennai)- For making dosa


1.Wash and peel out the skin of pumpkin. Remove the skin of a garlic pumpkin to small pieces and slit garlic clove. Grind them in lil water(I added 1/8 cup) and grind smoothly so that there are no bits. Pour this ground mix to idli well and now the consistency should be like dosa few drops of sesame oil and grease the whole dosa tawa using onion. Take a ladle full of batter and pour in dosa the batter using the same ladle to make dosa. Drizzle some sesame oil around the corners and in the centre. Once cooked, turn over and cook for few  Colorful healthy dosa is ready.. Serve with any chutney of your choice or just cane sugar(Naatu sakkarai), peanut butter or honey would go well with it!



  • You shall replace sesame oil with ghee.
  • Use thick idli batter to mix pumpkin puree. If you mix to thin dosa batter, it will become more watery and you might not get perfect dosas.
  • Galic is optional. I like garlic flavor in my dosas. Skip it, if you are not a fan of garlic.
  • You can make crispy or soft dosa as per your wish. Do not cook more brownish as it might invite bitter taste.
  • Do not throw the pumpkin seeds away. Click here to see how to use it healthily ?

Nutritional Benefits

Pumpkin – Dietary fiber, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Folates, Vitamins A, B & C


Sweet Potato Puree for babies | Sakkaravalli kizhangu for babies | First solids for babies

sweet-potato-puree-for-babies-1Sweet potatoes are rich in Beta-carotenes than carrots. Beta-carotenes are converted to Vitamin A by body. But, Vitamin A is fat-soluble. So, fat is required to absorb vitamin A. Few drops of ghee or butter is added in this puree to supply that fat.

Sweet potato puree has a smooth texture and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. Natural sweetness is an add-on. Being rich in dietary fiber(avoids constipation) too, it is an ideal first solid food for babies. Whenever you start weaning, after introducing liquid food for few days, you shall start this puree.sweet-potato-puree-for-babies-2

Sweet Potato Puree Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : 10 mins
Makes : 1 Cup | Suits: 5+ Months babies

Sweet Potato – 1 cup diced
Water – 1 cup
Ghee – 1/4 tsp


1.Wash out the mud and dirts. Cut out the desired quantity. Peel off the skin.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-12.Once peeled, again wash it once and then proceed to cut further.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-23.Chop them to small pieces. Add it to a pan along with immersing level of water. Cover with a lid and cook in high flame for 10+ minutes. Bubbles might rise upto the lid and water might spill out. Intermittently, open and check.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-34.After 10 minutes, prick with a fork and check if it is cooked soft. Once cooked, remove from pan and allow it to cool.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-45.Once cooled, grind to desired consistency using mixie or blender. Add few drops of ghee, mix and feed warm.sweet-potato-puree-recipe-for-babies-5


  • Do not drain the water after cooking. Use the water to make the puree.
  • I have used American sweet potato. Indian varieties just differ in colors, but no compromise in nutrition. You shall use any available variety.
  • Sweet potatoes can be steamed/baked too for making puree.
  • As per traditional method, you shall cook along with skin and then remove it after cooking too. In such case, do not cut. Just cook as a whole.
  • You shall feed this puree as such or add some breastmilk/formula.
  • Puree consistency varies among babies. Initially, pulse it in mixie and give a smooth paste. Within a month, change to a lil coarse texture by reducing the pulses in mixie or using blender. After a month, change to lil more coarse texture by using mathu/fork/spoon. Then gradually switch to hand mashed food. The tactic is, do not make them accustomed to the same smooth texture.
  • Warning! Mother’s milk is sufficient for babies till 6 months. Think twice and discuss with your Paed before starting other food!


Nutritional Benefits

Sweet Potato – Dietary Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Folates, Vitamins A,B&C


Homemade Ghee Recipe | How to make ghee from butter at home ?

homemade-ghee-nei-recipe-1Ghee is pure and aromatic, if homemade. Never say “No” to ghee because of fat. Some vitamins are fat-soluble and your body needs fat for proper absorption of those vitamins. Moreover, ghee is just not “FAT”…

Ghee enhances eyesight, immunity, memory power, strong muscles, bones and teeth. It prevents and treats constipation. Ghee is specially recommended for dads-to-be, moms-to-be, pregnant women, babies and kids.

As milk solids are removed from butter, ghee can be consumed by lactose-intolerant(One who is allergic to milk and milk products) persons too.

Before mixing ghee to food, do melt it and add for proper digestion. Moderate consumption of ghee does more good and keeps us healthy!


Homemade Ghee Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 2 mins | Cooking Time : 15 mins
Makes : 1/3 Cup | Suits: 6+ Months babies and whole family

Homemade Butter – 1/2 Cup
Drumstick Leaves – Few


1.Take 3 strands of drumstick leaves, wash it in water and dry dry using tissue paper so that it has no moisture in it. Add butter to a pan and start heating in medium melts and starts frothing. Reduce the flame if its starts sparkling out. Slowly, the foam melts down and sound reduces. When deep yellow disappears, then its add the drumstick leaves and switch off the stove. Leave it untouched for half an hour. The residue setles out the impurities and leaves using a      Store it in a clean air-tight container. Stays good at room temperature.



  • Refrigeration is not required. Shelf life is 3-4 months in room temperature.
  • Drumstick leaves are optional. But it gives a nice flavor to ghee.
  • Always maintain medium or low flame. Else, it will be burnt and you will end up in brown ghee rather than yellow(Once cooled down).

Nutritional Benefits

Ghee – Good fats, Protein, Calcium, Vitamins A,D,E&K


Homemade Butter Recipe | How to make butter at home ?

homemade-butter-recipe-1Better butter is always homemade. Diwali month started and the festive to-do list expands. Before planning for diwali snacks, we need butter for murukku and ghee for sweets. First let’s make these both ready and keep handy.

Btw, I clicked this for Krishna Jeyanthi, but couldn’t publish here as I sold it out to Chellamaey magazine at that time.

Butter is said to promote fertility both in men and women. Vitamin D present in butter is essential for calcium absorption and so pregnant ladies and lactating moms can opt for this. Good fat in butter is recommended for children’s brain and nervous system development. You shall start including butter after introducing solids(7+ months) to babies.


Homemade Butter Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Waiting Time : 10 days
Makes : 1/2 Cup | Suits: 7+ Months babies and whole family

Cream of Milk and Curd – 1 cup
Water – 1 cup


1.Collecting cream from milk: Once boiled, leave the milk untouched for an hour or so. After some time,  you could see cream/malaai on the top. Just collect it to a tiffin box, close it with lid and keep refrigerated.
how-to-make-butter-at-home-step-22.Collecting cream from curd: Before you use your curd, collect the top cream layer and save it in the same box where milk cream is being collected.
how-to-make-butter-at-home-step-13. After 10-15 days, once the box is full, take out the tiffin box from refrigeration and keep it out for 8 hrs or whole night. After 8 hrs, empty the box to a large bowl and add a cup of water. Using mathu, twist to and fro in quick actions, holding the handle between your twisting until butter and water(buttermilk) starts to separate as in the middle pic in below thumbnail. At that stage, just twist in the buttermilk side so that butter settles in one side. Stop twisting, once the water has no visible the butter and drop it in a bowl of water. Rinse it twice and transfer to another     Homemade butter is ready. Store in a clean container with lid and refrigerate.


  • I used pure cow’s milk and curd and so my creams are yellowish. You shall use any brand of store-bought Full fat Whole milk.
  • I recommend collecting creams both from milk and curd so that your butter and ghee will be more aromatic.
  • Whenever I find cream, I collect it. Even the cream settled in glass of milk will not be wasted 😉
  • It would take 10-15 mins to churn out the butter.homemade-butter-recipe-3

Nutritional Benefits

Butter – Good Fats, Protein , Calcium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Folates, Vitamins A,B,D,E&K


Avocado Banana Puree for babies | Avocado Banana Smash Recipe

avocado-banana-puree-for-babies-1Avocado is so creamy and when mixed with banana, a fruit sweetener babies would love to have more. Avocado is full of “good” fats! It is much more needed for growing babies.

After 1 year, you shall just mash it with spoon and feed. But my 4 year kid still enjoys this smooth texture and wants me to puree in mixie every time 😉 Click this link of my Instagram page to peek into cane-sugar topped Mash. Include Avocado in kid’s diet till their teen ages.


Avocado Banana Puree Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 5 mins | Cooking Time : Nil
Makes : 1/2 cup | Suits: 4+ Months babies

Avocado – 1 tbsp
Banana – 1/2
Milk – 1/4 cup


1.Wash Avocado and cut into 2 vertically. Scoop out a spoonful of the skin of banana and cut half. Cut them further into 3-4 pieces. how-to-make-avocado-banana-puree-for-babies-step-23.In a mixie jar, add banana, avocado and required milk. Blend to desired


  • Choose ripe Avocado. The outer skin should be fully brown. Still, it should be firm to see and touch(gently) and should not have any dents. It should neither be hard nor be too loose if you press with a finger.
  • De-pit(Remove the seed of) Avocado. Scoop out all the flesh including light and dark green ones. Throw away the outer skin. Once cut, I usually do not refrigerate this fruit, due to browning. I too like to have this puree. So, I make with whole fruit and enjoy with my kid 😉
  • It is easy to take out the flesh using spoon. So, do not use knife.
  • Prefer ripe and sweet banana.
  • For babies below 1 year, use mother’s milk/formula milk. Cow’s milk can be used for 1+ years babies.


Nutritional Benefits

Avocado – Dietary Fiber, Good fats, Protein , Potassium, Magnesium, Iron , Calcium, Folates, Vitamins A,B&C
Banana – Dietary fiber, Protein, Potassium, Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Vitamins A,B&C and various antioxidants


Foxtail Millet Dumplings | Thinai Pidi Kozhukkattai

Foxtail Millet Thinai kolukkattai 1Thinai kozhukkattai will just melt in your mouth. Let Ganesha and your family eat healthy & tasty, sweet & soft Foxtail Millet dumplings this year. Happy Vinayagar Chathurthi(05-Sep-2016) to all my readers.

Thinai is given as prasadham in Lord Murugan Temples. This time, let Pillayaar and his devotees too enjoy healthy thinai in the form of kozhukkattai.

I made 3 mini kozhukkattais to suit my banana-shaped erasers and coconut-miniature contained gozhu thaamboolam. Finally, a banana leaf cut to suit these minis… 😉

Today(Sep-01-2016), my little princess turns four 🙂 Glad to publish a divine sweet post to share the happiness…

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Thinai Pidi Kozhukkattai Recipe – Ingredients

Preparation Time : 10 mins | Cooking Time : 20 mins
Makes : 13 | Suits: 12+ Months babies and whole family

Foxtail Millet Flour/Thinai Maavu – 1/2 Cup
Jaggery/Vellam – 1/3 Cup
Grated Coconut – 1/3 cup
water – 3/4 cup
ghee – 1 tbsp
Cardamom powder – 1 pinch
Dry ginger powder – 1 pinch
Salt – 1 pinch


1.Grate jaggery and add water till immersing level. Add a generous pinch of cardamom(Aelam) powder.How to make Foxtail Millet Thinai kolukkattai step-1a2.Add dry ginger(sukku) powder and let it boil well. Once it nicely bubbles up, filter for impurities.How to make Foxtail Millet Thinai kolukkattai step-1b3.In another kadaai, pour the filtered jaggery syrup and let it boil again. Once it thickens, add grated coconut.How to make Foxtail Millet Thinai kolukkattai step-14.Add ghee and a small pinch of salt. Then add foxtail millet flour and mix well for few minutes until it absorbs water and forms klukkattai flour consistency. How to make Foxtail Millet Thinai kolukkattai step-25.Switch off heat and let it become warm or cool. Pinch a small portion, roll like a ball and press with fingers against the palm to make pidi kozhukkattai.How to make Foxtail Millet Thinai kolukkattai step-36.Pour some water in idli maker and place kolukkattai in place of idli. Steam cook for 10 minutes.How to make Foxtail Millet Thinai kolukkattai step-4Delicious and soft thinai kozhukkattais are ready !!!


  • Click here to know how to prepare Foxtail Millet Flour/Thinai Maavu at home.
  • If your jaggery is less sweet, you can use 1/2 cup(equal to flour measure).
  • Water measurement might vary from 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup depending on how your flour absorbs water. If you feel more greasy even after sauteing for several minutes, you shall add lil flour to bring to kolukkattai flour consistency.
  • You shall use Modak-maker to shape as I used for kambu kolukkattai.

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Nutritional Benefits

Foxtail Millet(Thinai) – Iron, Copper, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Potassium, Calcium, Folates, Proteins, Fiber, Vitamins B & E
Jaggery – Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Selenium, Folates, Vitamin B
Coconut – Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamins B&C, Fiber & good fats