Toddler Nutrition - Recipes

Granola Bars

by Tarla Dalal

A power packed breakfast bar that can be taken to school.

Preparation Time : : 5 mins.

Cooking Time : : 15 mins.

Makes 10 pieces.


• 3/4 cup crushed corn flakes

• 3/4 cup quick cooking rolled oats

• 1/2 cup mixed nuts

• 2 tbsp melon seeds (charmagaz)

• 1 tbsp sultanas

• 1 cup sugar

• Oil to grease


• Lightly roast the oats, nuts and melon seeds and keep aside to cool.

• When cooled, mix together the cornflakes, toasted oats, melon seeds, nuts and sultanas.

• In a heavy bottomed pan, add the sugar and melt it over gentle heat, stirring continuously till the sugar is light brown in colour (caramelised).

• Remove from the fire, add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

• Pour this mixture onto a greased marble or stone surface.

• Using a large greased rolling pin, roll it out lightly to form a square approximately 200 mm. x 200 mm. (8" x 8").

• While it is still warm, cut out rectangular bars of 25 mm. x 100 mm. (1" x 4").

• Store in an air-tight container.


• Sugar burns very quickly, so give it your full attention.

• Grease your hands, the marble top and the rolling pin generously with oil.

• This will prevent the bars from sticking and also prevent your hands from getting burnt.

• Remove the sugar from the flame just when it starts to caramelise because it continues to brown even after it is removed from heat.

Fruity Chana Salad (Baby and Toddler)

by Tarla Dalal

Salads have great nutritive value and should be a part of your baby's meals. While most little ones are not enthusiastic about salads, if you include a few of their preferred ingredients, they won't even notice they're eating salad. You can add any seasonal fruits that are your baby's favourite instead of pomegranate and oranges.

Preparation Time: 10 mins

Makes 1 cup


• 1/4 cup chick peas (kabuli chana) , soaked overnight

• 1/4 cup peeled and chopped cucumber

• 1 tbsp seedless grapes , halved

• 1/4 cup orange segments , peeled and deseeded

• black salt (sanchal) to taste


• Drain out the water from the soaked kabuli chana.

• Add fresh water and salt and pressure cook till the kabuli chana are soft.

• Drain and cool completely.

• Combine with all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

• Serve immediately.

Coriander Curd Rice

by Tarla Dalal

This mildly flavoured combination of rice with a vegetable (coriander) and a dairy product (curds) helps you to introduce more flavours to your baby's food. It paves the way for her to adapt to the family food more easily later on, when she is about a year old. This is a great recipe for a hot summer lunch. You can even grate a little bit of carrots or cucumber into this dish as a variation.


• 2 tbsp rice (chawal) , washed

• 1/4 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)

• A pinch of asafoetida (hing)

• 3 to 4 tbsp curds (dahi)

• 1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)

• 1/2 tsp ghee or oil

• salt to taste


• Heat the ghee in a pan and add the cumin seeds.

• When the seeds crackle, add the asafoetida and the rice and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.

• Add approx ¾ cup of water and cook till the rice is overdone and can be mashed easily.

• Cool the rice, add the curds, coriander and salt and blend it slightly to make a rough purée. Serve at room temperature.


Cheesy/Eggy/Turkey/Broccoli/Wheat Germ Tortilla


• 2 whole grain tortillas

• 2 eggs

• 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

• 1 cup of thinly diced turkey (cooked)

• 1 cup steamed broccoli

• wheat germ - sprinkled as desired


Scramble 2 eggs in a frying pan with EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) and add the broccoli and turkey when the eggs are almost cooked. Cook until the eggs are no longer runny and are firm.

Warm tortillas in a toaster oven or in your regular oven.

Place tortilla on a plate and cover with the egg scramble. Sprinkle the cheese over the eggs and then sprinkle wheat germ on top. Roll up the tortilla or fold in half. Serve warm with cottage cheese with fruit dices mixed in.

Farmland Flax Cookies

A popular cookie that everyone loves.


• Butter 1 1/3 cups

• Granulated sugar 1 1/4 cups

• Brown sugar 1 1/2 cups

• Flax seed- 1 1/2 cups

• Large eggs 3

• Vanilla 1 1/2 tsp

• All-purpose flour 3 1/2 cups (try a mix of whole wheat flour/all purpose)

• Baking soda 1 tbsp

• Oatmeal 3 cups


In a bowl, cream butter and sugars; add flax seed. In another bowl, beat eggs and vanilla together. Combine with flax mixture. Sift together the flour and soda. Mix in oatmeal and combine with other ingredients. Form dough into 4 cm (1 1/2 inch) round logs. Place in freezer and chill. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Slice into .5 cm (1/4 inch) medallions. Place on baking sheet leaving about 5 cm (2 inches) between cookies.

Bake 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from sheet and cool Yield: 108 cookies (5 cm/2 inches)

I'd toss in some raisins and dates, some cinnamon and a dash of ginger too! I bet 1/2 of a mashed banana or even 1/2 cup of diced apples would be lovely in this recipe too!

Apple Vegetable Soup

by Deepti Dani

This soup is an excellent soup for babies who have started on solids (8 months onwards).

Preparation Time: 15 mins

Cooking Time: 15 mins


• 1 apple , deseeded , peeled and diced

• 1 medium sized carrot , peeled and diced

• 1/2 potato , peeled and diced

• 1 tbsp chopped coriander (dhania)

• Salt to taste

• 2 cm stick of cinnamon (dalchini)


• Combine all the ingredients in a pressure cooker.

• Add 2 cups of water mix well and pressure cook on high flame for 4 whistles.

• Allow the steam to escape, before opening the lid.

• Remove the cinnamon stick

• Blend the mixer till the required consistency.

• Heat the pan and pour the soup and simmer for 5 minutes.

• Serve hot.

• Optional: You can add a pinch of cumin seeds powder if necessary.

Homemade Yoghurts

Your child’s daily fruit and milk fuss may end with these easy tasty recipes

Apple Yoghurt

Serves 2

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes


• 2 Medium Sized Apple

• 8 ounces of yoghurt (homemade from toned or full cream milk

• 3-4 spoons of honey/ brown sugar/ jaggery

• 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon powder


Peel the apples, cut into small pieces and blend with honey in the mixer. Use strainer to pour into a bowl. Strain Yoghurt as well and mix with the blended preparation. Once strained, the remaining fibre can also be mixed in. Serve with sprinkled cinnamon. The apple honey blend must not be stored for more than a few hours even in the refrigerator

Strawberry Yoghurt

Serves 2

Preparation Time: 10 Minutes


• 10 medium strawberries

• 8 ounces of yoghurt (homemade from toned or full cream milk

• 3-4 spoons of honey/ brown sugar/ jaggery


Cut strawberries and blend with honey in the mixer. Use strainer to pour into a bowl. Strain Yoghurt as well and mix with the blended preparation. Once strained, the remaining fibre can also be mixed in based on taste.

Nutri-Digest: Great way to add the protein, calcium, fruit vitamins and fibre into your child’s diet at any age.