Baby Food Recipes: Indian Lentil Stew

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on December 30, 2014

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Lentils, rice and veggies in a “stew” are one of the easiest meals to make for your little one. In India, it’s called “khichdi” – but it’s basically the same as an “Indian Lentil Stew.” I like mixing in some spices to give it additional flavor, and throwing in a variety of veggies to make it a one-pot meal.

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You can make it in a crock pot, a pressure cooker, or let it simmer on the stove for hours, there’s very little prep work and a lot of downtime with this recipe.

Essentially, the ingredients are: 2 cups of lentils (any lentil is fine, I’ve used red lentils, yellow split peas, and “moong dal” which you can get at the Indian store), 1 cup of white basmati rice, brown rice or quinoa, a combination of 2-3 bags of veggies (1 bag of carrots, 1 bag of peas, 1 bag of green beans, broccoli, spinach, etc.), and 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp coriander, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp garam masala, and a pinch of salt.

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Just throw it all into a pot on the stove, bring it to a boil, and then let it simmer for hours. Or, throw it all into a crock pot and simmer on high for 4-6 hours.

Then I just mash it all up, and serve with 1-2 tbsp yogurt for a healthy and delicious meal! Sometimes I mix this recipe with my broccoli, spinach, cauliflower puree, and Layla gobbles it up.

I think this might be her favorite meal yet!

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This is another one you can make in bulk and freeze in ice cube trays, or store in the fridge up to 5 days. You’ll end up with a delicious, healthy, one-pot meal for your little one!

Baby Food Recipes: Indian Lentil Stew

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of lentils (any lentil is fine, I've used red lentils, yellow split peas, and "moong dal" which you can get at the Indian store)
  • 1 cup of white basmati rice, brown rice or quinoa
  • 6 cups of water
  • A combination of 2-3 bags of veggies (1 bag of carrots, 1 bag of peas, 1 bag of green beans, broccoli, spinach, etc.)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Whole milk organic yogurt (for serving)

Directions

  1. Put water, lentils, rice/qunioa, veggies, and spices into a large pot on the stove.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce to simmer and simmer 1-3 hours until it's the consistency you like, stirring occasionally.
  3. (Alternatively, put all ingredients into a crock pot and cook on high for 4-6 hours)
  4. Mash up, freeze in ice cube trays or store for 5 days in the fridge.
  5. Serve with whole milk organic yogurt.
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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Carina February 26, 2015 at 3:55 am

How many cups of veggies would you need? Not sure how big a “bag” is!
Thanks!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 26, 2015 at 8:54 am

Hi Carina! I’m not sure how many cups exactly, but one “bag” is 16oz / 1 lb of veggies. So for this recipe I use 2-3 16oz bags of veggies. It doesn’t have to be exact – it will turn out great as long as you cook it for a long time and add the spices I recommended. Hope that helps!

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Carina June 5, 2015 at 10:55 am

By the way… I did make this for my then 7 month old and he loved it. Even without any yogurt! It made so much that we are finally finishing up the freezer stash now (4 months later), which is saying something as my little one is a big eater! I made it wish bulgar wheat instead of rice which I can highly recommend. Great recipe for babies and adults….I will be making more next week!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater June 5, 2015 at 6:14 pm

Woohoo! That is wonderful to hear Carina – I’m so glad this has worked well for you and your little one! And yes, bulgar wheat instead of rice is a great substitution — you can also use quinoa which amps up the protein of the recipe too!

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Trang Surve April 9, 2015 at 8:15 pm

Hi Anjali,
I stumbled upon your site while searching for food recipes for my 13 month old daughter. I was wondering if you feed your daughter this Indian Lentil Stew? The recipe above is very similar to what I prepare for me and my husband. We haven’t started giving our daughter spicy foods. I was just wondering at what age you introduced spices? I am preparing lentils, rice, and spinach for her with a little salt and a little ghee. She loves it but I want to start adding some variety. My husband is from India so it is important to us that our daughter eat the same foods.

Thank you,
Trang

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 10, 2015 at 7:59 am

Hi Trang! So yes! I absolutely do feed my daughter this Indian Lentil Stew. When she was 6-11 months, I pureed the whole thing and gave it to her. Now I just give it to her chunky, the same way we would eat it. I introduced spices to my daughter around 8-9 months by giving her tastes of what we were eating – and by the time she was 13 months she was easily eating all kinds of spices and all of the same foods that we eat. I hope that helps!

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Trang April 16, 2015 at 8:34 pm

Hi Anjali,
Thank you! I finally got around to making this for my daughter and she absolutely loves it, especially when I make it with minced garlic.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 17, 2015 at 5:42 am

Awesome! So happy to hear that Trang! 🙂

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Kristen April 23, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Love this! Thank you for making DIY baby food easy!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater April 26, 2015 at 9:18 pm

Awww absolutely!! So glad these recipes are working out for you Kristen! 🙂

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