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Baby Food Recipes: Indian Lentil Stew

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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!

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Baby Food Recipes: Indian Lentil Stew

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.”
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 20 mins
Course: Baby Food
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 20 ounces

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 ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Whole milk organic yogurt for serving

Instructions

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