Friday, March 21, 2014

Rice Porridge Recipe for Babies-Homemade Baby Food-Rice Cereal-Arisi Kanji

When I was discussing with our pediatrician regarding baby's first food, she recommended rice cereal / rice porridge because it's easy to digest and less likely to cause any allergic reaction. Moreover as rice is most commonly eaten in India, she recommends starting with diluted rice kanji. Again the standard advise is to exclusively breastfeed your baby until 6 months. Today we will see how to make homemade arisi kanji/rice porridge for babies following our easy recipes.

Rice porridge for babies-Homemade baby food

Rice Porridge for babies

  Prep Time : 15 mins | Cook Time : 10 mins

   Ingredients needed for Recipe#1

  Parboiled Rice (sapadu puzhungal arisi)-1/2 cup
  Omam/carom seeds/Ajwain - a pinch

   Ingredients needed for Recipe#2

   Parboiled Rice (sapadu puzhungal arisi)-1 cup
   Moong dal-pasi paruppu (split yellow variety)-1/2 cup
   Omam/carom seeds - 1/4 tsp

Important- Initially when you introduce rice porridge to your baby, give it a little diluted or thin for a week. This thin porridge can be given in feeding bottle itself. Once the baby is comfortable with it and has no allergic reaction, you can give a slightly thick (saucy consistency as in the picture) rice porridge. Use a baby spoon to feed your baby. Follow the standard instructions like sterilizing the utensils, bottles, washing your hands etc. Always consult your pediatrician before starting any new food for babies.

Recipe #1 Instructions

Wash rice well, drain the water and dry it well in the shade/sun.


Dry roast par boiled rice until it is hot to touch. Switch off the flame and dry roast carom seeds in the heat of the pan itself. Let it cool.

Powder both together finely. This is the rice porridge powder. You can prepare this and store it in an air tight container. Do not prepare it in bulk- you can prepare this rice porridge powder once in a week or as required

How to prepare rice porridge using homemade rice powder for babies


Take 2 tsp of rice porridge powder, add 1 cup of water and mix well without lumps.


Cook on low flame until it reaches a saucy consistency. Leave it to cool. Feed warm with a baby spoon. Discard leftovers.


Once the baby is comfortable with the first rice porridge, you can gradually shift to the second recipe.


Recipe #2 Instructions

Wash rice and drain the water well. Dry it well in the shade/sun.


Dry roast rice and dal (split yellow moong dal) separately until it is hot to touch.Transfer it to a plate to cool. Dry roast carmon seed in the heat of the pan itself just for 2 seconds.


Powder all the three together finely in a blender or mixie. Store it in an air tight container and use when required.

For making porridge out of  the rice dal porridge powder, follow the same procedure as given for recipe#1


Do not add salt or sugar to the porridge.


For underweight babies alone, the pediatrician recommends adding 1-2 ml of pure coconut oil. (1/4-1/3 tsp of pure coconut oil)


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42 comments:

  1. Could you please tell me how to prepare kanji with different type of millets..

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  2. Why should salt or sugar not be added. I have tried out many of ur recipes dey really suoerb thanks a lot

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    1. We assume that babies will like it only if we add salt and sugar. It is not so. According to Babycenter.co.uk- Babies need only a very small amount of salt: less than 1g (0.4g sodium) a day until they are 12 months. Your baby’s kidneys can’t cope with more salt than this.
      Thanks a lot for liking my recipes.



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  3. Hi I tried this porridge recipe.But i cant really make it fine powder.Even after lot of tries it still reminds as coarse as rava. I don know wat went wrong. :(
    My baby spits out all tht prdge.Any sugstn pls

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    1. You can make it a fine powder. If you cannot, then cook well adding more water and mash it nicely.

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  4. Can we add breast milk instead of animals milk

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  5. Which brand cocounut oil shall I use

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    1. You can buy any brand but make sure that it is extra virgin pure coconut oil. You will get it online or in health stores.

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    2. Hi padhu- your receipes are awesome a quick question on the coconut oils addition.. should it be added after cooking or before?

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    3. After cooking. Buy only pure organic extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil.It is available in health stores

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  6. Can I use raw rice ( pacha arisi) instead as we use for ourselves .

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  7. Dear Kavitha
    We use par boiled rice as it is easily digestible for the babies.

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  8. Thank you dear Padhu. Can I pressure cook instead.

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  9. How long can we store this rice porridge powder once prepared. Can we prepare in bulk and store it as I will not be able to dry it completely at my place..

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    1. Since you are dry roasting it, it will not get spoiled but I suggest that you prepare in less quantity as it is for babies.

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  10. Hi can u plz tell me y to add ajwain

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    1. Ajwain is added as it helps in digestion.

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  11. Which are the par boiled rice brands available in market

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  12. Can I use normal rice which we eat and it is necessary to add ajwain?

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    1. Normal par boiled rice used for regular cooking. It is not necessary to add ajwain but it helps in digestion.

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  13. Hi, can we use Matta broken rice, please reply. Also my baby is premature, can I use ghee

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    1. I am not sure. Kindly consult your pediatrician.

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  14. Thank you so much Padhu... Ita really helpful...I exactly followed your recipe for my 6 mons little girl...she is liking it...today I started the second porridge with moong daal as well...she likes it as well ....My Pediatrician also advised to start with rice porridge and Apple .. I googled and used ur tips only...even for Apple puree I followed ur tips.....Hats off to u ! Keep it up .... Thanks a ton :)

    -Preethy

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  15. Thanku so much.. my baby is 6 mths and i was confused how to start her off solid food. I'm not in favour of outside baby cereals. Thanks again for this recipe

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  16. One doubt. Do v hav to grind it into a power lik atta or a bit granular lik rava.

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  17. Is it ok to giv it in the mill??? I dono y i cannot grind it into a fine powder.

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    1. In the mill, they powder a minimum of 1 kg. If you will use that rice for any other purpose, you can grind it in the mill or it is better to grind in mixie and sieve it.

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  18. Hi.. I am srividya.. I prepared rice ganji using ur recipie it turned out awesome n my six months little one is enjoying like anything... Thanks... I had a controversy in smashing the sadam or blending it ie.. Prepared rice.my lo had problems in digesting that.. Ur ganji idea is like boon to me.

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  19. My tava is iron plate 1 cm .I cannot spread the dosa .too slip what can I do

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  20. Can I use basmati rice for making porridge?

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    1. I have used par boiled rice as it is easily digestible. It is not advisable for infants.

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  21. Hi... can we add coconut milk instead of coconut oil if baby s underweight?

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  22. Hi..
    Can we give without adding carrom (omam)?
    My mom saying medicine smell may come.
    Can you suggests only by adding carrom its easy for digestion!

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    1. Yes, you can omit that if you do not prefer.

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  23. Hi padhu,
    Can we use other dal instead of moong for 7 month baby if so what dal we can use?

    Hoe long and in which flame I have to dry roast rice and dal

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    1. It is preferable to use moong dal as it is easily digestible than other dals. Dry roast on medium heat stirring continuously until you get the aroma of roasted dal.

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